Too Blessed for This Mess: The Frazzled Female's Guide to Overcoming StressToo Blessed for This Mess: The Frazzled Female's Guide to Overcoming Stress
Cindi Wood
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Join Wood, that funny "frazzled female," in a Bible-based study for women that will lift you into a calming, empowering relationship with your Creator. Learn how to deal with stress in your job, home, family, and friendships in a way that puts God in control and you in his loving rest and peace! Hardcover.
     

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Cindi Wood is a sought after speaker and trainer helping people creatively manage the stresses of life. Her previous works include The Frazzled Female and I've Used All My Sick Days - Now I'll Have To Call In Dead. Married with two children, she lives in her hometown of Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Growing up in a Christian family and learning to love the Lord at an early age gave me the desire to reach out to those around me - helping them to discover the joys to be found in a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. Through Cindi Wood Ministries, LLC, the "Frazzled Female" events invite women to discover the peace and freedom available through intimacy with the Lord. The goal of each session is to bring women into a relationship with Jesus. I have a deep desire to also minister to those Christian women who, in spite of their faith, still feel overwhelmed, stressed out...frazzled...and in need of fresh hope and enthusiasm for living!

How did you become interested in writing?
I first began writing as a young teenager in what I call a THINK BOOK. I wrote sayings that made me laugh, drew little pictures, jotted silly ideas that nobody else would understand, and poured out my emotions. As I filled up that first little psychedelic purple-flowered spiral notebook, it became more than mild amusement; it was ME on paper!

What compelled you to write a book on this subject?

Everything I'm about now in my personal life and my ministry revolves around growing more deeply in love with my Lord. Women are hungry for purpose in life. They need to laugh, find solutions to problems, discover meaning to daily living. Most of all - they need Jesus! I love the challenge of reaching out to women in their area(s) of stress, then helping them discover how growing a deep intimacy with Jesus is the answer to all their needs.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?

The main theme - the Only Theme - personal contact with Jesus changes everything! There's no use trying to overcome stress without Him - it just won't happen! But with Him - deeply loving Him, victory is totally possible - and guaranteed!

Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
My prayer is that each reader will become a "woman on a mission" to grow her love-life with Jesus.
Do you have a favorite part of the book or a favorite chapter?
Quite possibly, the chapter on "Yikes - I'm Growing Old!" Along with other baby boomers, I'm entering the phase of life where my parents are now my children, and my children are among my best adult friends! This chapter is geared toward ALL ages, encouraging each reader to find her uniqueness to God at her particular time of life (my personal goal is that every woman younger than I will look forward to being my age!)
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
Well, it has the "frazzled identity". The frazzled-female theme of the past books and the current conferences are drawing women nation-wide! Women identify immediately with FRAZZLED! All the time, everywhere, by women and often their husbands, I hear..."Here's your poster child!"
How does the book intertwine with God¹s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
My number one goal in life is growing my relationship with Jesus Christ! This is my heart's goal and I'm getting better and better at fleshing it out! I love how the Lord gives me material for the next project - be it a book, devotional, or speaking event. His guidance and direction always come through my personal quiet and study time with Him. I never attempt to "come up with something" by focusing on the teaching or writing material. It's always given to me by doing personally that which I teach - growing my love for the Lord through Scripture study and worship.

Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? What is it and why is it important to you?

Oh yeah - Ps. 91:1 - Amplified Bible, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty." I LOVE the concept of "stable and fixed", and the "secret place" has become a theme of personal study and teaching!

Are there any authors that either influenced you personally or influenced your style of writing? Who are they and how did they influence you?

I'm a Dr. Seuss gal! I love his quirky and whimsical style ("I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some from behind" Now that's frazzled female lingo right there!) Also, Oswald Chambers and C.S. Lewis have greatly influenced my thinking and writing. Their abstract reasoning and blunt observations have sent me roller-coastering through all sorts of possibilities and what-ifs about God.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?

Well - my husband says TALKING, but in addition to that sport, I really enjoy hiking and doing things outside. I love mountain climbing and going on nature walks. Reading and studying Christian classics is an increasingly enjoyable activity for me, too.

 
Posted 12/28/2007