Girl Defined

Clark, Kristen. Baird, Bethany. Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Girl Defined is about redefining womanhood according to God’s creation, not the world’s concept. Based on Biblical truths concerning the woman gender, authors Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird remind women of the importance of their roles according to God’s unique plan. Through personal stories, Biblical references, study guides and reminder points, several important and encouraging messages are shared, myths are debunked and standards are set straight. As the founders of GirlDefined Ministries, these sisters turned authors tout the significance of being women created in God’s image…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
It is about time!¬† This book should be shared with women of all ages, beginning with the High School age yet the messages could be shared even younger. Not so much a cheerleading book but a more gentle encouragement for women to appreciate, accept and guard their gender while following God, I especially liked the reminder verses found in the margins. “Be the woman who inspires change in others through your obedience to God.” Looking to God for clarification on gender rather than the world for gender expectations can be powerful in the success, health and happiness of women. As speakers, bloggers, mentors and authors, these sisters are right on target. Perfect¬†for a Women’s Ministry, Bible Study, High School Youth Group or perhaps even a sermon topic, Girl Defined is long overdue!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Girl Defined from Baker Books for my honest review*

Bounce Back

Clinton, Julie. Bounce Back: When Your Heart Is Empty And Your Dreams Are Lost. Brentwood, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
bouncebackWritten specifically for women, Bounce Back shows effective ways to overcome loss and heartache due to loneliness, depression, divorce, issues with children, illness as well as many other situations which cause despair. Perfect as a small-group study or individual reading, Julie Clinton demonstrates return to living life through breathing, believing and bouncing back. Written in a direct style, this book gives personal examples along with Scriptural instances of women dealing with difficult issues yet turning back to the Lord, and in the process, back to a fulfilling life.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
A book almost every woman can relate to, Bounce Back is well written and right to the heart. The author helps women realize they must own the problem, take some time to deal with the situation, and finally to grasp their own worth and importance in life. “Bouncing back emotionally and spiritually is all about purpose and progress” sets the approach to this book coupled with the knowledge that no one is ever truly alone in struggles. Biblically based and strong, Bounce Back could truly make a difference.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Bounce Back from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*