For Young Women
You Who? and Far Above Rubies
This bundle is the perfect gift for any Christian young woman in your life. Dealing with such pertinent questions as identity and purpose, and portraying the amazing story of a woman who found her identity and purpose in Christ, this 2-book bundle that combines You Who? by Rachel Jankovic (246 pgs.) and Far Above Rubies by Lynette G. Clark (256 pgs.) is an outstanding source of encouragement and spiritual grounding.
You Who?: Why You Matter and How to Deal With It
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If "Who am I?" is the question you're asking, Rachel Jankovic doesn't want you to "find yourself" or "follow your heart."
Those lies are nothing to the confidence, freedom, and clarity of purpose that come with knowing what is actually essential about you. And the answer to that question is at once less and more than what you are hoping for. Christians love the idea that self-expression is the essence of a beautiful person, but that's a lie, too. With trademark humor and no nonsense practicality, Rachel Jankovic explains the fake story of the Self, starting with the inventions of a supremely ugly man named Sartre (rhymes with "blart"). And we—men and women, young and old--have bought his lie of the Best Self, with terrible results.
Thankfully, that's not the end of our story, You Who: Why You Matter and How to Deal with It takes the identity question into the nitty gritty details of everyday life. Here's the first clue: Stop looking inside, and start planting flags of everyday faithfulness. In Christianity, the self is always a tool and never a destination.
"The human struggle with identity is so pervasive that it is commonplace to hear people say things like, 'I don’t even know who I am anymore.' This is not exclusive to unbelievers: it is also common among Christians. We have novels, stories, movies, and advertising campaigns about people who go on quests to find themselves—sometimes literal journeys, sometimes only spiritual or philosophical ones. That lost-self cry of 'Who am I?' is the cry of a person who suddenly realizes that the philosophy he has been following around in the grocery store isn’t his mother after all..."
Rachel Jankovic says most Christian women are influenced more than they realize by prevailing existential self-love messages. In You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal With It ... she identifies the un-Biblical philosophies of personhood and selfactualization that have seeped into the culture and church, fueling the widespread believe-in-yourself mantra, along with deceptions about abortion, feminism, and gender identity. Jankovic aims to define a Christian view of identity, one that puts to death the sinful self and receives new life in Christ.... I found grace spelled out in the pages, and a timely message for women and teenage girls.
- WORLD Magazine
Rachel's contention is that we have no practical idea of what makes us who we are, because we have absorbed too much of the world and its philosophies. As we grow up we adopt titles of identities that have either been thrust on us or that we take on ourselves. "Carefree grrrrl," or "The Fashionista" or "The Nerd" might satisfy for the moment, but they are a lie.
- Elizabeth Prata, The End Time blog
Far Above Rubies: The Life of Bethan Lloyd-Jones
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The galleries of the great heroes of faith contain many inspirational women; although not always placed in as prominent a position for all to see, their service has been invaluable in God's kingdom. The wife of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones was such a woman. Bethan Lloyd-Jones' portrait has long been hidden in a part of the gallery known only to her family and certain close friends. Lynette G. Clark brings this portrait into view, capturing the wit, wisdom and faith of a godly wife, mother and friend.
"The revival was no flash in the pan. We were seeing, every day of our lives, the reality of unseen spiritual things. Nothing ever took that away from us... When we went home to Harrow, our cousin Dilys, then twelve years old (to our eight and six), came to stay with us for a while. We three had prayer meetings... Dilys was truly converted and had a good spiritual understanding, and was a great leader for our little meetings. She would read short passages from the Bible to us and she made sure that we never thought of these meetings as a game... The revival had spread to the Welsh churches in London, with the same tremendous impact..."
A lovely portrait of a lovely woman of God!...The wisdom and insight drawn from Bethan's life will be of great encouragement and help to today's pilgrims.
- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Author, Revive Our Hearts & radio host, Niles, Michigan
What a rich and colorful portrait, of a godly woman who served her Savior with wit and wisdom...This is a portrait worth stopping to relish and study.
- Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women's Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition