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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.)

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God Is Transforming You

Do you have an area of your life that you would like to change, have tried to change, and have failed to change?

Stasi Eldredge knows from experience that loneliness, anger, or a poor self-image can take a toll on your belief that God loves you. In Becoming Myself, Stasi talks frankly about her own struggles with her past, her weight, and her self-worth to remind you that you don’t have to stay stuck. Shame and fear don’t need to be a part of your life. After all, they will never create the growth you long for. Only God can do that.

You are on the way to becoming your true self. Come participate in the transformation God promises as you explore your own story, awaken to your God-given desires, and begin to see yourself as God sees you.

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  • File Size: 3692 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (August 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2013
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  • Language: English
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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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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Margalo VINE VOICE on 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, is perhaps especially written for "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.
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100 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 18, 2013
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Sometimes I come across books that are hard to review. I, like other reviewers, fear negative remarks and attacks. So, why even write a review that isn't positive and what people want to hear? Well, because of concern--concern about how ideas and words can get twisted. My husband and I have read several of the Eldredges' books over the past years. We've noticed that there are some good ideas in their books, but that the points can get carried away.

As I started out reading this book, I was very curious about what the pages ahead held for me. But, as I read the first few chapters, I began to get a little concern. I was surprised by the rabbit trails and paths that she took. The goal of the book, I believe, is to encourage women to understand that they are loved by the Lord for who He made them to be and that they are continuing to become that woman as they trust and walk with the Lord. Along the way, she addresses cultural issues (among them was misogyny and the hatred of women). She addresses the role of one's mother in a woman's life and specifically devotes time to how one's mother cared for you while you were in her womb. She asserts that this care would either lead a woman to be secure or insecure, to feel rejected or accepted. She doesn't include any scientific or psychological support for this statement. She sites a video by a woman that I did not recognize as her only support for several pages of assertions. She then moves on to freedom and not judging others. Another reviewer commented specifically and quoted several passages from this section of the book. I am not going to requote the same quotes in this review, but I will confirm that she didn't take them out of context or twist what the author wrote in the text. They were direct quotes.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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