Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Book Review: Life Ready Woman

As part of the LitFuse Blog Tour, I had the opportunity to read Life Ready Woman by Shaunti Feldhahn and Robert Lewis.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I've heard Shaunti speak and was interested in reading the book based on that.

From the publisher:
"Are you a ‘Doing it all’ or ‘Do what matters’ woman?

Whether a stay at home; or working mom, an airplane-hopping executive, an empty-nester caring for multiple generations or a single juggling high demands of career and personal life, today's fast-paced modern world leaves women gasping for balance. We as modern Christian women want to look to the Bible for guidance on how to manage our lives -- but because the world of women looks so different today than it did when the Bible was written, it is hard to find chapter and verse that seems to apply to our situation today.

Thankfully, God has given us exactly that timeless, unchanging guidance for how to find peace, clarity, and God's best for our lives once we know where to look! The Life Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All World, reveals a profound biblical roadmap for how each of us can find the abundant life we are longing for, rather than the stressful, torn, how-do-I-balance-it-all life we often feel like we are trying to keep up with today. Actually being a LifeReady Woman means that you are clear about your life, bold in your faith, and able to find God’s best for you, and the end result will be that you not only survive but thrive in our do-it-all world.

God has given every wonderfully unique woman different skills and abilities, different desires, and different temperaments -- and every woman around the planet and through the ages is certainly living in different circumstances. But no matter what a woman’s life looks like, the Bible says that God has an individual mission and plan that He’s carefully designed for each of us. And He wants us to find it. Starting January 2011, The Life Ready Woman and the Life Ready Woman Video Series will help every wonderfully unique woman to thrive as she identifies and courageously pursues God's unique design and callings for her. LifeReady Woman puts you on a roadmap to make decisions that will lead to relief, delight, and fulfillment instead of regret."
From me:

The book is split into two parts.  The first is "God's Purposes and Plans for All of Us."  Here, the authors lay out exactly that -- a Biblical Blueprint of what we as women were made for and what we were made to do. 

For instance, she talks about the "be fruitful and multiply" in a way that isn't just a "breed like rabbits" mentality.  It's far more than just having kids, it is raising the next generation up... oh, let me quote the book... "Each of us is called to be a part of raising up and launching a healthy next generation that will glorify God and bear His image throughout the world."  That "each of us" is male and female, by the way.

This section took me awhile to get through, because I found myself arguing with the author about the interpretation of certain things. Overall, though, I tended to agree with most of it, at least once I actually finally read through it.  I think most everyone is going to find something in this section to be uncomfortable with.

Here's a good place to insert a video:

The second part is about figuring out what the first part means to YOU, and working through God's plan on a personal level.  This is the part of the book that makes you think.  The part of the book that made me think.  The part I am still thinking about, to be honest. 

If you are interested in winning a copy, read on... or go check my Giveaway post!  Or better yet, do both!

In celebration of Shaunti Feldhahn’s Life Ready Woman, MomLife Today is giving away 2 Weekend To Remember Gift Packs and much more!
Not only, is MomLife Today helping promote Life Ready Woman, but they are thrilled to announce that Shaunti will be joining MomLife Today as a regular contributor!!!
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Disclaimer:  I received this book through the LitFuse Blog Tour.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own. 


Catherine said...

Thanks for the review of this book. I had seen some promotions for it, and it looks interesting. Thanks also for the information on the giveaway!

Tess said...

Interesting sounding book. You've piqued my interest.

Ruth said...

This book sounds like a book that would certainly benefit me! I sometimes feel like I just don't measure up nor have what it takes. Looks good!

Unknown said...

I hadn't hear of this book, but it sounds like something I need to read.