Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul When Life's Just Too Much...Review

About the book:
We live in a world of constant movement, and our day-to-day lives seem to get busier by the hour. Our days are full of information, full of obligations, full of friends and family, full of everything . . . except fulfillment. And rushing has become a national epidemic. Even when we’re rushing to and from the good stuff—like a rewarding job with wonderful colleagues, or quality time spent with loved ones—we can still end up feeling drained and exhausted, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of life.

In Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit, psychologist Karen Horneffer-Ginter helps you understand that it is this volume, this busyness, that creates a disconnect between your outer life and your inner self. This separation can cause your soul to wilt, preventing you from experiencing joy and hearing your own wisdom about what needs priority in your life.

With an elegant narrative voice that inspires both laughter and compassion, Horneffer-Ginter shows you how to live a fuller life rather than simply filling your time. She focuses on six shifts to make in your daily life—teaching you to honor your rhythms, turn within, fill up, fully inhabit your days, remember lightness, and embrace difficulty.

Through a weave of personal stories, client experiences, and practical exercises, she shows you how to find balance in the swirl of daily life, so you can reconnect with what matters most.

I don't think that anyone will argue when it's said that in today's world, life has become more stressed.  Where we used to be able to get in the car and we were away from phones, we are now always available.  Wifi has even made it so that it's not necessary to be near a computer to access email.  Our lives are busy and sometimes that busyness is good things.  But that busyness affects our souls and our peace of mind.

When I had the chance to review Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit, I jumped.  This is a practical book filled with insight and suggestions to slow down and nourish our souls.  The author addresses six areas to look at in your life and each chapter is filled with insights and suggestions.  This isn't a book that you quickly skim and come away enlightened.  It's a book that you take some time with and a book that you take time to reflect on and mark passages or pages.  My copy is full of post-it tags from pages I want to reread or refocus on.

There was some surprising profanity, but nothing that really detracted.  As it was used, it seemed to fit the situation or example.  Something I really appreciated was how the holistic and spiritual elements of life were discussed and merged together:  meditation as a way of turning inward and offering kindness and forgiveness as you embrace difficulties; and finding lightness in frustrating moments and seeing God's hand in your life and surroundings.

Thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Karen Horneffer-Ginter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here.

Monday, December 31st: 2 Kids and Tired
Wednesday, January 2nd: Serendipity Smiles
Thursday, January 3rd: My Heart’s Desire
Monday, January 7th: Evolution You
Tuesday, January 8th: Life in the Bogs
Wednesday, January 9th: A Life Sustained
Thursday, January 10th: between you & me
Monday, January 14th: Silver & Grace
Tuesday, January 15th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, January 16th: My Bookshelf
Thursday, January 17th: It’s a Crazy, Beautiful Life
Monday, January 21st: Deva Coaching
Tuesday, January 22nd: change therapy
Wednesday, January 23rd: Diamonds in the Sky with Lucy

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4/5 Stars


  1. I'd like to savor this book; the times, they-are-a-stressful! It's almost as if we are alcoholics of life, who want more, more, more, always, and technology does not help this affliction. I like the idea of "meditation as a way of turning inward and offering kindness and forgiveness as you embrace difficulties". Lovely, thoughtful review, Holly!

  2. Hi Holly,
    I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to read "Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit" and offering such a thoughtful review!

    Wishing you many blessings in the New Year,
    Karen Horneffer-Ginter

  3. Sounds like a book that most people could use. We're so busy that we often don't take the time to focus on spiritual matters or matters of the heart.

    wishing you all the best in 2013!

  4. "My copy is full of post-it tags from pages I want to reread or refocus on." I'm glad this book really got you thinking!

    Thanks for being on the tour.


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