- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Kregel Publications (January 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0825444292
- ISBN-13: 978-0825444296
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Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She's been published by Family Fun, MOMsense, Focus on the Family Magazine, and other outlets. This is her first book.
Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible
Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don't match your version of perfect. Tension, anger, fear-it all begins with a heart that craves control. When your vision of how life should be replaces God's vision, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts. Thankfully, there is a better way.
Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying Control Girls in the Bible. Learn how you too can lay down this burden and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.
- 'An easy and entertaining read Shannon packs a punch!'-Dee Brestin
- 'Penetrating.'-Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
- 'Funny, tender, and truth-telling.'-Erin Davis
Listen to Shannon's inspiring words!
Shannon's journey from Control Girl to Jesus Girl wasn't an overnight trip. She shares some of her defining moments with the Revive Our Hearts ministry. Her hope is that through her honesty you'll not only recognize yourself, but recognize that you're not alone.
The Controlling Mom Outburst
From Holding to Folding
The Long-Term Effects of a Controlling Heart
The Gritty, Uphill Battle of Surrender
"Control Girl is easily readable and digestible. It makes a great tool for self-discovery, but also for group discipleship." (Christian Market 2017-01-09)
"Shannon has a wonderful ability to translate the truths of God's Word into interactive Bible studies that speak to relevant issues women face today. Control Girl is a penetrating look at how selfishness and self-protectiveness wreck lives--and why surrender and trust are God's life-giving pathways to true freedom and joy." (Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author and Revive Our Hearts teacher and host 2016-11-07)
"Authentic, relevant, and truth-filled, Control Girl is written especially for any woman longing for security, peace, and joy. Through her Bible-based teaching and humorous stories, Shannon reminds us God never intends us to carry around the burden of control, and instead offers us the gift of sweet surrender to him. I finished Control Girl being reminded afresh that for those who love God, there awaits the happiest Happy Ending imaginable. Hooray! Highly recommended!" (Cindy Bultema, women's speaker, Bible teacher, and author of Red Hot Faith 2016-11-07)
"In the style of Liz Curtis Higgs, Control Girl is an easy and entertaining read, yet Shannon Popkin packs a punch where we so need it if we are to be set free from the stressful habit that robs our joy and ruins our relationships!" (Dee Brestin, author of Idol Lies 2016-11-07)
"No one wants to be enslaved to anger, anxiety, or fear. Yet many battle those emotions without making any headway in their struggle to fix themselves and others. In Control Girl, my longtime friend Shannon Popkin offers an alternative strategy. She shows how biblical thinking helps readers understand the conditions of their hearts so that they can find freedom in true spiritual growth through the wisdom of the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. I highly recommend it." (Dr Chris Brauns, pastor of The Red Brick Church, author of Unpacking Forgiveness 2016-11-07)
"When you start out reading a book for an endorsement and it becomes your Bible study, that is a good sign. Instead of making notes about how good the book is, I found myself writing down how God was using Shannon's words to address the heart of my own control issues. While I already knew that I had many inroads as a Control Girl, I believed I had released a lot of my tendencies after journeying with my husband through his porn addiction. And the truth is, I have. But I need reminders to practice my new habits. It seems like my instinct is still to control first and then ask questions later that eventually lead to my surrender. Control Girl is helping me solidify my foundation as a Jesus Girl, giving me confidence to practice surrender first and be OK with God not answering all my questions." (Jen Ferguson, coauthor of Pure Eyes, Clean Heart 2016-11-07)
"If you've ever struggled with control issues, read this book. With personal vulnerability, biblical depth, powerful personal illustrations, and pointed application questions, Shannon Popkin reveals how seven women of the Bible can teach us how to surrender our will to God's design for our future. Control Girl is a must-read for women of all ages who long for a deeper relationship with him. It's ideal for personal use or for small-group studies." (Carol Kent, speaker and author of Becoming a Woman of Influence 2016-11-07)
"Psst . . . You there . . . the one with the control issues. I know you have a craving to control. We all do. We have since the garden of Eden, but there's hope! In this funny, tender, and truth-telling book, Shannon Popkin peels back the layers of our control problem. If that sounds a bit like a root canal, wait until you crack the cover. In a tone that feels like coffee with a close friend, Shannon bravely goes first, letting us see the reality of her own need to control while simultaneously pointing us to the hope found in God's Word. You will find your heart warming, your lips smiling, and your fists unclenching as Shannon leads you away from control and toward sweet surrender. A must-read for every woman east of the garden." (Erin Davis, author, blogger, and recovering Control Girl 2016-11-07)
"Shannon gets painfully honest and to the point as she challenges all of us Control Girls to surrender that burden and experience the Happy Ending God has planned! I'm thankful for how she takes us through the lives of seven women from Scripture to help us discern more readily when we are grabbing for control rather than walking in the rest that Christ provides." (Kimberly Wagner, author of Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior 2016-11-07)
"Delightful. Insightful. Helpful. Popkin's sweet blend of storytelling and Scripture helps the medicine go down. If you're a control freak, this study is just what the doctor ordered." (Mary A. Kassian, author of Girls Gone Wise 2016-11-07)
About the Author
Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She's been published by Family Fun, MOMsense, Focus on the Family Magazine, and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. This is her first book.
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No one wants to admit they have control issues. And giving up control means surrendering. I like how Control Girl points out that control ruins relationships, with other people and with God. If you do or don't feel you have issues with control I think this book is worth checking out. There will probably be at least one aspect that you can relate to as you read through Control Girl. l was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Such an amazing read! Initially I was lukewarm on the idea of reading this because I didn’t think I was much of a control girl.... it took exactly 1 chapter to convince me otherwise. If you are a female, do yourself a favor and read it.