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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Book Review: Stress Point by Martin

Stress Point is a study directed at women in their twenties, like me. When I began the book I realized it reminded me of another book I'd read, A Confident Heart by Renee Swope. It turns out Swope and the author, Sarah Francis Martin both work at Proverbs 31 Ministries. Martin even uses Swope as a "girlfriend case study in chapter two!

The book is divided into ten chapters, each detailing a "Stress Point". Martin begins with 3 "girlfriend case studies" about various women's reactions to these stress points in their lives. Then Martin leads us through Biblical approaches and five journaling session per chapter. I did hear from God through some of the journaling and chapters.

I was disappointed by Chapter 7: Money. According to the 2010 census a fifth of our generation is unemployed, but Martin chose to make two of the "case studies" about overspending and the third about overworking financial hoarding. Martin never discusses how to deal with the stress from debt and bills that came from circumstances and not fiscal irresponsibility. Still, what she had to say on the subject was Biblical, just naive to our generations financial reality which didn't exist when Martin was in her twenties.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend, especially to women in their younger twenties (I am 26). I would say to them to just make sure they're first listening to God in their own lives, as this book is quite general. For example there is a chapter on living on your own that implies everyone will do it, when I and many women I know have gone from living with our parents to marriage or in Christian community (even if we'd planned otherwise!) Nonetheless the chapter covers "whoa I'm a grown-up now" lessons all young women experience, regardless of who they live with. The journal questions were thought inspiring, and I think God can speak through this book!

I received this book free from the booksneeze program in exchange for my unbiased review.

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