I found She’s Still There inspirational and applicable in equal measures, I just loved it. Once I begun, I couldn’t put it down and found myself reading it late into the night muttering “Amen, sister” several times as I related to the author’s journey, jotting notes of things to try and highlighting sections of wisdom. It is such a needed message! 

Chrystal has walked a hard path and her journey is inspiring as she reflects on both her wise and unwise decisions in a relatable way. Intellectually it stimulated me to revise my perception on biblical truths and re-evaluate my value. I have a list of things to try and incorporate to make this message part of my life including my favourite:

“you must decide to celebrate your small victories and practice gratitude for every blessing along the way”

I found the bite-size chapters full of great principles to live out. I have highlighted so much of the book and particularly loved the “3 things for 90 days” concept for getting through those life projects that seem overwhelming. I also enjoyed that the principles were backed by bodies of research and biblical knowledge. I rate it 5 out of 5 on the en-JOY-ment scale!

From the back cover:

What’s a woman to do if her life is not taking shape the way that she thought that it would? What happens when she looks at herself in the mirror, lingering just a little longer than usual and realizes that she no longer recognizes the person staring back at her? What does she do when she sees that, somehow, her life has drifted away from all her original hopes, dreams, or plans?

Speaker, blogger and writer Chrystal Evans Hurst wrote this book because she was that woman. One day she realized that she had somehow wandered away from the life that she had purposed to live a long time ago.

Chrystal since discovered that this moment of awareness happens to lots of women at different seasons of their lives. Poor decisions, a lack of intentionality or planning, or a long-term denial of deep hopes and dreams can leave a woman, old or young, reeling from the realization that she is lost, disappointed, or simply numb.

And she just needs encouragement.

This woman simply needs someone to hold her hand, to cheer her on, and to believe with her that she is capable of still being the person she intended to be or discovering the girl she never knew was there in the first place.

Chrystal uses her poignant story of an early and unexpected pregnancy, as well as other raw and vulnerable moments in her life, to let readers know she understands what it’s like to try and find your way after some missteps or decisions you didn’t plan on. In She’s Still There Chrystal emphasizes the importance of the personal process and the beauty of that path as it is shared authentically from one girlfriend to another. It’s a book of “me toos”, reminders of the hoped for, and challenges for the path ahead—to find direction, purpose, and true satisfaction.

Thank you to Netgalley and Zondervan for the advance copy

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