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Sold out to Christ, Grounded in God’s Word, Determined to Take Risks to Change the World

An appreciation and understanding of strong-willed women—whose nature can glorify Jesus Christ

Many strong-willed women have secretly wondered if there was something wrong with them, if perhaps they just weren’t trying hard enough to be good conforming Christian women. Cynthia Tobias provides a compelling and practical way for strong-willed women to come together and identify themselves to each other and the world.

In Christian circles, women are often reluctant to come right out and say they are strong willed and proud of it. They have somehow been persuaded that God wouldn’t approve of a woman who is so—well, nonconforming. After all, isn’t the virtuous woman supposed to be quiet, holy, and subservient? Tobias reminds readers that the single most important thing they will ever do is accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. But beyond that, God gave each person their unique personality, gifts, learning styles, passions, and desires. He created and designed each person before they were even born.

Whether readers sees themselves as strong willed women—or just need to understand the strong-willed women in their life—Redefining the Strong-Willed Woman provides powerful insight and encouragement for all types of women and men.

About the Author

Cynthia Ulrich Tobias is founder and CEO of AppLe St. (Applied Learning Styles) and coordinates education and commerce programs throughout North America and internationally. She is a speaker and the best-selling author of several books including Every Child Can Succeed, Bring out the Best in Your Child, Do You Know What I Like About You? and You Can’t Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded). She lives near Seattle, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310245788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310245780
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cynthia Ulrich Tobias is founder and CEO of AppLe St. (Applied Learning Styles) and coordinates education and commerce programs throughout North America and internationally. She is a speaker and the best-selling author of several books including Every Child Can Succeed, Bring out the Best in Your Child, Do You Know What I Like About You? and You Can't Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded). She lives near Seattle, Washington.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a man married to a strong-willed woman, I was searching for some understanding to better understand my wife. For years, she claimed I was the strong willed one in the family. We both love God, but have had this area of impasse in our relationship for years. Not knowing what to expect, I was amazed at the insight gleaned from this book. The author vividly conveys the temperment and essence of the strong-willed woman, and included a chapter for the husbands in the reading audience who were looking for answers. Frankly, I am quite excited about my wife reading this book, as it really shows the incredible freedom of harnessing and directing that strong will for God. Thank you for writing such a timely and prolific book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2002
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Being married to a strong willed woman, I have encountered many of the symptoms of what was described in this book. The book helped me better understand my wife's internal makeup (pun intended). Tobias succinctly covers a difficult topic that has caused friction in both Christian and non-Christian marriages for years. She gives an encouraging, thoughtful approach to harnessing that strong willed temperment into positive direction. I found the book a huge breakthrough in an area I hadn't realized was so important to understand. An all around excellent read.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kat on November 14, 2002
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Cynthia Ulrich Tobias does an excellent job (as always!) in helping readers to understand and appreciate how God has made us. In this book, she focuses on the strong willed woman (SWW) and how God uses us, yielded to Him, to further the work He has for us to do. One of my favorite chapters is "Strong Willed Women in Leadership". The Three A's of leadership were most helpful - Attitude (staying positive), Accountability (finding ways to keep ourselves accountable to those we lead), and Action (never hesitating to step forward when needed).
For anyone who lives with (or IS) a SWW, this is highly recommended reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2002
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An earlier review of this book implied this book was calling the sinful rebellious woman strong-willed in an attempt to disguise it. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I can only imagine she has not read the book. The whole premise of the book is that there are strong-willed women who use their strong will to bring honor and glory to God. There is NOTHING in the book that suggests the strong-willed woman should in any way not conform to Bible standards or should get away with sin. I challenge anyone to read the book yourself--truly read it, and see what you think.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Wiggins VINE VOICE on February 4, 2008
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Tobias shares her experiences of being a Christian and a strong-willed woman (SWW) to illustrate that it is possible to glorify God, not in spite of a strong will, but because of a strong will. She writes, "Strong will is not a negative trait; it only becomes negative when you use it in ways that do not honor God." The main premise is that if you are a woman with a strong will, then God made you strong-willed for His glory.

The first few chapters are dedicated to defining the strong-willed woman. She includes a short inventory for the reader in order to determine her strong will quotient. Women with a relatively high quotient will not discover anything new in the pages of Tobias' book. However, the women with a low quotient may find a few pointers for how to deal with the strong-willed women in their lives.

Tobias writes about every facet of a woman's life. Each section is a let-down in one way or another. Space on Amazon does not allow me to post all of my thoughts here. If you're interested in reading more, then please visit my blog. I want to focus on what I believe to be the impetus of this book: a strong-willed woman's relationship with God.

The final portion of the book is dedicated to "the world" of the strong-willed woman. It includes a short chapter on her relationship with God. In the first chapter of the book, Tobias states that "there are so many strong-willed women whose hearts and souls long to know Christ but whose self-sufficient natures won't even consider the possibility of surrendering their hard-won independence...It's never been more important to find a way to recognize and validate their worth in the kingdom of God." In my opinion, this is the critical issue of this book, but it is ignored until the ninth chapter.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2002
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In response to comments written in on a recent review, strong-will is not just simply rebellion nor is it purely sin. In chapter nine of Cynthia's book, the first quote is from 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 "It is clear to us, friends that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn't just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions." This qoute says to me that God does not want us all to conform to any particular style, wouldn't this world be boring? He simply is asking, not telling us to "Trust and Obey" him. In Cynthia's book, she never once tells the reader not to obey God. Quite the opposite, she is always telling the reader that the key to happiness and fullfillment in life is to submit your strong-will to God, so that he can use it for his glory! To me one of the greatest assets of being a strong-willed woman is that I know it is ultimately my choice whether I accept Christ into my life or not. The fact that I realize that and still accept him with open arms just makes it that much sweeter! I think Cynthia's book is a wonderful gift of encouragement to readers everywhere!
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