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Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You [Kindle Edition]

Stasi Eldredge
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Book Description

God has dreams—just for you
Becoming Myself is a hope-filled book for anyone who wonders if her life will ever change—if she will ever change.In Stasi Eldredge’s most intimate book yet, she shares her own struggles with self-worth, weight, and her past as she shows readers how God is faithfully unveiling who we truly are.
Stasi urges you to lay down your past thoughts about yourself and receive God’s incredible dreams for you instead. We cannot heal ourselves. We cannot become ourselves by ourselves. But we are not by ourselves.
The King of love wants to help us become. God desires to restore us—the real us. As he heals our inner life, he calls us to rise to the occasion of our lives. The most important journey any woman can take is the journey into becoming her true self through the love of God.
It's a beautiful paradox. The more of God’s you become, the more yourself you become—the “self” he had in mind when he thought of you before the creation of the world.
Discover your truest self—the woman God created you to be—in Becoming Myself.

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With a writing style that makes the reader feel she is having an intimate chat over coffee with a close friend, Eldredge, who co-authored the bestselling Captivating and Love and War with her husband John, goes solo for this journey to the development of life-changing self-esteem. She offers practical ways to embrace the unique dream God has for each woman's life regardless of past mistakes or present feelings of inadequacy. Transformation must happen from the inside out, she says, but until women can see themselves through God's eyes, it won't happen. She offers humor, liberating insights, biblical lessons, and insightful imagery colored by blunt talk and brutally honest personal examples—including her battles with weight gain—to encourage women to see themselves in a different light. The conversation rambles as chats between friends do, but focus can become foggy. Study notes at the end of chapters or in the rear of the book might have been helpful tools for pulling concepts together and providing ways for digesting more of this meaty food for thought. Agent: Curtis Yates, Yates & Yates. (Aug.)

About the Author

A teacher and conference speaker, Stasi Eldredge leads the women’s ministry of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. She is the coauthor of Captivating and Love & War with her husband, John. Her books have sold nearly 3 million copies. Stasi loves the joy and freedom that come from knowing Jesus and longs to see others come to know him more deeply. She also loves getting lost in a good novel; walking in the woods near her home in Colorado Springs; and sharing life with her family, her friends, and her God.

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  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (August 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a letter from a friend August 2, 2013
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I enjoyed Stasi Eldridge's book Captivating, but I like this one even more. Though Captivating was intended for all women, nonetheless I felt it was written for somewhat younger women. At age 51, I feel that Becoming Myself, while helpful for women of all ages, but perhaps especially "women of a certain age" such as myself who need to know we still have a rich future ahead of us. I am at a stage in my life when I am struggling to make long-suppressed dreams come true despite discouraging odds. I am trying to emerge from low self-worth and get my head above water in the hope that I can once again see broad horizons opening before me. This book was like a long letter from an encouraging friend, one who knows all your weaknesses and failings but knows they do not define who you really are.

Stasi Eldridge is extremely generous in sharing her own intimate life experiences with us. She does not present herself as "I've finally made it and you can too." No, the message here is that we don't have to "make it." While there are always ways in which we could grow and improve, we are beautiful and precious and worthy right now, just as we are. She helps the reader see past not only surface factors (such as weight) but even serious problems such as addictions or failures, peels those away, and shows us how Christ sees us: with eyes of love, mercy, compassion, loving us fully and completely right now.

I found one of the most valuable chapters to be the one on society's hatred of women, the many ways this has eroded our sense of who we are, and how to stop buying into the lies society perpetrates to keep woman in a state of dissatisfaction with ourselves. This is hugely important because in addition to our personal struggles, society encourages self-loathing simply because we are women.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement for the Christian Woman, A Vital Read June 11, 2013
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This book offers encouragement, comfort, and most importantly, ANSWERS for the Christian woman who wants to understand and FEEL God's love. It is about how we can sustain changes in our lives, not via shame or self-discipline, but by allowing God to heal us from the inside out. I found this book to be like a drink of cold water to my soul on a hot day--a metaphor of God's love for me.

The book addresses the paradox of John 3:30, "He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (NLT)" Have you ever sung that song, "More of Jesus, less of me..."? I always felt weird, like my personality would have to be annihilated and I would eventually be not at all like me but just a version of Jesus that was spiritual and had no earthly likes or dislikes or personality that I could recognize. I never knew how to really interpret that verse in a way that made sense to me. The author explains and illustrates how when we surrender ourselves wholeheartedly to God, then He helps us to become our true selves--this journey is the most important one we will ever take. The more of God's we become, the more ourselves we become. I know this sounds paradoxical and odd, but the book illustrates how in fact this is so.

It is about how we cannot transform ourselves, no matter how hard we try, but that God can and will transform us and help us to change in accordance with His will. Jesus will help us to make sense of our past and heal us from emotional hurts. The book shows how.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Look at Your Value August 9, 2013
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Stasi Eldridge is now one of the my favorite Christian Authors! This powerful book examines our value in Christ as a Christian woman. Stasi takes on the societal lies, women hear from the time we are very young impressionable girls and examines them in the light of the Gospel. Stasi is so honest and genuine in sharing how these lies impacted her image that the reader has no place to hide.

This book had a tremendous effect on me as I read it. I found myself laughing and crying (more than a stray tear down my cheek). She is so gentle with the reader, reminding us that we have a loving Heavenly Father that made us unique because He treasures us. As she examines the various influences by which we have been imprinted, she doesn't accuse. She just reveals how the truth compares to the lies we have been told. No female escapes the message that she is inadequate via the television, radio, peers, movies or even family on a daily basis. Talk about being programmed to believe that we are unlovable, that is exact opposite of why the Lord died for us.

I think this should be made into a Bible Study. I would encourage Christian Book Clubs and Women Church Groups/Prayer Groups read this then do a discussion on this book. I think this is would make a great gift to every young girl before entering 7th grade or on her 12th Birthday whichever comes first.

Thank you, Stasi for your desire to deliver a message with such compassion and transparency.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Amazon in exchange for providing my personal opinion in a review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book!
Absolutely incredible! I've been profoundly impacted and have deemed this required reading for my family. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a woman, the you do need this book!
Ever feel as if your life just isn't what you dreamed or expected or planned? This book takes us through the steps to figure out how to have the fulfilled life we utterly desire. Read more
Published 2 days ago by M. Pierson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
This was an excellent book. Stasi is such a great author and such much really hit home for me. I read this book and did the study along with it. I highly recommend it!
Published 6 days ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars How Do We Find Out Who We Are and Become Ourselves?
In her most recent book, Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You, Stasi Eldredge shows us how. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read
This book was captivating. It also encouraged various New prayers, proclamations & declarations. I will be recommending this book to others & will reread it again. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jesus Freak
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Truth!
I'm in my mid twenties and this book helped me greatly in knowing how to ask Jesus to help me look at my past with mercy. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Betsy Helms
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book we can all identify with!
Stacy is a great writer, sharing the truth in a loving way and has helped me get in touch with who I am and that God loves me unconditionally.
Published 13 days ago by Pamela S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Men and Women
By ALL MEANS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN... Although I am a man what this book has done for me and my marriage is beyond comprehension... Read more
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Powerful book! Filled with practical insights & healing from a biblical perspective. Staci's invites the reader inside her journey of pain restoration & redempton in a tender &... Read more
Published 20 days ago by sharon Glennon
4.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Myself.
I found the book is helpful and uplifting.Many times the author see to be very personal. It is easy to relate to the subject.
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More About the Author

Stasi Eldredge loves writing and speaking to women about the goodness of God. She spent her childhood years in Prairie Village, Kansas, for which she is truly grateful. Her family moved to Southern California back in the really bad smog days when she was ten. She loved theatre and acting and took a partiality to her now husband John when they were friends in high school. Stasi received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from San Diego State University which she attended primarily because it was close to the beach. She became a Christian her junior year in college and dove into the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduating, Stasi joined Youth for Christ, heading up a ministry to pregnant teenagers and teen mothers. She has been active in ministry ever since, including theatre ministry, crisis pregnancy center ministry, women's ministry, and children's ministry. The Eldredge family moved to Colorado in 1991. YAY!

Stasi loves the joy and freedom that comes from knowing the passionate, stunning love of Jesus Christ and lives to see others come to know him more deeply. She loves worship music, time to bake, celebrating life, getting lost in a good novel, baths, walking in the woods, hearing her sons' laughter, the sound of wind in the trees, a good cup of coffee, the smell of the earth after it rains, a powerful turn of phrase, animals in the wild, gardens, freshly mowed grass, family traditions, cherished friendships, the Tetons, rivers, mountain lakes, the grace and beauty of horses, the affection of her dog and most of all her family and her God.

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