Pre-order today! When you enjoy God's company first--even in the uncertain moments of life--the heavenly Creator will transform your mind to view your schedule, work, relationships, parenting, and responsibilities as opportunities to dance in life's storms and honor how beautiful simple can be. That's the message of the Choosing REAL journal, where Bekah walks with you into life’s unplanned circumstances and reminds you it is in these very moments that God invites you to notice, respond, and even celebrate how He shows up—in every little detail. Featuring quotes from Pogue's, Choosing REAL, alongside inspiring scripture selections and journal prompts, you will be encouraged to record your personal thoughts and feelings and to accept the invitation to embrace life just as it is!
Choosing REAL: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned is for fellow planners, those of us who like to be in control. Bekah wrote this coming out of a fresh fog of grief after losing her dad to a sudden stroke. She looked around and noticed a shift, a raw awareness and deep desire to accept that she was not in control (even though she did her best to appear that way) and began choosing to peer through circumstances and understand God’s heart in the middle of real life, especially when it didn’t go as hoped. Suddenly she noticed frantic schedules, loss, transitions, relationships, and those days she didn’t feel beautiful and worthy as invitations to celebrate the unexpected. It was through releasing my need to be all things to all people where she tangibly understood authentic peace, freedom, and joy in newfound ways.
And she wants that for you.
Choosing REAL is a conversation about how faith meets real life, including these topics: busyness, loss, identity, worthiness, loneliness, social media, communication, gratitude, status quo, serving, and celebrating.
A companion devotional, Choosing Real 7 Day Devotional journeys and invites us into 7 unplanned circumstances—frantic schedules, pain, transition, feelings of unworthiness, distractions, relational tension—and reminding us that it’s in these very moments when God invites us to notice, respond, and even celebrate an authentic relationship with Him despite our own efforts or work. The result? A connection between real life and faith so that they are one and the same.
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Choosing Real Reviews
“I was so inspired by Bekah’s words on embracing the everyday, living fully with all of our senses, and celebrating the life right in front of us. Choosing Real will motivate you to look for the beauty in the middle of the unplanned and unexpected.”
—Crystal Paine, Founder of MoneySavingMom.com, New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
“Choosing REAL is a fresh breath of air. The pages bring God to life; the stories inspire faithfulness; and the transparency makes the warmth of Christ’s love come alive. No doubt this book will leave you feeling lighter, stronger, and a whole lot more connected to God.”—Kelly Balarie, Author of Fear Fighting (Baker Books), Speaker, and Blogger at www.purposefulfaith.com
“Bekah is an enthusiastic, joyful person who projects her passion and faith on every page of Choosing REAL. The voice of her writing bursts with hope as she describes the challenges and complexities of managing life as a young mother. She brings comfort and spiritual inspiration to others who seek guidance on finding their own gifts and balance in our world today."–Richard E. Felix PhD, Author, The School of Dying Graces
“Following her late father’s advice to ‘enjoy the journey,’ Bekah Pogue invites readers to do just that. Pogue welcomes readers into all folds of her life and emphasizes what a gift it is to choose an identity built on what is real versus comparison and fantasy. Readers will find her stories refreshing in a culture that bids us to find our worth in always being picture perfect. Instead, Pogue offers anecdotes of hope amidst life’s transitions and hard times. Her stories of finding God in seasons of loneliness and the ordinary moments of every day will touch readers like me who felt like I was sitting at Pogue’s table with her as I read, eating a brownie and sharing our souls.”—Kristin Ritzau, Spiritual Director and Author of A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey through Self-Care
“In Choosing Real Bekah has a distinct talent for a lighthearted and down-home approach that makes you feel like you’re sitting on her denim couch, listening to her share her heart. I found myself encouraged to stop, appreciate the magic in the moment, and cherish the microscopic details we live in every day. She has a way of zooming into life while zooming out in perspective, encouraging us to consider what’s truly important in life and realizing the molehills that feel like mountains shall pass. . .and just perhaps, there’s a lesson in those molehills. When life boils down, there are a few simple key ingredients—God and people, and that’s about it. Bekah’s book inspires me to live in a way that has less fear and more love, because that’s how God would want it, if we could just get out of our own way and ‘let go and let God!’ ”—Allyson Magda, Photographer of Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg, The Hearst Family, featured on the cover of People, and in Forbes, NY Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, World’s Best Wedding Photographers., founder of Allysonmagda.com
“In, Choosing Real, Bekah Pogue artistically does just that. She chooses a journey of relentless authenticity and then invites her readers to do the same. Inspired by grief, Pogue intimately offers a front-seat view of the moments in life that are less than perfect and delicately describes how these are often the very moments in which God is perfecting Himself in us. This book is both vulnerable and inspiring, and readers will find practical application on every page to say ‘YES’ to the journey of life in Christ.”—Dr. Michelle Anthony, Wife, Mom, Speaker, and Author of Spiritual Parenting, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, and The Big God Story“
In an era where it seems like women are being collectively sold a lie that says we aren’t enough, Choosing Real invites us to experience the deep and holy satisfaction that comes when we relish in God filled daily moments. Bekah’s encouragement to lean and listen close to Jesus’s whispering adoration reframes life’s many seasons. Whether in mundane everyday moments, seasons of grief and sorrow, times transitions, or times when friendships experience strain, Choosing Real gently calls us to slow down and identify with a Jesus who values us beyond all, and reveals Himself to us as He celebrates us as His treasured creation.”-Johanna & Denise at Laurelbox