Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stress Point: Thriving Through Your 20s in a Decade of Drama - Book Review

I must say, I've had a very difficult time doing a book review for Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties in a Decade of Drama. I do not wish to go into why this book would be unnecessary for the most part if young women would choose to remain in their family's household until marriage, but I must caution you it is not written to most of my readers or their daughters who have chosen to bypass the feminist ideal of modern womanhood.

Stress Point is written primarily to Christian women in their 20's who have chosen a college and career track for their lives. These ladies are usually living on their own, are going to college or gaining work experience pursuant to a career, and, thus being alone, are left without the spiritual guidance and encouragement of a nurturing family environment. The author, Sarah Francis Martin, has some very sound advice for those who have chosen this path in life.

Sarah speaks from personal experience and draws from those of other 20-something women floundering spiritually in such areas as body image, friendship, dating, career, and finances. These examples are followed by Scripture studies, application ideas, and journal prompts. Sarah has also created online videos addressing each individual stress point for further encouragement.

I especially appreciate the author's emphasis on finding answers to life's problems in the Word of God and her constant reminders to seek for and surrender to the Lordship of Christ in every area of one's life. Though some of the stresses she mentions may be self-inflicted by the choice to seek a single-woman career life, those who are facing these challenges will be encouraged to seek the Lord in their chosen path.

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