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What Women Fear: Walking in Faith that Transforms

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A woman's faith in God is challenged by the first question Satan asks Eve in the Bible: "Did God really say you can’t eat from any tree in the garden?" That seed of doubt and the story it begins to unfold breed a concept of fear still haunting each of us on some level every day-the idea that our actions could ruin something beautiful, and God might not have control of thin ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by B Books (first published 2011)
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Jonathan McPeters
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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(Written by Michelle)

I generally shy away from books written specifically for women by women. However, I purchased this book at a recent WOF Conference after sitting through several sessions with Angie Smith. This proved to be an amazing read that I would recommend to any lady who is struggling in the area of fear.

I have read a few books on the subject of fear. Each proved to be helpful in the generalization of this area and how to conquer its hold in our lives. I greatly appreciated Angie's mor
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Jen B.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I laughed. I cried. I breathed sighs of relief to not be the "only one" with one fear or another. I felt honored. I felt uplifted. I felt humbled, small, and victorious; all at once. Angie's writing is so personable, so real and raw, that it made me cling to every word, knowing they were coming from a woman that I could easily see as a confidant. Of course I had my favorite chapters, but they were tied to the chapters where I related the most, and some of them caught me off guard. This book allo ...more
Amanda
This book was solidly ok. Smith relies a good bit on personal experience, as many authors writing for Christian women do, which I find irritating. She makes some really good points, and her last chapter on the fear of God is wonderful. If you've read her book I Will Carry You, some of this book will be repetitive.
Jennifer
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What I love about this book is that it is not a "here's how not to fear because fear is bad" kind of book. Each chapter is relatively short, yet so dense with significance that I found I could only process a chapter a day:

-- The Question that Started the Questions
-- Fear of the "What If..."
-- Fear of Rejection, Abandonment, and Betrayal
-- Fear of Being Found Out
-- Fear of Failure
-- Fear of Death
-- Fear of My Past Catching Up With Me
-- Fear of Not Being Significant
-- Fear of God's Plan for My Lif
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Lenore Webb
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
"What Women Fear" from Angie Smith. This one hits home because I live in fear most of the time. The self doubting of myself. I do not know if this is just from my mental illness that I am always worried about what I do and how others perceive my actions. Or just my messed up, oh my goodness what am I going to do fears. But I do bet that most of us do just this at one time or the other. Angie Smith does hit the nail on the head for me here though. So many have said to just hand it over to God and ...more
Jackie Hewitt sutton
Life changing

This book is was a book that blessed me in so many ways. There was humor that had me laughing out loud, transparency that I have never before encountered in a writer, and a whole lot of epiphanies that have changed some of my perspectives forever.
I will read this again and again- I believe there are so many more morsels to be unwrapped and savored.
May God bless Angie for sharing he story.
MaryAnn
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was very readable and made lots of good points. But I thought she dealt too much in vague generalities and used a lot of "Christian-eeze" language to explain herself. She's only in her 30s and although she's been through a lot and has considerable wisdom for her age, her youth still shows. I debated between 3 or 4 stars -- I really would recommend it, but with some caveats.
Michelle
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
The first chapter was gripping and got me very excited. Even though the theology is different than my own I thought it would be a good jumping off point for study. I especially liked the chapter on Hagaar and Sarah. Unfortunately, the magic wore off. It seemed like the book turned into the author having every tragedy or malady under the sun and I just quit relating with her "Poor me's"
Heather {JoshuasGirl.com}
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
This book spoke to my heart on so many levels. I love how she shares personal experiences along with Biblical stories to illustrate her points. Learning to let go of fear is something we all struggle with at some point...and this book is a perfect tool to help you along the way.
Ashleigh
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
love Angie Smith. This was great for me to read. To break down our fears in to pieces.
Tricia Culp
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-life
I thought this was a very accessible, thoughtful, helpful take on the different fears we face and how to combat them/ease them with faith and a deeper understanding of God. Smith has struggled with crippling fears since childhood, and its clear that her take on things comes from personal struggle and weakness, so it never feels preachy or trite. She addresses 9 common fears, like fear of failure (and success), fear of loss, and doubt (fear the God isn't real). For anyone who is dealing with fear ...more
Jan
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually like this book. I was very encouraged and felt that it was personal. I like how she engages the reader in ways that is comforting and assuring. After reading the book, I understand that my fears shouldn't define the way I perceive as a woman. But rather is something that brings me to greater trust and awe in God whom deserves our fear. I didnt see it in this way until now.
Morgan Wilson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mentor-program
Great book! I loved Angie Smith’s authenticity and courage to share the depths of her fears. This book opened up a dialogue about many of the fears that I keep suppressed and hidden and in turn, provided encouragement and had me looking back to the Lord.
Sarah Johnson
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve picked it up and put it down but always learned something from it. It’s easy to read and uses Scripture appropriately.
Nora St Laurent
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book and then then purchased the audio book when I saw it on sale. I liked having both. I could highlight items in the book I wanted to remember and pray about. The audio book helped me to focus and pray about things on my way to work.

Angie Smith talks about walking in faith that transforms. When I think back to my childhood, there is so much joy and love. Despite this, there is a haunting feeling of fear I carried with me into adulthood. My parents did everything they could to hel
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Whitney
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Upon introduction I was hesitant to purchase because I assumed it would discuss anxiety or paranoia type fears. I was quickly proven incorrect. The content of the book discusses matters relatable to any woman.

Though the author has a background that includes a master degree in Developmental Psychology it isn’t apparent that the work is driven by a desire to construct a self-help book based on her studies. Nor it is intended to be an in-depth theological study. It is more appropriately the explora
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Mmtimes4
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A woman's faith in God is challenged by the first question Satan asks Eve in the Bible: "Did God really say you can’t eat from any tree in the garden?" That seed of doubt and the story it begins to unfold breed a concept of fear still haunting each of us on some level every day-the idea that our actions could ruin something beautiful, and God might not have control of things.

In What Women Fear, acclaimed writer and speaker Angie Smith admits, "fear is a major part of my testimony" and talks ope
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Lindsey Stefan
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Angie Smith’s book What Women Fear looks at her own deep-seeded fears in light of the Bible and a relationship with a heavenly Father.

Each fear is connected to someone from the Bible. Fear of the what if correlates with Hagar, who wondered if she could have done something different to keep her son safe with his father instead of dying out in the desert. She is so consumed with fear that she doesn’t even see the well that God has provided to save him. Job has fears of rejection, abandonment and
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Rebecca
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
She talks about dealing with fear and growing in faith, using personal and Biblical examples . Here is the chapter breakdown:
The Question that Started the Questions
Fear of the "What If..."
Fear of Rejection, Abandonment, and Betrayal
Fear of Being Found Out
Fear of Failure
Fear of Death
Fear of My Past Catching Up With Me
Fear of Not Being Significant
Fear of God's Plan for My Life
Fear the God Isn't Real
Fear of God
I could really relate to many of these chapters. I most connected with fear of
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Rebecca Jo
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm all about fear...
Dont want to be... but I am.
Afraid of flying - afraid of heights - afraid of suffocating
But then there's the big ones - the fear of the unknown, the fear of what lays ahead, the fear of dying... all things that just show we're not in control of our lives.

I have a hard time with books that are like 'self help' books - they dont hold my attention... but I will say - I really liked this one.
Angie Smith had a way of showing the fear honestly in her life... & so many times,
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Norm Konzelman
I Peter 3:7
"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered."
I wanted to know the answer to the title. To see what it was they feared.
I have to assume what the author states is just that, and I was completely surprised to know that it is pretty much what men fear too. It seems our condition really is human. Now I have to say they might use mor
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Isabella
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any woman
Of Angie Smith's work, my favorite has to be a tie between Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole and this one. Both of her works are so well and true to her faith, to the bible, and to God that they're indescribable.
Angie reaches into the depths of feeling in this work; once again returning with personal stories and passages to support her ideas. Different between What Women Fear and Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole is this one includes frequent bible stories while the other is focused more ar
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Jamie
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read in quite some time. If you a looking for a book that addresses your fears with a Biblical base, this is the book for you. Angie Smith is an amazing author that readers find themselves relating to. By the end of the book, I felt better about my fears, know that I am not alone, and felt as if I had a new friend in Angie. The Bible stories that she chose to help demonstrate the fears the readers are feeling are great. I find myself coming back to this book ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book about the irrelevance of fears and the relevance of a healthy fear, an actual trembling-fall-to-your-knees fear, of God. Yes, we are to stand in awe of Him, but we are also called to fear Him. Fear, as in, when we disobey, we are terrified of our punishment, just as a disobedient son or daughter is afraid of the authoritative father. He is both Father and Judge, Fierce and Gentle, Frightening and Safe.

"The more I fear God, the less I fear everything else. I believe true peace an
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Leah
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. Angie Smith is a Women of Faith Speaker and her book reads like many of the other books I've read by WoF speakers, but hers is very relatable and less cliche'. I read this entire book in an evening and found myself saying things like, "Yes! Me too!!!" She addresses common fears that women deal with, compares them to women in the Bible who dealth with similar things and came through them with grace and strength. Angie talks about her own fears and the loss of her child a ...more
Nancy Kroneberger
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. It addressed various fears that Christian women deal with throughout their Christian walk. Some of these fears are universal, and some are more varied and individual. Angie Smith has dealt with a great amount of fears all her life, and has dealt with some especially tragic events in her life, including the loss of a days-old infant. I studied this book in a small group setting with about 10-15 women of various ages/stages in life, that I did not know very well. Some women h ...more
Heather
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Initially, I thought this was going to be only marginally relevant to me because I don't consider myself to be a particularly fearful person. However, the concept of fear here is quite broad and I found myself flagging a number of pages. In fact, I ended up with a lot of flags... This is such a helpful book to anyone looking to grow in their Christian faith. It's well written in a friendly style that's not overly "cutesy." The author does a good job of bringing out smart points from well-known B ...more
Jessica
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I enjoyed this book. I learned a lot a bout my faith and now have a new outlook on my relationship with God. I read this book with my Bible Study group. While it was nice to discuss the book with them, it was more difficult than I anticipated to form a study with the book.

I would recommend reading this book to any female friend I have for personal, religious guidance. She opens herself on a personal level that is rare in religious writers and something I have trouble with even with my closest f
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Nicole Crawford
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
When I think of fears my thoughts turn to fear of snakes, claustrophobia, or sometimes even the dark. What Angie Smith labels as fears are things I might think about at times, but don't consider them to be fears. She has gone through her life suffering from many extreme fears that I found difficult to connect with. I empathize with her but I can't understand fears that are that extreme. That being said, she does make some good connections to stories in scripture and looks at them in a different ...more
Jenni
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't consider myself a very fearful person, but it turns out that I actually am--I just call it something else. Angie Smith does a wonderful job of relating everyday "fears" to Biblical characters, which allows the reader to see how God helped the person get past the fear in order to do great things for Him. She also uses personal anecdotes of her own experiences to help the reader relate to modern day problems and issues. I found myself often saying, "oh I feel that same way" or "I do tha ...more
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