“Flat Cats and Fried Chicken” – Holly Chappa

The title of this book made me curious.

It was placed on a coffee table at a family member’s home where I could not resist reading it; after the first chapter I just wanted to know more.

I found this book to be a very easy read travelling on a faith journey with Holly as she shared her real life experiences, the highs, the lows – including the explanation of the title of the book – with the most significant part of her journey being her very real and evident faith in God.

The most impacting chapter for me was chapter two, which Holly has based on the scripture Proverbs 16:1 – “We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hand”. In Holly’s words, she threw out the blue prints she had for her life and asked God what His plans were for her. This challenged me.

Holly openly shares her ministry experiences, including how she and her husband (and kids) travelled from America to New Zealand and to Australia and how she later moved to America as a single mum. Holly has since returned to the great land of OZ!

I recommend this book; it is an easy read that is also encouraging. Holly speaks in such a real way about her life and makes it clear that our amazing God wants to do the same with us.

I may not be reading it again, as it will now need to be returned to the owner. My curiosity about the title made the read worthwhile.


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"Undaunted" by Christine Caine

A book I will read again!

The story that Christine shares is personal and impacting, full of honesty and openness. I related to so much of what she had to share and was extremely encouraged.

Christine is with no doubt a woman of faith, but it is the way in which she openly shares the journey of faith, including the thoughts of doubt and question and the wonder of how it will all work out that for me was the greatest encouragement.

I often feel like a lesser woman of faith when I begin to doubt, yet what I learnt from this real life story is that is the action which we take that will bring us closer to the purpose we were designed for.

I was also reminded that, from my own dark and depressive experiences, I can be used to empower and equip others; but it takes the desire to not only want change but to hang on tight to it, grip it well and move forward with it every day.

This is my first Christine Caine book, one I picked up from a recommendation, and I am so glad that I did. Christine writes in an easy to read fashion, but I found it was her honesty and humbleness before God that captured me.

I do recommend this book as a great read, but be prepared to be challenged whilst also very encouraged to become someone who is UNDAUNTED!


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