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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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About the Book

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Book: Storm Proof
Author: Carol McLeod
Genre: Religion/Christian life/Woman’s issues
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Go “storm chasing” through the pages of the greatest Book ever written! 
What storm has blown into your circumstances? Are you—or someone you love—suffering from the trauma of plans that have been washed away, relationships that have been uprooted, or security that has been devastated? Many believers have been known to ask, “God, where are You in this storm?” or, “Lord, did You send this storm into my life?” Just what does a believer do during a stormy season? StormProof: Weathering Life’s Tough Timestackles these and other tumultuous questions.
Author Carol McLeod is a storm survivor—more than that, a victor—over infertility, depression, and cancer. She understands the spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges of the trials we face in our lives. A gifted Bible teacher, she provides “life preservers” of hope and faith through the eternal, practical wisdom found only in God’s Word.
By examining key storms in the Bible, and the lives of those affected by themCarol guides you to uncommon comfort for your own storms, offering the shelter of hope, joy, and faith. In StormProof, you will step out of the boat to walk the waves with Peter, knowing that Jesus always comes to be with you in the midst of your storms; you will be rocked aboard a wind-driven ship with the apostle Paul, in danger of being smashed against the rocks, but be preserved by God’s power; you will watch the gathering storm clouds with Noah, holding on to faith in God’s purposes. You will also experience Jonah’s self-inflicted tempest while affirming God’s unconditional love, sit in silence with Job and ponder his questions about the greatest storm of testing, and huddle with the disciples as their boat is swamped by surging waves—only to hear Jesus’s eternal words, “Peace, be still.” You will also hear about storms of harsh circumstances that others from recent history have encountered and overcome.
Storms are common in every season of life. Yet, for a believer in Christ, the damage such storms cause can be contained, depending on how we navigate their tumultuous waves. There is a way—a triumphant way—to encounter the fierce gales of life and then exit the tempests with strength and resilience. There is a definitive way to walk through the most devastating of circumstantial tornadoes and emerge with grace, empowered for the future. There is a way to be StormProof.

About the Author

Carol McLeodCarol McLeod is a popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats through Carol McLeod Ministries. She is the author of ten books, including Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue (Whitaker House, 2018), Joy for All Seasons (Bridge-Logos, 2016), Holy Estrogen (Harrison House, 2012), and Defiant Joy (Thomas Nelson, 2006). Carol hosts a daily podcast, A Jolt of Joy! on the Charisma Podcast Network, and a weekly podcast, The Joy of Motherhood, which is listened to by thousands of moms around the world. Her blog, Joy for the Journey (formerly A Cup of Tea with Carol), has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women. After her 2013 devotional 21 Days to Beat Depression had nearly 100,000 downloads in the first month, YouVersion picked it up, where it has been read over 500,000 times in five years. She also has ten other devotionals on YouVersion, including Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue. Carol writes a weekly column for Ministry Today and often writes for Charisma magazine. She is also a frequent guest on and has cohosted 100 Huntley Street. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart won a Telly Award in 2005 for excellence in religious programming. The first Women’s Chaplain at Oral Roberts University, she currently serves on the university’s Alumni Board of Directors. Carol has been married to her college sweetheart, Craig, for nearly forty years and is the mother of five children in heaven and five children on earth. Carol and Craig are now enjoying their new titles as “Marmee and Pa” to seven delicious grandchildren! She and her husband will soon be moving to Oklahoma, where Craig serves as the North American Director for Global Partners, a missions organization that plants churches in remote areas of the world.

More from Carol

I wrote this book and dedicated it to a lifetime friend and a woman who has survived the worst of life’s storms.
”You have danced in the sunshine…
been drenched by circumstantial downpours…
been threatened by windy situations…
and been attacked by the blinding blizzard of events.
But through it all, you have been faithful.
You have been a warrior.
You have been a worshipper.
You have kept your eyes on Jesus.
You have been StormProof.
You haven’t just weathered the tough times in life…you have rejoiced through them!
There is no one I would rather share an umbrella with than you, my friend.”


I know I have weathered many storms in my life. There were times I wasn't sure if I would survive, but with God's help I became stronger and more dependent on Him. Today as I read this book, I am faced with the biggest storm I have ever had. It has taken me by surprise and at times I'm not sure I can go on. God knew just what I needed and provided this book at the right time for me. 

From the beginning of the book I was encouraged by reading, " Not only does a storm have the power to introduce us to God, but it also has the capacity to introduce us to ourselves!" I have always said that I would not change a thing I went through because it made me stronger. It has also helped me to share my story with others to help them understand that God never leaves us.  I loved the story about Jesus grieving for his friend who had just been murdered. Like many of us, He wanted to be alone, but Jesus chose to embrace those who were waiting for Him to give them compassion and help them. There are times I have wanted to run away and be by myself, but my family needs me so I continue to draw strength from Him. I have never felt His presence more than at this storm I am going through. It really has stirred a yearning to seek Him and spend more time soaking in His presence. 

There is so much great inspirational tools in this book I want to share it all with you. What I will do is tell you how much this book has blessed me, encouraged me and helped me cry tears that were healing. I sometimes feel alone in this journey but know God has me just where he want me.  It is so true that when you take your eyes off Jesus in the midst of a storm, anxiety, bitterness and anger try to take over our thoughts and mind. I have been guilty of saying, "Why God? Why are you doing this to me?" As I walk through this difficult storm I an leaning more on Him and not asking why as much. I'm trying to get my faith stronger and let Him hold me up. 

The author writes with clarity and encouragement.  This one statement hit me hard, "When you choose fear over faith, and self over sacrifice, the waves of your storm can violently splash upon the people whom love you dearly."  We need to look around us and be aware of others who are standing with us. Are we making the right choices? Am I seeking God's advice? Am I allowing loved ones to pray with me or am I shutting them out?

As I read this book, I kept thinking about one of my favorite songs, " The Anchor Holds." It is a powerful song about the storms we battle but the anchor holds which is Jesus. I highly recommend this book to everyone facing difficult times. It is a powerful tool to help you as you go through storms. The author includes many scriptures which are helpful and encouraging. I know I will face more storms, but now I feel better equipped to go through them with God standing beside me.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, March 11
Carpe Diem, March 13
The Becca Files, March 19
A Diva’s HeartMarch 20
Kelly Harrel, March 21


To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away
Grand prize of a $20 Starbucks Card and a Woman of God Umbrella
1st Place prize of a copy of Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue, and Whitaker House/Anchor adult coloring book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.