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What Women Want: The Life You Crave and How God Satisfies Paperback – Bargain Price, July 17, 2007
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Bestselling novelist and children's author Bergren consolidates efforts with Price, a marketing consultant, to guide evangelical women toward experiencing the best God has to give. They compile interviews from hundreds of women across the nation on such diverse life topics as love, friendship, finances, joy, balance, physical health, purpose and developing a richer relationship with God. Each chapter features brief interviews with popular Christian authors and speakers such as Liz Curtis Higgs, Carol Kent, Kay Arthur and Jan Silvious. Readers will also appreciate the real-life insights and inspiration gleaned from numerous women whose excerpts were taken from the surveys. A particularly helpful section challenges women to give their best to friendships even when that means risking rejection and personal sacrifice. Citing the Ruth 1:16 passage so often quoted at weddings, the authors rightly correct readers' misconceptions of the focus of this verse whose emphasis is on the friendship between Ruth and Naomi, her mother-in-law, not Ruth and a man. Christian women will enjoy this text for its diversity of contributors and their stories. Sadly, the bulk of the practical material, though helpful, is not particularly original. (July 17)
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About the Author
Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling author of more than 25 books, including her newest, The Busy Mom’s Devotional, and the best-selling children’s title, God Gave Us You. Lisa and coauthor Rebecca Price are “Class V” friends as well as business partners on a number of projects. Lisa and her husband Tim are the parents of three young children and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Rebecca Price has more than 25 years experience in book publishing; she’s helped start-up publishing houses and works as a consultant for a variety of publishers still. Together with her “Class V” friend Lisa Bergren, Rebecca pursues a number of ministry and business projects. Rebecca is single and makes her home in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she is active in women’s ministry.
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While we maintain to express ourselves that it is all about God and not about me, we too maintain by our own mouths the contradiction, which would say to me... IT IS ALL ABOUT ME AND HOW WE TRY TO USE GOD TO GET WHAT WE WANT.
Then I get to the second long pause: standing in front of a mirror and saying aloud over and over: i am this exceptional creation of God or phenomenal creation, either way I think God is phenomenal and I know everything He creates is phenomenal, but honestly this Hype is way to uplifting for me... it seems to promote a pride in us or increase the pride already there. Whatever happened to Humble Servant??
So, forcing myself to read on and hearing what others want I started another journal: what exactly does God want/desire and shouldn't we be more interested in Him rather than ourselves??
For me it should be titled: Self Seeking and How God can give us over to our own Desires.
Yet, if you really want to learn how to Love Yourself... go for it.
Don't be upset... it is only a review.
The authors use information gathered through a national survey and interviews with women of all ages to garner a deeper understanding of what women are really searching for in their lives. Many of us want richer, fuller lives that allow more time with our loved ones and a deeper connection with the Lord. Yet, many of us are at a loss as to how we can go about obtaining the very things we're desperately seeking.
In this book, women share their struggles in finding balance with their personal, professional and spiritual lives and how they, just like me, hunger to have balance in all three. So when I read, "Slow down. Rest. Love yourself. Forgive yourself. It's a juggling act, managing a family. Getting this grace and love thing straight in our own heads and hearts is the first step to a happy home," I was encouraged because I instantly felt that I didn't need to keep it all together.
For many of us, life can feel like a circus act as we struggle to balance family life, work and ministry. Yet, the authors remind us that God doesn't want our lives to be filled with stress, tears and unnecessary hardships, God wants our lives to be purpose-filled and overflowing with joy.
Every chapter contains biblical truths that will encourage you to walk closer with the Lord, allow Him to heal your hurts, and lead you to a healthier, brighter future.
All in all, I would say this book is a "must have" for any woman who feels she's stressed out, misunderstood or just feeling like she's living in a zoo. But be forewarned; once you start reading and applying God's truths that are shared in the pages of this book, you'll never be the same!
Armchair Interviews says: A wonderful gift for yourself or other women you love and cherish.