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About the Author & Book
Renee Swope is an award-winning author, a popular national conference speaker, and a former radio cohost and executive director with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Connect with Renee and sign up for her “7-day Doubt Diet” at www.ReneeSwope.com.
About the book: Often the biggest obstacle to living out our faith is our own doubt–about our worth, our abilities, our relationship with God, and situations in our lives.
A Confident Heart gives voice to the questions, doubts, struggles, and hopes so many women have. Author Renee Swope shows women how to identify, overcome, and even use doubt in order to live confidently in God’s power, truth, and grace.
Perfect for women’s small groups or individuals, A Confident Heart is an authentic, insight-filled and encouraging message for any woman who wants to exchange destructive thought patterns with biblical truth that will transform the way she thinks, feels, and lives. (taken from amazon.com)
My Review – A Confident Heart
It’s not every day when you read a book that is at sharp as a scalpel. This book cut my chest right open and exposed my eyes to a lot of my heart issues that I was ignoring or never saw. Swope wastes no time and dives into the deep issues of doubt that every woman faces in her life.
Her chapters are filled with scripture that helps the reader get grounded in what God says over us. And how to break the lies the enemy has planted in our heart.
She hits hard on identity, but not in a way you would expect. Here is a snippet of chapter 6, “I’m Not Good Enough”:
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked;b so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” Gen. 3:7-11
God asked who had told them they were naked. In other words, “Who told you that something is wrong with you?” By asking this, He acknowledges that there was someone casting shame on them, and it wasn’t Him. He wanted to know they had an enemy whispering lies into their hearts causing them to move away from Him and from each other…
…Rarely do we stop to ask, “Who is saying these things?” Whi is causing me to doubt myself? Is it me? Is there something from my past that led me to believe this? Or is it the enemy of my soul disguising his voice as my own?…”
Throughout the book, Swope drops these little thinking bombs. And as you begin to process stuff with the Lord you can feel your heart being strengthened.Or should I say becoming confident!
If you want to dig even deeper into what Swope is teaching, she has reflection and discussion questions you can go through at the end of each chapter. Because of these questions in some ways, I wish I did this book in a small group setting. Don’t get me wrong I think this is a wonderful book to read on your own.
I do think in a group you could dig deeper and get some fruitful discussion going. I went through most of the question and it made each chapter become more applicable.
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Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…