Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Litfuse Review: Control Girl by:Shannon Popkin

 Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible
About the Book:
"I control because I care." "I just want to be sure of a happy ending." "I worry that everything is spinning out of control." Many women can identify with statements like these. They have a compulsion to make everything turn out just right and are willing to do anything to make it happen. But this unbalanced pursuit of control makes those around them anxious and defensive. And when they realize control is slipping from their grasp, they lose control of themselves and react in anger or fear.

Shannon Popkin knows this struggle inside and out. Keeping her inner Control Girl hidden is a full-time job. Thankfully, she also knows another very important truth: no woman has to be a Control Girl.

In this encouraging book, Shannon invites seven Control Girls from the Bible into the conversation. She examines each story for the moments in which grasping for control circumvented God's plans for good, whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of to trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future. Finally, Shannon finds God's perspective on each of the problems and then reveals how readers''can have their own happy endings in similar situations.

The author shares from her own struggles and follows each Bible study with questions for personal reflection. In the end, controlling women will find insight into their own experience, peace in the knowledge that God is in control, and relief that they are free.

My Review:
 We either have an anxiety problem or an anger problem, these are just surface issues according to author, Shannon Popkin. When we girls have one of these two issues there is usually a bigger underlying problem and that underlying problem is usually the loss of control. I have never thought of t that way but I believe Shannon is on to something here.

 She also refers to the fact that self control is a fruit of the spirit and definitely something God does not approve of. If we can be our own Savior we wouldn't need Him. So our lack of control is exactly where God wants us because He meets us right there in our need.

 Based on scripture and many lessons from the author as well as others the author walks us through our journey of losing that control without losing our minds. And shows us that there is no need to fret when we turn it all over to Him.

 A great read that shows you your faults without condemning you. Author hit the nail on the head with this one!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me from the author for my honest review. All opinions are my own.