Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Review - She's Still There: Rescuing the Girl In You by Chrystal Evans Hurst

There was a time for all of us before life became complicated where we reveled in the innocence of childhood. For some, this might have been a brief moment in time for others it's a time that sits clearly in a favored space in the brain.

She's Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You by Chrystal Evan Hurst is a form of encouragement geared to women with the Bible as its foundation. It encourages each of us to take the time to search out what God is trying to tell us about our purpose. That little girl is part of who you are, so don't become discouraged with where you are in life but instead, as the author says, keep persevering. This book provides biblical principles on how to do so.

It is written in a very relatable manner yet in a way that captures your attention. As many of us struggle to find our purpose, Chapter 15 (my favorite chapter) says it like this: "Your job is not to find the answer that leads to a master plan or purpose.  Your job
is to move forward as you become aware of an answer you can act on. You must accept that an answer is part of the process to getting to the answer." This is simply profound and well said and is the tone throughout the book.

We learn the acronym GAIN - Gifts, Abilities, Interests, and Nature and then throughout the book, we are encouraged to gain on what God has deposited in us. She walks us through the many ways we can do this using her life and many others as examples.

This book is divided into 6 Parts which allows the reader to digest each piece individually but also provides a progression to rediscovering who you are:
Fight For Your Life
Look At Your Life
Embrace Your Life
Develop Your Life
Encourage Your Life
Choose Your Life

Each chapter ends with Reflections where the reader is encouraged to: remember - a key point of the chapter, reflect - on how the chapter is applicable, and to respond - go deeper with additional reflection and scripture.

If you're struggling with your self-worth or purpose, pick up this book. You'll discover Biblical principles that will help you rediscover who you are.


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  1. I do like the gain anagram, gifts abilities, interest and nature, and I imagine God nurtures all of them over time to get us where He wants us to be.

  2. I love this book, Nylse! Recently I bought one for a friend for Christmas and she was so moved by the message of hope and reconcilation. I'm glad to read your review and hear your thoughts as well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I loved the book! It came at just the right time for me!


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