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The Healthy Living Handbook by Laura Harris Smith, C.N.C., B.S.O.M. February 21, 2018

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Simple, Everyday Ways to Lifelong Health for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

These days we are living longer than ever, yet we’re more run down, anxious, overweight, exhausted, stressed out, depressed, and all-around more unwell than ever before. The quantity of the days we live is up, but the quality of those days is down. Way down.

What if there were a simple, everyday way to change this? What if a healthy life were easily within your grasp–body, mind, and spirit? The good news is that it is!

Going beyond over-hyped diets and complicated exercise routines, spiritual wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith distills the essence of a healthy life into one simple, practical idea: change your habits, change your life. By showing that a truly healthy life is more than physical–it’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual–Smith gives you easy, everyday ways not only to live well, but to live better, in every area of life.

Accessible, practical, and grounded in real life, The Healthy Living Handbook is not a major lifestyle overhaul; it’s just full of simple course corrections that will bring you the peace, rest, energy, connection, and clarity you’ve longed for. When you live from a place of true health, you will love more deeply, engage more fully, and participate with others more wholeheartedly.

My thoughts:

Since I have been changing my eating habits I have become very interested in overall healthy living so when I saw this book I wanted to give it a read.

It is divided into three sections. I found the first section very powerful and a great reminder for me of things I already knew but don’t walk in daily. I neglect Holy Spirit so much, I need Him and I don’t talk to or with Him enough. There are some powerful prayers at the end of each chapter that I fully embraced.

The middle section was about organizing your home. I need to do this but I honestly have trouble caring enough. However, I did end up doing some cleaning this weekend and it does feel good have a home that is more organized, I just have trouble keeping it there.

The last section is about physical health. I really enjoyed this section and it reiterated the things I have been learning about health and even has me thinking about some things I haven’t incorporated yet.

Overall, if you are looking for ways to improve every area of your life this is a good book to pick up.

Visit Laura here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own. 



Seeing the Voice of God by Laura Harris Smith March 25, 2014

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seeing the voice

Seeing the Voice of God


Laura Harris Smith


God is always speaking . . . even when He doesn’t use words.

We live in a post-verbal society that communicates through images–television, smartphones, the Internet–and our Creator longs to communicate with us visually if we’ll live with our eyes wide open.

With absorbing insight, Seeing the Voice of God demystifies nighttime dreams and daytime visions, revealing the science behind the supernatural and giving you a biblical foundation for making sense of what you see. You’ll also:

learn to discern if what you see is from God
study the ten most common types of dreams
discover spirit, mind, and medical tips for better dream recall
interpret dream symbols and imagery
review the best iPhone and Android sleep cycle apps

My thoughts:

I have always been a dreamer. I can remember most of my dreams in the morning or have an idea of what happened and sometimes something will trigger my memory and I will remember the craziest dream. My husband tells me I always have crazy dreams. And honestly, a lot of them do seem strange.

Seeing the Voice of God challenges you to start looking at your dreams in a different way. It asks us to wake up (literally) and take notice of what you have been dreaming about. Laura encourages you to write down your dreams as soon as you wake up to gain a better understanding of them. And then run them through the filters or categories she offers in the book to see what God might be speaking to you.

She also talks about the importance of having a good night’s sleep and steps you can take to improve your sleep.

I really liked this book and have been challenged to pay more attention to my dreams and see if God is trying to tell me something. Although, I know some dreams are clearly not from God and in fact the enemy has used dreams in my life to plant seeds of deceit. Thankfully, I have learned to identify these but it has taken me a long time.

Are you a dreamer, do you wonder if God is trying to tell you something? Laura believes that God is always trying to speak to us so why would He stop when we are the quietest? If this book sounds interesting to you I encourage you to pick up a copy. You might find a whole new way to see God’s voice 🙂

Grab your copy at you local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-A-Million.

Visit Laura’s website here.

An ebook copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.