Odd(ly) Enough: Standing Out When the World Begs You to Fit In

Odd(ly) Enough: Standing Out When the World Begs You to Fit In

by Carolanne Miljavac


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Humorous. Authentic. Relatable.
That's Carolanne Miljavac in a nutshell.

And those qualities are just what her nearly half a million social media followers adore about her. Her Odd(ly) Enough is a message that your heart needs to hear: It's time to embrace the "you" God made you to be. Tune out the naysayers of the world and jump into His loving arms. He'll walk alongside you as you passionately pursue your God-given purpose. With chapters like “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Control Freak,” and “Mistakes and Grace,” you will find yourself becoming a little more courageous. . .and a lot more confident about God’s purpose for your life. 

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ISBN-13: 9781683227892
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 76,800
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Carolanne Miljavac is a southern raised, Jesus saved, barely sane author, speaker, social media goofball, wife, and mom of 3 daughters.  With a bachelor's degree in English, CA has earned an Olympic bronze medal in waitressing, 2 silvers in door-to-door sales, a gold in virtual health/life coaching, and 10s across the board in the art of sarcasm.  Impressive, she knows.  But it was the crushing loss of her 7-year-old niece to cancer that finally humbled her enough to listen to God when He said to her, as she crumbed in her car, "Give it up."  Without the chains of fear and insecurity, she followed her spirit's instruction to speak.  She now has over 100 million video views and 450,000 social media followers.  A true reflection of "Beauty for Ashes," Carolanne has become the "Go to Girl" for a good laugh, motivation, loving truths, and vulnerability.  Her purpose in life is to spread love and joy without sacrificing honesty and truth.  She believes we all have a story that needs to be told.  Grief taught her gratitude, pain gave her purpose, and loss revealed true love.  With faith, she found audacity, and her mission is to give you the guts to be you too.

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Who Do You Think You Are?

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 JOHN 3:1

A young girl waits anxiously, her face flushed red with embarrassment as her mother swipes the card again. Groans and eye rolls from the other shoppers in line weigh heavy on her shoulders. Determined to leave with something for her family to eat that night, her mother continues removing items from the buggy and swiping the card — yet again. As they walk away with nothing more than a pack of ramen noodles, the snickers behind them take root ... a seed of insecurity planted itself deep inside the girl's spirit.

That young girl was me, and those snickers never seemed to fade. The grocery store gamble was a frequent occurrence for us at the Walmarts. (If you're wondering when Walmart became plural, in the South it always was.) I was born and raised southern through and through — a girl from a small country town called Jasper, Alabama. Where sweet tea is the only option, "Yes, ma'am" means you were raised right, and everyone hugs hello and goodbye. If you've ever seen Varsity Blues or Friday Night Lights, it's pretty much what our town was like. Friday night high school football was life, everyone hung out at the mall, Mom dropped you and a friend off at the old, one-screen movie theater where teens in the back row made out while younger kids pointed and giggled. Summers were spent hopping hay bales, running barefoot on gravel roads, and riding bikes through the neighborhood hands-free. Being a country kid was so much fun.

When do we lose that carefree, life-loving spirit of a child? Maybe you can pinpoint your moment. Let me tell you about mine.

My mom and dad divorced when I was two years old. And I'm thankful they did. Dad would often go to the grocery store and return three weeks later ... drunk and begging to stay. My dad can be quite the charmer. He's funny, lighthearted, kind, and a delight to be around. But he's also very selfish. He was a fantastic drummer, but his rock-and-roll dreams and drinking always took priority over his family. After my parents divorced, there is a pretty big chunk of time where he is missing from my memories. Dad was always in and out of our lives, and my mom was left to raise three young children by herself. She had several jobs at a time — cutting hair all day, working retail all night. Anything she could do just to keep our heads above water. And while she worked, my siblings and I spent a lot of time at our granny's house after school and on weekends.

I loved being at my granny's house. I didn't even care that she locked the screen door to keep us from running in and out because the air conditioner was running. "I'm not paying to cool down the whole neighborhood! In er out, in er out. Pick one. Just stay out there. Murder, She Wrote is comin' on. If you get thirsty, use the hose pap!" (Translation: water hose. I still say "hose pipe." It drives my Missouri-raised husband crazy.)

Granny lived in a nice middle-class neighborhood where you could hear the fountain splashing in the pond, birds chirping, ducks quacking, balls bouncing off bats at the park, and children giggling on the playground. An atmosphere ringing with sounds of a good life.

I loved the long and wide driveway we could ride bikes on. I loved the basketball hoop where I spent hundreds of hours playing Around the World, dancing around dog turds to get the ball out of the grass. I loved the yard full of prickly stickers that would get stuck in your feet if you weren't careful. It seemed so huge for hide-and-seek. I loved the trampoline with missing springs that would pinch your skin if you happened to land on one while playing Popcorn.

The pond full of ducks was right across from Granny's house. She kept huge tin garbage cans by her house full of duck feed. I loved playing in the feed, scooping it out, and tossing it to the birds. A lost baby duck would often make its way over by her house, and my granny would take it in and raise it. Ahhh. I giggle just thinking about how many grown ducks would fly into Granny's yard with their nails painted in her favorite colors so we'd know the ducks were hers. When her adopted duck babies would drop into her backyard to say hi, she could call them by name. It was routine for Granny to strut her happy self right into the middle of the road in front of her house and stop traffic so the ducks could safely cross over. Her glare dared the drivers to even think about honking at her. Granny loved those ducks. I loved that place. It was so different from the rundown, roach-infested trailer park my family lived in.

My siblings and I would get so excited when our cousins were around on holidays. We had more kids to play games with, and it was always a lot of fun ... until one game of hide-and-seek ruined it for me.

I have two aunts. One always seemed a little wilder than the other. She had lots of tattoos, wore Daisy Dukes, smoked cigarettes, and had crazy-colored hair. She had three sons and a daughter. One of her sons was only a year older than me; at that time, I was around five and he was six. We often stuck together during hide-and-seek, basketball, bike riding, and tag. One day we were hiding behind my granny's bedroom door, standing side by side, and I felt him put his hand on my butt. It made me feel uncomfortable and weird, so I moved away and removed his hand, but I didn't want to make a big deal of it. We were so little, I didn't even understand why it made me feel uneasy.

I pretty much forgot about that incident until his advances grew even bolder. One day we were in my granny's bed watching a movie and resting while the adults prepared food and watched football or car races. My papa was all about watching some car racing with his eyes closed while he snored. It drove us nuts. (I wanna kick something when my husband does it. You're asleep! Let me change the channel!) No matter how careful we kids were, Papa always woke up the moment our little fingers touched the remote. So we would retreat to my granny's room to rest and watch something more our style ... like The Sandlot. My cousin and I were watching Smalls learn what a s'more was when suddenly, my cousin lifted up the blanket and told me to look. He had pulled his pants down. I was caught so off guard. I have a little brother, so I knew that boys and girls are different, but I just knew it wasn't right for me to see his privates like that. He grabbed my hand and tried to get me to touch him. I jerked away and ran from the room. I remember looking around at all the adults talking, laughing, and watching TV and just feeling like I would cause a big problem if I told. I didn't want to get in trouble or get him in trouble if it wasn't a big deal. Plus, we always had so much fun with our cousins, and I didn't want to ruin that. I did my best to avoid him after that.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of it. The last time he touched me inappropriately, we were playing hide-and-seek, and I was hiding by myself. My head was under my granny's comforter, but my body was kind of hanging out. I felt someone begin to kiss my stomach, so I quickly pulled up the comforter and saw it was him. I was mortified, but that was nothing compared to the embarrassment I felt when I looked over and saw his mother's boyfriend staring at us. He had walked in and saw what was happening. But he just stood there. Staring. He never said a word. I felt my blood get hot and my face get red. I wanted to cry and disappear. I tossed the comforter back over my head trying to hide from the situation, hoping everyone would just go away. After a few minutes, I mustered up the courage to crawl out from under the comforter. Nobody was there. I was so nervous walking down the hall toward the rest of my family. I had no idea what everyone knew or what they would say. I wasn't sure if I was in trouble. All I knew was that I was so embarrassed. I didn't want anyone to even look at me.

But when I walked out, not a word was said; nobody even glanced at me funny. The kids had all gone outside to play, the women were talking in the kitchen, and the men were watching TV. This meant one of two things to me. Either he told them, and nobody cared because it wasn't a big deal; or he didn't tell them because it wasn't a big deal. Either way, I felt like I was the only one feeling something was wrong. So, in my mind, I was the weirdo. From this point I kept the incidents to myself and kept my distance from my cousin. I pretended nothing had happened. But a few years later, I found myself in a similar situation yet again.

My oldest cousin, whom I'll call Jenny, was the cool, pretty, older cousin, and everyone just seemed to love her. My older sister usually hung out with Jenny at the family get-togethers. They were way too cool for our kid games. I didn't know much about her, but I knew that she sometimes lived with my granny. From what I gathered while eavesdropping on conversations (I was a secret spy, and really good at it), she was always running away from home. My granny and papa loved Jenny so much that they always let her stay with them to keep her from hitchhiking with strangers or running off with some boy. There were a couple of times the police had to find her and bring her home. As a child, I didn't think a whole lot about these things. Jenny just seemed wild like my aunt.

One day I was at my granny's house, and Jenny was living there at the time. I'm not sure where my brother and sister were. But she asked if I wanted to play a game with her. In her room. What?! The coolest room ever that I was never allowed in. I was so excited. I had always wanted to snoop around in there. Also, I couldn't believe my cool cousin wanted to hang out with me. She told me she wanted to play pretend. Like house. We would be husband and wife, and she would tell me and show me about some husband and wife things I didn't know about. She put me on the bed and kissed me. I didn't like it, but I didn't want her to get mad at me either. She put her tongue in my mouth, and my mind just shut down. I went to another place. I took myself away from the complete discomfort of rolling on the bed with her. I had no idea how to process what she was doing. I remember having my arms locked in close to my body because I didn't want to put them around her. When she was done making out with me, I didn't cry. I didn't feel sad. I felt overwhelmingly embarrassed and confused. I felt unsafe. I was so bewildered and annoyed that this stuff kept happening to me. Did it seem like I wanted to do these things? Was I supposed to? Why did I feel so gross? I was about seven years old at the time and still harbored what happened with my other cousin. I felt the same confusion — If this is normal, then why do I feel so ashamed? If this is shameful, then why are they doing it? But the biggest question was, Why me?

Some time later, I was at home watching TV when someone came to our door. I don't remember who it was, but this person told my mom that Jenny had been shot and killed. I think she was about fifteen and was dating a man in his thirties. He picked her up from middle school one day, and they were in his car. For some reason he shot her, then waited too long to call an ambulance, and she died on his floorboard.

When my mom told us Jenny had been killed, everyone started sobbing. I felt like I needed to get out of our living room. So I ran outside to our little red swing set. I didn't rush out there to cry, though. Instead, I felt a brief wave of relief. I wouldn't have to worry about being near her anymore. I wouldn't have to "play house" or feel weird and ashamed every time I saw her at family get-togethers. These emotions were immediately followed by guilt. Then a wave of sadness, because I hadn't wanted her to die. Next came feeling confused and overwhelmed. This was too heavy a burden for a child to carry. Too many mixed emotions for a nine-year-old to feel.

And guess who was right there, waiting to drop some pretty heavy strongholds into my thoughts? ... The enemy.

This was a perfect setup for him. I was too young to understand my feelings. I didn't know enough about God or the enemy to know that what happened wasn't my fault. I didn't know that my self-destructive thoughts weren't really me. And so began the identity crisis. The false I Am's. I Am ...











By nine years old. Nine. This is how I saw myself. I identified with the bad things that had happened to me and the wrong feelings I had about them. I was a victim. I was trash. I was wrong.

I should have told someone. Why didn't you tell anyone? Did you like it? No. No! Then why didn't you say something? It's your fault. You can't tell anyone now, because she died. You can't ruin her memory like that. Everyone will hate you for waiting until now. Just keep it to yourself.

The roots grow deeper.

Your secrets make you sick.

The truth? I'm freaking out a little as I share this with the world. But I know someone reading my story can relate. Perhaps it's you. And I need you to know you're not alone. It's not your fault, you're not weird, and your bad experience doesn't define you. But it will heavily influence how you feel about yourself if you keep it in the shadows and refuse to deal.

One of the things the enemy wants to steal away from you is knowledge of who you really are. Your life is what he hopes to deprive you of. He doesn't want you to experience the amazing life God has planned for you. He knows he has already lost the fight for your soul, so he will do everything he can to manipulate your thoughts. And the way you think about yourself has everything to do with the way you live your life.

Y'all, so many of us navigate through life with a complete misunderstanding of who we really are. Know this: Your identity can't be found in the minds and mouths of others. You are not defined by the number in your bank account, the brand of clothing on your back, the house you live in, the mistakes you've made, what's been done to you, or what you've done to others. Your value as a human being is not determined by your social status. Your potential is not limited by the opinions of others. You are not dirty, gross, or to blame for the sins of others.

Your purpose will be achieved as you allow every lesson you've learned through your hardships to mold your character for the better. You can turn every harsh word into a loving sentence toward someone who needs it — just as you once did. You can take every side-eye and twist it into a smile for a stranger who seems down. You can shape every struggle you've faced into a story that the wounded heart needs to hear.

* * *

In the coffee aisle, a mama with her hands full tried her best to push the huge, car-shaped buggy out of my way. On this rare occasion, I was shopping all alone, and I felt an immediate connection, for I know the struggle of shopping with kids all too well. Her toddler was passed out, drooling on her chest in one of those wrap baby holders, and her son sat in the front of the cart. She smiled and complimented my shoes. I thought how sweet she was to show kindness to me while her hands were so full.

As I continued to browse, a whisper I've come to know well slid into my thoughts: "Offer to help push the buggy to her car." Of course, I felt uncomfortable at the thought of approaching her. What would she think? Will she get defensive? Will I seem self-righteous? I passed her in the checkout as I was heading to my car, and I hurried up so I could get my stuff put away and then go back in the store.

She was in the checkout and was also on the phone. She looked anxious. I didn't want her to see me staring, so I walked past and tried to hear what she was saying. (Imagine me in the background, pacing back and forth trying not to look like a creeper while pumping myself up to step in.) I overheard that there was a problem with her account, and she was asking her husband to come and pay for their groceries. As soon as I heard her words and saw the shoppers in line growing annoyed, my thoughts immediately flashed back to how I felt as a little girl when my mom's card wouldn't go through. I didn't hesitate for one second. It became so clear why God had nudged me to go back in the store.

I walked up quietly, put my hand on her shoulder, and said, "Can I please take care of this for you?" She stared at me like a deer in the headlights. I told her I knew they had the money, but that I had come back in to help her with her cart because I wanted to do something nice for a fellow mama, and this was just an extra opportunity for her to bless me by letting me help out.

I could feel the eyes of other shoppers staring a hole right through me as I swiped my card. I looked back at them, then looked at the cashier and chirped loudly, "My bank holds my account all the time without warning me. And I always find out in a backed-up, frustrated grocery line. Makes you wanna shout to everyone, I have the money!" Some chuckled, while others may have been annoyed and judgmental. But just maybe someone felt a stirring in their own spirit to help next time. I don't know. But I do know that's how God works. I don't know what it meant to her, but God did. It wasn't about me.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Who Do You Think You Are?,
Chapter 2: Don't Look at Me,
Chapter 3: Rock-Bottom Revelation: Falling Forward,
Chapter 4: Painful Purpose,
Chapter 5: Hide-and-Seek,
Chapter 6: Death to Flesh,
Chapter 7: Control Freak,
Chapter 8: Ripple Effect,
Chapter 9: Mistakes and Grace,
Chapter 10: Turning Chains into Reins,


St. Joseph, Missouri (originally from Alabama)

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Odd(ly) Enough: Standing Out When the World Begs You To Fit In (B&N Exclusive Edition) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Molly Lusby More than 1 year ago
A must read! This book had me crying and laughing! I think this book has something for everyone! I am not a reader and this book is quickly becoming a favorite! You'll definitely want to highlight and take notes! *I received an advanced copy from Barbour Publishing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author’s beautiful testimonial has reminded me of my own testimony , and how great our relationship with the Lord can be if we just be still and listen. I have been so blessed to have received a advanced copy from the publisher .
BookwormWillow More than 1 year ago
This book touched my heart on so many levels. It made me laugh, cry, and contemplate my own faith. The inspirational story of love and loss made me weep as I completely relate having lost my father to cancer two years ago. I will definitely read again and gift it to my friends and family!
KelliC17 More than 1 year ago
This book has touched my heart in so many positive ways! The number one way, is how she opens up about her relationship with God especially before she really pursued her true calling in life. I too have found myself living in the same frame of life with chains and unhappiness. Her testimony and the beauty she found in her ashes has made a huge impact on my life and the chains that I once had too! Thanks to all of the powerful devotion in this book, I too have been able to break the chains that had been pulling me down and have renewed my relationship with God and my Faith is as strong as it has ever been!! Broken and drowning with the chains of life, Carolanne makes the decision to let go of everything. She decides to break the chains that have been robbing her of feeling good enough, of feeling worthy enough, and of feeling Oddly Enough. In this very raw and sometimes emotional but beautiful testimony, we witness the beauty of being oddly enough! We sometimes get lost on our path throughout life and often times feel alone, but He is always there! Oddly Enough reveals the richness of a relationship that you too, can have with God. No matter where you come from in life, no matter what decisions you have made, you are always Enough for Him! Told in a true southern accent, this book is one that will touch many hearts and lives of the one's that read it. With much needed Truth and enough laughter sprinkled throughout, you will find it hard to put down, as I did too! Join Carolanne as she invites us in as part of her family, to witness her true ups and downs, her amazing testimony, and the true revelation that we too, are Oddly Enough! I received this book from the publishing company in exchange for my honest review.
Stephanie_Lynn_Keefe More than 1 year ago
Ok, so #Oddly Enough in my humble opinion is odd(ly) enough a sharable book for the masses. And when I say masses I mean (and with no discriminatory innuendo) a must read for EVERY woman in any season of life. Carolanne (Aka CA) Miljavac has delivered her life story on paper for all to hear. Stories of grief, bullying, molestation and “white trailer trash,” sprinkled with humor in order for her to “get er done” I reckon must have been exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. I personally cannot imagine but I’m so grateful for her courage, tenacity and relentless truth telling. Although this book is faith based, I believe that without CA’s faith and life experiences this book would never have come to fruition. It takes a special gift, mixed with abundant blessings to pour out your heart and soul for all to read. She can’t possibly get more “naked” and transparent. #OddlyEnough is a “come as you are” soul searching (and seeking story) and whether you are of faith or not I promise this is a “can not put down til it’s finished” kind of book. Mark it up—highlight it—write down thoughts that are relatable and post them where you can see them daily. Pray over statements that speak to you. The pages of Carolanne’s words will resonate, melt in your mouth, while offering up hope and inspiration in this world filled with so much negativity. She sure was generous and soul bearing so you may as well eat it all up. Yum!! So grab yourselves a box of tissues and be prepared to find yourselves humbled beyond all imaginable. This book is electric, powerful, Spirit induced and vulnerably blended together with pieces of a human’s heart that fit together like a magical puzzle. Better yet—CA is doing the work God has entrusted her with since she was in her mama’s womb. God said, “Speak!” So she obeyed.
Emma6ES More than 1 year ago
Odd(ly) Enough:by Carolanne Miljavac Standing Out When the World Begs You To Fit In Humorous. Authentic. Relatable. That's Carolanne Miljavac in a nutshell. And those qualities are just what her nearly half a million social media followers adore about her. Her Odd(ly) Enough is a message that your heart needs to hear: It's time to embrace the "you" God made you to be. Tune out the naysayers of the world and jump into His loving arms. He'll walk alongside you as you passionately pursue your God-given purpose. With chapters like “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Control Freak,” and “Mistakes and Grace,” you will find yourself becoming a little more courageous. . .and a lot more confident about God’s purpose for your life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. I highly recommend reading. Carolanne shares her challenges in her life. Odd(ly) Enough:by Carolanne Miljavac is a wonderful well written 5 star book.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
This book isn't always easy to read but it relates a story that is sadly more prevalent than we know. Author Carolanne Miljavac is very open about the trauma that she suffered as a child and she is honest in the ways that she chose to overcome these abuses. I was so moved by the sexual advances that she was forced to endure and I grieved for the young girl who thought of herself as a victim. She suffered an identity crisis and at nine years old, she thought that she was weird and different; she felt guilty and ashamed. She even considered herself "unworthy of joy because joy had always been stolen from me" (p. 30). These feelings led her to experiment with alcohol and drugs when she was older. She also experienced embarrassment because of her family's financial situation. Her father left the family and only appeared sporadically and her mother struggled to care for Carolanne and her two siblings. She relates times when her mother was forced to remove food from the shopping cart, one item at a time, item by item, because she didn't have the money to buy it all. Yes, this is a sad story but it is also a story of redemption and of Miljavac finally finding herself worthy of joy. She now knows that God made her to be just who she is and that he had a purpose for her. Odd(ly) Enough is meant to encourage, uplift and motivate and Carolanne Miljavac uses humor and humility to to achieve her goal. I would certainly recommend this book because the mindset of today's society is so centered on people fitting in. The enemy (Satan) wants to steal away our knowledge of who we really are. This book proves that it is okay to be odd and Odd(ly) Enough, this is what God intended! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
We all have a purpose Great read by Carolanne Miljavac. Very honest and compelling. We all have a God-given purpose in this life and no one can take that purpose away. We need to step up and accept it. Carolanne uses humor and downright “heart on her sleeve” writing to get this point across. “I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book that takes you through the life of someone who knew trouble, hardships and heart ache. Most of us could relate to so many things in this book and it made me realize that we all face hardships and how we handle them can make a big difference how are life will go on.. If you struggle with getting over your past but find the strength and confidence to step up to the problem and adjust your thinking on coping with and going on with your life as she did you'll profit by reading this,that said this is a must read! I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing but was under no obligation to leave a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a few chapters in advance from the publisher for the purpose of giving my honest review, so.. here it is. What I loved most about this book is how honest and real the author is. She opens herself up to the reader and shows all of who she is – her flaws and mistakes laid bare. She is a real person just like you and I. Miljavac shares her joys, pain, and struggles in life and the effect they had on her faith in God. She takes you on a journey to discover that who you are – all that you are – is enough. What I've taken away from this book is that I'm not meant to be perfect in this life. I can stop struggling for a perfection that I will never achieve this side of Heaven. It really is okay to make mistakes and struggle with life, to have doubts and fears and worries. As Miljavac says in her book, “It is in our greatest moments of imperfection, when we are broken and humbled, aware of our need for God, that He comes in and shows us the beauty in our ashes. So everything that we think makes us an outcast is actually what makes us...oddly...enough. If you've ever felt insignificant, out of place, uncomfortable, or unqualified, I want to encourage you that it doesn't matter. Where you come form, what you've done, what's been done to you. You have been qualified by the character in your fall. The hardest parts of your life have given you the greatest value.” I highly recommend this book to anyone that has ever felt they were alone or felt as though they could never measure up. I think you'll find you are, oddly, enough just as you are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! The author is funny, honest & very relatable in telling her personal stories of poverty, abuse anxiety & loss. It reads like a conversion between the two of you. With questions that stirred up thoughts of love and encouragement. How God has used her difficult past to grow her for good & His glory. And He can do the same for you. I recommend this book to all women from all walks in life.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
I sometimes select a book based on author, other times the title may catch me, and sometimes, yes, I judge strictly by the cover. This time, however, I chose to read this book based on its subtitle. That may seem strange, but when you have teen and preteen girls in your life and they daily experience the pressure to fit in, this book called to me as a potential resource. Oddly Enough, I had not heard of Carolanne Miljavac until now. But I really enjoyed her relatable, conversational style. She sounds like someone I’d love to have coffee with and listen to for a long time. There is a lot of wisdom and truth packed into these pages. Her story is difficult to read at times, but I absolutely loved how she models the truth that God will use EVERYTHING to the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. That being said, this is not a book I would put into a young teen’s hands. Her story is real and perhaps too graphic for someone who does not yet have the resources to cope with the kind of testimony that Miljavac relates in gut-wrenching portions of text that broke my heart. Her history uniquely qualifies her to speak into the lives of those who have experienced similar trauma and the aftermath of those choices inflicted on her. She focuses on the choices we do have, and on moving forward and the healing that is possible. So, while this book was not necessarily about loving who God created you to be and refusing to go along with the crowd, in a way it was, just deeper and more profound than what I was looking for as I began the book. I’m glad I read it—the author has a unique, enjoyable voice and made me look at things from a fresh perspective, leaving me encouraged and motivated to focus on my calling regardless of how the world may feel about it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
PamMooney More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story of faith and redemption! Inspirational. What I loved most about this book is I felt like I was having lunch with a friend and visiting rather than reading a book. An uplifting book that while it addresses some unhappy experiences - somehow it is okay because of the author's faith and what she took away from these experiences. I love that she has found her calling to live for God and share scripture and her journey with others. There are so many beautiful quotes, insights, and messages that everyone will find a take away that speaks directly to them. I really believe she is reaching those who need to hear that God is still with them and changing their lives for the better. A good read.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Done to earth talking about things we can all relate to and benefit from. a lot of things hit home and we can all take them to heart & help us understand our self & a relationship need with God. plan to read several times & recommend to others
lelesurfer More than 1 year ago
Honest and Vulerable Carolanne Miljavac defines herself as "a southern-raised, Jesus-saved, barely sane author, speaker, and social media goofball." She talks authentically, openly, and honestly in her book "Odd(ly) Enough: Standing Out When the World Begs You To Fit In" which was published by Shiloh Run Press about her life that was marked by a history of molestation, poverty, drugs, depression, and tragedy. She grew up in a religious home, but she had no hope and no relationship with God. Miljavac shows how God formed her into the person she is now and how the reader can learn from her. She treats topics such as "Who Do You thin You Are?", "Rock-Bottom Revelation," and "Mistakes and Grace." One quote that really touched me: "And while God's love doesn't always protect us from all the evil in the world, it does help us conquer it. We conquer it through what we choose to do with our own lives and how we spend our time. We defeat it by loving others." This is the Miljavac's first book and I was not aware about her presence on Social Media. I found her conversational tone refreshing and the book easy to read in spite of the fact that her life's background is not an easy one. I highly recommend this book to those who deal with hard issues in their lives and who are looking to God for help and are willing to get input from an author who is not ignorant of life's struggles and difficulties. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #OddlyEndough #NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! It made me laugh, cry and reminded me that I'm not alone in life. It helped me remember that God is always there for us. With each chapter my soul sang for the Lord, it cried out to him for guidance. Carolanne Miljavac worked wonders in my heart and soul with this book, as I'm sure she poured hers into it.
Joynthejourney More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Carolanne Miljavak's book, 'Odd(ly) Enough'. It is truly a story I could relate to and one I needed to hear. There's so many books out there that are geared toward self-help, self-care, grief, forgiveness, etc., many in the name of Christianity. However, most don't really get down to the nitty-gritty, raw ugliness of what sin looks like in our life before we accept Christ into our heart. Whether it's sin we've committed or sin that's been committed against us; Carolanne isn't afraid to go there and bare her soul with the reader to share hers and how it's shaped her life and her passionate love for the Lord. Odd(ly) Enough is told in the author's southern and, quite often, very humorous 'voice'. But make no mistake, it can be a difficult read at times. That's because it's her real life, with all its many loves and hurts, and how God has used it all for His glory. I had a very hard time putting this book down and was truly blessed by reading it. It's one I'll definitely pass on to a friend!
Bec_Scribbles More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. I always thought I was the odd one out. I always wanted to try to fit in and never really knew my place in this world. When opening the pages of Odd(ly) Enough by Carolanne Miljavac, I am met with the introduction. I am hooked already by lines 3-4 and realize that this book is one that I will enjoy reading. While reading, you’ll find many stories that are relatable to the everyday woman. I’m noticing that I’m not the only one who feels certain ways about her stressful situations. I think this book can be very uplifting for women. We all face certain trials and need to hear that encouraging word from other women who have been through it before. Some books can be hard to get into. However, Odd(ly) Enough is easy to read and brings light to stressful situations. I feel that whatever season you are in, you should read this book. This book made me feel like I was not alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up in a small town, I was so afraid to show my true personality because of the fear of being classified as weird. For years I hid my quirks, and only my close friends and family got to experience “me.” When I came across Carolanne on Facebook, I was instantly drawn to (aka jealous of) her bursting personality and openness to the masses. I heard she was writing a book and I jumped at the opportunity to read and learn about what made her the person she is. So many topics in this book have been relatable to things I have experienced in my life. It encouraged me to be more outgoing and try things that, in the past, I would never imagine myself doing solely because of hesitation or fear of embarrassment. The best part of the book is that it reads as if you are listening to a friend. Once I started the book I did not want to stop! This book will make you laugh, cry a little, reflect, and will instill the desire to be a better you! Buy this book! *If you are not a religious person, this book may not be for you. Every chapter incorporates Carolanne’s relationship with God, and how God has influenced her life and her decisions. Her delivery does not come across as preachy, but those who do not partake in religion may feel overwhelmed by the scripture and miss the great lessons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carolanne Miljavac took me on a trip of so much self reflection. This book will make you feel all the emotions in so many good ways. I related to so many of her experiences, but what this book did for me was it gave me new ways to approach my feelings towards the situations. It gave me hope and strength to tackle the tough times. Most importantly Carolanne Miljavac gave me the ability to laugh thru some of my pain and see a brighter side of things in the future. I am so glad I got this book. It will definitely be a book that is reread many times!
Tvano More than 1 year ago
What makes this book different from all others? Well, I don't know really. I don't read very much. When I do, its usually an audio-book. This book drew me in from the introduction all the way to the end. I read the entire thing within a day. If I am reading, and not putting the book down, you know its good because like I said, I don't read. Like Ever! I had to make myself slow down and re-read things because it was so good! Carolanne Miljavac is a fantastic author. I laughed, I ugly cried, and went through a lot of tissues while reading this book. The things that Carolanne and her family had to endure and go through was so heartbreaking, and when reading that part of the book, I felt like I was there with them, I felt like family. It hit really close to home for me. Carolanne is a strong woman of God and she isn't afraid to let that be known. She has an amazing way of writing down how she feels and what she was going through, and I truly felt that I had lived through it with her. There is nothing negative that I can say about this book or about the author. Since reading, I have ordered the audio book and I have re-read this book while listening to it as well. Hearing her speak the words, of her own book is amazing. I feel like there are so many take away's and life lessons from this book. No matter what we go through, or what we do, to God we are Oddly Enough!
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Oddly Enough is a book from an author I had never read before but I’m so glad that I did. She is an author that brings depth to her writing but yet is so entertaining. I was riveted to the book and it continued to simmer weeks later. Wonderful book – highly recommend to all. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
leogrl More than 1 year ago
If you have ever suffered loss, abuse, gone through hard times, struggled to cope with daily stressors, or even had your faith shaken, this book is for you. The author is raw, real, honest, and gives some matter of fact tough love with humor sprinkled in just when you need it. You will cry, laugh, and be encouraged to look for the joy in everyday life, and not be afraid to find your calling when you get through this book.
Datesia More than 1 year ago
MUST HAVE BOOK!! I absolutely love this book! I would highly recommend it to anyone! This book has helped me in so many ways and opened my eyes. This has touched my heart and drawn me closer to God. If there was a higher review star option then I would give it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down from the moment I received it!! I love how genuinely honest Carolanne is. She allows you into those deep dark secret places of the heart that most of us wouldn’t dare open up for fear of rejection or ridicule. She does it with such openness and transparency in hopes of helping us to see the beauty and purpose that is buried in each and every one of us if we will only trust God. She will make you laugh and cry with her southern spunk and humor. This book is full of so many golden nuggets of scripture to remind us of the promises that God has given each and every one of us. It will inspire you to live a life full of purpose and step out in faith. To believe God when he speaks just as He spoke to her and opened the doors that needed to be opened in order to fulfill her calling. I truly believe that this book will bless everyone who comes in contact with it.