Monday, October 15, 2012

Review:Trusting God by:S. Jaynes/G. Smith/M. Southerland


About the Book:
 In a culture where we tend to take control of our own lives, trusting God has become a religious platitude rather than a life changing attitude. We say it, but do we really mean it? And what does trusting God actually look like?
 Sharon, Gwen, and Mary-the Girlfriends in God team-come from different backgrounds but have all individually wrestled with this weighty issue. And in Trusting God, they bring their combined experiences and biblical knowledge into one place. Whatever you're struggling with, they can relate and have probable been there themselves!


About the Authors:
 Sharon Jaynes has been encouraging and equipping women through ministry for over twenty-five years. From the time she met Christ as a teenager, she fell in love with God‚s Word and has had a passion to bring God‚s truth to today‚s woman. Through the years, she has taught various Bible Studies, served as a counselor at Charlotte Pregnancy Care, and mentored women from all walks of life. Her mission is to encourage, equip and empower women to walk in courage and confidence as they grasp their true identity as a child of God and a co-heir with Christ.
 Gwen Smith is a speaker, author, concert artist, songwriter and worship leader who inspires women toward the heart of God through stories, songs, and Scripture. Her fun, enthusiastic, and relatable communication style puts audiences at ease and bridges generational, denominational, and racial divides. As a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends In God, Gwen has helped thousands of women experience how the Word of God and the power of grace, through Jesus Christ, rejuvenates faith and enriches lives.
 Mary Southerland is The Stress-Buster, a leader at helping women manage stress and enjoy peace in their daily life. Mary Southerland is a dynamic communicator, delivering a powerful message that changes lives. She will make you laugh, cry and walk away thirsting for more! Through warmth, humor, transparency and solid biblical teaching, Mary leads women to discover the powerful truth of God’s word and motivates them to apply it in their daily lives. An international speaker, Mary has spoken to thousands of women across the United States, Latin America, New Zealand, India, Thailand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. 

If you would like to learn anymore about the amazing women you can go to the Girlfriends In God website here

 My Review:
 Trusting God is a devotional and Bible study rolled into one. Sharon,Gwen & Mary have taken on the role as our Girlfriends in God. They collectively started a ministry website to help us girls out. We all could use some constant encouragement from Bible believing women that are a lot like us. Don't just take my word for it, here are a few words from their website:

Girlfriends in God is a non-denominational ministry that crosses generational and racial boundaries to bring the Body of Christ together as believers. Just as God sent Ruth to Naomi and Mary to Elizabeth, God continues to use women to encourage and equip other women in their spiritual journey.
We are doing life together!

Upon opening the book it starts out as any Bible study would a Bible verse here and there with a little explanations thrown in with a sprinkling of encouragement. Each lady taking on each subject in their own words with their own experiences. But as I delved deeper and deeper into the book something changed it was just like they were all three by my side cheering me on. Each one telling me to get my encouragement from up above. It was a great book to cozy up to the fire and read on a blustery fall day. As a wife and mother you look to those girlfriends you have for sanity and support and these three ladies have hit the bullseye with this book and their ministry. Each chapter runs a week long with a "Now it's Your Turn" section. "Now it's Your Turn" is a chance to reflect on what you just learned about yourself and about others. There are also prayers at the ending of each days devotional as well as a space to do some journaling. You can't lose by purchasing this book. It is an excellent Bible study to use especially if you are looking for a change from the same old dry, day to day type study, a real page turner.

If you would like to you can get a sneak peak at the first chapter here.

**Disclaimer** I received this book for free through the Blogging for Books program for my honest review.