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Fulfilled-Learning To Live The Life God Promised // Book Review & Giveaway

I think I’ve spent the last year of my life searching for fulfillment. My heart knows where it can be found, or rather, in Whom alone it is found. But I’ve been allowing circumstances and past hurt to consume my heart, which only leave me empty and anything but fulfilled.

Danise Jurado released her book yesterday, Fulfilled-Learning To Live The Life God Promised. The opportunity to read and review the book couldn’t have come at a better time.


I was not prepared for the “heart work” that God had planned for me as I read.

People look for fulfillment in many things: in other people, in food, in the pleasures of this world. And although these temporary fillings make us feel good in the moment, this type of fulfillment never lasts and will leave us broken and in desperate need of more.

For so long, I’ve been looking for fulfillment in my marriage, my job, my kids, my ministry — Me..Me…Me…Me…Me. Although each of these blessings in my life bring a sense of great satisfaction, they were never meant to cause me to turn away from seeking the only One who can provide lasting fulfillment.

Oh I didn’t really turn away. My heart has just become “slothful”, similar to the experience Danise shares in the book about how she had become rather lazy in her devotion time with God.


God desires that I live the fulfilled life He promised. But in order to do that, I must fully submit myself to God and allow him to bring to light those areas in my life where I’ve crowded Him out with other things.

Somewhere along the way I’ve allowed myself to lose hope and I’ve become discouraged and disillusioned with many areas of my life. Danise shares about five ways to help overcome discouragement and find hope again:

Believe that God is always there for you.
Don’t follow negativity or bad advice — trust God.
Choose to live in an atmosphere that encourages your faith.
Let God heal the broken areas of your life.
Let hope restore your dreams and your vision.

I’ve been a lost little girl, sitting on the side lines with her arms folded, choosing to live unfulfilled due to heartache. The point is, I must let God in to those broken and hurting places so that he can bring healing.

[tweetthis]God is real, and is only a heat’s cry away. He hears me, sees me and knows me. #fulfilled[/tweetthis]

I am still allowing the words of this book to seep in. Danise does a beautiful job of sharing from past, personal experiences where God found her, right in the middle of her mess, and brought her through to victory to live the life He has promised for her.

I know that God will do the same for me. Through forgiveness, restoration, joy and hope (among others), God is slowly teaching me how to surrender my life to Him fully, so that I can fully live the life God intended for me.

Will you join me in celebrating the release of Danise’s book, Fulfilled? You can purchase  a copy here, or enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy.

The Giveaway

I am thrilled to offer one of you a copy of Fulfilled-Learning To Live the Life God Promised. To enter, just follow the prompts on the giveaway widget below.

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15 thoughts on “Fulfilled-Learning To Live The Life God Promised // Book Review & Giveaway”

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says:

    I’ve won a copy of Fulfilled in another giveaway, and will be interested to read it. If that is my destiny.

    I’m writing this at the end of a truly terrifying day of pain and illness – God alone is keeping me upright now. I’m afraid to sleep, because I may not wake, and on that possibility, I told my wife, “Well, if this is it, it’s been fun. I’d do it again.” And parted with a fist-bump.

    This is fulfillment. God made me as I am – something to be used only in case of war. By nature and nurture, in becoming a security operator I am something both more and less than human. Tenderness is a foreign language, and humour a rarity. But I can save your life, with chilling efficiency. Even now, felled by fatal illness.

    And my wife accepts this. God knows, she deserved better than the hand she was dealt.

    My fulfillment lies in her acceptance. My heart, such as it is, lies in her hands.

    I may not see tomorrow, literally. It hurts so much right now!

    But I did see today.
    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser recently posted..Problems with Paratroops – #BlogBattle

    1. Barbie says:

      Andrew, my heart hurts for you right now. I cannot imagine the level of pain you are in. I am praying for you, that you will see tomorrow, and more days ahead. I am asking God to remove your fear and give you sweet rest. He holds you in His arms. You are a fierce warrior. Keep fighting!

        1. Danise Jurado says:

          Andrew – please don’t wait to see if you win a giveaway… I would love to send you a free copy of my book right away… email your address to
          My prayers are with you brother and with your precious wife during this painful time… Danise

          1. Janis@Heart-Filled Moments says:

            What a lovely gesture, Danise. I read your reply with tears in my eyes. Looking forward to reading your book.
            Janis@Heart-Filled Moments recently posted..Growing in Grace

        2. Bomi says:

          Sending you a big hug, praying that God’s peace and love and strength will overflow in your home and both your lives. Praying for powerful testimonies and for God’s name to be glorified through all of this. Bless you brother!

  2. Rachelle says:

    Oh how I can relate to your words today. I found myself in the same situation not too long ago, and I am so thankful that God brought my complacency to my attention. I have been working on spending more time with God, and filling my life with Christ loving friends. This book sounds like a great read, I will definitely be checking it out.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Rachelle!

  3. Michele Morin says:

    Barbie, I love it when a book sneaks up on me and meddles with my brokenness – when I thought that all I was doing was reading a book so that I could write about it. God is so good to put lessons right in our path where we have to trip over them. Praying for you right now.
    Michele Morin recently posted..Hebrews — “Be Confident!”

    1. Barbie says:

      Most of the book reviews I’ve done lately have been divinely set up by God. Have a blessed tomorrow Michele!

    1. Barbie says:

      It wasn’t what I expected, but so much more. Perhaps you’ll win! Thanks for stopping by Wanda.

  4. Danise Jurado says:

    Hi Barbie – I sent out a tweet early this morning sharing how much I truly appreciate your vulnerable post. I am honored and blessed to have you partnering with me on the Fulfilled Blog tour!
    Showers of blessings to you my friend! xo
    Danise Jurado recently posted..A Legacy of Words Fulfilled / Book Launch Giveaway

    1. Barbie says:

      Honored to be a part Danise!

  5. Janis@Heart-Filled Moments says:

    It’s been a long journey for you. I’ve been here sporadically over the past couple of years, and I remember the breaks you have taken to find rest and the soul fulfillment God has for you. Reading your post today was inspiring and encouraging. I look forward to the work God will be doing in your life!
    Blessings my friend,
    Janis@Heart-Filled Moments recently posted..Growing in Grace

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