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And here we have a book that is both practical and poignant- less about twirly skirts and more about the actual reality and spirituality of life, thank goodness!
In fact this book starts and finishes by pointing out that while women might technically be God’s princesses we are also his warriors, and last time we checked the spiritual battle was raging for both men and women. If this was the only truth found in the pages, it would be truth enough.
But of course it goes a whole lot further. What’s instantly helpful and refreshing about this book is the joint authorship: Jo and Sally having very different stories. While both are women in leadership they’ve walked different paths, Sally coming from a steady early life background and then marrying and having children in her early twenties. In contrast Jo’s twenties were more tempestuous, facing the pain of an absent childhood father, and then at 28 the challenges of marriage after a prolonged and finally peaceful decade of singleness.
This excellent book recognises the deep truth that hits women in this time of life- we have reached our first season of life where our lives are not so in sync with those of our friends. Unlike our teens and university years, when we’re all pretty much in it together, suddenly here we are and some of us are married, some of us are single, some of us have bought houses, some are focussing on careers, some have kids, the list goes on ... and there’s no manual!!! Here we are on this journey called life and there are big choices to be made; some we feel we can make, others we feel have just sort of happened to us – but they are there none the less. And this is why this book is so refreshing – it’s honest, it’s real, and it points us straight back to God the father- in whose hands these thing begin to make sense.
Through practical chapters on self- image, career choices, singleness, marriage, friendship, kids, and much, much more it addresses the spheres of young adult life with honesty, practicality and challenging advice. At last a book that is deeply spiritual, deeply practical and doesn’t put us in a box! You finish it with a flourish a sense of ‘Yes, my life circumstances are not an accident, there’s a way through the questions, and, praise God, purpose and possibility when I come to him.’ I recommend it to any woman aged 20 – 35; read, reflect and be honest with yourself. We’ve only got one life, give this book a read, join the trumpet call and get living afresh for his Kingdom.
Lydia Corbett is the youth and young adults pastor at St Paul’s Hammersmith and is a trustee of the Sophia Network.