About the book:
Women compare constantly—on social media, in their neighborhood, at church, even in the school drop-off lane. They glance sideways and ask themselves, “How do I measure up?” All this assessment feels like a natural way of finding a place in the world. But it pulls them into feelings of inferiority or superiority, guiding them into a trap of antagonism by the enemy.
Satan would like women to strive to measure up, constantly adding to a tally sheet that can’t ever be balanced. The way of Jesus is completely upside down from that philosophy. Instead, he says the last shall be first–and the greatest are those who empty themselves, lay down their lives, and serve each other.
Through conversations Jesus had and parables he shared, Shannon Popkin has created a seven-week Bible study to address this tendency to compare and judge ourselves and others. Each chapter is divided into lessons, allowing women on a time budget to read a Bible passage, engage in a complete train of thought related to the topic, and then make the content personal–all in one sitting. And the informal teaching tone will make women feel like they’re meeting with a trusted friend.
Suited for both individual and group study, Comparison Girl will guide women to leave their measure-up ways behind, connect with those around them, and break free from the shackles of comparison!
About the author:
Shannon Popkin is a writer, speaker, and Bible teacher who loves pointing others to the truth of God’s Word. She combines her gifts for humor and storytelling with her passion for Jesus. She regularly speaks at Christian women’s events and retreats, encouraging women of all ages to put their hope in God.
Popkin is also a regular contributor for the Revive Our Hearts True Woman and Leader Connection blogs. Her articles have been published by Family Fun, Focus on the Family Magazine, MOMsense and others. She is the author of several books, including Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible, Influence: Building a Platform That Elevates Jesus (Not Me), and Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World.
Popkin and her husband, Ken, have been married for more than twenty years and live in West Michigan. They have three children—one in high school and two in college.
I am amazed how much I got out of this read. Not only did it help bring to light different areas where comparison can lurk and steal our joy, but how to consider and work through those emotions in a healthy, biblical way. I appreciated that it not only recognized but discussed how women can handle their emotions and ways of comparison differently based on their own personalities, and so how they need to address them may look differently as well. The author also made sure to say that not all comparison is sinful, but the heart behind it along with the voice we are listening to is what makes the difference. There was a lot of good material to ponder and mediate on in this read and I’m sure I’ll be processing it long after I’ve finished. I would highly recommend this to any and all women. Because whether you think you might have a problem with comparison or not, you might learn something about yourself and what to do about it. I’m glad I picked up this read and am interested in reading more from this author in the future as well.
*I received a copy of this book through I Read with Audra Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Click to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway