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Sarah Francis Martin works with She Seeks, a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries, and has a passion to encourage and relate to women in their twenties. Her relevant and conversational style will lead young adult readers to live out the kingship of Christ in everyday life in order to find godly success, purpose, and well-being. Sarah lives with her husband and three-year-old son in North Carolina. Hometown: Pinehurst, North Carolina

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418550795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418550790
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stress--It accompanies every decade of life, and the experience of a twenty-something is no exception. In her book, Stress Point: Thriving through Your 20s in a Decade of Drama, Sarah Francis Martin seeks to help young women navigate through some of the major challenges they're likely to face during this stage of life.

Overview

Martin devotes one chapter each to ten different stress points: career, self image, body image, love and dating, serious romantic relationships, friends and family, money, independence, making a difference, and spiritual maturity.

Each chapter follows a specific structure. Martin begins by illustrating the chapter's particular stress point with three case studies, often using stories from popular TV shows, movies, or her own life to help the reader relate to the topic at hand.

She then directs twenty-somethings to the necessity of "Worshiping at the Throne of the King" by highlighting a name of God and teaching how His character is revealed through that name. Worshiping leads to "Waiting at the Throne of the King" as Martin encourages readers to see that waiting on the Lord is an active and beneficial process, rather than passive and useless as it often appears to be. Finally, each chapter concludes with "Finding Focus on the King" where the author explains how readers can find satisfaction and fulfillment by keeping the Lord central in all that they do.

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I greatly appreciate the goals that Martin aimed for in writing this book. As a result of the lack of solid biblical instruction in many homes and churches today, young Christian women often move into adulthood with a great deal of confusion regarding how their faith should shape every aspect of their lives.
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Stress Point is an easy-to-read devotional and journal for 20-somethings. The book engages topics such as body image, career choices, money, and dating, and is meant to bring young women struggling with these topics in a "decade of drama" to face these issues with the understanding that God is in control!

I would say the book definitely cuts to the chase. It does cover a lot of issues young women college age and older are dealing with, and I think it deals with them quite well! Sarah Francis Martin does a good job steering the focus back to God in each issues, and gives the reader a chance to journal (within the book), providing thought provoking questions to help the process. I think the books is quite effective as a whole at bring the focus back to God, but for me, it just isn't what I am looking for. I would say this is more of a self-help devotional, than a getting over self devotional. It does I think give your typical devotional a boost into reality (that life is full of these issues), but I found it lacking in that when I want to have time with God, I want to put away worldly things and thoughts and worries, and I want to be encouraged to think on what matters...and that is where I found this devotional lacking.

Would I read it again? Probably not, I didn't finish it as it was, but not to say that it is not worth reading! I think for someone in a different place than I, it could be quite encouraging.

I received this book free for review from BookSneeze® as an advanced reading copy.
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Review by Felicia Rose in Single! Young Christian Woman
After reading the book Stress Point-Thriving Through Your Twenties in a Decade of Drama by Sarah Francis Martin, I am amazed at how many areas I now incorporate God that I never really thought about before. This book goes through 10 points that Martin says are the hardest for women navigating their 20s. Each chapter has three “girlfriend” stories—scenarios within the context of the identified stress point. The idea is that everyone can relate to at least one of the three stories. The chapter takes the reader through the girlfriend’s journeys, as well as the readers own journey with interactive questions, thoughts, and journaling activities.
The format of Stress Point does take some time to complete. The average chapter took 30 to 45 minutes to finish because of the built-in writing exercises. Every chapter is filled with information, but also had activities for the reader with individual views, knowledge and experiences, and then built both on the information in the book and the reader’s participation.
I identified to some extent with every stress point but the chapters that made the most impact were the stress points on self-image, body image, and dating/love. These were especially relevant to me because, even though I am in my late 20s with a degree and a successful career, I struggle with the single life and the effect it has on my self-image. I discovered, through the interactive journaling questions, that I unrealistically believe that I am unattractive and not good enough simply because I am still single at the age of 27. The truth I realized, as I read these stress points, is that I am single because I have been waiting for the “right kind of guy,” and that is okay.
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