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The UpLIFTing Gourmet Is Serving Up “A Confident Heart” by Renée Swope {Review and Giveaway}…

A Confident Heart by Renée Swope {Review and Giveaway}… (<–Tweet Me)

Last October, I had the pleasure of meeting Renée Swope at Relevant ’11 (now Allume).  I was immediately drawn in by her sweet countenance and genuineness.  I knew, in that moment, I wanted to meet her, know her, read her.

My initial draw found confirmation when my Relevant roommate and I entered the lobby early Sunday morning for the airport shuttle.   As we approached the seating area, Renée warmly  greeted us.  There she was, sweetness personified, without make-up!  Boo-Yah!

Her sweetness, her genuineness, her make-up freeness fell into the shadows once I dove into A Confident Heart.  It was then I fully understood why I felt the draw, the connection, the kindredness.

Initially, the title of Renée’s book, A Confident Heart, intrigued me.  It intrigued me because as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with confidence, having a confident heart, believing I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 119:14), believing I was “made in his own image” (Genesis 1:27).  “Self-Doubt” leached onto me, remaining attached for the first two-thirds of my life. It sucked the life out of me, taking with it my self-worth, esteem and confidence.

Because the evil one lurks still, tempting me, taunting me with destructive words, words I once believed, I’ve purposed to INTENTIONALLY immerse myself in the Word.  In addition, I choose to read the words written by others which encourage and inspire me.  A Confident Heart both encouraged and inspired me beyond anything I could have imagined.

From the get go, Renée’s words leaped off the page at me.  With red pen and yellow highlighter in hand, I plunged into the words HE gave her to share with me, with us.

I read, underlined, highlighted and noted in the margin.  Read, underlined, highlighted and noted in the margin  Over and over I repeated these steps.  Why?  Because the nuggets Renée shared, through the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit, were GOLD!  They’re precious jewels, ones I will carry with me from this point forward.  Words I’m confident will be life-changing, all-inspiring for you, too.

Since sharing every inspirational point, quote, idea and verse is not reasonable (at least in a blog post), I’ve opted to share an outstanding quote, thought, or verse from each chapter.  I pray each work will do the work HE designed for it to do.

Chapter 1: Discovering the Shadow of My Doubts

“Self-Doubt blocks the promise of God’s power and truth to change us from the inside out so that we can live with a confident heart.”

Chapter 2:  Because God’s Love Is Perfect, I Don’t Have to Be

“The only way we’ll have a confident heart is if we move beyond knowing about God to knowing and relying on Him — to depending on His Word with our whole heart, mind, and soul.”

Chapter 3:  Finding Love That Won’t Fail Even When I Do

“Until our hearts find complete security and significance in God’s unconditional love, we will never be satisfied.”

Chapter 4:  God Promises Hope for My future Despite the Pain of My Past

“Hope comes when we allow Jesus to search our hearts and bring truth into our wounded places.”

Chapter 5:  Living Beyond the Shadow of My Doubts

“It is important for us to realize that damaged emotions and insecurities from our past have a powerful influence over how we see ourselves today…In addition, [we] also need to realize our family of origin does not define our true identity.”

Chapter 6:  When Doubt Whispers “I’m Not Good Enough

“Trying to get our ‘good enough’ outside of God’s promises and provision will always create insecurity and obstruct our relationship with Him and with other people.”

Chapter 7:  When Doubt Whispers “I’m Such a Failure”

“Accusing is what Satan does best, but instead of believing his accusations, we need to let them lead us straight to Jesus so He can have the final say.”

Chapter 8:  When Doubt Whispers “I Don’t Have Anything Special to Offer”

“Comparison leaves us insecure, confused, and discontent…Comparison causes us to compete with each other; He wants us to complete one another, celebrating and encouraging each other’s strengths while discovering who He created us to be.”

Chapter 9:  When Doubt Whispers “I Can’t Stop Worrying”

Worry Only Robs Rest from You.  Worry robs us physically, leaving us exhausted.  Worry robs us emotionally, leaving us anxious.  Worry robs us mentally, leaving us scattered.  Worry robs us spiritually, leaving us depleted.”

Chapter 10:  When Doubt Whispers “I Can’t Follow God Consistently”

“Transitioning from living independently to living in dependence on God takes time.  It’s a lifelong journey.”

Chapter 11:  The Woman I Want to Be

“As we life in the power of God’s promises, we will still have struggles.  Don’t ever let doubt convince you that you are not a strong Christian or that you will never have a confident heart because you still struggle.”

Chapter 12:  Living in the Security of God’s Promises

Powerful promises to be claimed.

I give A Confident Heart a 5/5 score.

Renée Swope is a popular national women’s conference speaker, radio show co-host, and the executive director of radio and devotions at Proverbs 31 Ministries. She’s also a contributing author to three additional books, including a Gold Medallion finalist and a People’s Choice Award finalist, as well as several online and print magazines. Renée is featured writer for Encouragement for Today online devotions that currently touch over 450,000 lives each day across the world. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.

 


Endorsements…

“You’ll never be the same after you read this book!”–Sheri Rose Shepherd, bestselling author of His Princess and His Princess Bride

“I felt like A Confident Heart was written specifically for me. Renée’s depth, wisdom, and willingness to be real while sharing the real of Jesus blessed me beyond measure!”–Abby Rike, Biggest Loser, Season 8; author of Working It Out

A Confident Heart is a captivating, story-driven book that provides real solutions to the real doubts and fears we all face.”–Jennifer Rothschild, author of Me, Myself & Lies

About Revell Books…

Revell began over 125 years ago when D. L. Moody and his brother-in-law Fleming H. Revell saw the need for practical books that would help bring the Christian faith to everyday life. From there, Fleming H. Revell Publishing developed consistently solid lists which have enjoyed the presence of many notable Christian writers over the years. This same vision for books that are both inspirational and practical continues to motivate the Revell publishing group today. Whether publishing fiction, Christian living, self-help, marriage, family, or youth books, each Revell publication reflects relevance, integrity, and excellence.

Giveaway…

Renée generously gave me a signed copy of A Confident Heart specifically for this giveaway.  Today will be the only day to enter!  This giveaway will end tonight at 11:59pm.

To enter, please follow my blog (if you don’t already), leave a comment ON THIS POST letting me know you did along with short quip about how you’ve pursued a confident heart.  I’ll use Random.org to choose the winner which will be announced tomorrow.

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8 Responses to The UpLIFTing Gourmet Is Serving Up “A Confident Heart” by Renée Swope {Review and Giveaway}…

  1. Leah Adams says:

    For so many years, I sought significance in so many things, but mostly my appearance. It was so freeing to know that i can be confident in my relationship with Jesus and not have to worry about other things. He is all I need. Would love to win this book.

  2. Becky Burns says:

    I soooo need to read this book.  Thank you for the chance at the give away.  I am a mom of 9, still home schooling the last 5 and a grandma to 17.  And yes, I often feel that I am not enough, have not done enough, that I am not worthy enough.  I would cherish getting this book.

  3. JAESA16 says:

    I have struggled with insecurities all of my life and the only way I try to keep my self confident in Christ is to daily read His Word, in fact I surround myself with it, literally, print outs covers the walls in my room and Office as daily reminders of who I am in Christ.

  4. JAESA16 says:

    I have struggled all of my life with self esteem issues. I have to daily stay in God’s Word, and literallty surround myself with the truths of who I am in Christ – all over the walls of my Office, in my wallet, in books, anywhere I look often, I see and remember and thank God.

  5. Melinda Thao says:

    I’ve had my share of insecurities, and as I age and mature I’ve learned to not be so hard on myself and to let things that I have no control over go. And since becoming a mom (well, 6 years ago!), I don’t want my girls to have self-doubt. I want to instill confidence, grace, compassion, wisdom and strength in my girls. To teach them to do whats right even if or when nobody’s doing it and to show them to stand up for what they believe in and to love themselves. My girls are what motivates me to be and live a better life and I hope that encourages them to do the same. 
      

  6. Melinda Thao says:

    Sorry, forgot to mention that I’m a blog subscriber.

  7. st. james says:

    NB follower .. short quip about how [I]’ve pursued a confident heart?finding out what God says about me/ who I am in Him and replacing anything less with God’s TRUTH!  I know The TRUTH and The TRUTH has set me FREE :) 

  8. I already follow your blog via RSS. I have heard of this book and hearing you describe it sounds like one I need to read. As an introvert living in and extrovert world I have struggled at times with my own confidence and attempted to be someone other than who God made me.