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Awakening: The Six Steps to Awaken a New You is an inspirational Christian living book written by Julia Jean-Baptiste. After experiencing a crisis of faith due to personal loss and grief, the author had the great opportunity to attend The Gathering, an event featuring a number of influential and inspiring speakers including Lisa Bevere, Jimmy Evans and John Maxwell. Stunned by what she was experiencing there, she made sure to avail herself of the literature that was being offered at the conference, and later began reading those works that would change her life. God reawakened her sense of purpose, passion and drive, and she now seeks to share those gifts with her readers through her six steps. Each step is presented with an inspirational quote from Scripture, a discussion of the topic covered, and illustrations of those principles based on the experiences of the author or others. She summarizes each step with a section entitled Key Points, which is followed by a series of guided questions to be worked as exercises. Jean-Baptiste includes lined space for the reader to use her book as a workbook as he/she progresses. In her appendix, she includes a number of inspirational Scriptures, Acknowledgements and Sources.
Julia Jean-Baptiste’s motivational Christian Living work, Awakening: The Six Steps to Awaken a New You, should get any reader excited by the possibilities discussed in this well-written and easy to follow book. Jean-Baptiste is an inspired coach; her enthusiasm and drive leaps from the page and makes her suggestions quite irresistible. She breaks down what may at first seem insurmountable challenges into easily manageable steps, and she provides encouragement along the way via her own words, Scripture and quotes from well-known sources including Gandhi, Freud and Einstein. While this title is listed as a Christian Living work, and the author’s approach is that of an energetic and enthusiastic Christian whose partnership with God energizes and illuminates her, her coaching approach will benefit Christians and non-Christians alike. Awakening: The Six Steps to Awaken a New You is most highly recommended.