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A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the Security of Gods Promises Paperback – August 1, 2011
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Ever feel like you're not good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough? Renee Swope understands. Even with a great family, a successful career, and a thriving ministry, she still struggled with self-doubt. Sharing her own personal story, Renee shows you how to rely on the power of God's promises to find the security you need and the confidence you long for!
- Exchange fear-filled thinking with faith-filled believing
- Fail forward when life or sin sets you back
- Embrace your God-given purpose, passion, and personality
- See beyond who you are to who you are becoming in Christ
"I'm so excited about Renee's book. She's walked this journey and gives us the gift of truths she's discovered that will sweep away self-doubt and usher in the godly confidence we've been longing for our whole lives!"-- Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times Best-selling Author and President of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"You'll never be the same after you read this book!"--Sheri Rose Shepherd, bestselling author of His Princess and His Princess Bride
"I felt like A Confident Heart was written specifically for me. Renee's depth, wisdom, and willingness to be real while sharing the real of Jesus blessed me beyond measure!"--Abby Rike, Biggest Loser, Season 8; author of Working It Out
"A Confident Heart is a captivating, story-driven book that provides real solutions to the real doubts and fears we all face."--Jennifer Rothschild, author of Me, Myself & Lies
Renee Swope is a popular national conference speaker, P31 radio show co-host, and executive director with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Connect with Renee at ReneeSwope.com.
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If I remember correctly, I was bolting up to my hotel room to touch up my lipstick before a publisher appointment.
I was struck by her sweet smile and the hint of mischief in her eyes. Later in the weekend, she shared a stirring message about living beyond the shadow of doubt.
I'm not one who remembers message topics years later, but I remember that one because it spoke straight to the desperate need of my heart.
I heard Renee's message just as I was embarking on a terrible, horrible, beautiful, life-changing quest for wholeness.
The last few years have been a bumpy road of milestones and setbacks. I've been so low I wanted to die and as steady as an elephant's back.
Recently, I read Renee's beautiful book, A Confident Heart.
As I absorbed each page, I felt like it was a chronicle of all the lessons I've learned over these years of healing. Chapter-after-chapter, I found myself nodding in agreement with Renee's hard-won wisdom and perspective.
Using her own experiences, Renee takes her readers from the shadow of self-doubt to the sunshine of security in Christ.
Doubts seem true in the shadow.
I can't do this. Things will never change. My life will never get any better. Change is too hard.
Renee wrestled with all those doubts and more until she came to realize that "doubt and hope cannot live in our hearts at the same time."
Renee explains that it's ok not to be perfect because we serve a God who is. His love won't fail even when we do.
We don't have to pretend to have it all together. Guess what? No one else has it together either!Read more ›
Each chapter portrays a valuable principle along with examples of Renee's struggles. The chapters end with Scripture-based prayer leading us to recovery and health. Included in each chapter, is a list of pointed questions that make us search our deepest thoughts and feelings on the covered topic.
Not living in confidence, causes us to pretend we are something we are not, because we think that is what others expect of us. I was struck by Renee's insight on this:
"Pretending leads to hiding and isolation. What we need is someone who will pursue us and accept us even though we're flawed. Yet most of us doubt anyone would ever stick with us if we let them get too close. So we put up walls and hide our struggles, even from God, hoping, we'll convince Him and everyone else that we're fine. Eventually, though, we find ourselves in the shadows of doubt, convinced that we aren't worth knowing or pursuing. Slowly we begin to believe we have to be perfect to be loved and accepted." p. 32
Renee points out this in regards to the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well, "He helped her... see that each broken relationship (with past husbands) had convinced her she was not worth staying for."
How many of us have broken relationships with family and old friends?Read more ›
I surveyed the positive reviews trying to understand why I did not feel the same way, and was immediately frustrated by the people who gave this book a 4 or 5 star review with not even reading the book. The only three star review states: "Just started reading this and will update as I go along. Excited to start as I have heard Renee speak and now have the opportunity to read her words." Unhelpful. Then, a BUNCH of 4 and 5 star reviews stating they're just starting the book and an online study with the author and they're excited. (An entire study group of people wrote this identical review). Also unhelpful. One review actually stated that they were asked to come online and rate the book before the study. I tried to find it again to post it, but the process took too much time.
It's been a few months since I read the book. It was a library loan, and I don't have it physically as I write this review to quote specific parts that I did not enjoy, but I'll list my main frustrations.
It asks a lot of questions. Paragraphs begin and end with questions, and I just don't find that form of writing helpful. It reminds me of gimmicky commercials on TV. Do you have insurance on this car? Are you worried about a loved one? Are you tired of being in debt? They're distracting. And it makes the content feel manipulative, in a way.
I could not relate to the author or content. Despite many people saying that it was "real", it actually felt contrived.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Renee certainly claims many promises from the word. It's very encouraging, and would likely be nourishing to Christian women who are looking to mature in their confidence and in... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Nakiah Reiter
I would defiantly recommend.
I struggle with confidence and my self image.
This book has really encouraged me to put my confidence in Christ in a very simple way.
I have read t his book several times and just love how it makes me think about my life and myself. It has helped bring me closer to God and to become more confident in who I am. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gen
Only on chapter 3 and I see that God strategically placed this book in my life. Thank you for sharing your story!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer