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A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the Security of God's Promises [Kindle Edition]

Renee Swope , Lysa TerKeurst
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Often the biggest obstacle to living out our faith is our own doubt--about our worth, our abilities, our relationship with God, and situations in our lives. A Confident Heart gives voice to the questions, doubts, struggles, and hopes so many women have. Author Renee Swope shows women how to identify, overcome, and even use doubt in order to live confidently in God's power, truth, and grace. Perfect for women's small groups or individuals, A Confident Heart is an authentic, insight-filled and encouraging message for any woman who wants to exchange destructive thought patterns with biblical truth that will transform the way she thinks, feels, and lives.


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Step out of the shadows of self-doubt to live with a confident heart
Ever feel like you're not good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough? Renee Swope understands. Even with a great family, a successful career, and a thriving ministry, she still struggled with self-doubt. Sharing her own personal story, Renee shows you how to rely on the power of God's promises to find the security you need and the confidence you long for!
  • Exchange fear-filled thinking with faith-filled believing
  • Fail forward when life or sin sets you back
  • Embrace your God-given purpose, passion, and personality
  • See beyond who you are to who you are becoming in Christ
Powerful Scripture-based prayers are at the end of each chapter, along with Bible study questions and a chart with thirty-one promises to replace our most common self-doubts. Foreword by Lysa TerKeurst.

Endorsements

"I'm so excited about Renee's book. She's walked this journey and gives us the gift of truths she's discovered that will sweep away self-doubt and usher in the godly confidence we've been longing for our whole lives!"-- Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times Best-selling Author and President of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"You'll never be the same after you read this book!"--Sheri Rose Shepherd, bestselling author of His Princess and His Princess Bride

"I felt like A Confident Heart was written specifically for me. Renee's depth, wisdom, and willingness to be real while sharing the real of Jesus blessed me beyond measure!"--Abby Rike, Biggest Loser, Season 8; author of Working It Out

"A Confident Heart is a captivating, story-driven book that provides real solutions to the real doubts and fears we all face."--Jennifer Rothschild, author of Me, Myself & Lies

Renee Swope
is a popular national conference speaker, P31 radio show co-host, and executive director with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Connect with Renee at ReneeSwope.com.

About the Author

Renee Swope is a popular national women's conference speaker, radio show co-host, and the executive director of radio and devotions at Proverbs 31 Ministries. She's also a contributing author to three additional books, including a Gold Medallion finalist and a People's Choice Award finalist, as well as several online and print magazines. Renee is featured writer for Encouragement for Today online devotions that currently touch over 450,000 lives each day across the world. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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I feel like someone finally jumped in my head, and my heart and painted over my insecurities with God's word. "A Confident Heart" allowed God to peel the onion of my insecurity one layer at a time, addressing things I never even dreamed were impacting my confidence, like fear and worry. This is one of the books that I will pick up year after year to remind me of the power I have even in my most broken and hollow moments. ~Catherine C
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finds You Where You Are, But Doesn't Leave You There September 6, 2011
Format:Paperback
Are you tired of living with your fear-filled thinking, self-doubts, and your own negative-feedback? Then I encourage you to read A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the Security of God's Promises by Renee Swope. Through ample examples of her experiences and struggles in these areas, she leads us to see ourselves in Christ instead of in failure.

Each chapter portrays a valuable principle along with examples of Renee's struggles. The chapters end with Scripture-based prayer leading us to recovery and health. Included in each chapter, is a list of pointed questions that make us search our deepest thoughts and feelings on the covered topic.

Not living in confidence, causes us to pretend we are something we are not, because we think that is what others expect of us. I was struck by Renee's insight on this:

"Pretending leads to hiding and isolation. What we need is someone who will pursue us and accept us even though we're flawed. Yet most of us doubt anyone would ever stick with us if we let them get too close. So we put up walls and hide our struggles, even from God, hoping, we'll convince Him and everyone else that we're fine. Eventually, though, we find ourselves in the shadows of doubt, convinced that we aren't worth knowing or pursuing. Slowly we begin to believe we have to be perfect to be loved and accepted." p. 32

Renee points out this in regards to the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well, "He helped her... see that each broken relationship (with past husbands) had convinced her she was not worth staying for."

How many of us have broken relationships with family and old friends?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I first met Renee Swope in an elevator at my first She Speaks Conference.

If I remember correctly, I was bolting up to my hotel room to touch up my lipstick before a publisher appointment.

I was struck by her sweet smile and the hint of mischief in her eyes. Later in the weekend, she shared a stirring message about living beyond the shadow of doubt.

I'm not one who remembers message topics years later, but I remember that one because it spoke straight to the desperate need of my heart.

I heard Renee's message just as I was embarking on a terrible, horrible, beautiful, life-changing quest for wholeness.

The last few years have been a bumpy road of milestones and setbacks. I've been so low I wanted to die and as steady as an elephant's back.

Recently, I read Renee's beautiful book, A Confident Heart.

As I absorbed each page, I felt like it was a chronicle of all the lessons I've learned over these years of healing. Chapter-after-chapter, I found myself nodding in agreement with Renee's hard-won wisdom and perspective.

Using her own experiences, Renee takes her readers from the shadow of self-doubt to the sunshine of security in Christ.

Doubts seem true in the shadow.

I can't do this. Things will never change. My life will never get any better. Change is too hard.

Renee wrestled with all those doubts and more until she came to realize that "doubt and hope cannot live in our hearts at the same time."

Renee explains that it's ok not to be perfect because we serve a God who is. His love won't fail even when we do.

We don't have to pretend to have it all together. Guess what? No one else has it together either!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like words from a friend July 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
Renee Swope knows what she's talking about. In A Confident Heart, Renee shares the truth about living free from doubt with beauty, vulnerability, and grace. Reading this book, I don't feel like someone is preaching to me. Instead, it's like Renee and I are sitting together in her cozy living room and I'm nodding my head with every word she says.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Highly Recommend This Book October 10, 2011
By Kay
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An outstanding book for anyone, especially those with self-esteem and self-worth "issues". I could identify with Renee from the first chapter. Definitely a book I will read over again. The study questions are probing and help you evaluate your own life and experiences. Renee helps the reader to see herself through God's lens, not the warped lens we are so accustomed to using (our own). Reading the book is good, putting it into practice and taking a hard look at your own life is better. I definitely recommend this book!
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53 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not speak to me. January 3, 2013
Format:Paperback
It appears I am the first official 1 star review. The other 1 star review had something positive to say - so I truly feel alone. But I had a completely opposite reaction from the 5 star reviews to this book, and I want to write it for anyone who may be feeling the same way, and wondering if they are the only ones.

I surveyed the positive reviews trying to understand why I did not feel the same way, and was immediately frustrated by the people who gave this book a 4 or 5 star review with not even reading the book. The only three star review states: "Just started reading this and will update as I go along. Excited to start as I have heard Renee speak and now have the opportunity to read her words." Unhelpful. Then, a BUNCH of 4 and 5 star reviews stating they're just starting the book and an online study with the author and they're excited. (An entire study group of people wrote this identical review). Also unhelpful. One review actually stated that they were asked to come online and rate the book before the study. I tried to find it again to post it, but the process took too much time.

It's been a few months since I read the book. It was a library loan, and I don't have it physically as I write this review to quote specific parts that I did not enjoy, but I'll list my main frustrations.

It asks a lot of questions. Paragraphs begin and end with questions, and I just don't find that form of writing helpful. It reminds me of gimmicky commercials on TV. Do you have insurance on this car? Are you worried about a loved one? Are you tired of being in debt? They're distracting. And it makes the content feel manipulative, in a way.

I could not relate to the author or content. Despite many people saying that it was "real", it actually felt contrived.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book. Life-changing!
Awesome, awesome Bible study book. Any woman would be blessed by this book and author. I've done lots of different Bible Studies, but this is one I will keep handy and refer to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by R. Rockenbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love love love this book! Sooo good!
Published 7 days ago by Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book all around
This book not only talks about finding your confidence in Christ, but helps you to really think through life to find your confidence.
Published 13 days ago by TBLMT
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that I will read more than once because ...
A book that I will read more than once because it has a lot of helpful ideas and explains why we act the way we do in certain circumstances, draws you into a closer relationship... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough good things about this book
Can't say enough good things about this book. Offered so much information I will most likely read it again to outline!
Published 23 days ago by L Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
This book changed my life. I am currently reading this book for the fourth time, in leading a Bible study with it this time. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the book!
Published 24 days ago by Debra Coyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible tool!
Fantastic!! Father God has really used the hard questions in this book to reveal some hidden hurts and bring healing to areas I didn't even know needed healing!
Published 1 month ago by Lisarvrs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Annette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Y. Sexto
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More About the Author

Renee Swope is a national women's conference speaker and co-host of Proverbs 31 Ministries' international radio program where she connects daily with thousands of women from all ages and stages of life. Like having coffee with a friend and mentor, Renee's authentic style and soul-stirring messages draw women closer to the heart of God and each other.

Through her written and spoken words, Renee shares from a heart that has been transformed by the power of God's love and grace. Weaving in personal stories and spiritual life lessons, Renee's topics speak to the challenges women face, the heartaches and joys they share. Sprinkled with humor and saturated with Truth, Renee's messages are filled with Biblical insights that are powerful and life-applications that are practical as she seeks to help women:

Identify paralyzing self-doubts and replace them with transforming truths

Discern God's voice and recognize His direction in their daily decisions

Let go of past pain and take hold of their promised identity and security in Christ
Turn worry into worship by shifting their focus from "what if" towards "what is"

Transform fear-filled thinking into faith-filled believing by actively trusting God's promises in their everyday lives and relationships

Renee lives with her family in North Carolina where she also serves as an Executive Director with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is a writer for Encouragement for Today devotions and a contributing author to God's Purpose for Every Woman, Leading Women to the Heart of God and The Reason We Speak.

Invite Renee to speak at your next women's event! Your audience will be challenged as women and encouraged as children of God!


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