By: Shannon Popkin
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First Person • Non-Fiction • One Point of View • 207 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
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.
Why I Choose this Book:
Looking back, I’m not quite sure what my motive was with choosing this book. In reality, I think it must have been a nudge from God, because it turns out that this book was just what I needed at this time in my life.
What I Thought about this Book:
If you would have asked me if I had issues with wanting to be in control, I probably would have said no, or at least not really. Reading Control Girl was rather eye-opening to me, because I realized that I like to be in control of stuff a lot more than I realized. Most of the time it’s little things – like it bothers me when I make a meal and people arrive late and the food gets cold. I’m also that way with bigger areas, too, sometimes. And, the more I’m that way with little things, the more likely I’ll be that way with big things, and that’s a problem.
Control Girl reminded me over and over again how God really does have everything under control. The book went through the lives of seven different women in the Bible (all from Genesis, actually), and talked about how they were basically control freaks. Instead of trusting and resting in God to do what was best, they took matters into their own hands and epically messed up what was supposed to be beautiful.
It was such a good reminder for me to fully trust in God instead of trying to push my own agenda. It’s not always easy, but reading the book was very helpful in remembering that even when it’s not easy, it’s still way better than what will happen if I become controlling and try and get things figured out on my own.
The author did a fantastic job of balancing Biblical accounts, thoughts, and personal stories. I have a very hard time reading impersonal books, and this book felt nice and personal – nearly like I got to be friends with the author. So yay. (Also cue happiness for my first five-star read of the year!)
Control Girl was written for wives and mothers, and, as a single girl (with no kids), I can still say that it was extremely helpful. In fact, I would recommend it for single girls – why wait until you’re married to work through any issues you have with being controlling?
This book wasn’t written for kids, obviously, but I would probably recommend it to all girls ages seventeen and up.
It’s not a long book, but it takes a bit of time to get through, because there are lots of scripture passages to read as you go through the book. (And please, make sure you do read the correlating scripture because it will make the book so much more effective.)
I’m giving Control Girl 5 out of 5 stars, and 10 out of 10.
*I received this book from Litfuse