Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Review - I Want It All


Gwen Smith knows how easy it is to dismiss God's plans with the thoughts, I can't make a big difference for God because I'm just an ordinary woman with an ordinary life. Yet God created us to join Him in doing amazing work in the world. He created us to live with abundant joy, courage, and influence. But not the joy, courage, and influence of the world. He offers His grace for each failure, His love that shatters hate, His peace that soothes the turmoil, His comfort, guidance, wisdom, rest, power, and significance. Every blessing He has for us is ours for the taking.

I Want It All will ignite a fire in your heart to experience more faith, more power, and more impact. More of Jesus. All of Jesus. Everything that God has for you.


Gwen Smith is an author and volleyball enthusiast who lives in sunny North Carolina and has been married to her college honey, Brad, for 23 years. They are tired parents to three competitive-sport-playing teens who keep them on their toes and on their knees. Her online friends meet at to connect and be encouraged, and her goal is to help women think big thoughts about God and be inspired to live out the grace and truth of Jesus. Gwen speaks, leads worship, and eats potato chips at women's events everywhere, and she is a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends in God.


This is a book that had me searching my heart and focusing on what God wants for me and not what I want; focusing on what God thinks about me and not what the world thinks about me. 

I love how Gwen shares her heart openly and gives us a glimpse into her life. I could relate to her thoughts so much and the things she goes through. I definitely felt some conviction from what she shares, too, and that's always good for the soul. Sometimes what I focus on is not at all what God wants me to focus on and she gently, yet firmly, reminds me of this.

I could tell that she put a lot of thought and research into this book, too, and that's always a plus for me. I love that she tells us some of the Greek for the words that she shares to give us a deeper understanding of God's Word. The questions for each chapter are thought provoking and really helped me. Also, this would make this book perfect for a ladies Bible study or small group. 

All in all, this was an excellent book. Gwen doesn't adopt a lofty attitude but writes to us like we're her friends. I love all the great Scriptures and the fact that is biblical. I got so much out of this book and I highly recommend it! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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