Recently I was given the opportunity to read a book that is about to be released, Choosing Him All Over Again by Juana Mikels. "She had everything that is supposed to make a young woman happy: handsome husband, dream job, new home, great vacations, fun friends and plenty of money. But she isn't happy." (from the back cover of the book).
That is where the story begins. Juana begins telling of her old life where she had all of those things. As I read bits of that old story, one thing that really challenged me was to guard my thoughts. It began with a thought that she could have better. As that thought stayed in her mind, she began to act on the thought until she wrote the note and left. Juana writes, "Oh! What a foolish woman I was! For me not to know what God's Word had to say about how to live life was to give an open door to wickedness--wickedness packaged as 'thinking what's best for me-'".
Reading that I saw anew how the evil one wants our thoughts and how we need to guard the thoughts that we allow to stay in our minds. It began with a thought. I realise that I need to take captive my thoughts.
While this Choosing Him All Over Again is a story of romance and redemption, it is also written to challenge each of us in our walk with the Lord. We all want romance and need redemption.
As Juana shares her story and how God redeemed her marriage, a large part is encouraging each of us in our relationship with God and in our marriage. One helpful section for me was Eleven Checkpoints to refresh your marriage. Included in that were some practical tips on things that you can do to refresh your marriage.
I found this book easy to read and yet challenging in my relationship with the Lord and with my husband.
The book is published by Ambassador International and is available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. It is also available from Barnes & Noble. There is also a free downloadable companion Bible study guide.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.