Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate: Wit and Wisdom for Sidestepping Life's Worries

Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate: Wit and Wisdom for Sidestepping Life's Worries

by Debora M. Coty

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Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate: Wit and Wisdom for Sidestepping Life's Worries by Debora M. Coty

Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates is tailored to your everyday fears—financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what-ifs—both real and imagined. In an age of uncertainty, inspirational humorist Deb Coty promises peace and hope for a better future. You’ll come away refreshed, renewed, and ready to conquer your worries!

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ISBN-13: 9781624163326
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including Too Blessed to Be Stressed and More Beauty, Less Beast. She’s also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children and three audacious grandbuddies, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway. Visit Debora online at www.DeboraCoty.com.

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Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate: Wit and Wisdom for Sidestepping Life's Worries 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by Debora M. Coty, and all I can say is WOW! I always enjoyed Christian humorists Barbara Johnson and Patsy Clairmont, and if you like them, you are certain to like this book. If you have ever experienced fear (and let's be honest--who hasn't), this is a book that will talk to you straight about overcoming it by the grace and intervention of God. The stories she shares are quite touching, and it was all I could do to hold back my tears many times. To see the goodness of God and the faith of His people truly brought me to my spiritual needs. This book is written as a "small group study," and I wouldn't mind studying this book with a group of ladies. There is a lot of theology in this book, but you will find a lot of humor. Her quotes are either poignant or hilarious. I just have to share my favorite quote: "If at first you don't succeed, skydiving it not for you!" I would recommend this book to every woman in the church. I learned so much, and I plan to go back to this book again and again. I can hardly wait to read her next book! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
AskAJulie More than 1 year ago
Debora Coty has written a wonderful devotional book that addresses the most common stresses that women deal with. She includes heart warming stories about being more compassionate, forgiving, and being thankful, despite daily stresses and worries. Her advice and tips are practical and easy to follow. Each section ends with discussion questions that would make this book great for a woman's Bible study group. I enjoyed answering the questions alone because it game me more time to reflect on the readings. I felt like a friend had been there and done that and was using her experience to help me. This book was a wonderful read that left me feeling closer to God and less worried and fearful.
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
This cute little book is a humorous and inspirational read, crafted to help women face and conquer their fears with God at their side. It’s aimed more at “women” so to speak, as opposed to girls in their teens and twenties. FFFC has a few statistics (what would YOU guess the top three fears among women are? Read the book to find out…), lots of stories (and I mean lots), and a lovely plethora of Bible verses – many of them great for memorizing. It’s full of practical, solid, and good advice, with a fine dose of laughable lines and stories pulling it together. Each chapter (maybe 30 or so?) includes some thoughtful questions at the end, either for doing by yourself or with a group. Fears confronted include everything from losing dear ones to getting older, and lots. Overall, I didn’t give it a real high rating because after all, it is aimed at women older than me. I also went into it expecting Liz Curtis Higgs’ type of humor, which has always made me laugh aloud, and this just wasn’t as funny for me. However, I would none-the-less recommend it for others! **Litfuse Publicity Group supplied me with this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to post a positive review, nor was I paid in any way other than the book.**
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
How can fear be humorous?  In this book it does make you look at the funny side of dealing with fear, what ifs, the unknown, pain, and loss in your life.  Your imagination can be an enemy sometimes causing us to fear the unknown.    At age sixty-two with prayer and faith in God I am able to control most of my fears.  When my daughters were still at home I felt as if I was responsible for what everyone did or should do, ,yet I felt like I had no control over the situation.  Well I learned the hard way that I can advise and set rules but it was still up to the individual to follow through with what was right hopefully. If not then we would deal with it the best we could.  It would have been helpful to have had this book back then. The author writes that you will end up making a nervous wreck out of yourself.  It can cause sleeping problems, anxiety and insecurities.  More health problems than I wish name.  Humor is one her antidotes, but most important is having faith in God's and His Word.  Putting on God's Armor.  You will love the authors interpretation of God's Armor.  Chapter 15, This Helmet Is Worth Hat Hair (Helmet of Salvation: Grace) God's grace has set us free. Romans 6:15   In Chapter 6, Who Wants to Be a Worry Wart? (Curbing worry) Don't worry about anything,  instead, pray about everything,  tell God what you need,  and thank Him for all He has done.   Philippians 4:6 NLT I would love to share so much more of her book with you but then you wouldn't have to read the book yourself, would you.  Grrrr!  There I go again trying to control. You should check out some of her other books, too! I highly recommend this book! Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Lifuse Publicity Group/Barbour Publishing for review
VicG More than 1 year ago
Debora M. Coty in her new book, “Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate” published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. gives Wit and Wisdom for Sidestepping Life’s Worries. From the back cover: Are you ready to strip fear’s power over you and become the confident woman you were meant to be? Have you found that tolerating your personal fear monsters only makes them growl louder? Maybe it’s time for a healthy dose of truth gift-wrapped in humor. With her own brand of off-beat wit and wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of women worn down by everyday fears – financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what ifs …both real and imagined. With fresh spiritual insight, Debora shares hope, true life stories, scriptural lifelines, and a few LOL’s along with simple, practical tips for sidestepping fear with faith. And a fistful of chocolate! As much as we would hate to admit it, most of us struggle with some kind of fear, worry or anxiety on a regular basis. Whether the fear is something that seems insignificant to some (like spiders) or is more common to mankind (like the loss of a loved one), we need to find the faith to hand our worries over to God to handle. Ms. Coty tells us, “Fear is really about losing control. We can easily fool ourselves into thinking we’re doing the responsible thing by worrying. When we worry, we’re desperately trying to maintain control. We keep our manicured fingernails clutching on to every shred of our lives because underneath it all, we’re afraid to relinquish complete control to the Lord. Why? Because things might not turn out the way we want them to.” In four sections, “Internal Fears”, “External Fears”, “The War Is On”and “Faceless Fears” Ms. Coty addresses the Top Ten fears women face: 1) Loss of loved one (spouse/children/parents) 2) Debilitating disease/illness/cancer 3) Failure 4) Old age/senility 5) The unknown/the what-ifs 6) Loneliness 7) Dependency on others 8) Rejection 9) Specific Critters (snakes, roaches, rats, etc.) 10) Being judged unfairly. With insightful wisdom within each short chapter Ms. Coty explores how to deal with each individual fear. Each chapter ends with a “More Pluck, Less Chicken” set of questions that let the reader ponder the answers and apply them to themselves. Not only is this a great book for us to read, sometimes many, many times, it is also a great gift for our friends and family. Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate Kindle Fire Giveaway and 3/7 Facebook party! Celebrate the release of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate with Debora Coty by entering her Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to the March 7th Author Chat Party on Facebook! Fear-Faith-Giveaway-300 One “sweet” winner will receive: A Kindle Fire A Debora Coty Library (Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate, More Beauty, Less Beast, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, and Everyday Hope) Chocolate (Every good thing begins with chocolate!) Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/6/13. Winner will be announced at Debora’s “Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate” Facebook Party on 3/7. Debora will be hosting an evening of chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Debora via Skype.) So grab your copy of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate and join Debora and friends on the evening of March 7th for an evening of fun. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!) Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
sunflower_faith More than 1 year ago
Reading Debora M. Coty's previous work, "Too Blessed to be Stressed" and now her current book, "Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate", her writing style really reminded me a lot of Erma Bombeck and the wit and wisdom that were embodied, in Erma's own books. Filled with Scripture, laughter and wisdom, "Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate" is a smile inducing reminder that no matter what life may throw our way, that we have a reason for the hope, the encouragement and the strength to make ti through life's difficulties, and with her carefree and friendly style, Debora Coty, really reaches out to her audience and draws them in, to sit across her, at a coffee table and be reassured....things will get better. This isn't a devotional style reading, but as mention earlier, Debra brings in a personal, honest, biblical perspective that I enjoyed reading late at night, to help me wind down, or when I needed a "perspective break" while enjoying a fistful of chocolate and coffee during life's busiest moments.For a breakdown of Debra's book, she divides the book into four sections, with questions to help the reader (or if you're in a group setting) either dwell on or discuss, not just what Debra is sharing, but for the reader to get self perspective. This format makes for a great way to open discussions with close friends, bible study group, whomever one is with at the time and the material, as shared, is presented in a way that is relational and doable for whatever the situation. The style of writing does take a bit of going use to...the way Debora writes...it felt like she isn't writing to the reader, but as I read it and at times, would read things such as her calling God, as , "Papa God", I really got the sense of she is using this medium to talk with the reader and that makes this a book that helps lower barriers that one might have mentally.As all things, this isn't a book to replace therapy that is out there for those who are struggling with more deep sated fears and issues that require more interaction with a professional, but what, "Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate" is, basically, like a concern friend, whose written a letter to someone they know can use comfort right now and going, "Hey, I've been here, I will be here, here's what I have to share and here's some things to think about" and Debora accomplishes that with, "Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate" . The chapters are short and if you don't get the e-book version, the hardcopy makes a great gift for those people in your lives that mean everything to you and maybe even struggling with some fears of their own, be it temporary or re-occuring. This is an uplifting book that is worth having in one's library and thank you to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to read and review this book.