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Bestselling Christian life specialist, Elizabeth George, reveals the secret of making the best decisions in real every day situations, bringing you closer to the life God intended you to live and enjoy to the full. With real life stories, personal illustrations and solid Biblical grounding, Elizabeth shows how life is full of choices we don’t even realise and so might often not make to the best advantage of ourselves and those we love.
The award winning author gives helpful tips and sound advice on how to approach each decision, how to consider its impact in the long and short terms, and how to get the outcome we most desire from every decision we have to make. With her usual keen mind for setting priorities, managing time and keeping a focus on God, she includes with her advice a study guide, daily Bible reading plan and plenty of space to note down your own prayers, experiences and intentions toward making the best decisions that God empowers you to make.
BACK COVER TEXT
Sometimes the decisions we face every day seem overwhelming. What strategies can we use to make the best choices? How can we make our minutes count and feel good about the results? Offering helpful tips and proven guidelines, Elizabeth George helps you set realistic goals, eliminate time-wasters, pay attention to healthy eating and fitness, finances, career issues, and relationships.
A Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices by Elizabeth George was published by Harvest House in September 2012 and is our 17400th best seller. The ISBN for A Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices is 9780736951180.
1. Life Is Full of Choices
2. Seven Steps for Making Right Choices
3. Getting a Jump on Your Day
4. Fanning the Flame of Your Heart
5. Powering Up for a Great Day
6. Living More Like Jesus
7. Making the Most of Your Time
8. Breaking Your Worry Habit
9. Managing Your Friendships
10. Keeping Watch over What You Say
11. Expanding Your Mind
12. Practicing Your Priorities, Part 1
13. Practicing Your Priorities, Part 2
14. Counting on God to Lead You
- A Final Word About Choices
- Creating a Beautiful Life
- Study Guide
- One-Year Daily Bible Reading Plan
In ‘A Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices’ Elizabeth George, gives you all the essentials to live your life confident that you are on your way to making the best choices. The prize wining author of ‘A Woman After God’s Heart’ shows you how to treat each day as being important. How to acknowledge your need for wisdom - and ask for it, and how to approach each decision with a deep respect for God and his best plan for your life.
What readers said about Elizabeth George’s award winning book ‘A Woman After God’s Own Heart’.
“This book is a wonderful resource for putting things in perspective in an increasingly busy world. George has a fabulous system for organizing your daily to-do list: start with ordering your priorities and then schedule them in every day. First is time with God, second is your spouse, third is your children, fourth is your home, fifth is your own personal growth, sixth is your ministries, and seventh is anything else that doesn't fall into those categories (errands, movies, etc.)”
“This book has been life changing for me. Elizabeth George inspired me in a way like never before. She prioritises the things in our lives that matter most. I absolutely believe she aligns with God's word and teaches women how to be the GODLY women we long to be. By breaking down each area of our lives and giving practical, realistic ideas for living each of these areas in a way that glorifies our God, Elizabeth gives truly applicable and easily obtainable thoughts and direction for daily living.”
“This book has truly affected my life. I do not recommend this book for someone who is not truly seeking after God's heart or for an unbeliever. It is possible for these people to allow their own desires to get in the way of the teaching and heart the author is trying to show us. Being a woman after Gods heart is not easy, it will require sacrifices and constant vigilance, but if you are truly seeking His way this is a wonderful book. It is insightful, and practical, but I suggest reading it a chapter at a time so that you can truly take time to understand what each chapter can teach you.”
Elizabeth George opens her book with probably the best know example of making the right choice in anywhere in the Bible. “Mary (Magdalene) has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:42 Opening her exploration of decision-making in faith, Elizabeth describes an event from her own life where she set her fears aside and stepped out trusting God that this was the right decision. A decision not made out of arrogance or any self centred confidence, but in the belief that in making a choice that focused on the well being of others, that God would honour her choice and not let her fall. This turned out to be the start of her teaching and writing ministry.
“Your life,” says the author, “is full of choices.” Many of these don’t seem to be as critical as Mary’s decision to sit at the feet of Jesus rather than do the washing up. And yet these are decisions critical to our lives and to the lives of others. Decisions such as, which school is right for the children and, at the other end of life’s journey, how to choose a nursing home or care facility. Elizabeth George focuses your mind on putting in place some basic guidelines for making decisions. One of the first things she tackles, on the road to moving from making good choices to making the best choice, is a bit of understanding about the basic nature of making any choice.
She begins with something that might seem obvious but is often overlooked resulting in hasty decisions we later regret: “choices always have consequences” - what scientists would call ‘cause and effect’. So it’s essential to weigh up whether the choice you’re facing is a life changer, and if it is, think about how you want that change to look – because it’s going to last a long time. Her next point is something we’re not quick to spot when faced with urgent decisions: “choices are not of equal value”. Sometimes it’s clear when a decision is fairly trivial – what to wear to work, for instance. Sometimes we don’t know if a decision is a life changer or not. This is where the author counsels that we keep God in mind for wisdom and guidance.
Like it or not - and sometimes it’s a relief - “some choices happen by default.” These are the times when we put off a decision… until it’s too late. We need to see when we’re right to hold off on a decision, when it’s something to rightly give up to God and when we’re just being lazy or procrastinating. So as not to overcomplicate the process, Elizabeth reminds us that “choices only have one of two outcomes.” It’s important to remember this - it helps make decision making process clearer. Sometimes the right decision – in response to what appears to be a complicated situation really is: ‘do it later’. and sometimes, if there is something extremely important you need to do to benefit others, the only choice is ‘do it right now’.
Finally, in this introduction to the nature of making decisions, the author gives us two more basic things to think about: “choices are often made due to the influence of others” and “choices made correctly will require forethought”. As a protection and warning about the former she offers the advice of 1 Corinthians 15:33 - “Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.” And as an encouragement toward the latter she offers the caution of Proverbs 13:16 – “Wise people think before they act; fools don’t - and even brag about their foolishness”. The outcome of all this wisdom is summed up as: “choices made correctly will put you in the centre of God’s will”. This is why, concludes Elizabeth, “God’s perfect will always comes with right choices. This is why it is so important to study God’s Word, pray, and seek godly counsel.”
This book, ‘A Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices’ is one of a whole series of similar titles, with similar aims, from the pen of award winning Christian writer and speaker, Elizabeth George. Not to be confused with the writer of crime fiction, this Elizabeth George is the author of no less than eight titles guiding you towards a deeper encounter with God, a closer relationship with your family, a more successful application of your God-given gifts and a more efficient use of your God-given time. On the bookshelves of the world, this kind of literature will appear under the genre of ‘self-help’. But for Christians, this is not the whole story.
Faced with this classification of these very popular works, Christians would probably respond with a quote from one or other translation of Psalm 121:2, “My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.” And that’s not a cop out, that’s an acknowledgement of the true position when it comes to changing your heart and mind to make yourself into the best God intended you to be. It would be interesting to see how much more successful a ‘self-help’ book is in the hands of a Christian compared to the same book in the hands of someone with faith only in themselves. It’s nice to think that Christians are more likely to succeed in becoming what they set out to achieve. Of course, that’s a little bit coloured by exactly what it is that each reader wanted to become.
By that I mean that Christians are more likely to use a ‘self-help’ book that encourages them toward a goal recognised by Christians as worthwhile. These goals are unlikely to be ones such as wealth, power and influence – at least not as a primary goal, though material success may come as a sort of spin-off benefit. Christians are always aware that they can be better people in one or more area of their lives. This is not only because they set themselves such a high standard in their role model – Jesus of Nazareth - but because they believe the power to change is available… all they have to do is get themselves organised and determined enough to apply it. Add to this the widespread, if unwritten, Christian doctrine that we were created to achieve our best – our maximum potential, and you have all the ingredients for a world full of Christians adhering to the will of God, meeting with success in whatever role or activity they choose to assert themselves.
I’m not sure if the world is fortunate or unlucky that most Christians focus their energies away from the corridors of power, the engine houses of industry and hallowed halls of commerce; preferring give of their best at home, in the church, workplace and community. Whatever the reasons and whatever the motivation, there is no doubt that Christians are looking to make the most of what they are. They are looking for the personal skills, tools and disciplines to help them channel the transforming power of the divine into their daily lives and to make that change. But potential is a funny things. In turning your potential into reality, you suddenly realise that you actually have even more potential that you first realised. And so the spiral continues.
Setting out, in the first place, to be your best in home, in the church, workplace and community is doubtlessly the best decision; but having got that sorted it must be more likely that you’ll build up enough confidence to realise your potential in other, more public, areas of life too. Confidence is a transferable skill. It goes where you go, and the confidence to face, consider and make God honouring decisions - learned through books like ‘A Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices’ is a more than just a self-help skill. It’s a gift for helping others reach their potential too, helping them find the same transformative power that changes individuals, then communities and then the world into the best that God intended it to be. – Les Ellison.
Elizabeth George, whose books have sold more than 7 million copies, is the also author of the million copy bestseller, ‘A Woman After God’s Own Heart’ and the youth focused edition: ‘A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart’. She is a popular speaker at Christian women’s conferences and other events. Elizabeth and her husband, Jim, are parents and grandparents, both have been active in ministry for more than 30 years. Her teachings and steadfast example have helped millions of readers to:
* Simplify life by focusing on God's priorities.
* Appreciate God's Word and apply it to everyday situations.
* Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God's loving eyes.
* Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
* Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
* Enjoy greater intimacy with God.
Among her many literary awards and accolades, Elizabeth is the winner of the Retailer's Choice Award (for’ A Young Woman's Walk with God’) 2007 and 2010(for ‘A Young Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices’). She is the recipient of the 2003 ECPA Gold Book Award (for ‘A Woman After God's Own Heart’), the 2010 ECPA Platinum Book Award (also for ‘A Woman After God's Own Heart’ in 2010, and her publisher’s Harvest House Gold (2002) and Platinum (2004) Awards.
COMING SOON FROM THIS AUTHOR
In March 2013, Elizabeth George will release one of her most popular titles, ‘Windows into the Word of God' in a new edition with the new title: ‘Moments of Grace for a Woman's Heart’. Here the author brings together the most outstanding illustrations and real-life stories from her Woman After God’s Own Heart Bible study series (700,000 copies sold), and presents them as personal, heartfelt devotions that are brimming with encouragement and guidance. These devotions will help readers to:
- Delight in God’s promises on a daily basis
- Grasp God’s purpose and desires for them
- Find strength in Him when life gets difficult
- Know God’s grace and peace at all times
- Focus on how to apply Scripture to everyday living
This wonderful gathering of moments with God is intended to infuse women with the confidence that God watches over them and cares for them in every circumstance.
|Author / Artist||Elizabeth George|
|Publisher||Harvest House (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||19th March 2018|