Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Life Ready Woman

The Life Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All WorldAuthors: Shaunti Feldman & Robert Lewis
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-14336-7112-8
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About the Book
Whether a stay at home; or working mom, an airplane-hopping executive, an empty-nester caring for multiple generations or a single juggling high demands of career and personal life, today's fast-paced modern world leaves women gasping for balance. We as modern Christian women want to look to the Bible for guidance on how to manage our lives -- but because the world of women looks so different today than it did when the Bible was written, it is hard to find chapter and verse that seems to apply to our situation today.

Thankfully, God has given us exactly that timeless, unchanging guidance for how to find peace, clarity, and God's best for our lives once we know where to look! The Life Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All World, reveals a profound biblical roadmap for how each of us can find the abundant life we are longing for, rather than the stressful, torn, how-do-I-balance-it-all life we often feel like we are trying to keep up with today. Actually being a Life Ready Woman means that you are clear about your life, bold in your faith, and able to find God’s best for you, and the end result will be that you not only survive but thrive in our do-it-all world.

God has given every wonderfully unique woman different skills and abilities, different desires, and different temperaments -- and every woman around the planet and through the ages is certainly living in different circumstances. But no matter what a woman’s life looks like, the Bible says that God has an individual mission and plan that He’s carefully designed for each of us. And He wants us to find it. The Life Ready Woman will help every wonderfully unique woman to thrive as she identifies and courageously pursues God's unique design and callings for her. Life Ready Woman puts you on a roadmap to make decisions that will lead to relief, delight, and fulfillment instead of regret.

My Thoughts
The Life Ready Woman is a book that promotes an emotionally healthy woman. The book has generalizations that apply to all women but at the same time encourage you as an individual to reflect and grow as a woman. This unique aspect helped me not to feel alone in my everyday struggles yet I was also able to personalize my struggles with the text and encouragement provided. One of my favorite quotes of the book which also helps to demonstrate this was…

“Fatigue makes a coward of us all. What you need is some time to recharge your batteries and put life back into prospective.”
EVERYONE gets tired. We all need to recharge. Everything in life needs a chance to recharge. Nothing last forever. While this is a generalization that fits all, it is something that I struggle with daily as a mom, wife, worker and more! I sometimes forget to recharge. It’s a simple and basic element of life that enables me to focus better, keep a better attitude and feel great! I wrote this quote down because it reminds me of more than just sleep or rest. It reminds me of attitude and outlook.

The book included many helpful items that I am listing below:
  • Chart - Problems women say they struggle with - helped to remind me I’m not alone!
  • Explanation - Issues vs. problems - why they aren’t’ the same, the difference - the solution.
  • Advice - Practical, common sense life ready knowledge - thoughts to ponder
  • Questions - Can we really have it all? Is that practical for anyone?
  • Understanding - Biblical definitions of womanhood, marriage and family - the differences between us and bringing balance to it all.
  • Challenges - thought provoking questions throughout the text - helps make the book personal to the reader
  • Guidance - understanding the big picture - a walk through life of sorts. Helps develop clear goals.
The book gives “Wise Steps” and a Key Verse throughout each section of the chapter “Understanding the Big Picture”. These were particularly helpful to me in understanding each phase better. It also gives four principles for the “Seasons of Life”. My favorite was “There is a time for everything”. It helped bring everything the book talks about into perspective and helped to wrap up my thoughts about life and how it is lived. As a woman our life clearly demonstrates “a time for everything”. Our anatomy brings this simple phrase to truth.

With all the seriousness the book brings it wasn’t without humor. There is a chapter entitled “Using Wisdom With a Man” I had to laugh out loud at this title! All humor aside, the chapter brings a wealth of valuable knowledge to women. It helps remind us or teach us what drives a man, what men need and how to make sure we keep the man of our life thriving. I would recommend this chapter as a must read for all women. I enjoyed the fresh reminder it brought.

The book ends with a great reminder of the “rewards” of being a life ready woman! Overall it reminds us how great it is to be a woman along with the importance of maximizing our abilities, knowledge and talents to God’s glory. The book is aimed and targeted at believers, but has wonderful information for all women. I would recommend it.

 About Shaunti Feldhahn
Shaunti Feldhahn is a former Wall Street analyst, best-selling author of the book For Women Only, national speaker, and regular commentator in the media. She has been featured on The Today Show, PBS, TNT and Fox News- to name a few. You can learn more about her many activities by visiting her website or get some great mom advice from her at She and her husband live with their two young children in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoy every minute of living at warp speed.

 About MomLife Today
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In celebration of Shaunti Feldhahn’s Life Ready Woman, MomLife Today is giving away 2 Weekend To Remember Gift Packs and much more!

Not only, is MomLife Today helping promote Life Ready Woman, but they are thrilled to announce that Shaunti will be joining MomLife Today as a regular contributor!!!

Weekend To Remember Getaways offer marriage-changing principles that you can take home and apply to your daily lives to strengthen your marriage. Whether you are newly engaged or have been married for 50 years, you will find value in the tools provided at the getaway.

Don’t miss this opportunity to receive a conference registration for you and your spouse … and more! MomLife Today will be randomly selecting NINE lucky recipients to receive one of these great gifts:

  • 2 Weekend To Remember Get Away conference registrations for two. $259 value each pair (Two couples will receive this.)
  • 2 Life Ready Woman DVD packs. $149 value each (Two different people will receive this gift.)
  • 5 Life Ready Woman books. (Book will go to 5 people.)
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