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May 28, 2012 4:12 PM

Letting Go of Perfect

[The winners of this giveaway are Susan, Joani, Alice, Karen and Sheila. Thanks to B&H for sponsoring it. You may purchase Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity at Amazon]

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Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity

Have you ever felt as though you didn't recognize yourself in the mirror and yet you're frantically trying to keep that image together? Felt bound by the dreams you had for life that you now realize have forced other expectations on you? Or maybe you've laughed at one of those insanely ridiculous moments in the day when absolutely everything goes wrong and no matter what you do, the grand purpose seems elusive.

Let's be honest. We all have a standard in our head that we believe is the perfect Christian woman, wife, and/or mother. Yet, have you ever really examined what that standard is? Yes, God absolutely has standards for what those roles are to be, but is He our source, or is it the peer-pressure-don't- be-the-odd-one-out-on-Sunday-morning drive to fit in that is driving us away from authenticity and raw faith to outward performance?

Amy Spiegel knows this struggle well and notes, "so many of the women I know seem to feel the same tension in their own lives, teetering on the edge, praying someone will be there to catch them if they fall." There is a grand purpose to where you are today; join Amy in Letting Go of Perfect, to look at what it means to truly know the woman in the mirror as well as the God who created, redeems, and equips her.

"We have to surround ourselves with people who speak truth to our ragged souls. Amy Spiegel is one of those people, and I treasured reading her words because they reminded me that behind every woman we encounter is a story that can't be told from her lipstick or her minivan."
Angie Smith, author of I Will Carry You and What Women Fear

About the Author
Amy Spiegel is a mom of four active kids, wife to a college professor, and graduate of Taylor University with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Political Science. Yes, a Christian author with a degree in something that involves the environment, indicative of her drive to shatter stereotypes and walk in faithfulness no matter the perception. She has spoken at various women's events, writes weekly posts for, and helps her husband, James Spiegel, with his writing projects like the book about their family adventures, Gum, Geckos, and God. She's sharp, funny, and really cares about the relationship that matters most.

Thanks to B&H Publishers for sending me a copy - and promising five more for MommyLife readers. Please leave a comment for a drawing 6/7!


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I've been there... this sounds like it could be a good reference book, as well as a gift for someone else.

Posted by: Grandma Alice | May 29, 2012 6:29 PM

This would be good. My counselor is always telling me, "Finished is better than perfect!"

Posted by: Emily | May 30, 2012 7:15 AM

Not being perfect - the Lord is working on me with this! If I don't win this, I will definitely check it out at the store/library!

Posted by: Kristi | May 30, 2012 8:44 AM

Sign me up!

Posted by: Danielle | May 30, 2012 9:14 AM

This would be a wonderful gift for someone I know. Thank you!

Posted by: Joani | May 30, 2012 9:33 AM

Wow - this sounds like exactly what I need to read!

Posted by: teachermom | May 30, 2012 10:23 AM

well......I could really use this one.

Posted by: von | May 30, 2012 12:51 PM

Can never hear this enough. Would love it!

Posted by: Amy | May 31, 2012 4:10 PM

This looks like something I could benefit from reading this summer!

Posted by: Karen | May 31, 2012 11:15 PM

I think I really need this book and it would be great to read during the summer months

Posted by: Charlene | June 1, 2012 11:00 AM

Sounds really good!

Posted by: Lisa | June 2, 2012 11:14 PM

My husband loves to read. This would make a wonderful Father's Day gift.

Posted by: Jill L | June 3, 2012 7:12 PM

Sounds like a terrific book.

Posted by: Sheila | June 7, 2012 12:46 PM

I consider myself a recovering perfectionist.

Posted by: Susan M | June 7, 2012 3:20 PM

Looks nice!

Posted by: Melanie | June 7, 2012 7:41 PM

I always love a good book!!!

Posted by: Katie Nohl | June 7, 2012 9:42 PM

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