The Confident Heart by Renee Swope

If you've read my previous post, I'm sure that you have gathered that I would definitely recommend this book.  The Confident Heart by Renee Swope is what I would describe as a Christian-motivational book.  Renee shares personal stories of trials, failures, and successes to relay a strong theme about our worth in Christ.  She uses Scripture references and Scripture-based prayers to reinforce the message and help readers overcome their self-doubt.  Some of the things that she said, I have heard before, but she stated them in a new and fresh way: a way that touched my heart and changed my thinking.  The imagery and metaphors that she used were so tangible, that even though I haven't finished reading the book, I already feel more confident.  I know that even though I do fail, I am not a failure.  God was not trying to make someone or something else when he made me.  He wants me to be--ME!!
Swope discusses worrying, dealing with past pain, and really knowing God's unfailing love.  She also addresses specific doubts like "I'm not good enough," and "I don't have anything to offer."  Unfortunately, I have thought both of those thoughts, as well as some of the others addressed.  At then end of each chapter, thought-provoking questions are given.  I am planning on rereading the book to take more time journaling and working through these questions.  Just reading them generated thoughts and feelings that I should work through with the Lord in prayer.  As I stated at the beginning, I would highly recommend this book, as well as additional resources that Renee offers.
Renee Swope is executive director of Proverbs 31 Ministries, a non-denominational, non-profit ministry dedicated to helping women along their journeys with Christ.  She is an author and speaker.  Her website has assorted resources.  There is one called the 7-day doubt diet that works in conjunction with this book.  I just signed up for it yesterday and am excited to delve into the extras she is offering.
 The Confident Heart is now available at your favorite bookstore from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.  I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review

1 comment:

Luxembourg said...

I think it's every woman's desire to be strong and confident, at least, it's always been one of mine. The world places confidence in many earthly things that pass away, but for a woman living her life to please the Father, finding confidence in Him is key, it's REAL, it's eternal. Rich and interwoven with the truth of God's love, compassion, patience, and never-ending supply of power, Renee's book asks the questions that will have you probing your past so that you can move on from all that still binds you and into the present with a searching heart to the truths that have been stored. A Confident Heart moved me from looking at my past with sorrow to looking towards my future of living a life that's rooted and grounded in the confidence of Christ.