So, I thought that I would be able to quickly read through this little book over a weekend. Little did I know that God was going to use Shannon Popkin to hit me with all kinds of warning bells about my control issues.
Every time I picked the book up to read, I wouldn’t get very far into it when I would have to set the book down. At first I thought is was the writing or that the material being covered was “boring”. Heaven forbid that this little book would be so difficult for me to read! It had to be someone or something else, not me.
This book was hitting every little control issue I have. Anger – check, anxiety – check, insecurities – check , trust issues – check! ALL OF THEM! Not just one or two little bitty ones, but all of them! The big and the small.
Every time I’d get anxious or begin to worry, my wonderful Christian sisters would remind me to “Let go and let God” I always came back with “God helps those who help themselves”. I thought that my attempts at helping myself had very little to do with control and everything to do with pulling up my big girl pants and getting to work. I somehow missed the message, time after time. I just wasn’t trusting God. Maybe, just maybe, He wanted me to surrender control, so that He could do a greater thing in my life than I ever could.
This little gem of a book has done that for me. It has convicted me all the way through it’s slightly over 200 pages, about my attempts at control. How many times did I assert my own control when God wanted to step in? God being the gentleman that He is, has let me “be in control”, even to the detriment of myself and those I love. I’ve always been hardheaded and stubborn and have to make mistake after mistake before I realize that the common denominator in these mistakes is always me.
The author takes you through the Bible and tells the story of seven control girls. There’s Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and Miriam. All their dirty little control issues revealed in the pages of my favorite book of all time. Eve wanting to know what God knew, Sarah wanting to give her husband the child that she thought she’d never give him – control masquerading as love and so many more such stories.
But not only does the author take you through the stories of some of the control girls in the Bible, she also provides insight and suggestions on how we can tame the control girl issues and become a Jesus girl instead. The entire book is designed as a study into control and these seven women are held up as examples of some of the kinds of control issues we may have.
Each chapter of the book contains short lessons taken straight from the lives of these Control Girls from the Bible. The author also gives a scripture reading suggestion to preface each small lesson which will help bring it all together.
I intend to go back and read the book over again, pausing to really do the lessons for myself.
Are you trying to stay in control of your quest for peace, joy, and security . . . and you’re exhausted? Shannon Popkin’s debut book, Control Girl, is a must-read for anyone with a heart that craves control. 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.
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