1. Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible - eBookeBOOK
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    Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible - eBook
    Shannon Popkin
    Kregel Publications / 2017 / ePub
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for personal and small group studies
    March 13, 2017
    Just Commonly
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    O, this book! Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control...by Shannon Popkin really hits you! I mean, how many times have I gone through this book and realize (with a thump and a stop in your heart) that the author could be talking about me?! With nine chapters and between three and five lessons each, readers are presented with personal thoughts, biblical depth and insightful discussions, as well as areas of reflection and meditation. Control Girl gave me much to think about, from my words to my actions.

    This section. Can you imagine, us hijacking God's story for us? And when you think about it, when you reflect upon it, isn't that what we do from time to time? We try to control how things will be, how we WANT it to be and go about trying to make it as we want. Surrender. That's the word.

    There are still so much I want to go back and reflect on with Control Girl, especially the biblical verses in the meditation section at the end of each lesson. The author's writing is easy to read and follow, and the format straightforward. It would be a great personal devotional as well as a small group study. What better way to share and discuss than with your close sisters in Christ? I highly recommend this book, and if you have time to peruse the author's website. There are plenty of resources, including a meditation sample pack with cards to print as those above. Transformation is not easy, but as the author says in Control Girl, the small steps and the small moments. Let's start there, together.

    "As a Control Girl, words are the primary way I try to control people. But as a Jesus Girl, words are the primary way I give up control to God. Taming my tongue starts by yielding my heart in the small moments of the day."(195)

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  2. Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Resource For Women
    February 27, 2017
    Madeover
    Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A great resource for all women. We all seem to have areas that we feel a need to control. Which is not unlike some of the women of the Bible. To 'control' seems to be an ageless

    The author begins the by detailing 'the path of a Control Gil'.

    Followed by separate chapters featuring 7 women of the Bible

    including:

    Eve, Sarah, Hagar,Rebekah,Leah,Rachel and Miriam.

    Ending with Control Girl To Jesus just the title of the final chapter is/was an encouragement to this reader.

    Each chapter is easy to read with short sections breaking the chapters up making them easy to read in short spurts of time.

    Each chapter ends with questions to ponder.

    This would be an excellent book for a group study.

    I received a complimentary copy of Control Girl from Litfuse

    This review will appear at MyReadingJourney
  3. Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Book For All Girls
    February 25, 2017
    Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This is one book I highly recommend to ladies of all ages. I can't remember when I have read a book that could be more helpful. It seems like little girls are just born as natural controllers......I know I sure was and still struggle with this control issue. It was mother Eve who passed it down and we sure manage to keep it going.

    Shannon does a great job comparing how the girls of the Bible had their own struggle with control. Yet each time the control girls of the Bible took matters into their own hands they suffered along with those they loved and those who came after them all the way down to me and you.

    I like what she writes here:

    A Control Girl detaches from God. A Jesus Girl relies on Him.

    A Control Girl breaks God's rules. A Jesus Girl embraces the Bible's instructions.

    A Control Girl trusts her own perspective. A Jesus Girl defers to God's viewpoint.

    So many times we like to think we are just being a great wife, mom or Christan when we micro- manage, manipulate and control but it is just not so. We need to give up our control and manipulation and let God work.

    I plan on using this book for a group Bible study.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A look at control.
    February 25, 2017
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    Do you strive to stay in control of your life? Do you try to make everything fit into your vision of how things should be, including the people around you? When your vision takes the place of God's vision, you end up without peace, and the thirst for control grows.

    In this book, Popkin uses examples from her own life to illustrate the ways we try to take control, even the subtle ways. She shows how they can bedamaging to our relationships, including our relationship with God.

    I applaud Popkin for being so open about her control issues. Examples from her own life really drive the lessons, alongside Biblical examples.

    However, I have two issues with this book.

    The first issue is actually seen not just here, but in Christian women's literature in general. Almost everything in this book is aimed toward married women and mothers. The only section that seemed to encompass single women as well was the chapter regarding Miriam, which was aimed at women in leadership positions. I find that it's a common trend to leave out single women who are not mothers in these types of books, and this one was no different.

    The second issue is that Popkin consistently brings up our "happy ending." We try to obtain our happy ending by taking control (which is true) but it is only when we give control to God that he will give us our happy ending. It's that last part that causes some concern for me. I wonder how many women will believe that God will give them the happy ending they want. God's happy ending could look much different. Some women may not get a "happy" ending this side of heaven, just the peace of God to see them through their circumstances. How many women will relinquish control only to take it back again when it doesn't look like God is doing what they want?

    Control Girl definitely has some practical examples and advice, but it's these two issues that stop me from rating it higher.

    I received a complimentarycopy of this book fromKregel in return for an honest review.
  5. Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Best in Years
    February 24, 2017
    Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is one of the best nonfiction books for women I've read in years. Shannon writes in a way that is totally engaging. The pages are packed with personality and biblical truth. I appreciate that the author directs readers to the Bible for daily readings, so we have a good foundation for the lesson we're about to receive. I've been a Christ-follower for decades, and I learned some new things in this book! I wish I could buy a copy for every woman I know, even those who don't consider themselves a "Control Girl." There is so much to be gained from this little book. I'll be reading it again, I'm sure!
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