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The Blessed Woman: Learning About Grace from the Women of the Bible [Kindle Edition]

Debbie Morris
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Discover the True Meaning of Being Blessed
 
It’s not easy being a woman. The demands and expectations of us, and those we place on ourselves, can be overwhelming. While trying to navigate this thing called “life,” have you ever longed for a close friend, confidant, or mentor to walk alongside you and encourage you in Biblical womanhood? Debbie Morris did. And yet even as a young minister’s wife, she found herself without someone to fill this all-important role. So she turned to the Bible. Biblical women such as Eve, Sarah, and Miriam had always fascinated her. But now they also became her friends, sisters, and teachers. Through their stories, the Holy Spirit revealed how their lives—both joys and struggles—weren’t that much different from ours today and how they can teach women today to be a grace-filled, life-giving woman of God.
 
In The Blessed Woman, Debbie invites you to learn from these women as well. As she shares her own stories and the stories of discerning women in the Bible, she addresses topics such as overcoming insecurity, finding purpose, establishing priorities, letting go, and waiting. The Blessed Woman reminds us how God longs for every woman to experience His tenderness—and to know the true meaning of being blessed.


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“I have known Pastor Debbie Morris for many years and I am blessed to call her friend.  You will find her gracious and giving spirit contagious as you see how God has blessed her as she has surrendered to Him.  She truly is a blessed woman of God with a passion to lead women to the heart of God. I highly recommend this book.”
—Karen Evans, host of Marriage Today

“My good friend Debbie has written an inspiring work that links her life story and the life lessons of women in scripture to the needs, dreams and challenges that women face today. This book will encourage every reader to maximize their walk with God in order to understand and experience  all He has destined for their life.”
—Dr. Lois Evans

 “One of my favorite people has now written one of my favorite new books. In The Blessed Woman, the beautiful Debbie Morris writes candidly and beautifully of her spiritual journey of victory over insecurity and timidity. Along the way she points us to the stories of other remarkable women of faith—challenging and inspiring us as daughters of the King to live lives of meaning, purpose and power. This book is a rare gift.”  
—Kari Jobe, two-time Dove Award winner

“Debbie's ministry to women is powerful. The staggering effect her message of hope, love and restoration has on women is evident by the hundreds of lives that are revolutionized under her leadership.  The book you hold in your hands will not only take you on a journey with the women in the Bible but will escort you on one of your own - one that will take you to the next glorious level in your relationship with God. Buckle up your seat belt and get ready for the ride of your life.”
—Priscilla Shirer, author and Bible teacher

The Blessed Woman is a revelation of how God wants to champion His daughters and favor their lives. Debbie Morris takes you on a journey through God's Word to position you for great things!”
—Lisa Bevere, best-selling author & speaker, co-founder of Messenger International

“Debbie pens this book from her beautiful heart. It overflows with love and grace, seeking to refresh and strengthen every woman who reads its pages. This book is a tool to teach, mentor and cheer you on to being all God made you to be. In Debbie's words 'being a woman isn't always easy...' but the wisdom in these pages will definitely make it easier. Thank you, Debbie, for giving freely wisdom that cost you everything.”
—Charlotte Gambill, pastor/speaker

“Debbie’s insights on molding and mentoring God’s rough and unpolished daughters provide inspiring hope for the hopeless. There’s an immediate identification with God’s powerful, feminine mentors of the Bible when we realize God’s heart’s desire is to use each of us in a very significant way.  As Debbie says, we don’t realize that our mistakes, weaknesses and lack that we think would cause God’s opportunities to pass us by, actually make us the perfect candidates for His purposes.  Truly God is looking for daughters through whom He can show Himself strong and mighty—you and me.  Although we’re not qualified in the natural to do what He’s asking, He is more than ready to equip and empower us to fulfill His passionate vision for each of us. Our deficiencies are God’s opportunity to be God of the impossible.”
—Ginger Lindsay, COO, Christ for Nations

"The Blessed Woman" is written with an authentic grace-filled charm that speaks to the heart of every woman at each stage of her life.  The book's transparency and vulnerability draws the reader in by chronicling the lives of the author and the incredible women of the Bible, making them relatable and real to us.  Pastor Debbie unearths their human frailties, fears and shortcomings, and ultimately their manifested faith and reliance on God, taking them from the conception of their purpose to the birthing of God's vision through them...just like He wants to do with each of us, transforming the ordinary to extraordinary.”
—Lori Ann Biggers, speaker

“Every woman is looking for a mentor, someone to guide her along life's uncertain road. In her book The Blessed Woman, Debbie Morris helps us all to see some of the amazing women in the Bible as mentors. Debbie is transparent and honest as she uses her own journey and Bible truths to guide us in our daily life. I know this book will be a huge encouragement for so many!!! So get one for you, and all those women in your world!”
—Holly Wagner, pastor at Oasis Church, author GodChicks, WarriorChicks, Daily Steps for GodChicks

“Debbie Morris’ The Blessed Woman is a breath of fresh air—and one that will re-fresh every person who reads it, irrespective of gender. Though essentially geared to women, any perceptive reader who loves the Word will be happily surprised at how Debbie is, all at once, both “plain and simple” and “powerfully prophetic!”  The content flows from the heart of a pastor’s wife who relates with an enjoyable yet transformational “edge” to her writing—taking the “every day” and turning it into “the stuff of eternity.”  This journey offers a pungent study of women in the Bible that will build confidence, grow faith and lead to practical, purposeful living and ministry.”
—Pastor Jack Hayford, chancellor of The King’s University

“Debbie Morris writes with the heart of a true pastor’s wife; I know because she’s my pastor’s wife and my friend.  I’ve watched her grow into the role and what a mighty woman of God she is!  In this book, she’s transparent and human in a way we can all relate to, inspiring us to step into our own calling and purpose that God has for us.  She writes about the dream God birthed inside her to empower women to follow God and how, despite her insecurities, God helped her deliver that dream.  You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into her shoes and the shoes of many women in the Bible as Debbie takes you on this journey, sharing personal stories and Biblical stories.  Every woman seeking God’s blessing should read this book.”
—Joni Lamb

“I love the heart and soul of Debbie. Not only is she an amazing woman of God, she is also a friend! Her passion and commitment to women is inspiring and captured so well in her new book, The Blessed Woman. Debbie conveys a clear vision of empowering seasoned Christian women to become the mentors that God created them to be, as well as redefining femininity. I'm excited to see how her book inspires women to be leaders they are destined to be!”
—Christine Caine

“Pastor Debbie is one of the humblest and gentlest women I have met. These character traits peg her as a true leader and as such, anything she has to say or write is something I would listen to and take to heart. Debbie’s book will help all of us not only believe in ourselves, but also step into our roles as women to do the things only women can do.”
—Dr. Caroline Leaf, neuroscientist and author

"Debbie Morris has begun the conversation that every Christian woman needs to have. Reading her book I see now how Debbie is so genuinely herself no matter who she is around.  She has let the women of God's Word truly mentor and shape her soul and in this book she shows how you can do the same. With mentors like these it is easy to be more shaped by God, and less driven by fear of people. Read it. Then have your daughters read it!"
—Bob Hamp, executive pastor of pastoral care at Gateway Church, author of Think Differently and Live Differently: Keys to a life of Freedom

About the Author

Debbie Morris is the executive pastor of women’s ministry at Gateway Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 24,000 active members. Debbie has been married for more than thirty years to Gateway’s founding senior pastor, Robert Morris, and they have three grown children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1292 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 030773191X
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALBR5LK
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blessed Book March 19, 2013
Format:Paperback
I have been longing to find a local woman's bible study that I could join. Unfortunately I don't seem to find myself in a space where that is possible. With a medically-fragile child, two toddlers, and a baby on the way - I usually end up in tears before I even make it to the car. So for now, I stay at home knowing that eventually I will find myself with a little extra free time to get out, meet new people, and connect with a group that has a great bible study.

In the mean time I have been blessed to have a copy of The Blessed Woman by Debbie Morris to review. Debbie Morris has done a fantastic job drawing both from stories of women throughout the bible as well as intertwining them with her own personal stories, creating a phenomenal resource for women.

Debbie's observations and biblical direction were very real and clear. As I worked through the book I felt like I was continually being encouraged and inspired through the examples of grace.

I will be keeping The Blessed Woman by my bedside for a definite re-read! It is a fantastic resource for both woman's groups and stay-at-home moms like myself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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What a clever idea! Wish I had thought of it! So often, I had wished I had a female mentor to give advice on a particular situation. How ironic that there is a whole group of women within the pages of the Bible that I could look to for advice on everything from mothering (and learning how to let go and trust God), to keeping a good attitude (even when things don't go according to plan) to a finding a purpose among life's most painful struggles, and so much more.

Debbie Morris cleverly designed this book by examining the life of 12 women from the Bible and identified the key lessons that we can learn from each woman -- sometimes a very different twist from what we've traditionally learned. Each of the twelve chapters focuses on a different woman. There are study guide questions in the back of the book so that you can use this in a small group or as a women's Bible study. Unlike other books where the discussion questions at the end seem to be an after-thought to fill the pages, a quick glance through many of the questions in this book made me think that this would be a great study to do with a group of women. Many of the questions are well thought out and carry over the message from the chapter and allow you to explore that issue at a deeper level. Since they are based on personal application, it makes for a much more interesting discussion with a group vs. the questions that ask you to look up a scripture and describe what it says.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Blessing Among The Poor Reading May 15, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book just didn't give me much to go with. Nothing to carry with me throughout the day. This book and her topics of writing were easily forgotten immediately after finishing. A good book usually gives you words of wisdom to take with you, and it just didn't happen with this book.

This book was read by the author, and there are only a handful of authors that can pull off reading their own books, which I find surprising. It is their thoughts, words, and feelings, and yet they cannot convey any emotion while reading. They end up reading in a monotone, robotic manner.

And so this book goes. Debbie Morris reads through this book terribly. Run on sentences, slow reading, overly pronounced words, mispronounced words, deep breaths, smacking, speaking too close to the microphone, using slang or half pronounced words, etc. Sometimes talking until she is out of breath and too quiet to hear or understand. Ending sentences when a sentence does not end, which I guess this could be attributed to taking a breath at the wrong time and missing the correct opportunity.

As I am listening to this book I am thinking this is the last person who should be reading a book aloud. This book is very hard to stay interested in when it takes so much work to listen to. You really have to pay attention and re-work the sentences so that the thought she is trying to convey is understandable. This book takes too much work!

By Chapter 8 it is finally explained why the authors' reading is so bad. Evidently Debbie Morris never learned how to properly read in school, and is a prime example of children who have been pushed through school without having mastered proper reading skills. However, in Chapter 8, Debbie's reading is extremely poor while she explains this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Blessed Woman August 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
As women, the demands and expectations of others, and those we place on ourselves, can be overwhelming. While trying to navigate this thing called "life," have you ever longed for a close friend, confidant, or mentor to walk alongside you and encourage you?

Life can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes when you don't have a close friend or a mentor having a book like The Blessed Woman can help you see things in a different perspective. I am an Air Force Wife, Stay @ Home Mom, & I Home School my Three Kiddos. So, with all the moving & leaving good friends/mentors behind having a book can make a difference. Debbie Morris covers overcoming insecurity, finding purpose, establishing priorities, letting go & waiting.

The Blessed Woman reminds us how God longs for every woman to experience His tenderness-and know the true meaning of being blessed!

Book Description
Release date: March 19, 2013
Discover the True Meaning of Being Blessed

It's not easy being a woman. The demands and expectations of us, and those we place on ourselves, can be overwhelming. While trying to navigate this thing called "life," have you ever longed for a close friend, confidant, or mentor to walk alongside you and encourage you in Biblical womanhood? Debbie Morris did. And yet even as a young minister's wife, she found herself without someone to fill this all-important role. So she turned to the Bible. Biblical women such as Eve, Sarah, and Miriam had always fascinated her. But now they also became her friends, sisters, and teachers. Through their stories, the Holy Spirit revealed how their lives--both joys and struggles weren't that much different from ours today and how they can teach women today to be a grace-filled, life-giving woman of God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great review of how to relate to women in the ...
Great review of how to relate to women in the bible as role models and how to gain strength from there lives.
Published 17 hours ago by Pamela A. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Best study I have EVER done
Best study I have EVER done....and I am old so I have done lots. We did this with a group of woman and each weak someone would come that was totally convicted!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars We are on our 2nd teaching of this wonderful book. When you don't know...
We are on our 2nd teaching of this wonderful book. When you don't know who else to turn to, a logical choice is those who have "been there and done that". Read more
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more product info please. I would love to buy one of the books or the CD, but why aren't the number of pages or number of hours for the CDs listed? This is very important.
Published 9 months ago by paula
3.0 out of 5 stars The Blessed Woman is an insightful and accurate book
A good book with sound biblical knowledge. Historically accurate and intetesting. I learned a lot that enriched my life from reading it. A great book for group discussions.
Published 12 months ago by Debbie King
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Her book is very easy to read and easy to apply to your life. This is a recommended book to read.
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