Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Family Christian to help facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
Book Author(s): Stasi Eldredge
Book Genre: Christian Life, nonfiction
Number of Pages: 256
Publisher: David C Cook
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You takes you on a journey to becoming the best you. Stasi navigates you through your past, your present, hormonal seasons, and more to discover the real you hidden by fears, wrong choices, insecurities, and scars. The books reads as if you were sitting down with your best girlfriend encouraging each other in the faith. Though the books message is simple, the effect on your heart will be quite profound.
God is amazing! Sorry, I just had to throw that out there. God seems to know what I need at any given time. I needed to hear the message of this book now. I don’t think I would of listened to the message or got as much out of the book if I had read it last year or 10 years ago. I love how Stasi brings so much of not only herself but, other women into the book so everyone can relate somehow to what is being discussed.
The best lesson in the book for me was realizing that though I have experienced scarring issues in the past, I will still experience things that cause scars, but that shouldn’t stop me from becoming the wonderful woman God wants me to be. For some reason, I had it stuck in my mind that once I endured what I thought was enough suffering, then I should finally get to the place where I shouldn’t have to endure anything else that was bad.
Stasi also touched on a scarring issue that is not very much talked about, the momma issues. Everyone talks about the importance of a father’s life on a child, rarely does anyone talk about the effect of a mother. I have been to counseling and more with my “daddy” issues but have really never come to terms with my mother issue. That is something I am going to start working through with the help of this book. Stasi covers this issue in a very loving way, honoring all mothers.
Another issue the book touched on is one I have recently wrote about, and that is control. I have a huge issue with control. Stasi brought the background of the issue to light with one simple line of the book.
Can we trust a God we can’t control? Can we trust this God whose take on life and death and suffering and joy is so very different from our own?
Yes. Yes, we can.
Because we know him. And we know he is good.
Another aspect of the book that I liked was the prayers. They are very heartfelt and real, letting you connect with God on the issues presented.
The book does have a separate study guide, which I will be purchasing. So many of the chapters led themselves to complete exercises.
This book should be read by all women of varying ages. Discover your truest self – the woman God created you to be – through Becoming Myself.
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