Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of YouStasi Eldredge
Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You is a hope-filled book for anyone who wonders if her life will ever change - if she will ever change. In author Stasi Eldredge’s most intimate book yet, she shares her own struggles with self-worth, weight and her past as she ... Read More
Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You is a hope-filled book for anyone who wonders if her life will ever change - if she will ever change. In author Stasi Eldredge’s most intimate book yet, she shares her own struggles with self-worth, weight and her past as she shows women how God is faithfully unveiling who we truly are.
Eldredge urges you to lay down your past thoughts about yourself and receive God’s incredible dreams for you instead. We cannot heal ourselves. We cannot become ourselves by ourselves - but we are not alone. The King of love wants to help us reach our potential. God desires to restore us - the real us. As he heals our inner life, he calls us to rise to the occasion of our lives. The most important journey any woman can take is the journey into becoming her true self through the love of God.
Discover your truest self - the woman God created you to be - through Becoming Myself.
Page Count: 256
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Jul 23, 2013
- UPC: 9781434705358
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 253
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012130"
- ISBN: 1434705358
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- We all have a desire to be known, treasured, and chosen. by Christian Shelf-Esteem on 9/4/14
Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You has something to offer for every woman. Through her personal struggles and victories, author Stasi Eledredge begins to unpack the complexities of womanhood. Initially she highlights the impact (for better or for worse) that our relationship with our mother has on how we see ourselves as adults. She continues with a comical side about how our hormones affect us at all stages of life. Stasi then goes on to more spiritual matters such as: the crippling effects of fear in our lives and in our Christian walk, our need for healthy friendships, the healing power of forgiveness, and our need/ability in Christ to break out of spiritual bondage. Furthermore, Stasi’s story struck a chord with me when she wrote concerning what it feels like to be “chosen.” We all have a desire to be known, treasured, and chosen - Christ is the only one who can fill those desires to the utmost.
Although I do not personally struggle with food addictions as the author has, I was able to connect through other aspects of her story. Throughout the book Stasi shares relevant and often heart-wrenching stories from other women she has ministered to. Undoubtedly these additions to the narrative help drive home the author’s main points and make this book relatable to a larger audience of women. For me the book lulled in a few places and was unable to keep me captivated.
Becoming Myself has pointed out a few areas in my life that I need healing--where my thoughts and actions haven’t lined up with God’s plan for me as a woman, a mother, and a wife. Stasi’s story is one of forgiveness, acceptance, redemption and renewal. I give Becoming Myself 3.5 out of 5 stars.
**I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Becoming Myself--Embracing Who God Made You by Disciplemom Laura on 7/21/13
Drawing from her own weight loss battles, author Stasi Eldredge describes the struggle for lasting change in her new book, "Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You."
Eldredge reminds readers that transformation is a process God uses to "heal our inner world so He can transform our outer world." She also says God is "in the business of setting us free, making each of us into the woman He always wanted us to be. The woman we always wanted to be."
As she leads readers through a variety of issues like looking at your past through the eyes of mercy, our mothers' effects on us, and friendships, Eldredge seeks to help readers let go of shame and self-discipline since neither are agents of change. She says, "God isn't waiting for me to get my act together in order to become worthy of his affection."
She goes on to say, "Though our past has shaped us, we are not our past. Though our failures and sin have had an effect on who we are, we are not defined by our failures or sin."
According to Eldredge, struggles, fear of intimacy, self-hatred, and the need to control our world, make us desperate for God, and "that is not a bad thing." She encourages readers to embrace who they are, to awaken to the desires and dreams God placed in them. "Let God begin to write your story. Invite him to show you your past through his eyes," she says.
Overall, this was a good book, reminding readers to live out their new identity in Christ, allowing God to transform them from the inside out. The author has clearly walked the path of which she speaks, and she genuinely hopes to help her readers through similar struggles.
I appreciate Eldredge's gentle reminders that I will never be successful in trying to change myself--that it is God who does the transforming, beginning on the inside, changing my attitudes.
At the same time, the book ended abruptly for me, leaving me wondering, "Okay, now what?" While I understand small group resources are forthcoming, I was disappointed in the lack of reflection or discussion questions to guide me through the process of applying some of the principles in the book. So, I look forward to seeing the accompanying resources when they are released.
* Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.
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