Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

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Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't EnoughIf you could use a little more joy in your life (and who doesn’t?), you will enjoy Kay Warren’s latest book Choose Joy:  Because Happiness Isn’t Enough.  Kay divides the book into four parts:

Part 1  Joy Is My Inheritance:  Embracing the Permission to Be Joyful

Part 2  Joy Is a Conviction of My Mind:  Discovering a New Way of Thinking

Part 3  Joy Is a Condition of My Heart:  Cultivating a Soul-Response That Allows Joy to Deepen

Part 4  Joy Is a Choice of My Behavior:  Ways to Choose Joy Daily

I could not agree more with these Biblical viewpoints of joy.  Throughout the book, Kay gives Scriptural evidence for joy in Jesus’ life and joy in the believers life.  She is an Eeyore personality, so this writing is all the more meaningful as she can relate to anyone who has ever struggled with trading discouragement for joy.

I appreciated her honest stories of hard times in their family, particularly when her daughter-in-law had a brain tumor.  Here is a family that has been through the hardest types of circumstances and can come through, making a decision to rejoice always.

I really like what she says on page 27:

I used to think that life came in waves:  There was a wave of good and pleasant circumstances followed by a wave of bad and unpleasant circumstances, with a lot of ebb and flow in between.  Or life was a series of hills and valleys; sometimes we’re up, then we’re down.  But I’ve come to realize that life is much more like a set of parallel train tracks, with joy and sorrow running inseparably throughout our days.

We must learn how to live in the tension between good days and bad days – and rejoice in them both.

Thank you Revell for giving me a copy of Choose Joy to read and review.  It is a beautiful book that I can joyfully recommend!


 Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What!  You too?  I thought I was the only one.”  – C.S. Lewis

I love this quote in Tracey Bianchi’s book Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood.  Especially when you have kids that are similar in age, moms have a instant sense of connection over shared experiences, spilled milk, and homework.

If you’ve ever felt completely STUCK with young kids at home, this is a great book to set you free.  Free to pursue terrific and meaningful friendships.  Free to reach out to your community with simple and memorable gestures like hosting a driveway event with 4 gallons of free ice cream to the neighborhood kids (page 146).

Tracey Bianchi speaks for MOPS groups and she understands the challenges that face moms with young kids.  Each chapter ends with five mom-tested tips – practical suggestions of how you can put principles into practice.  Tracey also provides helpful resources for each chapter – “Books, People, and Other Random Stuff.”

If you crave more friendships in your life, this is a great place to start.  You will get many easy, doable ideas that will connect you to others in no time.

Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates: Fun, Easy & Creative Ways to Build Memories TogetherThis book immediately caught my eye.  One thing my husband James want to do as the kids grow up is to take them on special dates that they will remember.  We’re always looking for date ideas for kids.  Right now, a great date for my 2nd grader son is to go to the LEGO store and then have ice cream.  My 5-year-old daughter Noelle has been taking about chocolate chip pancakes at the Original Pancake House lately.

A few weeks ago, my husband James was teaching Noelle how to ride a bike.  She wasn’t, well, motivated.  James said, “When you ride your bike down the street, I will take you on a date!”

In time, not only did she ride down the street, she got herself all the way to school on two wheels without wiping out (much to my relief).  Did she remember the promised date?   You bet!

James took her out to ice cream.  They had a good time but when he got home, he said, “It was okay.”

We needed this book, 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates by Rob & Joanna Teigen.

I said to James, “You know, most of our dates revolve around pizza, In-n-Out Burgers, or dessert.  We need more activity based dates to make memories.”  He wholeheartedly agreed.

In their creative book, Rob & Joanna Teigen give you date ideas along with compatible conversations and questions to make the most of a teachable moment.

For instance, in “Puppy Love,” you visit a pet store, take pictures with your favorite pets, and then head to a store to pick out a stuffed animal to remember your time together.  Then you talk about how some pets are adopted and how God adopts us.  Scriptures and prayers for each activity are included.

This book will get your creative juices flowing!  I love it and highly recommend it for the daddy and princess in your life.

88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates is available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division


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This is an inspiring book that will help you pray through any troubles you may be facing today (or tomorrow…).

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I’m working through my books to read in 2012 and loving it so far.  Finished Quitter by Jon Acuff about closing the gap between your day job and your dream job. 

Acuff is just plain funny.  I read the entire book over one weekend when I was traveling to speak in Northern California.  Since I was traveling without children, I had hours to read in the airport and plane.  The book really spoke to me because Jon Acuff wanted to quit his day job to become a speaker and author.  I could certainly relate to that! 

What I found refreshing about the book is the way Acuff  was honest about the challenges of following your dream job.  He didn’t sugar coat that experience – reminding everyone that being a broke dreamer with health, grocery, and insurance bills, a mortgage and car payment, and a financially strained marriage is no picnic.  Be smart about staying in your day job and doing your best there to launch eventually into the job you long for. 

Acuff writes, Anyone can dream; it’s the doing that is such a hassle. 

The doing Acuff describes is hustling.  How much do you hustle for your dream job?  Do you just pine away about it or are you active in your spare time to hone your skills, broaden your network, practice your craft? 

Since reading the book, I’ve been thinking “hustle.”  When I have my 1.5 hour window in the day while Lucy is sleeping, I think HUSTLE!  Get the blog done, answer emails, work on talks, HUSTLE!  Instead of being discouraged by all I can’t seem to accomplish, I’m focusing on hustling on a few tasks at a time. 

Another thing he said was to enjoy being invisible.  On your way to your dream job, don’t despise small beginnings.  Be grateful for them.  They are necessary.  You can make mistakes while being invisible.  If you were the big cheese you’re dreaming of right now – but without the necessary experience – you’d probably fall hard and fall publicly.  Enjoy the stage of being invisible, under the radar. 

Lastly, I liked what he said about recovering your dreams instead of discovering your dreams.  Instead of laying awake at night asking, “What was I made for?” ask yourself, “When have I felt most alive?  What have I really enjoyed doing in my life?”  Ever since I was in junior high, I loved public speaking.  Now 25 years later, I’m recovering those childhood dreams and speaking. 

If you want to recover some of your dreams and explore moving towards a dream job, Quitter is a great read!

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