Let’s face it. One of the main attributes women desire is confidence. But one of the main qualities most women lack is confidence --- confidence in our self-image, careers, and relationships with our husbands, kids, friends, in-laws and co-workers. While being secure in who God created us to be is ideal, unfortunately for most of us, that doesn’t come easily. Past circumstances, unforgotten offenses and general character traits all play a part in how we see ourselves. And usually we don’t see ourselves as the precious women we are. Our insecurities prevent us from living the confident and victorious life God intends for us.
Who better to encourage women about living a confident life than Joyce Meyer, one of the world’s leading practical and contemporary Bible teachers and bestselling inspirational authors. Meyer has written dozens of books that have helped millions of Christian women overcome the toughest obstacles, discover a deeper relationship with Christ in the process, and emerge victorious.
Meyer knows a thing or two about confidence. When she was sexually abused as a child, her self-esteem flat-lined, and she spent years in a state of shame and condemnation. By the grace of God, she has come to learn that the horrendous acts a man committed against her when she was a little girl were not her fault, nor did they define who she is as a person. She has risen above that experience, and today is the perfect picture of a well-balanced, confident woman in Christ.
THE CONFIDENT WOMAN DEVOTIONAL is a spin-off from Meyer’s #1 New York Times bestseller, THE CONFIDENT WOMAN. This compact devotional includes 365 brief inspirations about the issues most prevalent for women today that directly affect their self-confidence. Some of the topics covered include: Being good enough. Learning from mistakes. Breaking the cycle. Letting go of the past. Taking responsibility. Developing potential. Avoiding burnout. Speaking the truth. Finding true freedom. Enjoying God’s best.
If you’re looking for an in-depth devotional filled with lengthy and complex readings, you won’t find it here. The entries you’ll find are very brief --- only two or three paragraphs --- but are packed with potent truths. This book may be the perfect choice for the woman who wants a quick yet powerful read on a concept she can grab hold of every morning before heading to the office or getting the kids up for school. There’s a nice mix of devotional styles, some jumping right into the Word and others taking on a more personal tone as Meyer draws from her own experience. Each daily reading includes a scripture, followed by a brief encouragement, and ending with a one- or two-sentence prayer.
Meyer is known for her frank, kick-in-the-pants teaching, and this book is no exception. She tells it like it is, yet her words are always coated in love. Since she’s “been there, done that,” there’s never a sense that she’s “talking down” to you or being judgmental. In very few words, she manages to slam home a point in an easy-to-understand manner that will likely stick with you long after you’ve finished reading. Research (and the Bible) has shown that what we choose to think about sets the course for the day and, ultimately, our lives. If one of your goals is to put off insecurities and become more confident in the new year, this book can definitely put you on the right track.
Meditating on the inspirations laid out in THE CONFIDENT WOMAN DEVOTIONAL will surely leave you feeling positive and encouraged every day. By the end of the year, you may just develop a Godly self-assurance that will enable you to be the confident woman God created you to be.
Reviewed by Lynda Schab on November 22, 2010