Meet Donna Gaines

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We know that there's nothing better than being able to sample the content of  a good book when deciding on if it's the right fit for you or a giftee.  Because we want to encourage everyone in their faith walk, we're supplying you with a sample chapter to allow you to start digging in. Enjoy, and be sure to share these with others you may think would appreciate them too!

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Mentor Resources

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What People are Saying About Choose Wisely, Live Fully

“I love the Book of Proverbs. It weaves deep theology with the kind of practical handles a guy like me needs every single day. That’s also why I love Choose Wisely, Live Fully. Donna Gaines does a great job balancing the unvarnished truth of Scripture with real-life application. That powerful combination can change your life—and the lives of those you love.”

Dave Ramsey, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

“Donna Gaines writes in a way that allows the reader to absorb profound truth deep into the heart, mind, and soul. She is a modern-day Deborah, declaring the Scriptures as the ultimate source of wisdom for every woman who dares to choose a life of no regrets. You will come away from these pages with full confidence in the love and sovereignty of God.”

Diane Strack, speaker, teacher, co-founder of Student Leadership University, and author of New Start for Single Moms, Quiet Influence, and coauthor of Good Kids Who Do Bad Things.

Choose Wisely, Live Fully creates a beautiful launching pad from which women can not only learn but also share biblical truths that have the capacity to change their lives and the lives of generations to come. Donna and her daughters share personal stories and godly wisdom that bring the book of Proverbs alive. A teacher at heart, Donna skillfully equips women with practical tools to help those we love choose the path that leads to the abundant life Jesus promises. The path that will fill them with godly confidence, self-worth, purpose, and direction.”

Wendy Blight, author and writer for the Proverbs 31 Ministries First 5 app

“The Book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom that I have studied my entire life. Author Donna Gaines takes the lessons of Proverbs and gives anointed, spiritfilled insight on discipleship. Choose Wisely, Live Fully is a book that helps us understand the wisdom of Proverbs and how to apply it to our everyday lives. This discipleship tool will challenge you personally and will strengthen you to mentor others to walk in wisdom.”

Ellen Olford, Director of Women, Central Church

“Every choice we make has a correlating eternal consequence. In her powerful book, Choose Wisely, Live Fully, Donna Gaines challenges us in a fresh way to make wise decisions, choices that glorify God and yield blessings. Using the two women in Proverbs, Wisdom and Folly, she stirs within us a robust desire to walk in absolute obedience to the Word of God. This book is a must read for women who are ready to be stirred and changed; when you reach the last page, you will not be the same.”

Dayna Street, Women’s Ministry Director, Bellevue Baptist Church

“Donna Gaines is a woman of the Word! In Choose Wisely, Live Fully, we are shown how to walk in obedience to the Lord and His Word in a world that is trying to pull us in the opposite direction. Donna offers practical ways on how to pursue a life of holiness and guides us in how to make wise choices in our everyday life. I look forward to using this book as a resource with discipleship groups in the future.”

Kandi Gallaty, coauthor of Foundations

Choose Wisely, Live Fully by Donna Gaines is an eye-opening window to Proverbs for today’s generation. Donna’s teaching, inspired through the Holy Spirit, is simply stated yet life-changing. I personally have read through the Book of Proverbs more times than I can count, however, Donna’s insights have given me a brandnew perspective with applications I had never considered. She has a gift of bringing truths to a new light, and that light points straight to our Creator.”

Shari Falwell

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Choose Wisely, Live Fully

By Donna Gaines Published 8/2017 ISBN: 9781501834240

Embark on the transforming journey of faithfulness. The Book of Proverbs is a gold mine of divine wisdom. Author and speaker Donna Gaines applies that wisdom in very practical ways to the issues women face. Choose Wisely, Live Fully examines the blessings and curses associated with the choices made by the two women in… read more

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About the Author

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Donna Gaines is a speaker, author of Choose Wisely, Live Fully, Seated: Living from Our Position in Christ and Leaving Ordinary: Encounter God Through Extraordinary Prayer, and founder of Arise2Read - a nonprofit that recruits churches to adopt and provide tutors for inner-city elementary schools. Donna also teaches Bible study at her home church, Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church, in which her husband, Steve Gaines, Southern Baptist Convention President, pastors. She is the mother of four and "Nonna" to ten grandchildren.