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Running on Empty: The Gospel for Women in Ministry

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
As women, ministry pushes us to moments of insufficiency, exposes our weaknesses, and tests our patience. Some days it feels like a little more sleep, a lot more coffee, and a pat on the back might sustain us. But down deep, we know these things can never fuel our ministries. Positive without being clich, Running on Empty presents the realities of vocational ministry with ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 21st 2014 by New Growth Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oct 20, 2016 SolidFood rated it it was amazing
As someone who is just getting started in being more involved in ministry, this book intrigued me in being for women who are involved in ministry. Early on the book deals with the misconceptions of the Proverbs 31 woman and how her example is often more guilt-producing than helpful. Then the author takes us back to the gospel itself and the importance of remembering all that God has done for us in Christ.

Throughout the book, over and over the author reminds us of who we are in Christ, who our de
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Dec 02, 2016 Karen Culbertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encouraging and challenging

This book has been a great time of devotion for me personally, as I could relate to most everything the author addressed. I recommend for any woman serving in a ministry.
Mandy J. Hoffman
Jun 19, 2014 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it really liked it
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The Overview

Running on Empty is anything but empty! It is the deep truth of theology applied directly to the lives of women in the ministry - whether they are wife to a pastor or a missionary. Many books written for this audience are rather light and deal with the surface issues, but not this one. I found myself both laughing out loud and crying as I read this book that was so very true to the life of a woman in the trenches of ministry.

The Readability

This is a longer book than most these days a
Kelly Schulz
Aug 18, 2014 Kelly Schulz rated it it was amazing
In this book, the reader will look at the gospel from various angles – through the lens of the pastors wife, a missionary, and from the perspective of a campus worker or those who serve the church in lay ministry. You will look at the Gospel for your identity and the answer to the many sins that remain in you. You will see the magnetic effect it has on your life as it draws you into tighter fellowship with the Father, Son, and Spirit. Bancroft culminated her gospel conversation with clear ...more
Oct 07, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
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Although I am not a pastor's wife, or even a paid profession in the religious community, I found much to be admired in this book. The honesty of Barbara Bancroft presents the real picture. She is never fake in her admitted weaknesses and faults. She tells it like it is in 12 chapters, each with a different theme. Her honesty is wonderful for any women who struggled with just daily following the Lord. Then she adds probing questions in the “What are your thoughts” and the Pause and Reset section
Aug 23, 2016 Bethany rated it it was ok
This book was really substantial. Comprehensive. For women in ministry, especially, it unpacked truth with stories from the author's ample experience in several veins of ministry.

For me, it lagged. I really struggled to finish (I finally did...six months after starting!) I think with a title like Running on Empty, I hoped it would be simpler. True: it was filled with practical truths. ...All of them. Sometimes it felt like the author covered all the possible bases (not leaving anything unexplor
Aug 17, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
A dear friend, one of those friends who knows me well and loves me anyway, gave this book to me. What a treasured gift this book is. Barbara Bancroft is honest about the struggles of a ministry life, a serving life, and our inadequacy to ever really get it right. But Christ alone. But Christ alone. This book redirected my thinking (AGAIN) to the finished work of Jesus and our dependence on His grace to change this old heart. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Anna Josephine
May 06, 2016 Anna Josephine rated it really liked it
Like 80% of this book was "normal" easy fun reading and the other 20% sprinkled throughout was like really wise and challenging and convicting stuff (maybe it's 70-30). The point is, the challenging stuff was so undoing (in the best way) that's it's good to have the examples and stories etc so you can just recover. Recommend.
Tara Gibbs
Feb 19, 2016 Tara Gibbs rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was full of practical wisdom on daily living through the power of grace in our lives. Barbara Bancroft has years of ministry, missions and leadership under her belt and her depth of wisdom is invaluable to those in ministry.
Christine Hoover
Jun 01, 2014 Christine Hoover rated it liked it
This book has really good substance, which is not always the case with a "women in ministry" book. I was encouraged and challenged.
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Needs to regularly refresh--full of truths of the gospel for daily life in ministry. Freedom
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“The Bible talks a lot about humility. Being humble is a healthy element in our spiritual lives. Yet we cannot become humble by our own efforts. God must work humility in us and he frequently does so by showing us our sin. It is embarrassing to be humbled in this way. Our concern for our reputation pushes us to avoid the moment as long as possible. Yet when God reveals our inability to say no to sin, even after all he has done for us, our pride is interrupted. Paul describes our predicament well: “I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Romans 7:18b–19). Not only do we frequently give in to temptation and sin, we botch our most sincere efforts to do good which humbles us at the most basic level.” 0 likes
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