June 12, 2012

Stress Point by Sarah Francis Martin

Stress Point by Sarah Francis Martin is a devotional and journal for women in their twenties. It focuses on some of the main stress points in a woman’s life, including their body image, money, love life, career, and other things that women tend to stress out over. We don’t have to let those stressors control our lives though, and Martin explains how through God, we can stop focusing on those issues and live a more fulfilling life.

Book Description
Want to ditch the drama and thrive through your twenties?
Body image. Friendships. Career. Money. Dating. All these issues and more serve as points of stress for the 20-something woman, and combined they can make for a decade of drama in a girl's life. Sarah Francis Martin is the slightly older girlfriend who’s been there, done that, and got the not-so-cute t-shirt. Through this interactive Bible study, Sarah helps young adult women address each stress point by encouraging them to wait on the Lord, worship Him, and make Him the focus of their lives.
In Stress Point you will:
·         Find interactive chapters covering ten stress points for the 20-something woman
·         Dig through Scripture to apply truth to each stress point
·         Engage with real, raw, and relevant stories from girlfriends just like you
·         Journal through each chapter to engage with God in a meaningful way
·         Interact with Sarah through her video blogs for each chapter
·         Connect with your girlfriends in a Stress Point Survival Group; leader guide included

My Thoughts
Stress Point takes the things that stress out women in their twenties most, and reflects on how these issues can be turned around to God and made into something less stressful. I think that she did a good job with this, and many women will definitely benefit from this book.

She uses examples on each chapter (or issue) that explains how a certain person (real or fictional) dealt with the stressor at hand. For many of these issues, I just didn’t connect with the message of the people described. The author also liked to use a lot of personal examples of her struggles with these issues when she was in her twenties. For me, this made the book seem more of a blog follow along devotional journal, which was not what I was interested in reading.

Overall, I think that this book will certainly help some women. I wouldn’t read it again, but it isn’t not worth reading either.

* Thank you to the publisher of Stress Point, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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