Fulfilled – Learning To Live The Life God Promised – Book Review


Fulfilled by Danise Jurado – Book Review

As we go through life, there are times when we each experience a deep hunger inside – an emotional yearning, a spiritual emptiness, an intense desire for something more in life than we already have, no matter who we are or how fabulous our lives may be.

In our attempt to satisfy these longings, we often look for fulfillment in all of the wrong places – to things that can never satisfy, to idols who make empty promises, to addictions that temporarily fuel us, only to eventually leave us feeling emptier and more lifeless than before.

As Danise Jurado discovered, there is only one person in the universe who can satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts and bring nourishment to our souls, and that person is God.

Fulfilled - We Need God

What happens when we hear God calling us – when we reach out and grasp the hand that He has extended to us – but we still feel the aftermath of our previous lives nipping at our heels? What happens when the barriers between us and the abundant life that Jesus promised us seem insurmountable?

That’s what Danise’s new book, Fulfilled, is all about.

Fulfilled – Learning To Live The Life God Promised identifies some of the challenges that we face as Christians once we say yes to God. Even though spiritually we become new creations in Christ when we accept Jesus as our Savior, the battle scars from our lives before Christ do not vanish overnight.

Sanctification is a process that often requires prayer, commitment, and at times, even warfare.

If you are seeking freedom and spiritual transformation in your life – Fulfilled contains the tools you need to help you on your journey.

Fulfilled - Freedom Thru Forgiveness

According to Danise, the journey begins with Forgiveness – and the process is intense. Your homework for this chapter is to forgive and bless those who have sinned against you. Now, if you have ever sat down and made a list of people who have truly hurt you, you know how difficult forgiving some of them can be, let alone blessing them!

Forgiveness doesn’t mean non-nonchalantly saying “I forgive you” and moving on. Many times, it means facing deep-rooted hurts from your past that take a lot of time to work through and supernatural healing on the part of God.

Often, forgiveness begins by letting God know that you are willing to forgive but you need His help to do so.

Next comes Restoration. Of this process, Danise writes:

It’s difficult to feel complete when your life is filled with broken pieces. God mends the shattered fragments through the beautiful and painful process of restoration.

These are samples of the 12 tools that Danise shares that will help you live life as the Fulfilled person God created you to be.

You’ll learn a lot about Danise and her spiritual journey as you read Fulfilled as she is not afraid of being transparent and vulnerable throughout the book.

The thing I like most about Fulfilled is that it’s not just a book that you read – it’s a book that you live.

Danise’s book, Fulfilled, is a wonderful ministry tool that can help you to transform your life. It’s also a great book to share with your friends, your book clubs, and your Bible studies groups!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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Fulfilled – Social Media Giveaway

Fufilled Giveaway

Online Book Study – Fulfilled

Join Laura Rath from September 7 through October 16 for a 6-Week Online Study of Fulfilled. The schedule is as follows:


Week 1: Sept. 7-11 – Introduction and Chapter 1
Week 2: Sept. 14-18 – Chapters 2 – 3
Week 3: Sept. 21-25 – Chapters 4 – 5
Week 4: Sept. 28-Oct. 2 – Chapters 6 – 7
Week 5: Oct. 5-9 – Chapters 8 – 10
Week 6: Oct. 12-16 – Chapters 11-13

About Danise Jurado

Danise Jurado

Danise Jurado has served as a pastoral counselor at Angelus Temple and The Dream Center in Los Angeles, California since 2001. She is also the Director of The Dream Center Transitions Program.

Danise is a gifted speaker and teacher who shares at churches and conferences, and faithfully teaches a weekly women’s Bible study at The Dream Center.

Danise is passionate about encouraging and equipping people to reach their most fulfilled life in Christ. Throughout her 15 years of ministry, she has cultivated the tools she shares in her book, Fulfilled – Learning to Live the Life God Promised. These tools that have proven to be powerful, bringing freedom to many.

Danise lives in Santa Clarita, California with her husband of 28 years, Kurt Jurado. They have two beautiful adult children, Nic and Katie, a favorite son-in-law, Jonathan, an amazing grandson, Wesley and another grandbaby on the way.


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15 Responses to “Fulfilled – Learning To Live The Life God Promised – Book Review”

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  1. I am so blessed and honored by your lovely review of Fulfilled. I love the beautiful graphic you made with the quote about forgiveness. Accepting and extending forgiveness is truly a foundational component to living in God’s freedom and discovering a fulfilled life. Thank you for sharing the details about Laura’s online study too! I am so blessed to have partnered with you as we launch Fulfilled out into the world! I pray that everyone who reads it will be touched by God in a personal way. Blessings to you!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Danise, I am SO glad you reached out to me and invited me to be a member of your Launch Team!
      Your book was a blessing to me and I wish you all the best during your launch!

  2. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal

    You find the best books, Ramona (or they find their way to you)! I tweeted my excitement to read this title! https://twitter.com/KentuckyGal/status/638578667216576513

    And you are SO RIGHT about forgiveness. Several years before our daughter was born, my MIL tried to get custody of our two sons (based on some stunningly bad advice she received). Once everything was settled and the misunderstanding was cleared up, she had her husband came to town for the holidays. She asked me one night if I hated her and her husband for what had transpired. I said no, because while I did not agree with her actions, I understood that she had been misled. When I tried to explain what had been happening to my oldest (then 4 YOA) he said he hated his Grammy. I explained why she had done what she did and helped resolve that situation, ensuring him that she had one it because: 1) she loved him and his little brother and 2) she thought she was protecting them.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks so much LuAnn for stopping by and for sharing your excitement about Fulfilled with your readers – I know that you will enjoy this book!

      Thank you also for sharing your story with us. We each face so many situations in our lives where we have to CHOOSE forgiveness (even if we require God’s help to work through the process) or bitterness will literally eat us alive.

      Would love to hear your thoughts on Fulfilled once you have a chance to read it! 🙂

  3. Johnny Perez says:

    I went through discipleship program here at the Dream Center and have been under Danise for about a year. I can testify that Danise is the real deal and this book reflects that kind of person who has impacted my life since we crossed paths. I can’t thank her enough for the way she has helped me and countless others. This book really translates into the way she has impacted this once helpless drunk and has showed the love of Christ and has helped me to be fulfilled even through my spiritual struggles.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you Johnny, for your testimony – it’s such a blessing to know that people like Danise and places like The Dream Center exist! I wish you all of the best as you continue down the path that God has placed you on.

      For those of you who are thinking about purchasing this book, Danise is donating 50% of all proceeds to the Dream Center to help individuals like Johnny, so I highly encourage you to spread the word and take the plunge! 🙂

  4. Laura Rath says:

    Thank you for mentioning the Fulfilled study here! And yes, please join us as you can! No pressure. Read at your own pace. And interact with other readers through the comments section. I’m reading the book for the 2nd time and still enjoying it. (Even if it makes me address issues I don’t really want to address. lol)

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      My pleasure Laura – I think there is much to discuss in this book! And yes, I know what you mean about addressing issues you don’t want to address – that’s how you know it’s the hot-button one’s for you! 🙂

      Have a wonderful week!

  5. Tina says:

    Hi! I’m entering your giveaway. This book sounds very interesting and I may join the bible study as well. Anyway do you need our links for the giveaway? Or are the hashtags sufficient?

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Tina,

      The author is hosting the giveaway and based on the graphic, as long as you include a photo or graphic of the book, along with the hashtag #Fulfilled and her ID @DaniseJurado so that she will see it, you should be good! (Just be sure you verify the spelling of her name so it’s spelled right!) 🙂

  6. jeanine says:

    What a wonderful review! This book is definately on my “to read” list now.

  7. sheryl says:

    This looks like a book I’ll put on the “must read” pile.

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