“Fresh-Brewed Life” by Nicole Johnson is a ‘stirring invitation to wake-up your soul’ as the subtitle suggests! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to anyone who is stuck in the mundane traditions of living life! Nicole takes a unique approach to writing this book by considering each chapter ‘a fresh-brewed cup of coffee’. Now, I am not personally a coffee drinker, so I changed it up a bit to be ‘tea’ but the concept and lessons remain touching, encouraging and challenging. Nicole first goes over what a cup of coffee means. She shows us how inviting a friend out for ‘coffee’ is something special- a way that you ask them to connect with you and to get to know them better. A unique twist on the familiar cup of coffee!
Nicole delves right into the cups and touches on subjects that I personally struggle with and relate to. She speaks on subjects such as what it means to surrender to God, beauty, anger, listening to your longings, sexuality, relationships, friendships and more. Nicole even shares various ways to “Encounter your Journal” throughout the book. Chapter 3 focuses directly on journaling and the importance of taking that time to share your thoughts, get them down on paper, and to spend that private time with God. Then, within each chapter, Nicole offers a “directed journaling” to assist you in topics to journal about pertaining to each chapter and the challenges it presents. Also, within each chapter is a “fresh brewed adventure” that presents ideas for places to visit, things to do, and more. These two unique approaches make this book more of a ‘devotional’ than a quick read. I found myself taking the time each day to read a chapter- and sometimes it took me a couple of days to read a chapter so I could allow the content to soak in and really touch my life.
In addition to the content of this book- Nicole also shares personal stories and examples to assist readers in applying these concepts to their daily lives. She, often, refers to her personal life and struggles to guide you though a way she overcame it. Plus, Nicole shares things that she still struggles with and becomes transparent in her writing. Further, Nicole also posts various quotes (I love quotes) within each chapter on the sides of the pages to challenge you even more. I found lots of new quotes and scriptures that I can reference and apply to my personal life.
After the Epilogue, Nicole offers a ‘Discussion Question’ section, making this a perfect book for a woman’s Bible study group. This goes chapter by chapter, and seems easy to incorporate into a Bible study group!
Overall, if you’re looking for a different type of book to challenge you to renew your life and walk with God and also for ways to deal with those struggles, I highly recommend “Fresh Brewed Life” by Nicole Johnson. Not only will you find a ton of topics that you can relate to directly, but you will find the challenges to help you overcome those struggles that we all deal with as women of God.