Thursday, February 23, 2017

Control Girl by Shannon Popkin

Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don't match your version of perfect. Tension, anger, fear, anxiety--it all begins with a heart that craves control. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God's, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts. 

Thankfully, there is a better way.

Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and 
about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today. 

Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.

Available on Amazon

Meet the Author:
Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. As a writer and speaker, Shannon combines her love for humor and storytelling with her passion for Jesus. She has been published by Family Fun, MOMSense, and Focus on the Family Magazine, and is a contributing blogger at

Shannon and her husband live the fast-paced life of parenting three teens. When she's not taking pictures from the sidelines of her kids' sporting events, Shannon loves to be opening the door of her west Michigan home to family and friends. 

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The Reflections On Surrender Coloring Book is an adult coloring book that can be used along with this Bible study. 

This Bible study was exactly what I needed, and I didn't even know it. I gotta warn you though. You don't want to read this one, unless you want to be convicted and changed. So many of us think we are not "control girls" but sadly, we may not even see our controlling selves in the same light as others do.

Shannon uses her own personal stories, as well as, stories from various women in the Bible - namely Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, and Miriam to demonstrate the many ways there are to be controlling, and the happily ever after ending that comes from surrender to God. Have you ever felt invisible and unloved, like it's all up to "me"(you), like everything is out of your control? This book contains tips for marriage, parenting, dealing with those controlling people in your life, and trusting God with the outcome as you surrender your will to His and give him the reigns. Becoming a Jesus Girl instead of a Control Girl may take time and work, but in the end it is worth it.

This book is set up into multiple chapters referencing different women. Each chapter is then divided into Lessons - five to be exact. The Lessons then contain Scripture reading and the authors notes. I really like it when the author incorporates Scripture and gives you something to read, not just a single verse at the top. God's Word is what changes us, although having a perspective on his Word is nice. The Lessons follow up with questions to think on, and other passages to meditate on. I really liked the set up. It was easy for me to work through a lesson a day, not too much, but just enough to give me some food for thought. I really enjoyed the author's view point as she brought to things to a different light than how I may have previously took in that passage or Bible story. 

This is a great book for women in all walks of life. I look forward to seeing what else this author has to offer, and know there is room for her to expand this series with many other women from the Bible. 

I was provided with a free copy of this book to read from Kregel publishers. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

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