I had the privilege (something I do not say often) to read and review "His Princess: Love Letters from Your King" By: Sheri Rose Shepherd and wow, I cannot say enough good things about this book. The messages are powerful, heartfelt, affirming words of God that sink deep into your soul and affirm the gracious love of our Father for us. Page after wonderful page you are reminded on Gods unfailing love for you. When I first received this book I planned to read through it like any other book and write a simple review. After the first 3 pages I knew this was not going to happen. God used this book to reaffirm His love for me and draw me closer to Him in a powerful and amazing way. I found myself highlighting truths as they applied to my life, my journey, fears and insecurities. When I was done my spirit felt renewed and transformed. Simply amazing how Gods word does transform my spirit and shakes me awake time and again. At the end of the book I took all that I underlined that touched my life and wrote my own personal letter from God to me.
Here is just a small excerpt of what you will find in this wonderful book. This is my personal combination of what reached out to me from several different stories:
"I see you when you are in the garden of grief. I hear your cry for help in the dark hours of the night. Don't ever doubt that I am with you and that I long to take you to a place of comfort, peace and victory. Give to me the crushing weight of you circumstances, and come to Me in prayer. Don't imitate those of the world who care nothing for your soul. Give yourself to Me, and I will give you the love you are looking for. Please, my princess, let go of your guilt and forgive yourself and those who have hurt you. Once you have confessed your sins to Me, I cast it into the sea of My forgetfulness-never to see or remember it again. So let go and live a free and full life, My precious one. I see you when no one else does. I see you meet others needs when no one is looking. I know when you give generously when there is no spotlight. I know you need to be appreciated for who you are and all that you do. But don't give up. I cannot wait to celebrate in heaven all that you have done to further My kingdom. I am so pleased with your dedication and good works. "
I could go on, but why not just go out and buy the book for yourself! Want a sneak peak before committing? Just click on the link and read chapter one and fall in love for yourself with this amazing book. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinion are my own."
I am buying and giving this book away. It is a must have for any woman. I am amazed at the author's insight and sensitivity. It was so "on point" for me and many of the women I deal with. The scripture is what makes it a "jewel". Without it, the book would have made you feel good but with scripture, it makes it true. I am already planning the same give away with her other book.
I bought this book for my mother and a few friends, it is the love language everyone should use. It speaks to women how they should be spoken to; it gives worth to you that no one else does, makes you understand how God truely feels about you. Very inspiring.
When confronted with princess imagery, I'm one to roll my eyes or feel some gag rise up from deep within. At a women's conference years ago, I kept hearing how Christian women were "princesses" and our Father was the King. Engage more eye rolling. Despite my aversion to all things princessy, Sheri Rose Shepherd's pocket-sized devotional book His Princess: Love Letters from Your King provides a daily dose of encouragement that I recognized could help Christian women understand how much God treasures them.
Divided into almost 90 entries, Shepherd's book is formatted in a series of letters and ends with "Love, Your King and Your Purity," determined on which topic is being discussed. With this book, girls and young teens alike read letters that have been "written" by God to them, addressing different kinds of life situations: confusing emotions, connection with God, and pulling through difficult situations. Another nice features of the book is a corresponding Bible verse for each letter, therefore tying in a passage from a much larger "letter" into small individual letters. The diversity of the topics addressed in the book will also help the book's audience see that God truly does understand what they are experiencing. His Princess (even the light and airy feel) truly does an excellent job of letting girls and young women know that they are loved by God, and are indeed part of a much bigger story. I would recommend it for those trying to teach the young women in their lives about what it means to be a daughter of the King.
For more information about Sheri Rose Shepherd, check out her website.
PS - The good people at Multnomah's Blogging for Books gave me a free copy of His Princess in exchange for an honest review.