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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310272319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310272311
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynne Hybels joined her husband, Bill, in starting Willow Creek Community Church in 1975. She has edited many books and is coauthor of Rediscovering Church and Fit to Be Tied. She has been involved in Willow Creek's ministry partnerships in Latin America and currently serves as an advocate for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Customer Reviews

Readers of all ages will discover truth in a new way.
Dr. David Frisbie
I truly appreciate her willingness to share the wisdom she has gained with her journey.
M. J. Phillips
It reads more like a little devotional with very little substance.
Lori

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By zanne on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
i have to be honest, i had preconceptions about both this book and its author. i was wrong, wrong, WRONG. this book addresses a problem almost no one talks about in the church. it's not about feminism, or about the conflict between stay-at-home-moms and those who work outside the home. it's about being who God wants you to be. being a "nice girl" is about being who everyone else wants you to be, no matter what direction that takes. women in the church have for too long misunderstood what it means to be a Godly woman, no matter how they label it, and this book manages, in less than 100 pages, to address the issue, speaking to the heart, and provide a path to transformation in a simple, but not simplistic, way. it's such an amazing message that it's the foundation for a women's group a friend of mine and i are teaching. don't discount this book--it can start you on a life of freedom in Christ that you never imagined possible!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nice girl from Queens on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recently read this book with my women's group. I commend Lynne for writing such an inspiring memoir of her journey towards finding the one true God. Her honestly and transparency made me feel as if I were talking with her in my living room. I appreciated how she didn't paint a "rosy picture of christianity", but rather sought out God in the midst of all the pain & confusion. I personally related to her story/journey and hope that many other "nice girls" out there come to the peace she has found.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on March 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This has got to be one of the shortest books I have read in ages - and at £8.99 in the UK ($14.99 in the US) I can hardly consider it good value.

Lynne Hybels, wife of Bill Hybels of Willow Creek, tells us about her life as a pastor's wife and how she conformed to all the expectations of her role as mother, woman, pastor's wife, Christian - but missed out on the joy and true power that God can provide. An experience of depression and counselling helped her to understand her true role - not just as a support to those around her, but as someone God can use directly.

The book is hardback with arty photos to illustrate some of her points; the lines are widely spaced and it's a slim volume anyway, but I was astounded to discover I had read the whole book in just sixteen minutes. It was a good read, well-written, but I can't consider it value for money.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Frisbie on August 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Growing up in a church, it's easy to "go along" with everyone else's ideas of who you should be as a Godly woman. Somehow the stereotype seems to be: quiet, submissive, kind of fading into the background, busy with motherhood but little else. While those traits may be valid at times, Godly womanhood includes other roles, duties, and yes --- even attitudes.

Lynne Hybels has written a powerful little book about how to escape from the trap of other people's expectations (even when well-intentioned) and discover the woman God created you to be. Easy reading -- but you'll find yourself setting the book down often, just so you can think about and process what Lynne is saying.

Extremely well written --- buy this book for your college-age or older daughters --- or other young women you know and love. Readers of all ages will discover truth in a new way. Thanks, Lynne!

Lisa & David Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Authors of 8 books, including Raising Great Kids on Your Own: A Guide and Companion for Every Single Parent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melody Clements on February 24, 2014
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It was a very short book. I read it in less than half an hour. It wad more about her dealing with depression than changing the world.
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I found it to be very simplistic and not forthcoming about the challenges of trying to achieve individuality when in the shadow of an important, dominant person. The challenges Lynne Hybels faces could have translated across the spectrum of countless women who find themselves eclipsed by high achieving, purpose driven men in all areas of life but this somehow did not come through to the reader. She is obviously a person of depth and accomplishment who, perhaps because she did not want to cast a shadow on the great work that Willow Creek church has accomplished, tried to keep her story as non controversial as possible.
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By Donna on October 5, 2013
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What a beautiful expression of one woman's heart that is most likely shared by morel women than not. I wish it were a series!
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By BD on September 7, 2013
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Enjoying the time I spend in this book, good points and it is making me think. Perspectives are right on.
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