Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus to Flip the Script on Your Measure-Up Mindset
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Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus to Flip the Script on Your Measure-Up Mindset  -     By: Shannon Popkin

Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus to Flip the Script on Your Measure-Up Mindset

Kregel Publications / 2020 / Paperback

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Women compare constantly--on social media, in their neighborhood, at church, even in the school drop-off lane. They glance sideways and ask themselves, "How do I measure up?" All this assessment feels like a natural way of finding a place in the world. But it pulls them into feelings of inferiority or superiority, guiding them into a trap of antagonism by the enemy.

Satan would like women to strive to measure up, constantly adding to a tally sheet that can't ever be balanced. The way of Jesus is completely upside down from that philosophy. Instead, he says the last shall be first--and the greatest are those who empty themselves, lay down their lives, and serve each other.

Through conversations Jesus had and parables he shared, Shannon Popkin has created a seven-week Bible study to address this tendency to compare and judge ourselves and others. Each chapter is divided into lessons, allowing women on a time budget to read a Bible passage, engage in a complete train of thought related to the topic, and then make the content personal--all in one sitting. And the informal teaching tone will make women feel like they're meeting with a trusted friend.

Suited for both individual and group study, Comparison Girl will guide women to leave their measure-up ways behind, connect with those around them, and break free from the shackles of comparison!

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Title: Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus to Flip the Script on Your Measure-Up Mindset
By: Shannon Popkin
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 082544621X
ISBN-13: 9780825446214
Stock No: WW5446214

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“In a sideways-glancing, elbow-jamming, status-grasping culture, Comparison Girl supplies an upside-down approach to an age-old problem."--KATIE M. REID, author of Made Like Martha

Do you constantly compare yourself with others? On social media, in your neighborhood, at church, or in the school drop-off lane, do you push yourself to prove that you measure up . . . and then feel ashamed when you don’t? Measuring yourself against others isn’t healthy. And it isn’t God’s plan. In fact, the way of Jesus is completely upside down from this measure-up world. He invites us to follow him and be restored to freedom, confidence, and joy.

Join Shannon Popkin as she shares what she has discovered about her own measure-up fears and get-ahead pride. With her trademark humor and straightforward honesty, she’s created this six-week Bible study to explore the conversations Jesus had and the stories he shared with people who--like us--were comparing themselves.

Leave measure-up comparison behind and connect with those around you by choosing Jesus’s me-free way of living: lifting others up and pouring yourself out!

Author Bio

Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She's been published by Family Fun, MOMsense, Focus on the Family Magazine, and other outlets, and has been featured on Family Life Today, Proverbs 31, and Revive Our Hearts. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. Shannon's other work includes Control Girl and Influence.

Author Info

Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She is the author of Control Girl and coauthor of Influence. Shannon has also been published by Family Fun, MOMsense, Focus on the Family Magazine, and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for TrueWoman.com and has blogged for several years at ShannonPopkin.com.

Editorial Reviews

“Shannon Popkin has done it again! She has masterfully written another must- read to speak to the struggles of our soul. Like a dear friend she sits with us and soothes us with the truth of how purposefully we were created, how intentionally we have been gifted, and how infinitely we are loved. Inviting us to listen to the tender truths of God and silence the lies of the enemy against us, Shannon shows us how to live freely in a culture of continual comparison. For every woman who wonders if she is truly enough—here is your answer.” -- Erica Wiggenhorn, author of Unexplainable Jesus

Comparison Girl is a needed resource for today’s women. I love how Shannon takes us through comparison in Scripture, acknowledging how normal it is for us to compare but also providing biblical principles for taking our eyes off of others and directing them to Jesus Christ.” -- Brenda Yoder, licensed mental health counselor, speaker, and author of Fledge

“If you struggle with measuring up, if you’re worried about what people think, if you dread someone seeing you in a less than ideal situation, then you’re human. We all struggle with comparing ourselves to others. That means we all need Shannon’s honest and wise words on the pages of this book. I know I did, and I’m betting you do too!” -- Jill Savage, author of No More Perfect Moms

“In Comparison Girl, Shannon Popkin helps us take a fresh and challenging look at the everyday mindsets we wrestle with. Showing us God’s higher ways straight from the life of Jesus, Shannon calls us from our me-focused thinking to His kingdom-focused purposes. After this study and with the power of the Holy Spirit, I won’t allow those thoughts to stay around any longer.” -- Lynn Cowell, author of Make Your Move and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries

“Comparison is a sneaky issue that can work its way into almost any situation. But is all comparison bad? Through her in-depth study of the Scriptures, Shannon Popkin reveals two sides to this prevalent issue: negative, sinful comparison and positive, biblical comparison. This book convicted me of the sinful tendencies hidden in my heart and encouraged me to view myself and others through the eyes of Christ.” -- Kate Motaung, author of A Place to Land

“In a sideways-glancing, elbow-jamming, status-grasping culture, Comparison Girl supplies an upside-down approach to an age-old problem. Shannon Popkin exposes the crippling effects that comparison has on our forward motion in the kingdom, yet she also demonstrates how healthy comparison can inspire us to rise up and walk free. Discover how to exchange feelings of superiority for a lifestyle of service and feelings of inferiority for a lifetime of belonging.” -- Katie M. Reid, author of Made Like Martha and cohost of The Martha + Mary Show podcast

“I am a Comparison Girl. I never wanted to play into the enemy’s plan for dismantling my contentment and peace, and I suspect you don’t want to either. So it’s high time we cast aside our measuring mentality and adopt a new way. Author and dear friend Shannon Popkin expertly walks us through several markers and mistakes of living according to comparison in this measure-up world and gently points us to a better way. Written with humor and brutal honesty, Shannon sheds the pretense and fights for her readers’ hearts with biblical wisdom, humility, and truth. Comparison Girl is a must-read for this generation of girls and the next.” -- Nienhuis Lee, speaker, author, and host of the Moms in Prayer podcast

“Have you ever felt less than another Christian woman because she seems to love Jesus perfectly and you may have cussed in the church parking lot last weekend? In Comparison Girl, Shannon combines Jesus’s teachings with brilliant spiritual insights and powerful tools like the ‘Disgust Factor Challenge’ that invite you to leave comparison behind in favor of freedom in Christ. If you want to love people more, let go of beating yourself up, and shake off our culture’s me-first mindset, then grab Comparison Girl and gather some friends so you can share this experience together.” -- Barb Roose, speaker and author of Surrendered and Winning the Worry Battle

“What you’re holding in your hands isn’t a much-needed book; it’s a desperately needed battle plan! With a humble pen and a bold honesty, Shannon invites us to look closely at our subtle ‘comparison game’ and recognize the truth behind it: comparison is not just a harmless habit but an all-out attack on the life we’ve been created to live. Using the very words of Jesus, Shannon shows us how to trade the exhaustion of measure-up comparison for the exhilaration of me-free living. If you’re tired of letting the enemy use comparison to confiscate your joy, steal your significance, and destroy your relationships, this book will equip you to fight back!” -- Alicia Bruxvoort, speaker and writer with Proverbs 31 Ministries

Comparison. We all fight it. But for many of us, it feels like we are losing the battle. Why? Because what we need to combat comparison is not simply the knowledge that it hurts us, but the tools to resist it, and that is exactly what Shannon Popkin has given us. With fresh insight, biblical grounding, and light-hearted humor, Comparison Girl offers practical steps for curbing this temptation. If comparison is your struggle, this book is your guide! -- Shannon Hodde Miller, Author of Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked And How God Calls Us to More

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