The Struggle is Real Blog tour and giveaway

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About the Book

Title: The Struggle is Real

Author: Nicole Unice

Genre: Non-fiction, Christian life, spiritual Growth

Release date: August 21, 2018

“It just shouldn’t be this hard!”

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a day where everything that could go wrong does go wrong—you lock your keys in the car while it’s running, lose control with your kids, make a mistake at the office that results in hours more work. And just when you think not one more thing could possibly happen . . . well, fill in the blank.

The struggle is real, friends. It may not be major stuff. Lives are not on the line here. But it makes us feel awful . . . and then we feel guilty for stressing when other people have “real” problems that are so much more serious.

Yet the fact remains: We live in a world that often feels harder than we think it should be. And so it can be easy to believe the stories we tell ourselves—that we’re doing it wrong, that we’ll be stuck in this place forever, that God doesn’t love us. We struggle to practice gratitude, to make godly choices, and to live our daily lives with confidence and contentment. So what can we do?

Join popular Bible teacher and counselor Nicole Unice to discover why the struggle is real . . . and what to do about it. Nicole offers practical tools to help you navigate the daily ups and downs, and ways to rewrite your struggle into a new, God-centered life story. The Struggle Is Real is an invitation to take the hard, hurtful, and confusing moments and turn them into opportunities to grow in wisdom, strength, and joy.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace.

Her heart belongs to Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia, where she serves as ministry director, leading discipleship and Praxis, a full-time ministry residency program for young leaders. In addition, Nicole co-hosts Hope Cast, a podcast on spiritual formation, leadership, and relationships.

Nicole’s invitations to speak have taken her across the world, and her books come to life through her popular video curriculum series found on RightNow Media. Her first book, She’s Got Issues, released in May 2012 and speaks to a fundamental question of faith: Is being a Christian supposed to change me? Also available is a companion curriculum, She’s Got Issues DVD Group Experience, a six-session journey that includes interviews, questions, and teaching expanding on the book. Her subsequent titles—Brave Enough and The Struggle Is Real—help people distill the complicated stuff of life into a simple and clear path to Jesus.

Nicole holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves creating a space for ministry and spiritual formation in the everyday rhythms of life with three children, two pups, one husband, and a whole community of twentysomethings who regularly raid her fridge.

Nicole is known for making friends in all corners of the world, especially via social media. Connect with her on Instagram, YouTube, or at—and hopefully face-to-face at one of her upcoming events.

Guest Post from Nicole Unice

There’s a question we throw around that I bet means a whole lot more than we would expect. How many times a week—or a day!–are you asked:

How are you?”

I don’t know about you, but the answer I hear and give the most is something like …. ”fine”, or —“busy but good!”? It’s kind of the socially acceptable answer, right?

A friend asked me this question just this week as I walked into work. I was multitasking as usual while knee deep into a cell phone conversation about yet another problem. I didn’t answer her, because if I did—if I really stopped and answered—I might have started crying, right there on the spot. My lips formed the word “fine” when in reality, I was anything but—at least not in that moment. And life doesn’t always stop long enough to give a real answer….

But isn’t “fine” the socially accepted answer because it works….or does it?

The reality is, we are all struggling, to different degrees and complexity levels, each and every day. The Struggle IS Real, and when you add up both the little and big daily struggles, it’s easy to understand why this hashtag social media rockstar exists—over 3 million deep at #thestruggleisreal.

But if we dig a little deeper into this common complaint, we might discover a much more sinister root—and real help toward freedom and wisdom in Christ.

In my newest book, The Struggle is Real, that’s what I’ve done. I address issues like:

  • Life is much harder than I thought it would be, and I feel bad saying it.
  • There are some things about myself that I can’t change…it’s just how I am, and it frustrates me.
  • I really don’t know if God is interested in my life, and even if He is, I don’t know how to hear from Him.

(and if you are wondering how real your struggle is, I’ve included a Good Life Inventory on p. 14!)

I wrote this book because I know how real the struggle truly is—and I want us to discover the true source of the answer to these age-old problems. My hope is to take my readers through a journey into this gap between our “just fine” lives and the truly good lives we are seeking and are hungry for. To offer hope that we can live the best life we can, this side of heaven.

Yep, the struggle is definitely real. But the struggle can also start the story. It can motivate us to rewrite our lives into a new story. The struggles can lead us to a new source of hope and freedom, and somehow, even the worst of life can become a place of strength and growth. The struggle is real. And the struggle can be good.


My Review:

The Struggle through life is real, most of the time we go through life pretending to others that are fine. The book has some good points in it. I like the sections after the chapters that have you think and reflect. The chapter about listening was really good. That is what we need to do more of, most of all listening to God. One thing in the stood out to me about things in life being temporary. That is one thing I always tell myself.
Being a nonfiction book I would recommend reading a little at a time to learn from it better. Also read more than once to really more benefit of it.
I received an complementary copy of the book from the publisher and Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review.


Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, August 25

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 25

Bibliophile Reviews, August 26

Reading Is My SuperPower, August 27

Texas Book-aholic, August 28

All-of-a-kind Mom, August 29

Girls in White Dresses, August 29

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, August 29

Carpe Diem, August 30

Multifarious, August 31

Janices book reviews, September 1

Inklings and Notions, September 2

Book by Book, September 3

Mary Hake, September 3

proud to be an autism mom, September 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 4

Margaret Kazmierczak, September 5

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 6

Godly Book Reviews, September 7

Bigreadersite, September 7


To celebrate her tour, Nicole is giving away a grand prize of a “The Struggle is Real” T-Shirt!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter.

Love Inspired September books

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I am subscribing to Reader Service and receiving the Love Inspired books. I am reviewing on my blog the ones I received. I was not required to write an review on them. Some are authors I have read before and a couple new authors to me.



Courting her Secret Heart by Mary Davis:


Deborah feels she is not needed and finds other things to do. Being Amish she has to keep it a secret. Then Amos is there helping after her Dad fell and injured himself. Amos did notice her leaving and wanted to know where. I felt bad for Deborah since none of her family noticed. This is second in a series but definitely a stand along. This is a very fast reading book since it is so good. Loved all the children in the book, especially the youngest one. 


Dry Creek Daddy by Janet Tronstad


The Dry Creek series has been one of my favorite in Love Inspired. I love that Mrs. Hargrove is in all the books. This is a really touching story. Mark finds out he is a father to a four year old boy. Mark had been in a coma and recovering from it. Hannah has been a really great single parent. Will she let Mark be a father to their son Jeremy. Also had a cat in the story and Jeremy and Callie was really good friends. Nothing like a pet to help a child. Even though this is an series the book is a stand alone but if you haven’t read any of the earlier books in the series you will love them. I received this book as part of my monthly Love Inspired books.


Snowbound with the best man by Allie Pleiter


I really enjoyed the story of Bruce and Kelly and their young daughters. Carly and LuLu really hit it off and wants to be sisters. They become matchmakers. Kelly is trying to put a wedding together and the best man comes early. The snow comes so will the wedding happen? I am loving the Matrimony Valley series, I could really see both of the books in the series would make good Hallmark movies. The children in both books really brings so much to the story. I am looking forward to reading the more in this series. The characters are so real.


A baby for the Minister by Laurel Blount

Once I started reading this book I did not want to stop reading. The characters seem to come alive. Jacob is a Minister and is determined to help Natalie after her groom left her. There was one character that I did not like, he wanted to run things at church. When you read the book you will know what I mean. The goat in the book was so cute. This was my first book by Laurel Blount and definitely will not be my last. I really enjoyed her writing.


Reunited with the Rancher

This is a start of a new series, I cannot wait until the next one comes out. I loved Mercy Ranch. Carson goes back to the ranch that his mom took him away from. Carson is a widow with 3 small children, one that has autism, children bring so much to a story. The ranch has dogs they are training for therapy dogs. Kylie works at the ranch with all the animals and disabled veterans. This is a very special story.




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Stalking Willow

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What’s a girl to do?

Trailed by a stalker in New York City, Willow Thomas, a young ad executive, scurries back to her small North Carolina hometown and the lake house where ten years earlier a scandal revealed her entire life had been a lie, and a seed of bitterness took root in her soul. The cocoon of safety Willow feels upon her arrival home soon unravels when she meets opposition from her family, faces the man she left behind, and the stalker reveals he is close on her heels. Can Willow learn to trust God to tear out her roots of resentment, reunite her family, ferret out a deadly stalker, and to rekindle the love she left behind?



About the Author: 


Fay Lamb has always taken joy in forming words that tell stories that will enrich the lives of others. She tackles issues that she has had to face. She isn’t afraid of the hard issues and takes delight in weaving humor into the lives of her characters, even in the direst of circumstances.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and six grandchildren.

For more information or to schedule an interview or a workshop, contact Fay Lamb at


My Review:

It took me a few chapters to get into the book, but it was really exciting toward the end. It was definitely one dysfunctional family. One of the best characters of the book was the grandmother that already passed away. She left behind a lot of things but most of all her wisdom. Loved Quentin, he loved Willow so much, had a hard time winning her over and protecting her. Willow had a lot to learn in life.

A great suspense book, I has trouble trying to figure out which was the good guys in the book. Definitely some surprises in the book but I did have my suspicion of who was behind stalking Willow. I really got attached to Willow and hated for the book to end.

I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review.




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