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A Confident Heart by Renee Swope – Book Review and Giveaway!

I have typically shied away from Christian women’s books.  I’m not entirely sure why, but for some reason I thought they would be cheesy or just be too much about stereotypical women’s needs, and I needed something deeper.  For whatever reason, I have never really been drawn to a Christian book written specifically for women, but when I read the tagline “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope, I was instantly interested.  What woman wouldn’t be interested in discovering “How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the Security of God’s promises”?

All my life I have struggled with feeling like I am not good enough.  It has never crossed my mind once to bring these feelings to the Lord.  I have always just felt like there was something wrong with me and I needed to just be better.  Swope’s book, “A Confident Heart” has honestly changed my life.  I now see that the messages of self-doubt and the insecurity that I have felt for most of my life does not come from the Lord, nor does it mean that there is just something wrong with me, but these sore spots in my heart come from Satan who wants to crush my spirit, and has been doing so for quite some time.

“A Confident Heart” is broken into 12 incredibly encouraging chapters that dissect various doubts we may have, remind us of God’s promises, and strengthen us to become not only the women we want to be, but the women God created us to be.   Swope encourages application of her words through bible study and prayer time after each chapter which makes this so much more than a fuzzy read that makes you feel good as you read it and then simply move on from and don’t ever apply.

Swope’s transparencies invite me into a safe place where I feel comfortable letting my guard down and be honest with myself and with God about my self-doubts and insecurities. Her words infuse my heart with the hope and peace that comes from God, as his scripture and promises wash away my fears and replace them with strength and a confident heart.  I recommend this book for every woman; this is definitely a book I will return to, time and time again.

When I was about half-way through the book, I contacted Baker Publishing Group to see if they would send me another copy to giveaway to one of my readers and they graciously agreed.  I hadn’t even finished the book yet and I already knew that I wanted to share it with you!  It’s that good!

Here’s what you need to do to be entered to win “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope.

1) Subscribe to Inspired Mama via e-mail or RSS feed and leave a comment telling me you did so.

2) Like Inspired Mama on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.  Leave a new comment to tell me!

3) Tweet this: “@chelseyroberts is giving away a copy of A Confident Heart by @ReneeSwope at http://ow.ly/65Ssw!”

or Post this to your Facebook profile: “Inspired Mama is giving away a copy of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope at http://www.inspired-mama.com!”  You must tag Inspired Mama in your Facebook status, which means you must like Inspired Mama first! (To tag in your status you type @Inspired Mama, just like you do when you tag your friends) Leave a comment to tell me what you did!

4) Simply leave a comment saying anything, words of encouragement, a simple hello, or reasons why you’d love to win the book!

This means you have up to FOUR ENTRIES!  Make sure to leave a comment for each action you took to have multiple entries for the giveaway!  The giveaway will be open until 10:00PM MST on Friday, August 19, 2011.

Here is the trailer for the book, and please also check out Renee’s website for other goodies!

 

Renee Swope – A Confident Heart Book Trailer from SoundPost Productions on Vimeo.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

August 17, 2011 - 9:29 pm Trina - Oooh, pick me! :o) I really don't know how you find so much time to read all these books, but good for you!

August 17, 2011 - 11:34 pm Rachel = ) - Oh, I can definitely relate, Chelsey! I'd love to read this book! "Choosing to SEE" also talked a lot about the burden of perfectionism, which I wasn't expecting at all when I picked it up. You should really add that one to the top of your stack. = )

August 18, 2011 - 1:14 am Kelli - I wanna win! Not only am I in need of a new book to read, but I'm also in need of some encouragement. Thanks for your blog and your openness. You have such a beautiful heart and I'm so glad you share it with others. Love you. Now pick my name. Haha

August 18, 2011 - 2:15 am Rachel = ) - Oh, and by the way, I like Inspired Mama. ; )

August 18, 2011 - 11:54 am Emily - Hey Chelsey, I subscribe to Inspired Mama via e-mail and would LOVE to win this giveaway :)

August 18, 2011 - 11:54 am Emily - I also like Inspired Mama on Facebook :)

August 18, 2011 - 11:55 am Emily - I posted about the giveaway on Facebook!

August 18, 2011 - 11:58 am Emily - This book would mean so much to me because I am struggling with all the things you described. I recognize it to be spiritual attack and need to learn how to give these thoughts and worries over to God. Even if I don't win (although that would be nice!!) I will go to the Christian Book Store and get a copy for myself, thanks for reading this book and for the great review Chelsey :)

August 18, 2011 - 9:16 pm Kimberley - This book sounds amazing!

August 18, 2011 - 9:17 pm Kimberley - I like you on Facebook!

August 18, 2011 - 9:17 pm Kimberley - I posted about the giveaway on Facebook!

August 18, 2011 - 9:17 pm Kimberley - And I am a subscriber via e-mail!

August 19, 2011 - 5:45 pm kelli - I like you on FB

August 19, 2011 - 5:46 pm kelli - I posted about your giveaway on FB

August 19, 2011 - 5:46 pm kelli - I subscribe via email

August 22, 2011 - 9:51 pm A Confident Heart Giveaway Winner! » Inspired Mama - [...] you to everyone who entered the giveaway!  The winner of “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope is Trina who [...]

October 8, 2011 - 11:06 pm Grace for the Good Girl – Book Review » Inspired Mama - [...]  In so many ways I thought that I was alone in the way I felt, and through this book (and “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope) I am realizing that many other women suffer from the same internal battles [...]

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