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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
ebook, 165 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Jamie
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michelle
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: revell-blog-tour
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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Angieleigh
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
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Laura
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:

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
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♥ Kierra ♥
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
I started reading this with a group of ladies at my church. After reading, I feel that this book is one that I will probably read every day. There is so much truth that women can relate to and so many stories and scriptures to support the truths listed. There are discussion questions after each chapter to help you think through the lesson and learn more about yourself and relationship with God. This book impacted me greatly and I would recommend it to anyone.
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
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
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Linda Sedillo
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this book last week. I just wanted to share a review for it. I believe women struggle with confidence probably more than men or maybe just in a different way than they do. Women are definitely created as emotional beings. This book is an amazing read and all women should read it. It has helped me so much, it is simple to read and the author is an amazing woman who speaks truth sharing her own struggles. I suggest you go buy it and read it as soon as possible. God bless you all ...more
Jodi Woody
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
M
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
Mary
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Changed my heart completelyKings to my heart completely change to my heart completely things to my heart completely King's to my heart completely

Going into this book I didn't quite know what to expect however I quickly realize that I was going to need to reread and reread and reread reread going into this book I didn't quite know what to expect however I quickly realize that I was going to need to reread and reread and reread going into this book I didn't quite know what to expect however I quic
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Laura
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: A CONFIDENT HEART
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
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Christy
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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Mary Ann
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diana Barrick
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Miriam Tereck
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Abbie Riddle
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Regina Gadad
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Renee Swope assures us of the confidence we have in Christ and to pursue living a life passionately for Him. She encourages us to not compete with others but to "complete" them as the Bible commands us to do. I'd say her main Bible passage for this book is Romans 12: 4-7, "For as we have many members in one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them, if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to ...more
April
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
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
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
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
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Sharon Chance
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Allison
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did this book as a study with a few close friends. We had a wonderful time discussing this book and taking this journey together. This is a wonderful book that hits deep but is still practical. There is a perfect balance of scripture, personal stories, and practical to-dos that will help you on your journey to trusting Christ. Sometimes it is scary how accurate Renee is, you think she must be inside your brain somehow! Renee did a wonderful job in writing this book and I would highly recommend ...more
Carol
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really was life changing. I read it as part of a group study, but was not sure it would be really helpful to me since I didn't have an issue with self confidence. Through this book, though, I realized I had little confidence in God, which led to worry, fear, and a growing gulf between the Father and me. I very highly recommend this book to women everywhere, both those with obviously low confidence and those, like me, that spent all their energy relying on themselves instead of on Jesus ...more
Chris
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela Stichter
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-study
Being a fairly confident woman, this title may sound like it wouldn't apply. That couldn't be further from the truth. If you are a woman and desire to live a life that is pleasing to God, it applies. Love this book and the reminders it gives, that our natural inclinations towards pleasing others can be exchanged for the grace offered by Jesus and we can live a life of beauty and freedom in Christ!
Dana
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perfect book for your own personal study and reflection or to join with other women in a small study circle. A confident heart is something we all tend to doubt but this is totally possible if we believe in the promising truths of God's word. It was written by a woman with her own experience, for women of like experiences. I wholly and completely urge anyone to pick it up. You will not be sorry you did.
Donna
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book offers a straightforward and scripture-based approach to problems shared by so many of us. Self-doubt, fear & worry are time wasters that keep us from fulfilling greater things. Renee Swope's testimony offers hope & tools for overcoming these problems & living in confidence through God's word. The message is designed for women, but I think it's relevant for anyone struggling with confidence. Well-written & insightful--I've been recommending it to all my friends.
Briana Ford
What a blessing to be able to read this book. I participated in the Proverbs31 Online Bible Study for this book and it was right on time. Renee Swope is very relatable, undeniably human, and anointed to be able to tell her story while encouraging you at the same time. Read this alone, or with a group. Definitely have a journal handy to answer the questions, and constantly refer to the last chapter which is filled with scriptures that will get you through any bout with doubt.
Joni Hartman
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book for many reasons, but the main one was how Renee honestly opens herself up to us as we read, all the while seeing glimpses of ourselves or our thoughts in what she writes. One by one she takes on fears that many of us have, and shows how, from Gods viewpoint, that fear is a lie. She has helped show me where to put my focus when I am feeling negative about life, and I know this book will be a resource I will keep on my shelf.
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“Take me beyond the shadows of my doubts and teach me how to rely on the power of Your promises. When doubt overshadows my thoughts, help me shift my focus back to You, remembering that the mind fixed on the flesh is death, but the mind fixed on the Spirit is life and peace.” 7 likes
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