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It is life changing. Each chapter helps you pull back the layers of insecurity or self doubt that have held you back from your full godly potential. I love the combinatio Sharon Jaynes is a favorite of mine and this book most definitely did not disappoint! I love the combination of scripture and personal stories used to convey her message. Reading through each page I felt such a sense of eagerness to continue reading and searching Gods word to know him better!

Definitely one of the best books Ive read to date! May 03, Sandra Futrelle rated it it was amazing. This book was a life-changer for me! I have struggled with deep-rooted insecurities and feelings of inadequacy my entire life, and as such, I have not moved forward in faith as much as I would have liked. The disastrous choices I made in my life were intricately woven into the threads of my insecurities, and the feeling that I wasn't "enough".

But through the life-redemptive attributes of our Lord and Saviour, she shares that we ALL have the ability to push past these "feelings", and move into the wondrous faith-filled life that God wants for each and every one of us. This insightful book and the Bible Study Guide at the end of the book, will guide you through each step, and will ignite a soul-awakening FIRE within you!

Sharon writes, "Miracles happen when you let go of your perceived inadequacies, take hold of God's all-powerful sufficiency, and move forward in faith. May 03, Michelle Pruett rated it it was amazing.

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I was blessed to be a part of the launch team for this book and God truly knew what he was doing when he placed this book in my hands. I have been feeling "stuck" and Sharon talks about how to step out in faith and become unstuck. I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a jump start and some motivation. May 04, Rachelle rated it it was amazing. Sharon Jaynes has written a book that teaches us how to let go, move forward, live bold, and take hold of the Faith we long for.

This is a powerful book filled with wisdom and Biblical truths as well as personal stories from Sharon's life that I can so easily relate to. Take Hold has brought me to a whole new level in learning to be bold in my faith! Sharon teaches us how to not let feelings or insecurities hold us back, but to trust the promises of God, and live our faith to the fullest! I had the Sharon Jaynes has written a book that teaches us how to let go, move forward, live bold, and take hold of the Faith we long for. I had the honor of being on the launch team for this book, and it was an amazing journey!

I highly recommend this book to all women, no matter where you are at in your walk May 03, Deje rated it it was amazing. Is your faith parked and you don't know how you should or why you should get moving again? Sharon's book is for you! Using Biblical examples and stories from today, Sharon shares with you how to achieve the faith you desire through your obedience to God's calling in your life.

This book will help you live your faith bold! The best part is the Digging Deeper section at the back of the book. This is where you can dive into each chapter a little more through thought provoking and reflective questio Is your faith parked and you don't know how you should or why you should get moving again?

This is where you can dive into each chapter a little more through thought provoking and reflective questions. Excellent for use in individual or small group study. Mar 26, Karla rated it it was amazing. Actually the opposite. I could only take in so much. Aug 12, Sara rated it really liked it. I can recommend. I enjoyed Jaynes' perspective on Moses' story. May 07, Sarah Diaz rated it really liked it. I needed every chapter of this book. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with self esteem and who they are in Christ.

May 19, Michele Morin rated it it was amazing. Take Hold of the Faith You Long For addresses my objections to a bold following, my amnesia about the nature of the God who calls, and my desire to cling to the timid reluctance that characterizes the lives of most believers. Sharon speaks from experience. God is not looking for perfection in our era either. Fill in the blank with your own. Perhaps you are carrying an identity that is freighted with failure. At the burning bush, Moses was confronted with the shame of his past and encouraged to move forward with a new God-given identity.

He could choose to forgive himself and others and move on, or he could have elected to stay in bondage to the past. Forgiveness does not absolve the offender, deny the wrong, or lessen the evil of whatever has been committed. The Greek word for forgiveness carries overtones of freedom and release, and this applies to both the offender and to the individual who was wronged.

Today God is up-ending her insecurity around words in her career as a writer. May 03, A. Benson rated it it was amazing. I was asked to be part of the launch team and I went in to it looking at it from this perspective: Can I take something away from this to strengthen my faith? The answer, in short, is a resounding yes. As I read this book, I was very introspective. I was ponderous.

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I was engaged. I was also terrified about what taking hold of a bold faith and setting aside excuses might do for and to my life. My terror gave way to excitement and action. I WANT a bold faith. This book gave me ideas on how to get it. I gave the book 5 start overall because I have genuinely been changed by reading it.

Let me break it down for you, though. I have several criteria I use to review books.


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How long did it take me to get into the book? I had a great group of women reading the book with me, though, and they were encouraging. I struggled some with the message, in part, because, like Moses, I want to argue with God about whether I am equipped to do what he calls me to do. I think had I set aside a larger amount of time on the first night, getting into it might have been easier. Can I relate to one of the characters or the example stories being told?

They were good tears, though, healthy and cleansing. One of the stories was about being worried about what others would think of her dancing skills and how a woman and her wheelchair-bound husband danced as if they were the only ones there. A lame man can teach us all to dance. Can I picture the world the author is trying to get me to see?

I can see that world as part of my path now. It does not glorify Him to live small. Is the book well written? Despite what she saw as her flaws, God helped her to tell her story in writing. The entire book flows well. Do I want to read the next book by this author? She offered me both biblical references and modern day stories that drew me in. There is also a bible study guide at the end for further exploration of topics. For me, they have been life changing and I am confident they will help shape your faith positively as well.

As an author, I try to give really honest book reviews. It is important. May 03, Julie D. This book is so amazing and so life changing! I cannot explain how totally different I feel about my faith and my relationship with God because of the beautiful words that Sharon shares in this book. My book is so highlighted because each and every page has something on it that totally spoke to my heart and mind in a way that nothing else has. I've allowed so many things to hold me back - fear, comparison to others, un-forgiveness - and this book spoke on each and every one of these issues.

She s This book is so amazing and so life changing! She shares how we can let go of all these things that would entrap us and keep us from living a faith that is bold and sure.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book: God has given each and every one of us gifts - gifts He has purposed for us to use, invest, and multiply. And I'm not just talking about money but gifts in our inner being. He has given you talents and abilities He expects you to use to further the kingdom and minister to others. When you dare to live bold, there will be those who will question your motives, your methods and your means to accomplish what God has called you to do.

Where I felt timid to go forward before, I now feel bold. When praying for what may seem impossible, I now have the bold faith to truly believe God for that prayer. When sitting down to write, I feel more sure about the fact that this is God's calling on my life. This book is so easy to read and I had such a hard time putting it down. It was so exciting to read something that made me feel so much surer of my calling and my faith I just wanted to keep reading.

I love all the personal stories that Sharon shares from her own life. I really related to so much of what she shared and how she feels. It was like sitting down with a good friend over coffee and having her share her heart. I will be keeping this book where I can refer to it. In fact, I plan on reading it again because it was so good and I know I'll be able to get even more from it the second time around. I recommend this book to everyone to read!

It really is a must read book for everyone! May 09, Brittany rated it liked it Shelves: christian , baker-books-reviews. Life is messy. We are far from perfect, despite our attempts to show the world otherwise. Sometimes we let our fears and insecurities get the better of us.

In a world insistent on pegging labels on everyone, we might struggle with our identity. Sometimes instead of taking risks for the amazing we are content with an average life because it would be safe. These are things that show we are not trusting or living with full faith in God. In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For Sharon Jaynes seeks to guide the reader towards a stronger and more fulfilling faith, through relinquishing their insecurities and putting full trust in God, thereby becoming more fully the person God created them to be.

Jaynes takes the reader on a journey to explore their own faith and ideas of self. She strengthens the reader by using scripture to show the promises of God and our own roles in the biblical story. Personal narrative also play a big part throughout her book to help enforce ideas and perhaps get the reader thinking more. I greatly appreciated many of these stories, because they give the reader a more intimate experience, something to relate to, rather than mere guidelines.

She begins by helping us to question beliefs about ourselves. Are the adjectives we use negative? Are we letting ourselves be defined by our pasts and hurts? These are some of the questions she will raise before asking you to relinquish them. To let God work through you and to accept the forgiveness you were graciously given. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. May 03, Suzi Ciliberti rated it it was amazing.

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And without Faith it is impossible to please Him! Hebrews a I have been a Christian for almost 54 years. I have been a missionary for over 30 of those years. I understand the importance of faith. I understand the need for faith. I long to have a deeper faith. This book about faith has been life changing. I have read so many books about growing faith but none of them have affected me like this one,. Sharon has And without Faith it is impossible to please Him!

Sharon has a gift from God that makes her writing extraordinary. The book is easy to read and the concepts, though very deep and very powerful, are simply said. She illustrates truth with stories, true stories from her life and the lives of others who are just like us. Sharon is a Jesus girl who wanted more and she is calling out to all of us Jesus girls who want to know more that we can be more, have more, experience more of Jesus. If I was a wealthy woman, and if you know anything about missionaries you know that is one thing we are not, I would buy a copy of this book to give to every person I love.

I would buy copies and keep them on my shelf to give away on every occasion possible Like any book it can do nothing for the person who doesn't read it. But because I believe everyone will relate to what is in this book, I would buy it even for people who I know would take it thinking that they would never read it. Because after reading this book I have the faith to believe that if I could get it to them, God will would get them into the book. And when God gets someone into this book He will use it in ways that are amazing.

I know that through this book, His truth will be planted deeply into the heart of who ever reads it in ways that will change them from the inside out. If you need a Mother's Day gift, this is the perfect gift! May 03, Gini rated it it was amazing. I mean, like I even went and found her blog and everything.

But what about her latest book? It grabbed me from the start. She has hit right where I have lived too long and too frequently. She uses fresh illustrations and examples in her narratives while she gently encourages the reader to let go, move forward, and live bold. That sequence forms the basis for her encouragement and earned her another star from my point of view. While she does use some personal stories, this is not a book on how she survived to write about it now book. Instead we get a fresh look at Moses and his letting go, moving forward, and living boldly.

Many of us know his story, but the author interweaves it into her text in such a way that it is fresh. Other Biblical characters make cameo appearances, too. She works with them in the same way with applications that are more than cardboard fixes. Probably one of the most important lines in this book.

There is a study guide available at the end of the book, which has a few more lines at its finish that you will not want to miss. That last little treat starts on page and is a great way to finish off this book. I do recommend this book to you. I found her encouragement biblically solid and applied well. This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a review. Jun 26, Prairie Sky Book Reviews rated it it was amazing. Because the titles of each chapter are very revealing of the contents, take a look at the truths you will unwrap through the pages of this impacting book: 1.

The Freedom of Forgiveness 6. When Your Rooster Crows 7. Give Fear the Boot 8. Get Up and Get Going No, she is more like a friend walking alongside us, sharing stories and encouraging us even as she admits her own struggles. She also uses Biblical characters such as Moses, Ruth, and others to illustrate her points. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review.

All opinions expressed are my own. May 03, Victoria Sellers rated it it was amazing. Little did I know the impact this inspiring book and its amazing author would have on me and all the women who were part of this launch. It also sheds more light on the story of Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt and the new life given to Paul who once persecuted and killed Christians.

Simply put, its life changing!! I know, because it changed mine. May 22, Michelle rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Christian women. Shelves: religion , christian-living , spiritual-growth , baker-books , read-in The topic is letting go of who you think you are and living boldly for the Lord.


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  5. Sharon did much research for each chapter, from some authors I am familiar with and others that are new to me. Many Christians are just happy with their status quo comfort zones. Sharon did an excellent job of laying out the chapters as the book seemed to flow flawlessly. I believe the author's position, in this book, is at the bottom of page This book captured and held my attention. Please, close his eyes.

    Please, close his mouth. Get away from his car. But the words never come out. One-Fifteen sits on the sidewalk with his face buried in his hands. Daddy is moved aside, and Momma wraps her arms around me. She rubs my back and speaks in hushed tones that tell lies. We stay this way for a long time. Eventually, Daddy helps us out the ambulance. He wraps his arm around me like a shield against curious eyes and guides me to his Tahoe down the street. He drives. A streetlight flashes across his face, revealing how tight his jaw is set.

    His veins bulge along his bald head. She did an extra shift at the emergency room tonight. My stomach twists. All of that blood, and it came out of him. An hour ago we were laughing and catching up. Now his blood. I throw myself across the backseat and push the door open before the truck comes to a complete stop. It feels like everything in me is coming out, and all I can do is let it. When we get home, she helps me undress.

    Daddy carries me to bed, and Momma brushes her fingers through my hair until I fall asleep. Nightmares wake me over and over again. Momma reminds me to breathe, the same way she did before I outgrew asthma. My eyes strain against the brightness of my neon-blue walls. I stare at the glow-in-the-dark stars on my ceiling, trying to recap the night before. The party flashes in my mind, the fight, One-Fifteen pulling me and Khalil over. The first shot rings in my ears. The second. The third. It happened six years ago, but I still remember everything from that day.

    She was chunky her momma told her it was baby fat , dark-skinned, and wore her hair in braids that always looked freshly done. I wanted braids like hers so bad. That was like saying we had a free water park. I remember looking at Daddy and pleading silently. He said I could go, as long as I promised to be back in an hour. Almost everybody in the neighborhood was there too. Just having fun. I was the only one who noticed the car at first. A tattooed arm stretched out the back window, holding a Glock. People ran. Not me though. My feet became part of the sidewalk.

    Natasha was splashing in the water, all happy and stuff. I dove into a rose bush. It was Natasha though. Her blood mixed in with the water, and all you could see was a red river flowing down the street. She looked scared. That nickname. My parents claim I was always munching on something from the moment I got off the bottle.

    My voice has extra bass in it. We walk slowly to the kitchen. Black Jesus hangs from the cross in a painting on the hallway wall, and Malcolm X holds a shotgun in a photograph next to him. Nana still complains about those pictures hanging next to each other. We live in her old house. She gave it to my parents after my uncle, Carlos, moved her into his humongous house in the suburbs. Uncle Carlos was always uneasy about Nana living by herself in Garden Heights, especially since break-ins and robberies seem to happen more to older folks than anybody.

    She refused to leave, talking about how it was her home and no thugs were gonna run her out, not even when somebody broke in and stole her television.

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    About a month after that, Uncle Carlos claimed that he and Aunt Pam needed her help with their kids. Daddy and Seven are talking before we get to the kitchen. They go silent as soon as we walk in. Momma opens the fridge, the door crowded with takeout menus and fruit-shaped magnets. We never have pork. Seven smirks across from him. Throw my little brother, Sekani, in there and you have the same person at eight, seventeen, and thirty-six. Momma passes behind Seven with the bacon and squeezes his shoulder.

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    She clears her throat. If he puts his hands on you, let me handle that. Seven nods then looks at me. Somebody finally acknowledges the cloud hanging over the kitchen, which for some reason is like acknowledging me. Momma had to throw it away. Momma turns around to the skillet. Daddy releases a slow breath. Just RIP Khalil messages, fuck the police, stuff like that. It ends up on national news. People get death threats, cops target them, all kinds of stuff.

    I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. I think I know every episode word for word. I even relate to the theme song. A couple of gang members who were up to no good made trouble in my neighborhood and killed Natasha. After last night, it feels stupid to be mad at him. I guess I can see why she says that. I never invite them over.

    Why would I? They live in mini-mansions. My house is just mini. I made the mistake of inviting them to a sleepover in seventh grade. Momma was gonna let us do our nails, stay up all night, and eat as much pizza as we wanted. The ones we still have sometimes. I invited Kenya too, so I could finally hang out with all three of them at once. Maya came but ended up asking her parents to come get her that night.

    There was a drive-by around the corner, and the gunshots scared her. Before Seven leaves for work, he comes to my room in his Best Buy polo and khakis and hugs me. Sekani, on the other hand, steals bacon off my plate, looks at my phone, and purposely steps on my foot on his way out. I love him for it. I bring a bowl of dog food and leftover bacon outside to our pit bull, Brickz. Soon as he sees me, he jumps and fights to break free from his chain.

    And when I get close enough, his hyper butt jumps up my legs, nearly taking me down. He crouches onto the grass and stares up at me, whimpering with wide puppy-dog eyes. The Brickz version of an apology. I know pit bulls can be aggressive, but Brickz is baby most of the time. A big baby. While I feed Brickz and refill his water bowl, Daddy picks bunches of collard greens from his garden. He cuts roses that have blooms as big as my palms. Daddy spends hours out here every night, planting, tilling, and talking. He claims a good garden needs a good conversation.

    One of my baby photos smiles back at me, permanently etched on his arm with Something to live for, something to die for written beneath it. Seven and Sekani are on his other arm with the same words beneath them. Love letters in the simplest form. We turn onto Marigold Avenue, where Garden Heights is waking up.

    Some ladies wearing floral headscarves come out the Laundromat, carrying big baskets of clothes. Reuben unlocks the chains on his restaurant. His nephew, Tim the cook, leans against the wall and wipes sleep from his eyes. Yvette yawns as she goes in her beauty shop. Daddy bought it when I was nine after the former owner, Mr. Wyatt, left Garden Heights to go sit on the beach all day, watching pretty women. Wyatt was the only person who would hire Daddy when he got out of prison, and he later said Daddy was the only person he trusted to run the store.

    Compared to that Walmart on the east side of Garden Heights, our grocery is tiny. White-painted metal bars protect the windows and door. They make the store resemble a jail. Lewis from the barbershop next door stands out front, his arms folded over his big belly. He sets his narrowed eyes on Daddy. We hop out. Lewis himself wears an untidy Afro. Today one is striped and the other is argyle. Daddy unlocks the front door. First you take down his pictures—who the hell replaces a picture of Dr. Then you hire thugs to work up in here. I heard that Khalil boy got himself killed last night.

    He was probably selling that stuff. I flick the switch on the coffeepot at the self-serve table, which Huey Newton watches over from a photograph, his fist raised for black power. Lewis gets coffee made from day-old grounds. He limps through the aisles and gets a honey bun, an apple, and a pack of hog head cheese. He gives me the honey bun. I leave it in the microwave until the plastic wrapper swells and pops open.

    Lewis eats it soon as I take it out. The usual customers come in, like Mrs. Jackson, who insists on buying her greens from Daddy and nobody else. Four red-eyed guys in sagging pants buy almost every bag of chips we have. One of them licks his next blunt as they leave. Around eleven, Mrs. Rooks buys some roses and snacks for her bridge club meeting. She has droopy eyes and gold plating on her front teeth. Her wig is gold-colored too. I grab a pack and pass it to Mrs. The sympathy. I tried to go over there and see Rosalie last night, but so many people were already at the house.

    Poor Rosalie. All she going through and now this. Think you can help us out, Maverick? She flashes those gold teeth in a smile. Your momma would be proud. Daddy nods heavily. Rooks says, eyeing me. Maverick, you better watch out. My hand drifts to my pocket, thinking of Chris and his texts.

    Shit, I left my phone at home. The bigger issue is that Chris is white. She refuses to get in the middle of that fight. My boyfriend, my responsibility to tell Daddy. Rooks leaves. Seconds later, the bell clangs. Kenya struts into the store. Kenya always wears fly sneakers. She comes back with a jumbo bag of Hot Cheetos and a Sprite.

    She jerks her head a little to the side. Kenya follows me. I grab the broom and go to the produce aisle on the other side of the store. Some grapes had spilled out from those red-eyed guys sampling before buying. I barely start sweeping before Kenya starts talking. I make myself nod. It had been a while since I saw him, but. Fuck, I feel the tears coming. Bagging groceries in that ugly apron. He asked for my number. Anyway, Denasia walked over to start something, but the shots went off. We ended up running down the same street, and I clocked her ass. It was so funny!

    Or Khalil staring at the sky. Or all that blood. My stomach twists again. She lets it drop, and I let her tell me about the second round she has planned for Denasia. Daddy calls me up front. When I get there, he hands me a twenty. Kenya follows me out the store. We wait for a car to pass, the music blasting and the driver reclined so far back that only the tip of his nose seems to nod to the song. The smoky aroma hits us on the sidewalk, and a blues song pours outside.

    Inside, the walls are covered with photographs of civil rights leaders, politicians, and celebrities who have eaten there, like James Brown and pre-heart-bypass Bill Clinton. King and a much younger Mr. A bulletproof partition separates the customers from the cashier. I fan myself after a few minutes in line. The air conditioner in the window stopped working months ago, and the smoker heats up the whole building. When we get to the front of the line, Mr. Reuben greets us with a gap-toothed smile from behind the partition.

    Reuben is one of the only people around here who actually calls me by my name. He writes it on a pad. Beefs, tater salad, okra. And extra sauce for you, Starr baby? We say yeah and thank him. But see, Mr. He gives kids free meals if they bring in their report cards. That means sit and wait till your number is called. We find a table next to some white guys.

    The men watch the news on the box TV in a corner of the ceiling. They would taste much better with cheese sauce on them. She pays more attention to her phone. I think I saw something on Twitter, though. I wait. Some bullshit. We get our food and head back to the store. Right as we cross the street, a gray BMW pulls up beside us, bass thumping inside like the car has a heartbeat. His smile fades like he hears my thoughts. He puffs on a cigar and blows smoke from the corner of his mouth. Two tears are tattooed under his left eye. At least. He walks toward us.

    It defines you. King became a King Lord when he took his first breath. They worse than us sometimes. On some business shit, I got a package coming, need somewhere to keep it. King rubs his beard. Three years, state pen, remember that shit? Remember that, now that you done moved back in with his momma. Read more sneak peeks here! If you like your fantasy worlds eerie, complex, and full of surprising twists, then the Three Dark Crowns series by….

    With The Fire On High set us aflame from the very first sentence, not that we expected anything short of…. Books Authors Posts. Sort by: Per page. Per page. Featured , News. Dec 13 by abishop. Related Books. You do know I have friends, right? Can we talk? I can lie though. Damn, I wish this hoodie could swallow me up somehow. I feel like that a lot around here. Sorry, K.



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