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I am a book nerd. If you’re a long time reader, you’re probably thinking “DUH! That’s why I’m here!” Maybe you are a book nerd, too :). For a long time, I read without any goal of retaining anything. To this day, I look at a book and think I read that and have no. idea. what it was about.


The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned came into my email right about the time I had an epiphany. I’ve been reading primarily non-fiction for the last 6-7 years and I’ve reviewed some fabulous books. Books that had real potential to change my life and my family’s life. And the messages went in one ear and out the other and I moved on to the next book.

In The Finishing School, Val Woerner did a better job at learning from her books than I did :).  She goes through 20+ areas of life that she read books about and shares what worked (and what didn’t) and recommends resources to live your best life using what she learned the books that she read.

In it you will find:

  • 3 keys to experiencing joy

  • 4 steps to combating fear and anxiety

  • 5 tips to thriving in busy seasons

  • 6 keys to a rest-filled Sabbath

  • 7 ways to make prayer happen daily

  • and much more!

Not only is this a beautiful book full of beauty and truth, but she has included free homework assignments that you can access via her website to help you change your own life. I was reading this book while on vacation a few weeks ago and kept finding myself nodding and thinking “Yep, yep.” or “I SO need to get back on that track.” I kid you not, I took 16 pages of notes and wrote down a half-dozen book titles.  Here are a few gems that really struck me.

She covers topics that are useful to anyone living in the modern world, whether you have kids or not, work or stay home, are married or single. Everyone needs help in some of these areas — bible study, goal setting, distractions (what?), self-control, habits, balance, minimalism and many more. Twenty-two more, to be exact. So if you are ready to apply what you read or ready to progress without reading 300+ books, The Finishing School would be a great place to start living the life you want.

Jen S.

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