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Review: The Woman Code by Sophia A. Nelson

Books are wonderful educational tools. Since my husband and I have been married, we have read a number of books about marriage and how to have a Christ-centered one. Some of them we have gained a lot of insight from, and others, not so much.

Books that claim to help us live our lives are a “hit-or-miss” kind of deal. If we are realistic, no two people will be in the same exact place in their lives, and a particular book will have a different amount of usefulness to them. However, in less we open those covers and dive into what the author has to say, we won’t know if there are some nuggets of wisdom that we can gain.

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**I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review**

Every woman lives by a code, whether she realizes it or not. It informs how she treats others and herself, how much she expects of herself, and how far she is willing to go in order to find success. But is the code we’re living by truly helping us create the lives of purpose and fulfillment we desire? Or are we sacrificing the deeper things for mere achievement? In this inspiring book, Sophia A. Nelson calls women to live out a powerful life code that will lead them to purposeful and successful lives. With the wisdom that comes from experience, Nelson reveals to women · the true meaning of “having it all” · how to take better care of their minds, bodies, and souls · how to achieve professional excellence without compromising their values · how to find lasting love and purpose in life beyond their accomplishments · how to navigate the sisterhood of women, to build collaboration rather than competition · how to heal from past hurts, rejection, and life’s inevitable storms · and much more The Woman Code is a way of living, of navigating life’s challenges, and of interacting positively with other women. It’s a way of pursuing our dreams and our deepest desires. It reveals a universal and timeless set of principles of the mind, body, and spirit that help women balance the demands of work, home, family, and friendship. The Woman Code not only calls on women to practice purpose in their lives, it shows them how to do it with grace.

From the beginning pages of in this book, I struggled with it. I guess the author lost some of the confidence I had in her to start with. The book was coming from a Christian author and the book sounded like it had some very practical truths to impart. I’ve read a number of marriage books that discuss things about how to become a woman of God–but I wanted to find some books that approached that topic more specifically.

Early on in the book, Nelson makes a statement: “Shift your thinking to put you at the top of your list.” While I will agree with where she was coming from in this statement, it niggled in the back of my mind as I continued to move through the rest of the book, and it made me think hard about other things that were said in this book. Afterall, shouldn’t living for God be top of our list? And isn’t a servant’s heart something to strive for? To me, that just seemed contradictory, and was something that quickly made me less excited about what Nelson had to say.

With that said, most of what is in this book does seem to line up with the Bible. One of the good parts of The Woman Code is that it is so practical. Nelson even breaks down what an authentic apology should look like and what it should accomplish, for example. This is where the books shines.

For me, looking for books such as this to aid in my own growth in Christ, it left me feeling a bit wishful. While there are a handful of Biblical references and quotes, I wish Nelson would have drawn on that more.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.

I would love to hear from you! What books have you found helpful when it comes to being a woman of God?

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