Friday, January 27, 2017

Bookshelf Friday - Control Girl by Shannon Popkin

One of the things I love most about working in women's ministry is the vast amount of Bible studies I am privileged to have sneak peaks at seeing. When Shannon Popkin's debut, Control Girl, ended up in my hands, I was immediately hooked by that title. I'll admit to battling this issue in my life, and I couldn't wait to delve into the subject. So here's a short blurb, and we'll chat on the other side!

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.

Like I mentioned above, the title immediately grabbed my attention, but it was the sub-title that hooked me. I love Bible studies that delve into the lives of the women (and men) of the Bible. The reminder that real people dealt with the same struggles as we do--and have since the beginning of time--makes me feel not so alone. It also allows me to see the reality of victory through Christ Jesus. Popkin does an amazing job at this. She has a way of balancing personal moments with the age-old Biblical stories that allow women of today to completely connect with the material. I found the read easy and enjoyable while also pushing me to surrender several areas of my life to God's shoulders rather than my own--a struggle I wage daily:)

Popkin's debut is filled with these relatable stories and attainable applications that will have you releasing any tight grips you still hold on areas you need to release. She backs everything up with Scripture, which only made the strength of this study greater, for there is no stronger Truth to change our lives than the Word of God. 

I truly enjoyed this study and happily give it 5 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here.

Happy reading, friends!

***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.***


  1. Hey, Susan! Sorry I didn't get over here sooner. I'm so very thankful for your kind review! Blessings to you,


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