Place to Belong: Out of Our Comfort Zone and into God's Adventure
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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
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Looking for “a place to belong”? Find it in a community of women fostering relationships through authenticity, affirmation and accountability—find it in the Circle of Friends. Your outlook will never be the same as you explore the ministry potential of a dynamic group of “women helping women,” and catch their vision to be women committed to Jesus Christ, obediently seeking God’s will, and fulfilling their life mission as Christ-followers.
For more than a decade, Lisa Troyer has endeavored to reach out to women seeking a deeper relationship with God and discovering their place to belong. This desire has been the catalyst for the development of Circle of Friends Ministries (www.circleoffriends.fm) and her ministry as a worship leader, songwriter for LifeWay Worship, and program host for Moody Radio. She has recorded companion worship projects for books by Carol Kent and Virelle Kidder. Lisa and her husband Bob have been married for over twenty years and live in Ohio with their two children, Jillian and Christian.
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Though refreshingly warm and simple, A Place to Belong is far from shallow. Troyer's passion to lead others into the bottomless love of God compels her to plunge deeply into the heart of the issues all women face, but most keep to themselves. With tendencies toward depression, anxiety attacks and an eating disorder, she knows firsthand the bondage of secrecy and shame. "Living with a secret," Troyer admits, "doesn't make it go away. It doesn't change your heart. As well hidden as your secret it, that is how deeply lonely you will be. I've been there. I know it's true."
As Troyer launches her story with a disclosure of an unsettling secret from her past, readers immediately sense that they are being drawn into a transparent and authentic conversation that may affect their own lives dramatically. They perceive, too, a gentle but persistent invitation to a place of true freedom and belonging in the very heart of God.
Coupling her unique personal story with related accounts in Scripture, Troyer offers sound instructional advice and inspired application. In A Place to Belong, she explores five principles that address the heart-needs of women today:
- Acceptance, embarking on adventure in relationship
- Authenticity, exchanging the familiar for the extraordinary
- Affirmation, enriching the lives of those around you
- Accountability, receiving the comfort of companionship
- Action, stepping into the journey and walking into the purpose
By learning to apply these concepts, women will not only experience freedom themselves but will also develop a biblical, transformational ministry to lead others within their own sphere of influence to freedom as well.
Each section includes song lyrics, some penned by Troyer herself, and also discussion questions related to the song. Interspersed throughout the book are testimonies from those who have been a part of their own circle of friends group. Resources provided at the back of the book, including a one-year Bible reading schedule, tips and goals for leading a small group, accountability questions and recommended reading, make A Place to Belong a truly beneficial multi-purpose book.
A Place to Belong has the potential of changing the way women think about themselves, about others and about doing God's work in this world. Troyer challenges readers to connect to one another, comfort each other and affirm each other in using the gifts God has given them. Ultimately, A Place to Belong offers a healing dose of real hope that life can be rich, life can have purpose and no woman need ever be alone.
Lisa’s honesty and openness draw you not just into her story, but the beautiful story God is writing through her life and the ministry of Circle of Friends.
There is freedom within these pages.
--Chris Fabry, Award Winning Author and Radio Host
--Carol Kent, Speaker and Author of A New Kind of Normal
LindyVeneta, ORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very inspiringMarch 23, 2013LindyVeneta, ORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
The title of the book is what caught my attention, we all need a place to belong, one that encourages, lifts you up, one where you know others truly care and accept you as you are and above all are in prayer for each other. Beautifully written.
VickiZÃ¼rich, SwitzerlandAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 23, 2012VickiZÃ¼rich, SwitzerlandAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I believe that Lisa has spoken to a real need in many women's lives. She has practical encouragement on how to connect with others and find the right place where one can belong. I highly recommend to read it.
Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Resource for Women and Women's MinistryOctober 13, 2011Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
What secret or secrets do you hold deep inside that stifle the freedom that God has planned for you? Do you struggle to find acceptance and authenticity in your circle of friends? Lisa Troyer has been involved with Circle of Friends for over a decade. Circle of Friends is a community of women fostering relationships through authenticity, affirmation and accountability.
Troyerâ€™s book, â€œA Place to Belongâ€, is not only a guidebook to start a Circle of Friends group, it is also full of wisdom and advice for women who are struggling to find a place to belong. Using her own personal story and those of others, including women in the Bible who struggled with acceptance and belonging, you will discover a community of women who feel or have felt the same way you do and who have similar struggles, pains and potential.
â€œA Place to Belongâ€ encourages women to start a Circle of Friends or become a part of a group who will help women find adventure in relationship, exchange the familiar for the extraordinary, enrich the lives of others and walk in their purpose. Find the freedom God has for you and become a part of an extraordinary group of women. If you canâ€™t find one, start a group of your own. Help other women move away from their comfort zone and find adventure in the God zone.
Women can have authentic relationships, fulfill their life mission and inspire others. Troyerâ€™s book helps us discover the tools God has given us to do what He has called us to do and help others do the same.
Donâ€™t miss the lessons taught through Troyerâ€™s use of biblical women who struggled just as we do even those obscure women who are often read about and forgotten such as Hagar, Tamar and Jael. Let these stories and Troyerâ€™s honesty encourage you and help you find your purpose and potential in Christ.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B & B Media Group, Inc., as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissionâ€™s 16 CFR, Part 255: â€œGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.â€
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5women: get in a group and growSeptember 15, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Lisa wants you to know you are beautiful. That's what this book is all about.
Lisa has created a â€œCircle of Friendsâ€ where women learn the concepts of acceptance, authenticity, affirmation, accountability and action.
Acceptance. Lisa carried a secret. It was years before she told anyone about the inappropriate behavior of a teacher toward her. She thought she was keeping herself safe but she was building a wall, keeping others from helping her. â€œAs well hidden as your secret is, that's how deeply lonely you will be.â€ Though she married and had a loving husband, Lisa was depressed. She miscarried and fell apart emotionally.
Lisa has learned, â€œFinding a place to belong â€“ where people notice you and care â€“ begins with accepting that God notices you and cares.â€ â€œAcceptance means being willing to receive from God...â€ It took years for Lisa to learn to let family and friends stand by her. Because we are valuable to God we are valuable to each other.
Authenticity. Lisa realized God was bringing hurting people across her path. She knew she had found her ministry calling. But Satan put her down. Who would want her?
Lisa learned to be real. She says first be real with God. Trust Him with your secrets. Be real with one other person in your life. Admit it when you are wrong. Pretending everything is OK when it is not will not work.
Affirmation. Lisa dares you to enrich the lives of those around you. Being real with people allows you to touch their lives. Lisa wonders â€œ...what could happen if more Christians embraced a sense of responsibility to care for people with a personal touch.â€ She reminds her readers that your place of ministry might be as close as your doorstep, at your work, or in your circle of friends. God wants to love someone through you.
Accountability. When you find a place to belong, you are accountable to those who journey along with you. Finding an accountability partner or group is an important step in moving to freedom. â€œYou need a few friends to whom you can say anything and everything.â€ These friends point each other toward the life God wants for each of them. (Lisa includes some cautions â€“ such as don't try to be another person's savior.) Remember that accountability is mutual. Lisa shares her own experience of the â€œloving arms of accountability.â€
Action. Lisa wants you to step into your journey as others walk alongside you as you discover what God wants to do with your life. No one else is you. No one else has the gifting you do. Get out of your comfort zone.
Lisa suggests you keep a journal. Write what comes to mind and remember you life is a process.
Get started. Watch for opportunities. Lisa intersperses practical ideas in this section. Lisa says, â€œIt is time for action. What are you waiting for?â€
Lisa has included questions for reflection after each major section in the book. There is also a discussion guide at the end of the book for group use. Also included is a plan to read through the Bible in a year, tips for leading a small group, tips for setting goals, questions for small group accountability, and recommended reading.
This is a great book for women who want to grow and find their place of ministry.
I received an egalley of this book for the purpose of this review.
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