Monday, June 19, 2017

You Can Do This by Tricia Lott Williford ~ book review

You Can Do This: Seizing The Confidence God Offers by Tricia Lott Williford is a compilation of insights focusing on various character traits and qualities of a confident girl. This is not a traditional "self-help" book. In the introduction, Tricia tells us "I didn't write this book to help you. I have definitely written it to you and certainly for you to read, but I did not write it to help you." Instead, Tricia proposes that we view this book as a conversation between friends, having been invited into her kitchen for a chat over scones and a cup of coffee.

Within these pages, Tricia shares with us those things which make a woman confident while relying on God to guide her through life's many challenges, trials, and pitfalls. She uses her witty sense of humor and candid honesty to share her personal stories of times when her confidence blossomed, and times when it dwindled. She also reminds us of Biblical characters and Scripture verses which show that the battle with confidence is a timeless one. She finishes each chapter with insights, questions, and opportunities for you to share your side of this little chat.

So what exactly are these traits of a confident woman and how do we uncover and perfect them within our own lives? Tricia starts the first chapter by informing us that "The confident girl knows her story", which takes us to the root of our battles with confidence. After reading her story, it becomes your job to share your story about when your confidence was stolen from you so that the wounds can be exposed to sunlight and the pain can be faced. She wastes no time in dealing with the heart of the problem, because only then can the healing begin.

Once you've shared your story (even if it remains locked tight within the pages of a journal of scribbled in the margins of this book), you'll move on to other important steps to regaining (and maintaining) your confidence, such as: the confident girl appreciates her beauty, the confident girl enjoys her own company, the confident girl sets boundaries, and the confident girl chooses vulnerability...

I'd recommend this book for any woman who could use reminders and suggestions to come out of hiding and boost her confidence in herself, her place in this world, and her purpose in God's magnificent plan. Due to some mildly explicit sexual material, I would not suggest this book for girls on their way to becoming women, but rather to women who already in the throes of adulthood. 4/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

About The Author (copied from back cover):
Tricia Lott Williford is a remarried widow, an author of three books, a writer, a teacher, a reader, and a thinker. Thousands of people daily enjoy Tricia's funny, poignant stories as she captures the fleeting moments of life on her blog at tricialottwilliford.com. She lives near Denver, Colorado, with her husband and two sons, and right at this moment, she is probably doodling in the margins of an overdue library book.

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