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Flourish Review by Christine Hindle

By Catherine Hart Weber
Bethany House / Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton Road
Ada, MI 49301

This book is for women who want to learn how to live abundantly. This is a paperback containing about 300 pages, and it contains advice for reflection on what works in our lives and what doesn't. If the book of Proverbs came with a study guide for women, this book might be the one. The author gives practical ways of examining our lives to create joy and peace and just to be able to enjoy the life God has given us.

The principles discussed in this book are essentially developing a close personal relationship with God, arranging to grow in the Spirit, nurturing relationships (loving and being loved by God), developing a heart of joy and taking pleasure in your life (thankfulness), finding God's peace (the opposite of stress), and having hope (even during the tough times). We can choose to look at situations through the world's jaded eyes or we can view life's situations through God's perspective. If we choose to love, forgive, and be thankful for our lives, God's peace will envelop us.

There are study questions and "practices" throughout the book to help the individual apply these principles personally. I think this book would be beneficial to homeschool moms trying to balance all the elements of their lives, and I also think it would lend itself to a ladies Bible study group or Sunday School class for group reflection. This is a very thought-provoking book.

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December 2010