Thursday, February 9, 2012

Every Woman's Battle Review

I received Every Woman's Battle through the Blogging for Books program. I poured over this book. I have had a passion for purity since the day I was wholly surrendered to Christ. I was a complete failure in this area and I reaped the consequences. My heart's desire has been since to do all that I can to give others the info and encouragement they need to not go through what I went through and to help them realize that there is hope if they are where I was.

What I love about this book is that she brings sexual integrity back to where it begins... the mind. Most women think that if they have not crossed whatever line they have written in the sand then they are living a pure life... but then they wonder why they struggle if they haven't "done anything". Sexual purity and integrity is so much more than physical sex... physical sex (outside of marriage) is not where the battle begins... that is where it is lost.

I have often wondered how I ended up traveling the path I did when I had such a wonderful father... and then I read this:

"I recognized that I was looking for love, approval, and acceptance from every authority figure in my life except my real father and my heavenly Father." ~ Shannon Ethridge

When I read this quote it took my mind to the book of Isaiah.

Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils;
For why should he be esteemed?
Isaiah 2:22

I realized that I had stopped looking for approval in my father's eyes... and my Heavenly Father's eyes and began looking for approval from mere man. This is when my life went of course in a major way. I know now that this is when it began. How thankful I am for the grace and unconditional love I have in both my earthly father and my Heavenly Father... and yes today, my husband. 

Every Woman's Battle is a must read for every woman, it really is.
If you feel you are alone in a struggle... after reading this you will realize that you are not alone.

The last thing you want to do is keep your struggle in the dark. We are to expose what is hidden in the dark and the love of the Light of Christ will heal us... always. When David cried out to God in the psalms he cried out for God to go deep and dig out whatever was hiding in the darkness of his heart.

 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way. 
Psalm 139:23-24

This book, along with another that I read right before it, has inspired me to do a thirty-three day challenge with any one who would like to join me. I will be using the study that comes with this book combined with the other that I read, What Are You Waiting For by Dannah Gresh.

In this challenge I hope that we will allow God to go deep and dig into our hearts and expose all our anxious thoughts and hurtful ways so that we might turn to Him and be healed. 
Feel free to join me :-)

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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