Stronger Than You Think: Becoming Whole Without Having to Be Perfect. A Woman's Guide

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Author: Eckert, Kim Gaines

Brand: IVP Books

Number Of Pages: 241

Release Date: 19-01-2007

Details: Product Description If you've known broken relationships . . . If you've ever felt like you don't measure up . . . If you've suspected something inside you might be missing or flawed . . . This book is for you. Kim Gaines Eckert, psychologist and counselor, has spent years helping women with a variety of life issues, from self-esteem and body image to developing healthy relationships and healing from the past. At the heart of their struggle, she believes, is not the desire to be perfect, but the desire to be whole. And wholeness, she is convinced, ultimately comes only from God. In this book Kim invites you into her conversations with women. You'll discover you are not alone in your struggles, and you'll learn from her practical and proven guidance for growth and change. And because growth is always more powerful in community, each chapter includes questions for you to explore in a small group. Let Kim Gaines Eckert show how God can mend your brokenness and help you become a whole, healthy person--the woman he created you to be. From Publishers Weekly This is not a self-help manual with the obligatory seven steps for growth or spiritual renewal. This is a book about women's brokenness. Eckert, an assistant professor of psychology and counseling at Tennessee's Lee University, says that failed relationships, body issues, sexual wounds, low self-esteem and dormant anger conspire to keep women from the wholeness they desire. In the first half, Eckert draws on the work of Mary Pipher and Kathleen Fischer to highlight the damaging messages women internalize, and the "negative self-talk" that can cripple them. These chapters are well done, with Eckert bringing the message home through various "tools for the journey"—practical suggestions of things that women can do to enjoy greater authenticity and wholeness. The book's second half really sings as Eckert tackles specific issues like anger, depression, self-image and—in the book's most poignant chapters—beauty and women's sexuality. Drawing on her own stories and those of women she has counseled (and mixing in song lyrics from Dar Williams and Natalie Merchant), Eckert asserts that women are stronger than they think they are: emboldened by Christ, they can find spiritual healing and emotional wholeness. (Feb.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "A timely book in an era when women are pressured to be and do more than ever before . . . A beneficial starting place for group discussions and growth." -- Dawn Gentry, SCJ, Spring 2009 "Women, this book is for us! You will walk away with insight about wholeness and it?s relation to brokenness and how incorporating the broken parts of us can be used by God to effectively respond to the pain and brokenness in this world we live in." -- Five Star Book Reviews More by The Reading Mom, September 2007 "Honest and hopeful, Stronger Than You Thing is a guide that will partner well with any woman--no mater where she is along life's journey." -- What's New on the Bookshelf with Shirley Updyke, WRGN, March 5, 2007 "The battleground for women's souls is in the mind. Stronger Than You Think equips women with the armor they need to combat society's messages, Satan's deceptions and our own internal misgivings." -- Cara Davis, editor, Radiant magazine, and editorial director, RELEVANT Media Group "Stronger Than You Think offers to women and men sound theology and practical psychology on managing many of the perplexing dilemmas of being human. If you struggle with self-esteem, body image or relationship matters, then this book will help you to grow into the whole person that God created you to be." -- Virginia Todd Holeman, Ph.D., professor of counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary "This excellent woman's guide, Stronger Than You Think: Becoming Whole Without Having to Be Perfect, offers a much-needed message to the women I know. Regardless of age, relational brokenness lead

EAN: 9780830833733

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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