27.1.17

Book Review of Building Your Strengths & Three Giveaways!

by Sally Matheny

(Women of Faith Books)

I love Thomas Nelson publishers. Not only are they blessing me with wonderful books, but they want to bless my blog readers as well.

This month, they’ve sent, not one, but six beautiful, Women of Faith Bible study books to me. Three for me, and three to give away. 

How cool is that?




Building Your Strengths is the one I’m working through now. I’ll be giving away a copy of it in addition to Praying with Power, and Giving God Your Future. Look for giveaway details in this post.

Strengths and weaknesses.

We all have them. The problem is we tend to overestimate the weaknesses and underestimate our strengths. I know I do.

Patsy Clairmont wrote in the foreword of this book,

“The thing that helps me survive my own insecurities is understanding my God-given gifts and strengths.  As an ex-agoraphobic [irrational fear of public or open spaces], I know what it’s like to feel three ribbons short of a gift. I was certain I had been overlooked. I didn’t realize my gab was a gift. Because it’s a funny thing about gifts—we usually don’t consider ours as unique or as stunning as someone else’s gift, because whatever ours is, it comes so easily to us that we don’t get the big deal about it.”

Oh, friends, isn’t that the truth? We think there’s nothing extraordinary about our ordinary.

But there is! This Bible study book will help you discover how God has given you abilities to be a light for Him.


(Building Your Strengths)


There are twelve chapters:

Intellectual Strength
Relational Strength
Professional Strength
Domestic Strength
Personal Strength
Unwanted Strength
Strength in Weakness
Divine Strength
Building Strength
Embracing Strength
Celebrating Strength
Where Do I Go from Here?




This is not a book where you simply list your strengths and how you can use them for God. It goes much deeper.

For example, in the sixth chapter, the focus is:

“A strength is not the same thing as a calling. And being good at something you dislike doesn’t mean you have to do it all the time.”

Through this Bible study, you’ll not only consider your talents, but also personal experiences and trials. Through scripture and thought-provoking questions, you’ll meditate on how God works through our strengths and weaknesses to bring him glory and point others to him.

You can work through this book alone or with a group. Each chapter opens with a brief focal point followed by seven to nine questions based on the truths you dig for in the Bible. Each chapter closes with a “Digging Deeper” life application thought, points to “Ponder and Pray,” and a “Trinkets to Treasure” memory enhancer.

I like the areas provided for notes and prayer requests and I greatly appreciate the leader’s guide included at the back of the book.

I’m still working through this book. I look forward to learning more about how God can help me discover, fine-tune, and develop my strengths to be used for his glory.

How about you? Would you like to win a copy of one of these valuable resources?

Three winners will be selected on Friday, February 3. The prizes are the three Women of Faith Bible study books Building Your Strengths, Praying with Power, and Giving God Your Future.

The first person whose name is drawn from the honest hat will have first choice of the books, the second will choose next, and so on.

How do you enter the giveaway?

All you have to do is leave a comment below. You may want to tell us how God is using one of your strengths—or weaknesses! Or perhaps you simply want to ask us to remember you in prayer as you seek ways to use your strengths for God’s glory. And if you’re shy about commenting at all, just type, “I need this book!”

All who comment, or leaves a smiley face, will have their names entered into the drawing. 😄




23 comments:

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    2. They are wonderful, Melinda. I hope you and your family are doing well. I will lift you and the rest of the commenters here up in prayer.

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  2. Thanks, Sally, for another great blog post. One of my weaknesses is procrastination. I've been convicted about it recently and am working hard to overcome it. One of these days my last minute won't be there. Please help me pray through this. Blessings!

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    1. I promise I will pray for you, Cathy. Thanks for your transparency. Pray for me as well. :)

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  3. Sally: I am using my gifts; Nature Photography and Poetry, to give the glory to God (G-3) in my blog: Walk With Father Nature.
    Samples:
    http://walkwithfathernature.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-work.html
    http://walkwithfathernature.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-gift.html

    My wife would really love these books to use and share in her women's BSF group.

    Gratefully,

    Richard Havenga

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    1. Hi, Richard. Good to hear from you! May the Lord continue to bless the work of your hands for His glory. Perhaps your wife will win. If not, they're very reasonably priced. I should have mentioned that in the review. They retail for $9.99. Praying for you.

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  4. Sally, you never fail to minister straight to my heart, right where I am at. THANK YOU. And thank you for choosing to share this quote: “A strength is not the same thing as a calling. And being good at something you dislike doesn’t mean you have to do it all the time.” WOW. I'm still pondering this ... so insightful. I'm sure all your readers agree. Much love to you -- keep up the great work!

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    2. Hi, Sandy! It's good to hear from you. I know what you mean about that quote. It left me pondering and praying as well. Thank you for your kind words. I will be praying for you and the work you do for His glory.

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  5. Awesome giveaway!!! God is using my weakness to really show me it's ALL him and never me. God through me is what I tell others!

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    1. Wonderful thoughts! I'll be praying for you and placing your name in the drawing. :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  6. What a great review! I need some encouragement right now, and this series sounds delightful.

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    1. Hi, Kim. I'm glad you came by for a visit. Even though I don't know your circumstances, may I encourage you with Psalm 18:19?
      "He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me."
      Praying you feel God's love leading you into a spacious place!

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  7. Lovely gift, would love to win.

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    1. Double T, your name has been placed in my honest hat. Have you seen a photo of my honest hat? I'll post a photo of it when I announce the winner! :)
      Thanks for commenting.

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  8. Reney Lett2/1/17, 8:52 PM

    I love reading books that help me grow and helps me to know even further where I am weak and where I am strong. I really want to keep growing spiritually in the Lord.

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  9. This is an awesome giveaway and I think that they would each be beneficial to everyone to read, especially the "Building Strengths" for me.

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    1. Hi, Kelly. It is awesome! I'm thankful for the generosity of the publisher. I love passing blessings on to my readers. God is good.

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  10. Christina Lee2/2/17, 4:44 PM

    Those books look very interesting and looks like they could be a big help to me and my family

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    1. Hey, Christina! It is a great book. And they oters look great as well. Your name is in the hat! I hope you're having a joyful day.

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  11. Sounds like a great bible study!!

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    1. Hi, Shelli. I know you enjoy Bible studies as much as I do. I'll draw three winners today. Maybe you'll be one of them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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