Jan Silvious‘ Same Life, New Story captivated me. It brought together most of my favorite themes: positive change, encouragement, strength-despite-tragedy, and clear Biblical examples, in order that the reader might actively enjoy their benefits. Citing Naomi, Leah, and the more unusual Jehosheba, among ten marvelous women’s stories of the Bible, Silvious weaves their facts into your struggles, making it possible to both believe in personal change, and become empowered to see it occur. Jan speaks to those enduring loss, abandonment, abuse, infertility, and aging, among many other struggles, with cheering grace. Each chapter grabs your attention, (“Don’t be held hostage by the past” and “Delete the drama of the day”) in a progressive layering of Biblical coaching, week by week, including personal reflection questions, journal entry prompts, and group discussion questions. I wanted to savor this book slowly, drinking in the hopeful words, and giving myself time to absorb her insights. I highly recommend it for women seeking life-change of any type. This would be an excellent choice for group or personal study.
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