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Breathe by Bonnie Gray {Book Review}

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7 (NIV)

It’s been years since I’ve been on a book launch team. When I had the opportunity to be apart of the Breathe, 21 Days to Stress Less and Transform Chaos to Calm, I jumped at the chance.

Bonnie’s book seemed like a good fit for my life. I was not wrong. This year has been fraught with changes such as adjusting to new work hours and days off, helping people in my personal life, and being taken down by illness. As a result, I’ve been way behind because sleep was more important.

Whether you are a grieving widow or dealing with any other of life’s challenges This book is for you. There are numerous tips on how to deal with stress and anxiety when your life or a day gets out of control.

Four Sections

Breathe is divided into four sections: Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, and Social Wellness. You can read the book from beginning to end, or pick the area of wellness that needs the most work in your life after taking the Soul Care Quiz. The area it told me I needed to work on most was Spiritual Wellness. I was shocked. Social Wellness would not have surprised me but Spiritual left me gasping for air.

Speaking of air – each of the 21 chapters contains sections:

  • Breathe In Truth (God’s Words of Affirmation).
  • Breath Prayer (simple short prayers to pray while deep breathing).
  • Soul Care Challenges (actions you can do to help step away from stress).
  • Pull Up A Chair (questions for you to ponder and space to write your answers).

Soul Care Challenge in Chapter 8 When You’re Burned Out is step away from the computer or the phone and do something creative, like take pictures.

Lilac Bush

Five Myths

The most powerful chapter in the Spiritual Wellness section is number 17 – Breaking Myths, Having Mental Health Issues Doesn’t Mean Your Faith Is Flawed. In the Breathe in Truth section, Bonnie busts the following five myths with five truths about mental health and spiritual fitness:

  • Jesus commanded us “Do not worry.” If you worry you are sinning.
  • Trust God and you’ll have peace and joy. If you don’t have peace and joy, then you’re not trusting God enough
  • If you read God’s Word more, pray more, praise more, give thanks more, and rejoice more, you will have peace that surpasses all understanding.
  • The Bible tells us to forget the past and focus on what’s ahead.
  • You don’t need a therapist. You just need Jesus and God’s Word.

The following passage stood out.

So where is the church’s voice on mental health-other than simplistic Sunday school answers, guilt, or silence? It’s up to us, the regular everyday people in the daily trenches of real life, to speak the truth and tell our stories about the wok God’s doing in our lives and what he’s saying to us through Scripture.

Bonnie Gray Breathe : 21 Days to Stress Less and Transform Chaos to Calm. Chapter 17 (pg 158)

Get Back

My copy is filled with lots of pen, highlighter, stars and flower stickers to mark important sentences and paragraphs.

Breathe is filled with encouragement for how to get back to calm and belongs as a reference on everyone’s desk, especially in this chaotic world.

Thank you Bonnie for writing such a practical and powerful book.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.