Children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one's youth. Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate. ~Psalm 127:3-5

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I Just Can't Take It Anymore! Book Review and Giveaway!!

Recently, I was contacted by Anthony DeStefano once again to do a book review for his newest book I Just Can't Take It Anymore. Previously, I posted a review for his books, The Invisible World and Little Star. I was delighted to receive another solicitation from him to review yet another book of his. Not only that, but I also have the opportunity to give away a copy to one lucky reader here! But first...the review...

I Just Can't Take It Anymore is a delightful book for those struggling to cope with the inevitable downs in life. We've all been privy to tough times, especially lately I think, and this book is sure to be a pick-me-up for those days when you feel like you really just can't take it anymore! Each page portrays a different piece of an entire thought-process one might go through when they just don't understand life. Accompanied by photos of children in scenarios that capture each thought, the musings in this book are a sobering reminder that we all go through bad times, but that God is trying to use these moments as lessons of His infinite and gracious love, if we just put our faith in Him.

The books begins with a little girl sitting in a field of grass with her hands on her cheeks. The first sentence is "Sometimes I just don't understand life." What a powerful beginning as it is something WE ALL have said at one time or another! About the half the book goes through thoughts like this, relaying the same feelings we all can have sometimes. One of my favorite thoughts is "Sometimes I wonder if God is really up there or - even worse - if He just doesn't care. (accompanied by a cute child with binoculars to the sky) Then the next page reads "But down deep, I know that can't be true because life can be so beautiful too." (accompanied by a baby wearing sunglasses, sitting on a beach chair with a beautiful ocean as the backdrop.) How many times have we had this same sequence of feelings and emotion? I know I have on many occasions!

Mr. DeStefano hits the nail on the head when he finishes the book with an uplifting, encouraging message of hope and faith; reminding us that we need to "go one step at a time," and "...have a little faith that the One who made the universe........can help [us] figure a way to get through all [our] problems....."

The accompanying pictures and the short sentences on each page make this small book a quick read, but at the same time, it is powerful and thought-provoking. I already have someone in mind to give this book to as a gift, as I know she has been struggling with a lot of tough times in her own life lately. It definitely would make a wonderful gift for someone similar in your life, or for yourself if you need some encouragement and a reminder that things will be OK if you just put your faith in God.

If you would like to win your own free copy of this book, please leave a comment here about a tough time you've experienced and kept your faith and saw God's hand through it. Please leave your email so I can contact you if you're the winner. I will have one of my children draw names on Friday, February 3 at noon. Good luck!

If you don't want to wait for this book or would like to order more copies, you can order it on Amazon or through any of your local bookstores.


Shelly said...

The first 20 years of my life were tough. I can't go into too much detail but meeting Dan and being loved and taken care of for the first time renewed my faith and saved me. There's a theory that God created the world in 6 days andhe has spent the rest of time making matches. I believe Dan and I are definitely a match made in heaven.

Actually I almost emailed you but I can't put my thoughts into words just yet.

Shelly said...

Hope that makes sense!

Mary said...

Is this a Catholic author?

Rebecca said...

No, Mary, not particularly Catholic though I don't know what his faith background is. Nonetheless, I've liked what I've seen of his work; which has included 2 children's books

Lisa Boyle said...

It sounds like a wonderful book! A particular tough time that I had was the year that my husband was in Iraq. I was 8 weeks pregnant when he left and our other children were 1, 3 1/2 and 5. It was truly my 3 F's-- faith, family and friends that got me through that year. God gave me the strength I didn't know I had.

Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints said...

These past three and a half years my husband has lost his job five times. If it wasn't for our Faith and our love for the Lord, we definitely would have gone crazy! With five kids (two born during this time) the Lord has blessed us with the little necessary things to survive and we are happy, healthy, and holy! Thanks for this opportunity!