Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Review: Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate Plus Kindle Fire Giveaway and 3/7 Facebook party


About Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate

Are you ready to strip fear's power over you and become the confident woman you were meant to be? Have you found that tolerating your personal fear monsters only makes them growl louder?

Okay, sister - take my hand and let's boldly step up and yank the masks off those shadow-lurking, anxiety-churning, worry-generating beasts.
With her own brand of off-beat wit and wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of women worn down by everyday fears - financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what ifs ...
With fresh spiritual insight, Debora shares hope, true life stories, scriptural lifelines, and a few LOL's along with simple, practical tips for sidestepping fear with faith. And a fistful of chocolate!


Meet Debora:  

Debora Coty is an occupational therapist, a piano teacher, and a freelance writer. She's also involved in the children's ministry at her church and is an avid tennis player. Debora began writing to fill the void when her last child left for college, and it has since become a passion. Debora has a real knack for getting across sound biblical concepts with a refreshing lightheartedness as attested in her monthly newspaper column entitled "Grace Notes: God's Grace for Everyday Living."

My Review:
"Fear" is not "funny" and you would not expect to associate one with the other. However, Debora Coty managed to do so :). Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate is a small book but is packed with Biblical truths, witty insights, and practical advice that will help you combat your fears while laughing (or at least smiling) all the way. The book covers internal fears (humiliation, rejection, guilt, and loneliness), external fears (worry, anxiety, obsessions, risks, aging), and faceless fears (money, death, negative self-talk, the unknown, and loss of loved ones), based on what t
he survey says... The author conducted a survey of 500 random women with ages ranging from 18 to 80 and addressed the top ten fears in this book. The book also offers tools for fighting your fears such as gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, perseverance, grace, and God's Word. You will also find several personal heartfelt stories from the author and others. Each chapter ends with 5 reflection questions. I love Debora's writing style which includes word play, alliteration, and acronyms.

I personally don't really struggle with any fears or anxiety. I know...I'm so very thankful for that! However, I still enjoyed reading this encouraging book and I will use what I learn from it to help people who struggle with these issues. I even learned some new words such as "grumplitude" and "fearified" :). Friends, fight your fears with faith and find freedom!

"Fear is passion in a negative direction." (page 19)
"I've come to realize worrying is a form of self-centeredness--it keeps us focused on getting rather than giving, and keeps our eyes on ourselves instead of others. Worriers are preoccupied with protecting themselves." (page 56)

"But the thing is, God's sovereignty is innately mysterious; He has the right to be unexplainable and unfathomable. He is God." (page 213)


~I received a copy of this book for free via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange of my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Celebrate the release of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate with Debora Coty by entering her Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to the March 7th Author Chat Party on Facebook!


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One "sweet" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A Debora Coty Library (Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate, More Beauty, Less Beast, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, and Everyday Hope)
  • Chocolate (Every good thing begins with chocolate!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/6/13. Winner will be announced at Debora's "Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate" Facebook Party on 3/7. Debora will be hosting an evening of chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Debora via Skype.)

So grab your copy of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate and join Debora and friends on the evening of March 7th for an evening of fun. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!

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