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413WhXYuG4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Nine Steps to Well-Being: A Spiritual Guide for Disconnected Christians and Other Questioning Journeyers by Steven Smith is based on the author’s personal experiences and learning stages as he renewed his faith in the Lord. Smith uses those experiences to teach readers how to have a higher level connection with faith and with Christ. The book is a type of personal odyssey with intimate story details of Smith’s life, quotes from scripture on faith, and a faith-based analysis of how God’s love is truly never-ending in the life of a believer.

The book contains nine chapters that explain the Christ-centered conversations a believer will have with himself. Each step is analyzed in detail, based on faith questions such as whether God is on our side or not, or whether we have Christ as a partner as we go through everyday trials. For example, the book explains that God’s grace offers believers the clarity to know that he is with us each minute, in good times and in bad. This is an important point since people often lose faith during tough times and may mistakenly believe God that has stopped caring–which the author feels is not the case at all. God is in the thicket with his followers and believers can rest assured of God’s love at all times.

I appreciated the author discussing a “car manual” type approach to reading the Bible, and encouraging a more open approach to religion. Smith expects believers to approach scripture with a humble spirit and to seek wisdom in the word by asking probing questions with an open heart to God’s love. Highly recommended for all ages.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Whispering Tree Original Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.