This is an issue I've struggled with most of my life. I'm not going to get all "psychology" as to why, but I'm sure my hubby can attest to the fact that this is probably my number one issue - control. When I saw that Kregel Publications was offering Control Girl by Shannon Popkin up for a blog tour, I didn't even think twice, but immediately responded with my interest.
Shannon Popkin is a blogger turn author. Control Girl is her first book. She shares honestly about her own issues regarding control and how it has impacted her relationships with her family as well as others. I enjoyed her honesty and it helped me to take a hard look at my own life.
Popkin then goes on to share the stories of seven well-known women from the Bible such as Eve, Sarah, and even Hagar, and how we can learn from their mistakes regarding control.
Each chapter is short. It includes anywhere from three to five lessons in each. Each lesson begins with a scripture reference to read and reflect on. Then it has a short devotional that helps to understand the truth being shared and how it can be applied to your own life. It then ends with some thoughtful questions to help you apply and think about the lesson learned. Each lesson also has a meditation listed which lists a scripture reference to reflect on as well as a thought related to that scripture.
The book could be used alone or in a group setting. It's not long - 207 pages minus the bibliography. There are nine chapters with 38 total lessons.
Overall I loved this book. It's helped to give me some much needed insight into my actions and, more importantly, how to relinquish the control I feel I need to have and totally surrender to God. It's not always easy but it is always worth it.
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