I was excited at the prospect of reading Nicole Johnson’s book “Fresh-brewed Life”. I had seen her at Women of Faith and hoped to be inspired and touched by her book as I had been by her dramatic performances.
My expectations were soon dashed as I worked my way through “Fresh-brewed Life”. The book is about the work and changes Nicole made in her life to help her overcome her painful past. However, I didn’t connect with the author and found it a chore to finish reading the book.
Instead of offering something fresh and new a “Fresh-brewed Life” is filled with secular psychology and has a little bit of scripture thrown in for good measure. God seems to be another resource to help fill our needs rather than the One Whom we worship and give an account.
What I found most troubling is Nicole’s views didn’t align with scripture at times. The most grievous example is on pages 58 and 59 where she describes and encounter with a woman who came to speak with her at a conference. Sandra came and asked Nicole to pray for her because she was having an affair. Nicole shared some of the details on what drove this woman to have an affair. At no time during this exchange did Nicole tell this woman that what she is doing is wrong before God. Instead she asked Sandra to tell how this man made her feel and counseled her that she needed to better understand her longings and take them to God. At no time were the words sin and repentance mentioned. The saddest sentence in the book, “I don’t know what happened with Sandra’s marriage or whether or not she ended her affair with Jerry.”
“Fresh-brewed Life” is not entirely without merit. I liked the chapter on friendships. There were a few things throughout the book that were insightful. However, overall the author seemed very self-centered instead of Christ exalting and off base scripturally. Therefore, I do not recommend this book.
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