- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: NavPress; New edition (March 14, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1576839338
- ISBN-13: 978-1576839331
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Becoming a Woman of Influence: Making a Lasting Impact on Others Paperback – February 28, 2006
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First the positive: Carol has a desire to get women active in other women's lives. She covers subjects that will be of benefit to many women. She's motivating. She's enthusiastic. She rallies the troops. She gives us reasons to want to become a woman of influence and makes us want to prepare to mentor other ladies and since that is in a nutshell the point of the book, she succeeds quite admirably.
Now for the downside: This book isn't theologically deep. Carol uses a very modern Bible translation that isn't a word-for-word translation so sometimes the Biblical message isn't as clear as it needs to be. Also she references people that aren't known for being strictly straight and true to the traditional conservative Christian message. It is very modern in it's emphasis on what women can do (and ought to do). Carol doesn't get the message across that our lives must be lived to God's glory and by His power and according to His rules and truth. For these reasons, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend it.
To wrap up: this is a book that will encourage women in our roles as guides and mentors to other women but it fails to give us the biblical tools needed to carry out these roles as well as we should. It is more modern than traditional, more cultural than biblical, more woman-centered than God-centered. Read it a conservative Bible translation handy and along with it, read some other, more conservative, Christian books written for women who are seeking to learn how to mentor and guide other women.
I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Becoming A Woman of Influence isn't as most of us would think. The principles Carol includes is teaching women how to listen, how to hug in a crisis and simply learning how to help others.
The seven principles Carol includes in this book are:
The Principle of Time Alone with God
The Principle of Walking and Talking
The Principle of Storytelling
The Principle of Asking Questions
The Principle of Compassion
The Principle of Unconditional Love
The Principle of Casting Vision
The Principle of Unconditional Love stood out to me. Unconditional love is easy to give as a mom but boy.o.boy not sure if I really want to give this kind of love to others! Well. . . Carol's principle of unconditional love helped to see that it's following the heart of Jesus. No, we can't have a lot of these principles in our lives unless we allow Jesus to rule and reign. Carol's views and descriptions may help you to see beyond your four walls just as see helped me.
Carol also encourages the reader to have a heart relationship with God not a mediator relationship through a priest of pastor. This is good advice.
This is one of those 5 star reads that will make you think and pray. I want to be a woman of influence for Jesus. Not just spouting off scripture after scripture but showing by an example of a godly life.
Whether you're a young, single woman, a midlife mom or a grandma this is an excellent book for women of all ages and walks of life!
*I reviewed this book for NavPress*
I really believe that Kent held these principles close to her heart as she wrote Becoming A Woman of Influence not only just as the information in the book, but also as the content and tone of the book. So many books written for Christian women come across as guilt inducing and brow-beating. Becoming a Woman of Influence was a breath of fresh air. I could easily imagine sitting down at the kitchen table with Kent and, over a cup of tea, listening to her say "Let me tell you how intentional relationships have blessed me."
The only complaint I have about this book (and it is a minor one) is that many of the scripture references are quoted from The Message Bible. This is more a matter of personal preference. I am more familiar with the tone of the NIV or NKJV translations. On occasion, the more casual tone of The Message did not immediately signal to me "this is a Bible verse." On the good side, when I am reading, I have the bad habit of skipping quoted Bible verses. The unusual translation of the Bible used in Becoming A Woman of Influence meant that I rarely skipped reading the Bible quotes.
The best Christian books are the ones that act as signposts, faithfully pointing to God. The best Christian books are the ones that, when finished, send you to the Holy Bible, the Word of God to get more of "that", to experience more God. Becoming a Woman of Influence is that kind of book.
Unlike many books for Christian Women, this book did not leave me feeling like I have one more thing to add to my to-do list, rather it gave me a deep longing to better understand the life of Jesus.
Before I finished reading Becoming a Woman of Influence, I picked up my Bible and turned to Matthew chapter 1. As I read through a second time, I found Kent's book to be just as rich, just as deep, and just as inspiring as it was the first read through.
I give this book a solid 5 stars, an honor reserved for books that will find their home on my yearly reading shelf.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."