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Sarah Francis Martin works with She Seeks, a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries, and has a passion to encourage and relate to women in their twenties. Her relevant and conversational style will lead young adult readers to live out the kingship of Christ in everyday life in order to find godly success, purpose, and well-being. Sarah lives with her husband and three-year-old son in North Carolina. Hometown: Pinehurst, North Carolina

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418550795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418550790
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My passion to do life and ministry with twentysomething women and encourage them to LIVE OUT! the Kingship of Christ in everyday life.

Some random facts about me:

~My latest obsession is anything artsy/crafty, I love eating cereal for dinner when I'm not working or writing, you can find me curled up in bed watching the Fox News Channel.

~Favorite Books: Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper, Eye Of The God by Ariel Allison, Beach Music by Pat Conroy, Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

~Fun Fact: I have about 50 tubes of lip gloss ... all in the shade of PINK ... really? ... seriously!!??

~Worst Habit: Rather than sleep walking, I have a crazy habit of answering emails {coherently} on my Blackberry while still asleep

~I {secretly} want to be a CIA special agent...Vince Flynn novels are my guilty pleasure.

I blog regularly at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Griffin on June 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Stress--It accompanies every decade of life, and the experience of a twenty-something is no exception. In her book, Stress Point: Thriving through Your 20s in a Decade of Drama, Sarah Francis Martin seeks to help young women navigate through some of the major challenges they're likely to face during this stage of life.


Martin devotes one chapter each to ten different stress points: career, self image, body image, love and dating, serious romantic relationships, friends and family, money, independence, making a difference, and spiritual maturity.

Each chapter follows a specific structure. Martin begins by illustrating the chapter's particular stress point with three case studies, often using stories from popular TV shows, movies, or her own life to help the reader relate to the topic at hand.

She then directs twenty-somethings to the necessity of "Worshiping at the Throne of the King" by highlighting a name of God and teaching how His character is revealed through that name. Worshiping leads to "Waiting at the Throne of the King" as Martin encourages readers to see that waiting on the Lord is an active and beneficial process, rather than passive and useless as it often appears to be. Finally, each chapter concludes with "Finding Focus on the King" where the author explains how readers can find satisfaction and fulfillment by keeping the Lord central in all that they do.

Stress Point's Strong Points

I greatly appreciate the goals that Martin aimed for in writing this book. As a result of the lack of solid biblical instruction in many homes and churches today, young Christian women often move into adulthood with a great deal of confusion regarding how their faith should shape every aspect of their lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mika on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Stress Point is an easy-to-read devotional and journal for 20-somethings. The book engages topics such as body image, career choices, money, and dating, and is meant to bring young women struggling with these topics in a "decade of drama" to face these issues with the understanding that God is in control!

I would say the book definitely cuts to the chase. It does cover a lot of issues young women college age and older are dealing with, and I think it deals with them quite well! Sarah Francis Martin does a good job steering the focus back to God in each issues, and gives the reader a chance to journal (within the book), providing thought provoking questions to help the process. I think the books is quite effective as a whole at bring the focus back to God, but for me, it just isn't what I am looking for. I would say this is more of a self-help devotional, than a getting over self devotional. It does I think give your typical devotional a boost into reality (that life is full of these issues), but I found it lacking in that when I want to have time with God, I want to put away worldly things and thoughts and worries, and I want to be encouraged to think on what matters...and that is where I found this devotional lacking.

Would I read it again? Probably not, I didn't finish it as it was, but not to say that it is not worth reading! I think for someone in a different place than I, it could be quite encouraging.

I received this book free for review from BookSneeze® as an advanced reading copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on June 12, 2012
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Stress Point by Sarah Francis Martin is a devotional and journal for women in their twenties. It focuses on some of the main stress points in a woman's life, including their body image, money, love life, career, and other things that women tend to stress out over. We don't have to let those stressors control our lives though, and Martin explains how through God, we can stop focusing on those issues and live a more fulfilling life.

Stress Point takes the things that stress out women in their twenties most, and reflects on how these issues can be turned around to God and made into something less stressful. I think that she did a good job with this, and many women will definitely benefit from this book.

She uses examples on each chapter (or issue) that explains how a certain person (real or fictional) dealt with the stressor at hand. For many of these issues, I just didn't connect with the message of the people described. The author also liked to use a lot of personal examples of her struggles with these issues when she was in her twenties. For me, this made the book seem more of a blog follow along devotional journal, which was not what I was interested in reading.

Overall, I think that this book will certainly help some women. I wouldn't read it again, but it isn't not worth reading either.

* Thank you to the publisher of Stress Point, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Review by Felicia Rose in Single! Young Christian Woman
After reading the book Stress Point-Thriving Through Your Twenties in a Decade of Drama by Sarah Francis Martin, I am amazed at how many areas I now incorporate God that I never really thought about before. This book goes through 10 points that Martin says are the hardest for women navigating their 20s. Each chapter has three “girlfriend” stories—scenarios within the context of the identified stress point. The idea is that everyone can relate to at least one of the three stories. The chapter takes the reader through the girlfriend’s journeys, as well as the readers own journey with interactive questions, thoughts, and journaling activities.
The format of Stress Point does take some time to complete. The average chapter took 30 to 45 minutes to finish because of the built-in writing exercises. Every chapter is filled with information, but also had activities for the reader with individual views, knowledge and experiences, and then built both on the information in the book and the reader’s participation.
I identified to some extent with every stress point but the chapters that made the most impact were the stress points on self-image, body image, and dating/love. These were especially relevant to me because, even though I am in my late 20s with a degree and a successful career, I struggle with the single life and the effect it has on my self-image. I discovered, through the interactive journaling questions, that I unrealistically believe that I am unattractive and not good enough simply because I am still single at the age of 27. The truth I realized, as I read these stress points, is that I am single because I have been waiting for the “right kind of guy,” and that is okay.
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