Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Girl Defined Guest Post + Giveaway!

Friends, I am so very excited to announce the release of this book. I am also honored to be teaming up with Girl Defined to host this giveaway of their book here on my blog today!

Honestly I hardly know how to sum up this book into a review. I finished reading it recently + it is completely life changing and extremely LIFE GIVING
I would put this book on my list of TOP FIVE BOOKS that women should read. It will change your view of femininity, family, faith, beauty...the whole nine yards of who you should desire to be as a woman of God!

Kristen + Bethany (the authors) are the real deal. I have yet to formally meet them (hoping for this fall!) but their testimony + example goes before them and all over the internet to thousands of women as they write and speak about their journey with Jesus. You won't want to miss owning your own copy of this fabulous book! 

Enter your first and last name in the comment section for a chance to win your own copy. For additional entries, share this post via the tabs right below the comment tab, and then leave additional comments with the link to your share!

I don't want to take away anymore time from Kristen's guest post, so on to that!
The Power of Embracing God-Defined Womanhood  (Free Book Giveaway) 

"She starred in thirty major films and was awarded the Golden Globe for “Female World Film Favorite.” She started her own production company and was voted "2nd Greatest Movie Star” of all time by Premiere Magazine. She was chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History.”

This blonde bombshell was beautiful, talented, successful, and seemed to have everything a woman could dream of, except for one thing – happiness.

Sadly, this famous superstar committed suicide on August 5, 1962. She was only 36 years old. Her makeup covered face, dyed blonde hair, and sparkling clothes only hid what she was feeling on the inside. 

Depressed. Unloved. Alone. 

This is the true story of America’s most iconic woman, Marilyn Monroe.

As I’ve studied the life of this beautiful and famous woman, I can’t help but ask the questions, “Why would a woman who had everything still commit suicide?” “Why wasn’t the fame, beauty, money, and guys enough to satisfy her?”

Sadly, not many people stop to ask these tough questions about Marilyn’s tragic life. Instead of questioning her fruitless quest for happiness, many of us follow right in her footsteps. 

My sister, Bethany, and I wrote a more detailed version of Marilyn’s story in the opening chapters of our new book, Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity. 

Like Marilyn, millions of modern women are chasing after happiness and satisfaction down the same dead end road. Without even realizing it, many of us have bought into Hollywood’s popular lies about beauty, femininity, and identity. 

In chapter three of our new book, Girl Defined, we refer to these crafty lies as “counterfeit femininity.” As Christian women, many of us buy into the lies that to be worth anything we need to be pretty, sexy, smart, athletic, skinny, wealthy, popular, etc. 

We believe the lie that our worth as a female is based on our beauty and on our personal accomplishments.

Believing that lie is right where Marilyn went wrong, and it’s right where many of us go wrong as well. 

“The moment we allow culture to define our womanhood is the moment we take our first wrong turn.” -Girl Defined 

Whether you’re the “hottest blonde bombshell” on the planet or not, if we define our womanhood on anything other than God’s timeless Word, we will always feel empty inside. We will forever struggle with feelings of worthlessness and depression until we turn to the only One who has the power to fill our void. 

True worth, identity and satisfaction cannot be found outside of God’s beautiful design for us as females. And that’s where the BEST news comes into play: Our status of worthiness has nothing to do with us and everything to do with God.

No matter how famous and pretty a woman is, or how poor and unattractive she is, her worth and value are found in the same place. 

Our worth doesn’t come from anything we can do, but from everything Christ already did for us. If you’re a Christian, God calls you a child of God. And because you’re a child of God, He looks at you and sees royalty. You are a daughter of the most high King.

Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For Thou has possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well."

Not only are you a daughter of the King, God was knitting you together in your mother’s womb to look just the way you are. Just like an artist creating a masterpiece, God handcrafted your hair color, eye color, skin tone, height, nose shape, ears, and body to look just the way He wanted it to.

Our culture may not consider you to be very special, but God does. And He’s the only One who owns the rights to say how worthy you are. 

If Marilyn Monroe had understood these truths, her life probably would have ended very differently. The secret to true happiness in this world is to keep your eyes and heart on THE Truth. The minute you look to someone or something other than Christ to define your worth and identity, you will go downhill. It’s a guarantee. 

As Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand their are pleasures forevermore."

The more I have come to understand and embrace God’s design for my life, the happier and more fulfilled I have become. I challenge you to take the time to learn more about God’s beautiful design for womanhood! I hope you’ll grab a copy of Girl Defined and continuing discovering God’s amazing and beautiful design for your life as a female. 

If you’ve ever struggled with feelings of worthlessness, discontentment with your body, lack of fulfillment, relationship problems, or confusion about your identity - this book is for you. 

In closing, I would love to give you a FREE copy of my new book! Just comment below to be automatically entered into the book giveaway contest."

Written by: Kristen Clark

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So there it is: a little taste of the book for you, and now a chance for you to enter and win your own! Simply comment below with your first and last name. Can't wait for one of you to win this fabulous book!

GIVEAWAY ENDS SUNDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 14th, @ 11:59PM. 
Winner will be announced Monday morning!

I'll close this post with a quote from the book:

"When I actively embrace biblical womanhood, my soul finds complete rest. When I take God at His word and value the things He values, I find real purpose. When I live out my womanhood for God's glory and not my own, even the mundane tasks become meaningful!"
-Girl Defined

So good, and so true!
-Chels

86 comments:

  1. I would love to have a copy of this book. I have a 13 year old daughter & can't get enough good resources to help keep our home focused on Gods standards of girlhood, beauty & femininity! The world is so full of wrong ideas..... It's a tough place to be growing up.

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  2. Wendy Yelland (yep didn't put my name)

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  5. https://plus.google.com/104782225925520530096/posts/SJh4ad6G9SG

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  6. Marissa Loewen
    P.s. What a lovely giveaway!

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  7. Pick me!! πŸ˜ƒ
    Bryn Leppert

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  8. Ahh, i would love to win this! My sisters & I are greatly encouraged + inspired by Kristin & Bethany! Thanks for hosting this, Chels!!
    Tashia Lehigh

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  9. Amanda Silvey

    --Would love to get this book! :) It definitely looks like a must read!

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  10. I'd love to read this book. What a great giveaway! :)
    -Janae Howell

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  12. Sounds like an awesome book! I'd love to win it:-) Natalia Shirk

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  13. Rachael Craig
    What a lovely quote and super exciting giveaway, Chels!!

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  17. Elizabeth Miller

    Thanks for getting me hooked on their blog! :)

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  18. Veronica Sommers

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  19. Thanks for hosting this lovely giveaway!
    Hannah James

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  20. Sounds interesting.:) ~Salinn Ranney

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  21. My name is Dorcas Potsander. 😊

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  22. I would love if it was me!
    Hannah Steiner

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  23. Sounds like a great book!
    Bethany Xiques <3

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  24. Hannah Canfield :)

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  25. I'm about 3 chapters in & loving it! Their blog/ministry is such a gift.
    Elizabeth A. {would love to gift this to a cousin or friend!}

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  26. Lydia Mieczkowski - Sounds like one awesome giveaway!

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  27. Would so love to have this book! Hannah Landis

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  28. Elizabeth Tuttle :-)

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  29. Sounds like a great book! I'd love to read it :)
    -Brenley Kornelsen

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  31. Bethany Myers

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  32. Elizabeth Flournoy

    ---love reading these girls' blog---so inspiring!

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  33. Elizabeth Litton

    This book sounds like something all young women should read!

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  34. Yay! I can't wait to read it!
    Abigail Inlow

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  35. I did their webinar and it was soo encouraging! I also read the book, but it's my sisters copy and would love to give one to a friend. Faith Metz

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  36. Have read their blog for a long time and been so encouraged by it! ....would love to read their book too! Abigail Johnson

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  37. I love Kristen and Bethany!
    Abigail Vork

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  38. Sarah Graham

    BTW, love reading your blog chelsy...so encouraging ��

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  39. What a much needed book of beauty and encouragement for our generation today! :-) Thank you for sharing! Molly Montgomery

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  40. Dear chelsy. ..I just read this and would love to have this book....as Christian woman we need to keep reading those encouraging books....this world has so many lies!! We met you here in new Brunswick! !! 😊 love to you....Sara friesen

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  41. Dear chelsy. ..I just read this and would love to have this book....as Christian woman we need to keep reading those encouraging books....this world has so many lies!! We met you here in new Brunswick! !! 😊 love to you....Sara friesen

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  42. Sounds like a great book!
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    ~ Elizabeth Kupper

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  43. What a great quote! I'm sure it's a great book! (BTW I've been stalking your corner of the blogosphere for a while now, and I LOVE YOUR BLOG CHELSY!! =))
    -Anna Perran

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  44. Sounds like a good book, I would love to read it! Rebekah Sauvola

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  45. Madelyn Anderson

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  46. Hi Chels, I have really enjoyed reading your blog for some time now. =] You are a great author and inspirational writer for His glory!!! Thank you for encouraging others by sharing your personal life lessons and milestones. Keep up the great work! I'd also love to read this book! Looks like I caught the entry deadline just before it expired.
    Many blessings,
    Joy Harris

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