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Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Stasi Eldredge

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God has dreams—just for you
Becoming Myself is a hope-filled book for anyone who wonders if her life will ever change—if she will ever change. In Stasi Eldredge’s most intimate book yet, she shares her own struggles with self-worth, weight, and her past as she shows readers how God is faithfully unveiling who we truly are.
Stasi urges you to lay down your past thoughts about yourself and receive God’s incredible dreams for you instead. We cannot heal ourselves. We cannot become ourselves by ourselves. But we are not by ourselves.
The King of love wants to help us become. God desires to restore us—the real us. As he heals our inner life, he calls us to rise to the occasion of our lives. The most important journey any woman can take is the journey into becoming her true self through the love of God.
It's a beautiful paradox. The more of God’s you become, the more yourself you become—the “self” he had in mind when he thought of you before the creation of the world.
Discover your truest self—the woman God created you to be—in Becoming Myself.

Stasi Eldredge’s heart was captured by God through the Sacred Romance and she has never gotten over it. Or rather, Him.  She is the co-author (with her husband John) of the New York Times Bestselling book Captivating and Love & War. Their ministry, Ransomed Heart, has been used by God to transform the lives of men and women all over the world. They make their home in Colorado. The mother of three grown sons who no longer live in her home but take residence forever in her heart, Stasi is a writer and conference speaker passionate about women embracing the value of their heart and life to Jesus Christ and risking everything on that!


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 260 Seiten
  • Verlag: David C. Cook (1. August 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like a letter from a friend 2. August 2013
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I enjoyed Stasi Eldridge's book Captivating, but I like this one even more. Though Captivating was intended for all women, nonetheless I felt it was written for somewhat younger women. At age 51, I feel that Becoming Myself, while helpful for women of all ages, is perhaps especially written for "women of a certain age" such as myself who need to know we still have a rich future ahead of us. I am at a stage in my life when I am struggling to make long-suppressed dreams come true despite discouraging odds. I am trying to emerge from low self-worth and get my head above water in the hope that I can once again see broad horizons opening before me. This book was like a long letter from an encouraging friend, one who knows all your weaknesses and failings but knows they do not define who you really are.

Stasi Eldridge is extremely generous in sharing her own intimate life experiences with us. She does not present herself as "I've finally made it and you can too." No, the message here is that we don't have to "make it." While there are always ways in which we could grow and improve, we are beautiful and precious and worthy right now, just as we are. She helps the reader see past not only surface factors (such as weight) but even serious problems such as addictions or failures, peels those away, and shows us how Christ sees us: with eyes of love, mercy, compassion, loving us fully and completely right now.

I found one of the most valuable chapters to be the one on society's hatred of women, the many ways this has eroded our sense of who we are, and how to stop buying into the lies society perpetrates to keep woman in a state of dissatisfaction with ourselves. This is hugely important because in addition to our personal struggles, society encourages self-loathing simply because we are women. Jesus was a great defender of the dignity of women, as many scenes in the Bible verify where Jesus defends women against those who would belittle, ridicule, or spurn them. The chapter on our relationships with our mothers gives a balanced view of how to reconcile the valuable legacy of this relationship with the need to detach and be ourselves. The chapter on friendships with other women helps us navigate these sometimes-sticky relationships.

This book echoes a theme I first encountered in Captivating: the theme of not striving. There is a difference between striving versus working toward a goal, or prayerfully trying to overcome negative patterns or make a dream come true. In fact, Stasi is big on the importance of having life dreams, and dreams can't come true if you don't let yourself have any! But a "striving" woman is a woman not comfortable with who she is, woman who is ill at ease with herself, her uniqueness, who cannot rest peacefully within her own skin. Stasi reminds us that Jesus wants us to place these burdens on him, to be at peace with ourselves, to know that we, and not some fantasy image we are trying to grasp hold of, are loved and valuable NOW, beautiful NOW.

In sum, Stasi's book, through her own personal reflections and Biblical passages, helps us recover the original image God had for each of our lives. The message is, it is never too late to become yourself.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Read with Caution... 19. September 2013
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Sometimes I come across books that are hard to review. I, like other reviewers, fear negative remarks and attacks. So, why even write a review that isn't positive and what people want to hear? Well, because of concern--concern about how ideas and words can get twisted. My husband and I have read several of the Eldredges' books over the past years. We've noticed that there are some good ideas in their books, but that the points can get carried away.

As I started out reading this book, I was very curious about what the pages ahead held for me. But, as I read the first few chapters, I began to get a little concern. I was surprised by the rabbit trails and paths that she took. The goal of the book, I believe, is to encourage women to understand that they are loved by the Lord for who He made them to be and that they are continuing to become that woman as they trust and walk with the Lord. Along the way, she addresses cultural issues (among them was misogyny and the hatred of women). She addresses the role of one's mother in a woman's life and specifically devotes time to how one's mother cared for you while you were in her womb. She asserts that this care would either lead a woman to be secure or insecure, to feel rejected or accepted. She doesn't include any scientific or psychological support for this statement. She sites a video by a woman that I did not recognize as her only support for several pages of assertions. She then moves on to freedom and not judging others. Another reviewer commented specifically and quoted several passages from this section of the book. I am not going to requote the same quotes in this review, but I will confirm that she didn't take them out of context or twist what the author wrote in the text. They were direct quotes.

At several points, I had to put the book down for a while. The first time it was because I was puzzled by the author's statements and realized that while what she said could be true, it felt like it could be very easily twisted and misinterpreted. Later on, I set it down out of frustration over the discussion of misogyny and attributing an adult woman's struggle with insecurity to her mother's pregnancy and treatment (or neglect) of her at that time. But, I picked it back up. I finally set it down again after reading a long chapter about dreams and how we need to have dreams, because if we don't we won't be successful or happy--because dreams only come true when people have them. At this point, I set the book down, looked out the window and cried.

Dreams are a tricky thing. This is a theme that comes through in several of the Eldredges' books. That we are to dream and that God will give us the desires of our hearts. Well, yes... and no. God often does not give me what I want or dream of. I had dreams for my life when I was a young woman just out of college. Those dreams have not come true. Instead, God has given me other gifts and a different life than I ever thought I'd lead. I can see how my life is what He had for me. I can see how it is best for me--though not easy. I have come to feel that God kept me from some successes that could have led me down a path away from the Lord. I couldn't reconcile my views with Ms. Eldredge's ideas about dreams. I suppose that is sad. I suspect there's a middle ground between what she writes in this book and the cynicism that has stolen into my views about dreams.

At first, I was inclined to give this book two stars because I didn't like it, but I didn't have grave concerns. Then, I read the other one star review. I had missed the statements that the reviewer quotes when I read through the book the first time. I went back and found them and was quite surprised. I was very concerned by what I read...

I think it is very important for women to understand that God loves them and created each woman uniquely. We are loved. And what we think shapes who we are and how we live. But, instead of this book, I would recommend a different one--The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk: Conforming Deadly Thought Patterns to the Word of God I'd also recommend Cynthia Heald's Bible study series Becoming a woman of... I'd particularly recommend starting with Becoming a Woman of Freedom. I think it covers the same topic, but by going straight to the Bible. Becoming a Woman of Grace (and honestly all the other ones in the series) also deeply encouraged me.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Encouragement for the Christian Woman, A Vital Read 12. Juni 2013
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This book offers encouragement, comfort, and most importantly, ANSWERS for the Christian woman who wants to understand and FEEL God's love. It is about how we can sustain changes in our lives, not via shame or self-discipline, but by allowing God to heal us from the inside out. I found this book to be like a drink of cold water to my soul on a hot day--a metaphor of God's love for me.

The book addresses the paradox of John 3:30, "He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (NLT)" Have you ever sung that song, "More of Jesus, less of me..."? I always felt weird, like my personality would have to be annihilated and I would eventually be not at all like me but just a version of Jesus that was spiritual and had no earthly likes or dislikes or personality that I could recognize. I never knew how to really interpret that verse in a way that made sense to me. The author explains and illustrates how when we surrender ourselves wholeheartedly to God, then He helps us to become our true selves--this journey is the most important one we will ever take. The more of God's we become, the more ourselves we become. I know this sounds paradoxical and odd, but the book illustrates how in fact this is so.

It is about how we cannot transform ourselves, no matter how hard we try, but that God can and will transform us and help us to change in accordance with His will. Jesus will help us to make sense of our past and heal us from emotional hurts. The book shows how. It delves deeply into our healing and how that can be accomplished, including:
(1) Healing based on our relationships with our mothers, the woundings we have experienced,
(2) Moving from fear to desire--allowing His perfect love to cast out all of our fear and receiving what He desires for us instead,
(3) The role of women friends--straight talk on the realities of female friendships,
(4) The role of suffering and how Jesus is there for us through it,
(5) The challenges and gifts of our freedom in Christ,
(6) Living from faith as a woman of faith,
(7) How to see ourselves as God sees us,
(8) How to call ourselves what God calls us, and
(9) How to become who we are truly called to be.

You may have read about these things in other books or even know them in your heart already, but I guarantee that every Christian woman will find something she doesn't know in this incredible book. The way the author presents it is unique, raw, authentic, and honest. It makes you look inside and ask yourself, as well as ask God the answers to some of the questions she posits. Don't miss this book. I cannot overstate how much it ministered to me on every level. It will be encouraging for everyone, comforting to all as well, and perhaps even life-saving for some. I would actually give it six stars instead of five if it were possible.

Highest recommendation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful Look at Your Value 9. August 2013
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Stasi Eldridge is now one of the my favorite Christian Authors! This powerful book examines our value in Christ as a Christian woman. Stasi takes on the societal lies, women hear from the time we are very young impressionable girls and examines them in the light of the Gospel. Stasi is so honest and genuine in sharing how these lies impacted her image that the reader has no place to hide.

This book had a tremendous effect on me as I read it. I found myself laughing and crying (more than a stray tear down my cheek). She is so gentle with the reader, reminding us that we have a loving Heavenly Father that made us unique because He treasures us. As she examines the various influences by which we have been imprinted, she doesn't accuse. She just reveals how the truth compares to the lies we have been told. No female escapes the message that she is inadequate via the television, radio, peers, movies or even family on a daily basis. Talk about being programmed to believe that we are unlovable, that is exact opposite of why the Lord died for us.

I think this should be made into a Bible Study. I would encourage Christian Book Clubs and Women Church Groups/Prayer Groups read this then do a discussion on this book. I think this is would make a great gift to every young girl before entering 7th grade or on her 12th Birthday whichever comes first.

Thank you, Stasi for your desire to deliver a message with such compassion and transparency.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Amazon in exchange for providing my personal opinion in a review.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Christian Encouragement but Not Much "Meat" 10. Juli 2013
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Becoming Myself is an encouraging book written to help Christian women "lay down their past" and embrace who they are in Christ. Eldredge writes frankly about her feelings of failure and short comings. She directs comments to the reader as if she and the reader were carrying on a conversation, creating a very personal feel to the book.

Eldredge's first chapters deal with finding healing for the emotional wounds that can be caused by one's mother. She is very open about her own experience, and bases her advice and encouragement on those experiences. Happily, this is not a wound I have, so I was not able to connect with this, but it did seem that it would be beneficial for adult women who bear scars from childhood.

She also discusses the importance of female friendships and how best to nurture and keep those friendships. Though this has been presented in other contexts by other writers, Eldredge does a nice job with this and again makes it very personal.

Her main theme throughout the book is to find self-worth through Christ and not through the eyes of how one perceives that OHTERS see her. Despite this, Eldredge still, most likely unintentionally, connects self-worth with beauty, size, weight and even marriage. She frequently mentions her size, how her self-worth was caught up in her larger size but now it's not, all the while mentioning that she has lost quite a bit of weight. As another example, the word "beauty" is used to mean both how God sees us, and the standard the world sets for women. Her good intentions are there, but her actual meaning becomes fuzzy at times; it seems almost as though she, too, is still trying to find self-worth outside of society's view of what a woman should be.

In the final chapters, Eldredge focuses on freeing oneself from fear, becoming a Godly woman like Mary, and seeing the vision that God has of you. She gives lots of Bible verses, personal anecdotes and stories from friends, but I never felt like she actually gave solid information on how this was to be done.

The premise of this book is great, and she does provide good insight in some areas. However, in the end, I came away with a "feel good" message, but no actual working plan of how to achieve the goals she suggests.
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