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A Confident Heart: Learning to Live in the Power of God's Promises

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Often the biggest obstacle to living out our faith is our own doubt--about our worth, our abilities, our relationship with God, and situations in our lives. "A Confident Heart" gives voice to the questions, doubts, struggles, and hopes so many women have. Author Renee Swope shows women how to identify, overcome, and even use doubt in order to live confidently in God's powe ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Religious books are very hit or miss for me, and I wasn't really sure if I wanted to read this book. Did I really need another Southern Christian woman telling me my life is incomplete because I don't have a master husband and children to raise? So I began this book as a heavy skeptic.

Swope is far from perfect. She calls her husband cuss words in front of her children. She is quick to quit and walk away from challenges. She suffers from anxiety and depression and has been medicated at moments in
Have you ever read a book where you felt like the author must have crawled inside your mind, and read your thoughts? That's exactly the feeling that I had as I read this book. How does she know me so well? I could relate to so many of the things that Renee shared and felt. We all know the feelings of fear and worry that stem from self-doubt, but we know through our relationship with Christ, that we don't have to live in that place. When we are in Christ, we no longer have to live in bondage.

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Because Renee Swope is so transparent and personal about her own struggles, I found her book, A Confident Heart, to be one of the best books on retraining your mind to listen to God’s words and thoughts about your life despite your past.

Renee sets out her premises based on God’s Word. She systematically calls out the different messages we listen to in our minds, and works you through God’s Word to change you from the inside out. Is it a step-by-step formula? No, but it is a daily renew
I read A Confident Heart as part of the Proverbs 31 Ministry Online Bible Study and am so glad that I did!

I admit, I went into this with the "knowledge" that I wouldn't be more confident in my walk with God or as a woman.

Thankfully, I was wrong.

Renee offers up testimony on the times in her life - past and present - where she wasn't feeling very confident. From near panic attacks to plain old fear, Renee has learned how to not only listen for God's voice, but to apply Scripture to those times w
A Confident Heart is a book I really need to read! Sometimes I have so much trouble with self doubts, and I seem to be going through them now. Renee reminded me of so many things, things I’ve heard before but I needed to hear again.
Doubt robs us of things in our physical and spiritual life. I think of several things I’ve wanted to venture out and do, but I didn’t because I didn’t think I could, or didn’t thing I was worthy. One of the worse doubts for me is that some things in my life will neve
Jodi Woody
This is a book written for women. It walks you through how to stop doubt in your life. Very easy reading and very helpful. There is a companion devotional that I am loving. I give it four stars. I recommend for ages 14 and up.
Audio version of author Renee Swope's journey of moving from fulfilling the need for acceptance, approval and love on a human level to the spiritual. Coming to the realization that value, significance and recognition isn't determined by opinions or responses of others, accomplishments, roles, or possessions.

Unconditional, unfailing love is attributed to only One who has chosen and called each person to live in that relational reality. Fear not, I am with you, I love you - all promises of hope an
Diana Barrick
It's not that I haven't heard it all before, but it sure was helpful to hear it again in such a transparent and honest way from the author. After reading the first chapter I realized that this would be a very important book for me so I actually journaled through each question at the end of the each chapter. I was sorry that my journey ended while reading the last chapter. This book was like what I imagine sitting in a psychologist's office would be... combined with good Biblical counsel. I will ...more
Jessica Fitzsimmons
I read this book at the perfect time in my life. I am honestly not sure how I would rate it if I had read it too soon. I have always struggled a lot with my confidence my entire life. I am now in my early 40s and have been a Christian for 15 years. I have struggled with being a mother, a wife, a friend, and God's servant. It has been easy for me to overcome and gain confidence in those areas, except being God's servant. I have felt called into ministry but keep running from it out of fear and la ...more
Good book

a really good book, really spoke to me in many different ways as a person who allows fear to overtake me from time to time. highly recommend this book to all
Author: Renee Swope
Publisher: Revell
August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-8007-1960-9
Genre: Inspirational/nonfiction/women’s issues

Step out of the shadows of self-doubt to live with a confident heart.

We all have times when we feel like we’re not good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough. When we’re overlooked for things, passed by, or unacknowledged. Renee Swope has been there. Even with a great family, a successful career, and a thriving ministry, she still struggled with self-doub
Jessica Bruce
I read this book with my girlfriends, who I am in a Bible study with. We took it chapter by chapter. We would read a chapter or two during the week. When we would meet up it was to discuss the questions at the end of those chapter/s. It was a long an emotional journey for me to get through the book. Because of that, I am glad I had my close friends there with me. I admit sometimes it wasn't easy to answer some of the questions or do the exercises. But having my friends go through it with me help ...more
I first heard about Ms Swope's book when a friend sent me a link for her email series called the doubt diet. My curiosity was peeked and I did a little research. The next day an email appeared in my inbox offering the chance to review the book. I knew then God definitely wanted me to read it.

Doubt is a constant in my life and I knew what Ms Swope would have to say would pierce my heart. Fear is definitely how I have lived my life. Mrs Swope explores many of the areas where fear is prevalent for
Mary Ann
This is a book I should have read many years ago. Sadly, it wasn't around back then... but thankfully, Renee Swope has written it now. What a blessing this book will be to all the women who struggle with doubt and self-worth. And that's a lot of us!

Renee share from her heart. Chapter after chapter, she shares stories from her past, her personal experiences that tell us that she's had the same struggles as we have. As I read along, I can't help but see myself in each page. I'm thinking "That's m
Abbie Riddle
Renee Swope has written a book that is sure to make a difference for anyone who picks it up to read.

Have you ever struggled with feeling inadequate, fearful, and even unsure of who you really are or how you fit in as a unique part of God's plan? If we were all brutally honest most of us would say yes. There are times that fear has paralyzed us - fear of not being good enough, not being the right person for the job, fear of rejection.

In this book Renee invites you to peel back the layers and di
Miriam Tereck
I feel like this book was written for me. In every Chapter of the book l related to what Renee was talking about. I have lived in fear, doubting God and His promises, never truly grasping and holding onto the promises that He has for me. I love the way she breaks down the story of the Samaritan Woman, I see myself as that woman going to the well in that hot scorching afternoon carrying my broken water pot hoping to fill it up with water that would not quench my thirst. Just like the Samaritan wo ...more
A CONFIDENT HEART: HOW TO STOP DOUBTING YOURSELF & LIVE IN THE SECURITY OF GOD'S PROMISES by Renee Swope is an interesting inspirational women.It will provide you with resources to exchange fear-filled thinking with faith-filled thinking,help embrace God's purpose with passion,personality,and help you look beyond who you are with who Christ wants you to be,and has scripture prayers along with Bible study questions that will replace your most common self doubts.This is a captivating story tha ...more
A book helps changed perspective to overcome your fears and doubts. I believe this book is a help for both men and women.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
Alicia Zhang Fangfang
I can relate to so many thoughts and feelings that Renee shared about her own in the book, especially Chapter 3. I once struggled like her: working extremely hard driven by a sense of insecurity, yet never feeling satisfied no matter how much I achieved, without realizing the unconditional love and security God has for me. Only God can give true confidence.

Like a friend and mentor sitting down with you and chatting over a cup of coffee , her approachable and open style of sharing her own experi
Very insightful and a great read!

This book spoke to many of the "reasons" that often hold people back from being both who they want to be and who God made them to become. take time to absorb and participate as you read this book. God could use it to unlock you heart.
Rebecca Tellez
I am so glad that women who have a heart for God and for helping His daughters grow in their knowledge of Him and in themselves step out of the boat and write books that are like stepping stones on the path of life to help us navigate and grow.
I would highly recommend this book. Each chapter is filled with wisdom and scriptures to back up her points. The author is very open about her own struggles and it is an encouragment to see how God is using her to fulfill His purposes!
This book jump started my thoughts back to the beginning. Gods beginning for His will and my desires to meet face to face. I am so glad I purchased it. Now I wish I was back in Charlotte NC. Matthews is not to far from where I lived. I would seek out and give Renee a big ol hug. Thank you. Lyn
Renee is transparent and challenging, she breathes the word of God. She offers practical applications to apply God's word to everyday life. We have to choose to be used by God so we can grow in God.
Lora A Lindsey
Great study rather you are going through it on your own or along with a group with the accompanying DVD. Filled with scripture, which will be a great resource for when I am looking for verses relating to certain troubles. An easy book to read, but still thought provoking. Would definitely recommend to others.
I thought it didn't apply. I didn't think I liked it. And then it became one of the best books I've ever read. There is hope and peace, rest and revival for each of us.
Great read

This book is great for people who struggle with confidence. I felt this book would have been really good for me to read five years ago.
Sharon Chance
I found this book to be an extremely thoughtful devotional and bible study. Renee Swope uses personal experiences as well as the experiences of others who have had confidence and self-esteem problems, and how faith, prayer and scriptures helped to overcome this very real and very prominent problem with women today.

Swope also includes scriptural references and beautifully worded prayers at the end of each chapter that add to the information and advice contained within.

This book is designed to be
I'm thinking I should read this book every month. It is a great reminder of how to stop doubting yourself.
Renee Swope has the unique ability to teach by example, weaving her own life experiences in with scripture to demonstrate the point she wishes to convey. When I was about half-way through this book, I started recommending it to friends who I knew would benefit from the pages of shared spiritual wisdom. I truly feel that reading this wonderful book has given me the gift of a more confident heart. The message clearly reinforced that no matter what we do or how many times we mess up in life, God's ...more
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