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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Although familiar with other Christian authors, I have never read anything by "Elizabeth George" before and I wasn't disappointed, in fact since reading "A Woman After God's Own Heart" I have purchased some of her other books.

Essentially 'A Woman After God's Own Heart' is a Christian book detailing the ideal Christian woman's approach to life, a very enjoyable and refreshing change from the modern go-getting, high productivity style of self improvement book.

"Elizabeth George" proffers advice and help for many areas of your life, focussing on your spiritual needs (she explains that this is the most important area, if you can get this part right then often the rest will follow), then your husband, children, your home, yourself and finally your ministry.

Very readable throughout, the author writes in a very pleasing style and you do not feel that she is preaching to you, just leading you gently in the right direction. As expected there are many scriptural references, all very helpful in your search for a better life filled with peace and joy.

Give it a try ... it could do you a lot of good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2008
This book changed my life - and changed me in many ways. Elizabeth George has written a book to help women become the woman/wife/mother that God intended. Biblical quotations are used throughout.

This book can be very frustrating at times but the content is spot on and very challenging. It really made think - and continued to prompt me long after I had read it.

I have lent this book to many of my friends and all have found it challenging and very rewarding.

I recommend this book to any Christian woman who is trying to be the best that she can be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A Woman After God's Heart isn't a book for me. I felt the tone of the 'message' was given in a way that's quite patronising and I didn't enjoy being preached at. I found the whole 1950s vibe of women as mothers/housekeepers/nurturers redundant in comparison with the way in which many women now live their lives. I didn't relate to much at all. I wouldn't recommend my daughters or granddaughters to read it. For me, and it's purely a personal opinion, this is a step back in time and will isolate those women living in the margins of society for whom it is completely irrelevant. I'm leaving 3* purely out of respect for all the women who have found the book inspirational. We all deserve the right to choose.
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VINE VOICEon 17 April 2012
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I have struggled with this book. It seems to me that Elizabeth George's philosophy might seem the way in which women should seek to live but I question how appropriate and realistic it is in this day and age.

George poses some questions which not only women but men, teenagers and children should ask themselves. For instance she asks `Is there a difference in the tone of your voice you reserve for your friends and the one you use with your family?' And again she encourages one to `eliminate idleness' by identifying `time robbers' and thus have more time to `help you buy back time for watching and working in your precious home.' Amongst the `time robbers' are:

* Inadequate personal planning
* Interruptions by people without appointments - she does point out that children are not interruptions!
* Unclear priorities
* Reading junk mail (I do this not to waste time but to bring me a smile!)
* Lack of concern for good time management (I am a person not a robot)

And George goes on to ask `which robber will you corral this week as you become a more alert, better watcher over your home?'

I find the language she uses and her style of writing very `American' and not very sympathetic to a woman striving to do her best for her husband and her family. I have to admit that some of her ideas and suggestions have merit but because of the dislike I have for her tone, I tend to disregard what she says. I have attempted to read `A Woman after God's Own Heart' three times but without success. I am afraid George is not for me.

Review by Shirleyanne Seel.
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on 2 February 2010
Writing under my husband's account...

I'm sorry to say I bought this book based on the 5 star reviews and am wondering how it could have got that high a score. My reaction when I read it was there is not much impression of writing from experience and I got the distinct impression of being preached to not guided. I will not be recommending the book to my friends.

I am writing this as a full-time mother of 3 boys...

I have given it 2 stars as there are some good and valid points in it but the rest is only any good if you want to spend your life at the beck and call of your children and husband, feels to me very much set in the '50s where you should have supper on the table for your husband the moment he walks through the door, and your children being quiet (!!!!) and playing nicely so they don't disturb his peace....heaven forbid he should actually take an active part in parenting.... and don't let YOUR friends come round or phone when it imposes on your husband's time at home... and for sure none of your kids' friends should still be there when your husband comes home.

So basically I'm stuffed!... I'm very involved at church and my husband supports this. I couldn't do any of what I do if i had to be a 1950's woman. And where is the author's personal experience of this.... the books that mean the most to me are ones where the author is writing from experience...ie I would highly recommend anything by Lisa Bevere.
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I read this book (the old version) years ago and found it quite an affront to my feminist mindset. I've matured since then and developed my thinking and this time, I loved it. However, to some readers it would appear to teach wives to be doormats; as submission is a key principle which is taught. I do understand this philosophy now and have seen its application make a huge difference in my life but I can totally accept that some/many women would find this offensive. So make no mistake, this book is for the committed Christian woman wanting to live in a biblical manner.
Aside from that which would be off-putting to many, there are lots of truths and teaching points which are actually life changing. I like her style but she is American with those implications. Also on another negative note the book is firstly geared to wives and mothers in my opinion.
Overall though, this is a wonderful life-changing book for Christians and non-Christians; however, I imagine it will only appeal to the former as the submission aspects would be quite radical for many.
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on 2 April 2010
Albeit quite Americanised in its style, this is an equally practical and biblical book. The chapters are short enough to be read amid the busyness of life and reflected on throughout the day.

It can be very hard in the 21st Century to be scriptural in our living, but this book gives the reassurance and affirmation that we are not the only ones having these struggles, and that whilst living in our present society and culture, we are actually serving a Higher Authority Who has very high standards for our home, family, work and church lives.

Elizabeth George writes dogmatically but empathetically and I recommend this to all Christian women who would like to be women after God's own heart.
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VINE VOICEon 11 January 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and got a lot out of it. It really did help me to see that I am a person of worth, and my 'job' as a housewife and mum really is important. It made me think much more about how I see myself, and how other people see me - and it made me realise that I can find happiness in whatever I do with my life. I am a Christian, but I think any woman could be equally enriched by reading this book. I will most certainly be seeking out more books by this author.
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VINE VOICEon 7 February 2012
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This is a well written book which details how to fulfil your potential as a woman in God. It helps every woman understand how to live a godly life and walk according to God's principles in day to day life and roles such as being a wife, a mother and a servant in God's vineyard. I have been blessed by this book and have shared it with family and friends.
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on 15 November 2012
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Looking for some Christmas, birthday or anniversary present or just an everyday occasion gift?
If your lady loves reading books, look no further, this is the to a ideal present for a woman who is some one special to you.
I gave this to my loving wife and she love it and been enjoyed reading it again and again. (i think its her 4th times now)
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