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A new cover and fresh updates enrich Elizabeth Georges bestselling A Woman After Gods Own Heart® (over 735,000 copies sold). This very popular selection for personal and group study is filled with rich advice, spiritual wisdom, and practical applications.
With passion and personality, Elizabeth George shares how a woman can follow God and seek His heart in every area of he
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Paperback, Updated, 303 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Harvest House Publishers (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jessica
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book, plain and simple. The first section, regarding having a heart for God, had some good advice--very practical, easy to apply to your own life, and solid.

However, once I got to the section about husbands, it turned from good to bad. This section blurs the lines between being a good Christian wife and being a good doormat. One line that still stands out in my mind read something along the lines of "if your husband is at home, you ought to be at home as well". Really? Has thi
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Amber
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I haven't yet finished this book, but at chapter 16 I don't foresee a huge shift in my review. So far I have enjoyed the chapters on building your home and prayer. My issue with George's book is how she handles biblical servitude. Maybe I am misunderstanding her, but it seems as though her treatment of serving your husband and children is almost bordering on idolatry. In the section on Godly training, she suggests driving your children to as many church and youth group activities as possible eve ...more
Michael Brennan
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
It looks like I'm the only man posting about this book. I'm glad my wife would not conform to this book. If I am the king as Ms. George suggests, my wife is an equal queen – just as powerful, a partner in ministry, and the faithful co-servant of Jesus. Men should not be afraid of powerful women. I would hope that my wife is unfaithful because I'm the boss, but that she's faithful because she's free to love and serve.
Taryn
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book every so often to refresh me on how my marriage should look. I love these books they are honest and hard hitting, but wonderful in setting straight the role of a woman in marriage.

I first read this book to fix my husband, but I ended up crying out to God to change myself after reading how wrong I was to be so selfish in my marriage.

Elizabeth George is not afraid to tell it how it is and she definitely says it in love.
Rachel M.
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: dating-marriage
I bought this book thinking it would give an insightful and thoughtful perspective on how to cultivate the heart of David as a woman. However, instead of doing this, it gives a legalistic, radical view of how to be the "perfect" wife and mother, aka, a doormat who lets everyone walk all over her. Elizabeth George comes off as an arrogant, condescending woman who thinks she's perfect. I like Beth Moore so much better than Mrs. George because although Mrs. Moore is spiritual and obviously has a lo ...more
Alyssa
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian


4 1/2 stars from me!

This book was chock full of practical advice and stories to help you along you own walk with God. Elizabeth George covered a variety of topics she had found in the Bible to be important to being a woman after God.

My only complaints were that I wish it were organized better. Some of the very last chapters should have been first to explain the journey we were about to embark on. And separating the chapters with a dividing page for each section would have been nice since the
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Rachel Summers
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I usually don't write reviews but...

I wouldn't recommend this book for any new Christian woman. It blurs the line between husband worship and being a godly wife, according to scripture, as other reviews have mentioned.
While I was reading this, I couldn't help but think of all the women of the Bible who were leaders, who were bold, who had purposes much more than being a good wife and standing behind their husband to be his servant.
There was some great advice in here, but overall it blurs the lin
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Whimsyism
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Alex
Apr 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am really puzzled by all the great reviews of this book. Remind me which century we are in?
Katie Casey
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book on sorting through our priorities as Christian women.
#1 God
#2 Husband
#3 Kids
#4 Home
#5 My Spiritual Growth
#6 My Ministry Activities
#7 Other Activities

The only thing I found a little disheartening about the book is that it definitely assumes stay-at-home mom. I'm sort of a hybrid work-at-home, work-outside-the-home in my life, so I did find some parts a little hard to reconcile. But, to be fair, she does address this in the updated version and comments that when she wrote it less than
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Trace
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
August 12th update: This is about the 7th time I've read this book and I love it just as much (if not more) each time.

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I've read this book about 5 times now over the past 12-15 years... and I'm amazed by how "fresh" it seems to me every single time I read it. Its such a classic. I will always, always love this book. Its unapologetic but yet very much grace-filled... A lot of modern women will no doubt roll their eyes at its timeless viewpoints.... but every time I feel the ur
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Lynette Duquette
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be very good when it comes to giving advice on spending time with God. In regards to how we are to treat our husbands it borders on husband worship, and comes pretty close to making our husbands an idol.
Mandy J. Hoffman
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-favs, i-own
MY REVIEW:

This is a "must-read" for any and every woman. Elizabeth digs into Biblical truth and shares practical application for our every day lives. She is sweet, kind, and encouraging all the while gently prodding each woman to be a woman after the heart of God.

I enjoy Elizabeth's organized approach and kind, yet direct manner as she shares from the Word of God and from her own life. While I really appreciated and enjoyed the original release, I think that in this updated version she has mello
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Amanda
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is exactly what I needed right now. I'd say it's very counter-cultural, but very Biblical. Great insight as to what it means to be a Christian wife, mother, and homemaker. Very challenging to me, but I can't say that I really disagreed with much that she said. I'm already starting to put some of the principles into practice and can tell a difference. I know this is going to be a book that I will carry with me for a long time and probably re-visit many times. I highly recommend for any ...more
Barbara
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Our group is doing this study without the video. It can be done, but the video may add a lot more to it. If you can't afford the video, I suggest supplimenting your study with her book by the same name. The book fills in the gaps. We also found that within one week she repeats herself in the questions. The question may be worded differently, but it is the same message. Perhaps repetition helps one to learn the lesson more. I highly recommend this study. It will bring you closer to God.
Elcy
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I think anyone who wants to know how to be a better woman, mother, and wife should read this book
Hilarey Johnson
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are some good truths in this book.

However, I had several problems. First off, it indicates that you need to be a wife and a mother to be a woman after God’s heart, as every chapter seems to relate to those roles.

But even if it was a “married mom after God’s heart” I would still not have liked it.

For example, answering “Sure,” without thought or discussion when your husband says, “Hey, Babe. Want to move to China?” actually robs him of the opportunity to have godly counsel from you. Just
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Adriane Devries
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Elizabeth George boldly claims that there is a way to live that will bring freedom and joy to a woman’s life. Through her exploration of the precepts of womanhood in the Bible, she lays out the lost art of being a secure and loving servant-helper to our husbands; managing our homes and the gifts God entrusts to us with self-control and discipline; training and nurturing of our children with firmness and love; and healthfully walking alongside friends and others who likewise need the guidance of ...more
Chelle
I can see why this book is either loved or not ;)
I thought this book read as a very good account of Elizabeth’s own personal testimony and the outworking in, her life, displaying what scripture looked like for her being a woman after God’s own heart – another woman will have the outworking of some of those scriptures looking different in her life.
(I read this back to back with an Elisabeth Elliot book, Suffering Is Never for Nothing, so it was hard not to compare the two books ☺)

A few quotes
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mRose
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: every woman who needs focusing on the Lord
**Update** after a 3rd reading, I'm almost surprised at my last review. this was definitely still good, and I can see where some things come from, like singing scriptures to my kids, however it seems hard to be what she claims. like she's making it seem attainable to be the perfect wife/mom. this seems more like a take what you can and apply it. this on husband first, and not neglecting your home and kids, great but all her suggestions- optional tasks, tips ... Well, now that I'm 8 years into th ...more
Kristen Wampner
Book Cover: I loved the pink book cover with the fancy girly font. *STAR*

Author: Elizabeth George is a very talented writer who has many references to back her up. *STAR*

Story: A Woman After God's Own Heart is a book that teaches women skills of becoming a woman after God's own heart. It covers everything from being a good wife and mother to prioritizing your life and household. *STAR*

Character/Relationships: This book teaches you how to build relationships with your husband, your children, oth
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Heather Carrillo
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Super torn on this one. There is a lot of really good practical applications for Christian women. But it also seemed very "do these things and you'll win at being a Christian." I think her ideas were good and helpful, but I think she didn't show enough of the struggle. So her readers are left with the impression that if they're having trouble they just aren't working hard enough.
A lot of people have brought up the submission issue. It's tough when the world doesn't want wives to submit and you a
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Miriam Tereck
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book after l heard a woman preaching about how it had helped her get back on track in her life. A woman after God’s own heart is a book that every woman should read. From the beginning to the end Elizabeth George shares disciplines we can follow to become a woman after God’s heart. This book has changed my life. the moment I finished reading it, i wanted to pick it up and read it again.

It is beautifully written, well structured and easy to understand. It speaks to the single woman,
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Davina
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think I've never read a christian book that was so straight to the point, practical and challenging. Every sentence was spiced with salt, every word important. Elizabeth George packed so much helpful advice into this short book and I'm beyond thankful for it because it rightened my perspective in some areas and motivated me to press on, be the woman, God desires me to be, seek him with all my heart and be the wife who helps her husband and creates a beautiful home.
The only thing I would be cau
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Lynnette
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin! I've had this book sitting in my house for 3 years and I am just now getting around to reading it.

I loved this book & every word in it. It hit me right in the face all the things I could be doing to improve my life and most importantly, my walk with Christ. Elizabeth George gives such practical and helpful tips on improving things in your life such as being a wife, a mother and a woman after God's own heart! Even if you are not a wife or mother, just being a wom
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Shari Summers
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book and really should be read by every Christian woman. It will challenge you in every single area of your life - your relationship with God, your spouse, your children and those you are ministering to. I read this book a couple years ago and started re-reading it as soon as I finished it. I've read it several times and still am convicted in certain areas every time I read it. It has become a part of my devotional time. I read the Bible and I read a portion of this book ev ...more
Jeanne
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book as im making a point to have 10 minutes of quiet time before the family needs me....Brillant Book....do yourself a favour and read it!!! No matter what season you are in or what is happening in your life, no matter what tragedies, crises, and heartache come your way, cling to these verses, these promises from God and truths about HIM. Memorize them, Believe them, Own them. Claim them. Live by them!!
Philippians 4:8, Matthew 6:34, Philippians 3:13-14, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah
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Julia Walter
AMAZING. This book specifically helps women that want to have that close relationship with our Lord. it shows what a Godly woman looks like, a Godly Wife, and a Godly Mother. WOW this book honestly is helping me alot to understand what a Christian Woman is looking like and what I should look forward to if I ever do get married, I know what to do to please God and to please my husband and children :)
photogrl2020
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wwdb-book-list
Definitely a really good book. Definitely one every woman should read at some point in their walk. Not sure this was totally the right point for me, it's really geared more for married women, who have families and everything...but I still got a lot out of it, and if nothing else, it gives perspective for me on what my future could possible be like, realistically. I'll definitely come back to this book when the time comes.
Latonya
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Oh to have the heart of God. This is the kind of woman who is VERY pleasing in His sight. This book is scripturally based and will help you get on that path. I even purchased the teen counter part to help my daughters. Then, the Lord in His generosity used someone else to bless my three teenage daughters with their own personal copies.
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Elizabeth George is bestselling author and national speaker dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. For over 30 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth has helped countless men and women:

- Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
- Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
- Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself thro
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