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The Jesus-Hearted Woman by Jodi Detrick – A Book Review

I have been in women’s ministry for only a few years. After only the first few pages of Jodi Detrick’s book, The Jesus-Hearted Woman, I believe this should be required reading for all women interested in or involved in ministry. If only I had this book 5 years ago… Guess God knew better

At first I thought her chapter titles seemed quirky but once you read through the chapter the title had great meaning….every time. My favorite title was from chapter six “Pocketbook Punches”. Now where do you think that one’s going to go? I’ll give you a hint. Each chapter has both a title and a leadership quality attached to it. For this chapter the leadership quality is courage. She used a true to life story of a woman’s attempt to help her colleagues during a hostage situation. She used the only weapon she had on hand…her pocket book. If this sounds familiar it is because it made national news.

So how would this story help you to grow in leadership? Here is my take-away from it: “You don’t have to feel brave to act bravely. But you do have to ‘think bravely’ and ‘trust bravely’ to develop godly courage.” You need to be brave when in leadership; brave to try new things, brave to hear the good and the bad people may say, brave to continue on even after the bad.

That was my favorite title but my favorite chapter would have to be three, “Humility”. She had me pegged when she stated, “Being humble is not based on your personality type.” I was sure that was the reason I wasn’t as humble as I could be, I’m a tad too flamboyant for humility. Or so I thought. Here’s what Jodi has to say on it. “It’s a spiritual posture – an internal bending of the knee, the heart bowing in honor and service, both to God and others. It’s the willingness to exercise our gifts at floor level, if that’s where we’re needed and where we can make a difference.” I love that and it is something I can work on too.

In this same chapter I made my most highlights. She has things in bold and other things numbered for emphasis and I highlighted them all. I realized that this is the one quality I need to work on and now that she has explained it so well I know that it is actually something that can be worked on.

Being part of women’s ministry is a great privilege and one that should never be taken lightly. You are in a place of power, or authority may be a better word, over women that are looking to you for guidance in God’s direction. The Jesus-Hearted Woman helps you to become a woman that can be trusted with that privilege. If God has blessed you with opportunity to serve women in this type of ministry you should be taking it seriously and ensuring you have the resources to do it well and in the Spirit. Jodi can help guide you or put you back on track.

The Jesus-Hearted Woman is chock full of amazing insight with very relevant stories to give you the help you need to apply them to your life and ministry. Including, how she ends each chapter with these great tools: Coaching Questions, A Little Lesson for New Leaders, and Heart-Deep in the Word.

Jodi Detrick’s book will be kept close at hand as I venture deeper and more boldly into women’s ministry.

Thank you Jodi, for keeping your book centered on Christ and His desire for us to help grow and nurture more disciples.

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Strange Glory by Charles Marsh A Book Review

Charles Marsh brought the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer to life for me. In his book “Strange Glory” he used great detail in describing a lot of Bonhoeffer’s idiosyncrasies which made me feel as if I knew him intimately. This book is actually my first biography and I chose it for two reasons. One my husband is a huge WWII history buff and 2 we are currently living in Germany. I have asked many of the German people if they knew the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and most tell me they know the name but not the details of the story.

At first I did not understand why Marsh put so much emphasis on Bonhoeffer’s wardrobe or the intense connection he felt toward his student and later his best friend. Toward the end of the book I understood. It wasn’t that Marsh found these to be pivotal points in Bonhoeffer’s life it was that Bonhoeffer felt they were. I believe it to be true that we talk most about the things we find most precious to us. The above two things as well as his pursuit and growing understanding of God were precious to him. Though I must say that Marsh seemed to be implying, or that is how it came across to me, that the friendship may have been more than just a friendship. Whether it was or not I can remember a day when two girls, who were just best friends, could hold hands and no one thought anything other. However, in this day and age we seem to jump to ‘other’. Again, maybe that is what I read into Marsh’s writing.

Due to my husband’s fascination with WWII history I have seen many movies about that war. In reading this book I actually found it fascinating to tie some things in the book to those movies. I have seen Valkyrie a number of times and to read in this book that one of the key players in the Valkyrie attempt on Hitler actually approached Bonhoeffer 2 years prior to it wanting to join in Bonhoeffer’s Operation 7, jumped off the page at me. I later rambled on to my husband about all the connections between Strange Glory and many of his movies. My husband was quite shocked to see me so excited about this history. So much so he asked if I thought he would like this book. Definitely.

Since this was my first biography I have to say that Charles Marsh makes me want to read more of them. When I chose this book, Strange Glory, it was just a curiosity about a man. Having read the book I actually feel like I knew Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Now I cannot stop thinking…”Who else do I want to know about?”

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