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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433671123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433671128
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shaunti Feldhahn is a former Wall Street analyst and the best-selling author of For Women Only as well as a national speaker and syndicated news columnist. She and her husband Jeff live with their children in Atlanta, Georgia.

Robert Lewis is the best-selling author of Raising a Modern-Day Knight and Rocking the Roles: Building a Win-Win Marriage. He and his wife, Sherard, have four children and live in Little Rock, AR.

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Author and Speaker: SHAUNTI FELDHAHN

Contact for Speaking Engagements: Naomi Duncan at or 615-300-4837

Shaunti received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher and best-selling author.

Today, she applies her analytical skills to investigating eye-opening, life-changing truths about relationships, both at home and in the workplace. Her groundbreaking research-based books, such as For Women Only, have sold more than 2 million copies in 22 languages and are widely read in homes, counseling centers and corporations worldwide.

Where the "Only" series revealed the often-unseen needs of men and women, her multi-year research project, published in The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages, investigates the process of what makes great relationships.

On May 6th her newest book The Good News About Marriage will be released. This research centers around the good news about marriage, debunking the grim facts we've heard for so long about marriage and divorce: Half of all marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate inside the church is the same as outside. And, most marriages are just holding on. But what if these "facts" are actually myths? In The Good News About Marriage, Shaunti Feldhahn presents groundbreaking research that reveals the shocking, incredibly inspiring truth:

* The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent.
* Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don't.
* Most marriages are happy.
* Simple changes make a big difference in most marriage problems.
* Most remarriages succeed.

Shaunti's findings have been featured in media as diverse as The Today Show and Focus on the Family, The New York Times and MomLife Today. Shaunti, Jeff and their two children live in Atlanta and enjoy every minute of living life at warp speed.

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This book made me think, and think deeply.
I really liked how the authors described the different seasons of a woman's life and how best to live life to the fullest and bring glory to God during each one.
I highly recommend this book to every woman who wants to "thrive in a do-it-all world."
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By HJB on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
"What is God's purpose for my life?" Most of us have asked ourselves this particular question. Some have always known the answer, some take years to find the answer, and for others, the answer still remains elusive.

The Life Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All World seeks to answer this pertinent question women desperately seek to understand. The book is co-authored by Shaunti Feldhahn and Dr. Robert Lewis. You might remember Feldhahn, former Harvard graduate and Wall Street Analyst, from her best-selling book entitled For Women Only. Lewis, founder of "Men's Fraternity," has published several books including The New Eve, a precursor to The Life Ready Woman.

The authors of The Life Ready Woman endeavor to teach women how to live in accordance with God's design and her personal, unique callings. Instead of living life frazzled and full of regrets, this book describes biblical precepts and practical application women can follow to thrive and discover God's best for their lives.

The book is divided into two main parts: God's purposes for all believers and God's purposes for believers as individuals, especially women. The recurring theme of the book reveals "God's Core Callings," claiming that "everything else pales in comparison to the importance of the overarching charge" (70). The Core Callings are:

* Leave and Cleave: We are to become mature individuals who achieve deep, lasting companionship in marriage (If you are single, you must "leave" childhood behind and become responsible adults).
* Be Fruitful and Multiply: We are to raise up and launch a healthy, godly next generation into the world.
* Subdue and Rule: We are to advance God's kingdom purposes beyond the home and into the earth, in ways specific to our gifting (71).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By April on February 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am one of those women who has grown up believing the mark of a good woman is the ability to do it all, and, hopefully, do it all well. I live the mantra that failure is not an option. Thus, "Thriving in a Do-It-All-World" seemed like just the ticket to finding that balance that allows me to accomplish everything without even getting my cape dirty.

That's not what this book is, however. It doesn't give you the magic keys to the Proverbs 31 kingdom. What it does do is talk straight out what we were made for, what our roles are at any given time and why we shouldn't buy into the myth that it ALL has to be done right now to do it right.

This book made me think, and think deeply. It made me reevaluate the worldview I had taken in and see things from the lense of how God intended me to live. If you're looking for a book rich in PC (political correctness), this is not that book. Unapologetically, Shanuti and Robert address the seasons of a woman's life and encourage her to embrace each of them with focus. The season of childrearing for instance. This one hit me hard as it is a season I've been in for a while, but am starting to see the end of the road with apprehension. Shaunti and Robert encourage a woman to embrace this season and not let it slip by chasing a career or falling into the trap of the do-it-all, miss-most-of-it mentality. Career season is addressed as well - there is time to dogedly pursue a fulfilling career after children are raised. Not that everyone can stay at home, but we can all choose to put family first for the parenting season.

With a she-said, he-said (in agreement!) approach, this team also addresses dating and marriage. If you're single, you learn to be open to love while waiting and praying for the right one to come along.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FHG on October 6, 2012
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An indequate view of "calling".

Jesus is the one through whom all callings are fulfilled, not marriage. The word calling or called when it is used in the bible is not used solely as a tie to marriage. Our calling begins and ends with Christ, and it is not about being married or not married.

Also would like to add the comment that the highest form of "oneness" is with Christ and the result is bearing fruit. God has so much for us, and every one of us, regardless of state, can inherit His riches of glory and blessings, which include fruitfulness and multiplication, when we believe. Christ can meet us where we are, whether we are married or unmarried, childless or with children, physically strong or challenged, etc. That is the power and the beauty of the gospel.

Marriage on earth is good but it is not eternal. There is another far greater marriage, the marriage of Christ and His bride, the church. And there is another family, the family that is born of the Spirit, not by physical procreation. Through Christ, we are all connected to the family of God.

This book is more about priorities for married women with young children - that they should give love and time to their husbands and children first and not pursue their career or personal dreams at the expense of that. For married women with young children who have chosen to do that in a Christ-honoring way, they can regard that as a "calling" for them during that time of their lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a keeper. When I first selected the book, I thought I'd be getting the reminder of where my priorities should be. You know, 1st - God, 2nd - husband, etc...

I've always tried to number (or rank) my priorities... God first, hubby second, children third, home fourth, and not ever sure where to place my health or other things such as extended family and outside ministries.

Well, the author fixed my problem and I will no longer number these priorities! Instead, I will use her biblical advise to align my life with God's plan and purpose for me. Shaunti shows us how to weave them into whatever season of life we're in.

What I Like Most About The Book:

* I was given a clear road map to following God's plan and purpose for my life, including the What, When, Where, How, and Why.
* I saw that even thought I can't do it all right now, there is a time and place for most of the things I want or feel called to do in this life time.
* I realized the importance of using my earthly life for eternal purpose, seeing how some of what I currently do is just a waste of the time and resources on loan to me from God.
* I found some things in the book that do not agree with my current beliefs. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It has prompted me to dig into the Bible to find the truth, so that I can either change my beliefs to match God's truth or know that what I do believe is biblical.
* That the voices of the book includes both male and female. I learned some things from a man's perspective, which will hopefully help me in relating to my hubby.

This is definitely my new favorite book in the department of priorities and life/time management!

Thanks to LitFuse for the review and giveaway copies in exchange for This Mom's honest review.
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