What Women Should Know about Facing Fear Paperback – October 8, 2013
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From the Back Cover
Author Christin Ditchfield knows what it is to be bound by fear and to be set free. Sharing from her own personal experiences and the life-changing truths of Scripture, she helps readers: Recognize the stranglehold that fear can be and break free from
its destructive power. Identify their unhealthy responses to fear and discover more effective strategies. Find courage to face their fears head on and conquer them. And, experience for themselves the "the perfect love that casts out fear" and know true Peace.
About the Author
- Publisher : Leafwood Publishers (October 8, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0891123725
- ISBN-13 : 978-0891123729
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.55 x 0.6 x 8.27 inches
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Not only does author Christin Ditchfield do a fantastic job at encouraging the reader but she provides several great tools that will help you overcome fear. God is definitely using this author to meet the needs of those who read this book and I know that there are many women out there that need to read this book (I am one of them). I truly appreciated that while the author wrote about the importance of having a relationship with God to help overcome our fears and anxieties, sharing with us her personal journey, she also did encourage the reader to seek medical and pyschological help if necessary, even including links and phone numbers. The book is a wonderful tool, along with using God's Word, to overcome fear.
The author wrote in a personal, conversational manner making me feel that we were right in a room together. This is a style of writing that I thrive on, and so much appreciate. Also included is a discussion guide at the end of each chapter, making this book perfect for personal and small group/Sunday School study sessions.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
Summary: Women are more often than not the ones to struggle with anxiety. We have fears of change or worries about our health that cause us to sometimes to remain crippled in one spot with the inability to move forward. Even the ability to say no to turn down someone's invitation brings us anxiety and you say yes to something you wouldn't want to attend. Christin Ditchfield empowers women to calm their anxiety by studying other strong women of the Bible, and providing words from Jesus that can provide comfort. With a question and answer at the end of each chapter her book doubles a guide and journal to walking you away from anxiety.
Characters: The book does a great thing unlike a lot of other books I've read directed at women, and that is take women characters from the Bible and use them as a guide for other women. She also uses Jesus words and examples to guide the book as well. It makes for a much stronger book because it gives women the knowledge that it isn't just men in the Bible, and that there are many women characters who did some incredibly brave things. The author weaves in some of her own experience, but I think more of the author's own personal struggle with anxiety would make the book more real for those reading.
Writing: I do love how Ditchfield writes because it doesn't sound fake, or get wrapped into this overly motivational speaker tone. I do feel the amount of quotes used detract from her main focus though. They interrupted the flow of what I was reading. You'll probably notice if you pick up the book, but there are random quotes ranging from other women to people like Martin Luther. Maybe it's just me but with some of his statements regarding women I just don't think Martin Luther is reassuring to me. Anyways, I do like how Ditcfield includes many Biblical verses to back up her points when she trying to share stories of the women and men who had their fair amount of things to worry about on earth. As well as even pointing out the fact that Jesus was sometimes caught in fear as well.
Plot: Each section is very well divided, and I felt that Ditchfield was good about getting her point across without rambling. She is very direct. With many self help books like this I have found the rambling to be at all time high, but she sums up her points, and presents sources that strengthen what she is saying concisely. I also liked the questions and lessons at the end of each chapter. To be honest most of the time those things seem really useless, but hers contained a lot of great self reflection questions, and even gave some great verses to remember. I'm someone who wanted to work on remembering verses and Bible stories better, and this will help great.
What Women Should About Facing Fear is a great resource for women because it is for women and it provides strong women that can be used as encouragement. As a Christian, the core of the faith is never forgotten either, and Jesus is always made the primary focus on easing the anxiety, which should be the greatest comfort of all, especially considering he did experience his own fears and obstacles in this world. As said in the first paragraph as well I like how Ditchfield also recognizes that for some your anxiety might be rooted in some psychological issues that need to be addressed in counseling. She knows that seeking help is sometimes the best idea.
This book was provided by Leafwood Publishing in exchange for a review.