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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434765377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434765376
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ENTERTAINING AND HONEST "Olsen has a flair for presenting serious topics with a humorous twist and for approaching them from a different angle than her readers might expect. Chapters end with incite-ful questions certain to rouse discussion in groups, or provoke some serious reflection for the individual reader." - CBA Retailers Magazine

About the Author

Rachel Olsen's passion is helping woman find focus to create the changes they desire. She is co-author of My One Word: Change Your Life with Just One Word and contributor to the NIV Real Life Devotional Bible for Women
 
A popular national women's speaker for over a decade, Rachel teaches communication at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. She and her husband Rick raise two children and enjoy beach-town life on the Carolina coast. You can find her reading on the beach, writing at the local coffee shop, coaching clients, serving at her church, or online at RachelOlsen.com.

More About the Author

"Change is possible, but focus is required." ~ Rachel Olsen

As a writer, speaker, teacher and personal coach, Rachel Olsen helps people find their focus, connect with God, and create forward momentum.

Her writing has been published at "Encouragement for Today," an online devotional reaching over 700 million women, the Huffington Post religion blog, the women's REFLECT app, the KLOVE app, and the new NIV Real Life Devotional Bible.

With a master's degree in communication studies, Rachel is on faculty at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. She also speaks nationwide at conferences, workshops, events, and retreats.

Discover more at Rachel's websites: www.RachelOlsen.com and www.myoneword.org

Contact her through her website - you can invite her to speak, or explore coaching with her.

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I want every woman to read this book--it will change your life.
Christina Jay
Rachel Olsen does a fabulous job writing this light hearted and fun book, but she is serious about helping you uncover biblical secrets that can make your life shine.
J. D. Ellis
I could not put this book down and one that I will read again and again.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By PATRICK OHANNIGAN on January 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a middle-aged man, I don't fit the demographic for whom this book was written, but I know Christian women who do, and I shared a copy of this book with one of them. In going through the book, I found that it was smoothly written and engaging, even though Rachel Olsen's allusions to pop culture sometimes sound forced to me. For example, the major premise of the book is that there are "divine secrets" of the "Yahweh sisterhood" -- and if that's not a blindingly obvious riff on bestselling fiction by Rebecca Wells and Dan Brown, then my name is Matilda.

On the other hand, there's no law against a writer having fun with her own work. As my friend pointed out, Rachel Olsen is a trustworthy guide for any Christian woman who wants to approach Jesus humming that old hymn, "Just a closer walk with Thee". Moreover, Olsen is up front about the irony in revealing divine truths that can hardly be called hidden if you know where to look: "The secrets contained in the pages of this book are nothing new or hidden at all. They've all been wrapped within the Word of God and the person of Christ for thousands of years, readily accessible through the ages," she writes. Olsen, in other words, is no Gnostic. She's a woman writing warmly in the Reformed Christian tradition for postmodern peers who want advice from the best possible source (scripture) mediated through her own experience.

I would have appreciated additional perspective from formidable women like Catherine of Siena or Teresa of Avila, but that's more of an observation than a criticism (I did say that I wasn't in the target demographic for this book).

What Rachel Olsen does in this book is done very well. She shows how God is both majestic and accessible, and writes movingly about how the lessons of scripture (still) apply to our lives. This book will never be recommended by Oprah Winfrey, but I daresay it will prove helpful for those to whom it is written, not least the author's own daughter.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Molly on January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Wow! This was a powerful book without being too preachy! Rachel Olsen really knows who to talk about struggles, failures and everything in between without offending her readers, and by including them in the book. How does she include them? Well, from page one she captures the readers attention and draws them in. Now, it's not a fiction book, nor is it really a self help book. It's a book for women by a woman that helps you reconnect. Reconnect with whom, you ask? Well, it's a reconnection with yourself, a reconnection with God and a reconnection with others. It shows you that it's okay to do things like accept help from others, and don't over exhaust your self with your day to day problems. Let go and give it to God. Complete with places to make notes after reading the suggested scriptures, Rachel Olsen knows what women need and want. Read it alone. Read it with a friend. Either way, this 5 star book by Rachel Olsen will open your heart, mind and eyes to secrets that only the Bible can hold. Secrets that will transform you but make you happy in the end. Don't delay. Get a copy today!

*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I totally loved, loved, loved this book!! Once I opened it, I couldn't put it down! Rachel is so down to earth and REAL about her struggles and failures, that it felt like she was writing my story. I really loved the chapter called, "Turn the Beat Around". She talks about truly resting on the Sabbath, and what it means to really trust the Lord by resting.
There are Bible study questions at the end of each chapter to help you dig deeper for yourself into the decoder ring that God has given us in Christ. This book is a MUST for any Bible study group, and I know it's on the list for the 'next do" in my group!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ECL on November 1, 2010
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It's No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know, by Rachel Olsen is an encouraging Bible study book. The author shares personal stories from her life, intermixed with Bible scriptures and stories...with every chapter revealing various secrets, such as responding to God, cost of following Christ, humility, living generously, etc. On page 22, Olsen said, "In the pages of this book, you and I will find a dozen hidden treasures of wisdom Christ longs to reveal to us."

In a methodical manner, this intriguing book challenges readers to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. According to page 22, "The secrets contained in the pages of this book are nothing new of hidden at all. They've all been wrapped up within the Word of God and the person of Christ for thousands of years, readily available through the ages."

It's No Secret is ideal for a ladies small group Bible study or a personal Bible study. It is geared toward women of all ages, particularly older generations. Plus, the Bible study questions are conveniently located at the end of every chapter. Ladies, prepare to focus on discovering (or re-discovering) divine truths for your life.

Please note: I received this book free from B & B Media Group, which has a program designed for book reviews by bloggers. The opinions that I have expressed in this review are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. For more details about the B & B Media Group, please view their websites: [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2012
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Grab a cup of coffee like the picture shows on the cover, love the cover design! This is full of various perspectives on getting in touch with your spiritual side. The bible passages can get a bit long, but the personal stories by the author herself were engaging and made me want to continue to read. At times I felt connected to her stories like a best friend talking to me and giving me advice. Sometimes her personal stories made me laugh and that was the most uplifting part of this book. I recommend this book to any friend that needs to re examine a connection to God, this was a great book for me to read during Lent.
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