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At (in)courage, we empower women to be like Jesus. Our writers share what’s going on in their life and how God’s right in the middle of it. They bring their joys & struggles so that you can feel less alone and be empowered by the hope Jesus gives.

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful resource for us today. I needed to be reminded to get off of the merry-go-round of life and focus on Jesus for a while. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  2. This sounds really good. Had my own sabbatical in August & was so beneficial for my walk w/ Gid, my family, & others.

    • Sharon, I have to be reminded regularly to rest. It is the most difficult thing to do at times, but I truly believe “rest” is God’s heart for us.

  3. This sounds so wonderful and like it really goes along with my current circumstances. Thanks for this opportunity!

    • Thank you! One of the things I discovered about Paul through my research and writing is that he had his own struggles, and rough edges, to contend with. Paul knew all too well how much he needed the grace of God.

      Me too.

    • Thank you, Dawn. This writing took place during a long, weary season of my life. I hope the comfort God brought to me the the research and writing process is a blessing to you.

  4. I would like to give this book to a friend who has lost his way and need a face to face encounter with God. That they will be inspired once again and never be the same again.

    • God’s grace lovingly pursues us when we wander. His faithfulness and love are unshakable. No one has needed that relentless love more than me. May your friend know how “wide and high and deep is the love of Christ.”
      Eph. 3:18

  5. Thank you for another opportunity to win. My birthday is tomorrow and it just doesn’t feel like it as I moved this month and the previous month was spent packing and moving. It’s been a lot lately and there’s been some grieving as well over some different things. This sounds like a very helpful resource!

  6. I will be anxious to read this book and learn more about Paul. To me, He is so relatable. His story shows the depth of God’s love for us. We are all a little bit like Paul – sinners – but God sees so much more in us. He forgives our transgressions and then uses us as vesssels of His love to share His ‘good news’. There are many ‘great figures’ in the Bible, but Paul’s story of transforming from a persecutor of Christians to one of Christ’s strongest evangelizers is short of amazing. Thank you Shanna and Sheri for bringing this extended version of Paul’s life to us.

  7. I would love to read this book – this exerpt brings Paul into focus as not just a man of God, but as a man. Looks intriguing!

  8. As I read the excerpt my heart was convicted because that’s what I have been doing. Beating myself up for my recent failures. I have to cling to Christ & believe what He has started He will carry into completion.

    I am getting real with my learning & processing disabilities; telling myself, “don’t let that cause you to be afraid of God’s success for you. Don’t give up & simply surrender. I would love to order this, but not in my budget this month.

    What a special blessing it is for y’all to encourage & enrich our souls, gently spurring us on to keep our eyes on Jesus.

    Abba Daddy, You alone know who needs this blessing. I praise You Sar Shalom, our Prince of Peace, for Your All Surpassing Peace that keeps a military garrison surrounding our hearts & minds. Holy Spirit enlighten our hearts & minds with Your Truth as we search Your Living Word for wisdom. Help us let our reasonableness be know to all because You are at hand, You are always near, always aware of our wounds. Carry us when we can’t carry ourselves & continue to use Proverbs 31 for Your Glory. In Jesus name amen.

  9. I tend to think of paul as being so strong, but how he must have struggled. Thank you for the inspiration to release seek God in my struggles, and may be in encouragement to read Paul words with a little different frame of mind. God bless

  10. I feel like I’m spinning out of control, but God is drawing closer! What a great book to grow my faith through creativity.

  11. Thank you for these beautiful words today. Paul’s footsteps are truly amazing!
    I love love God’s big picture for me, my marriage, my family, my friends and my church family. He has never ever walked away. He just sits and “waits in the quiet spaces” for me to come to Him. I am so grateful.

    Shanna and Sherri congratulations on the release of “From I Stand” it will be a blessing to many \0/

  12. Timely message and book–I am reading thru Paul’s letters right now as I read thru the whole Bible in a year. My first time doing this! It has been illuminating to say the least. Paul’s messages have helped me tremendously these last few months. I would love to read this, to accompany me thru the Bible. Thank you for all the work everyone at Dayspring and (in)courage do!

  13. I truly enjoy all of the contributors to Incourage. However, this one was particularly interesting!

  14. I enjoyed this podcast, talking about one of my favorite people from the Bible …Paul. I love his conversion story! He is an inspiration to me and How he lived after he accepted Christ. He was not afraid to speak God’s truth to other Christians who were perhaps wishy washy in their faith. Paul was bold and challenged people and that’s how we need to be about preaching the Gospel to others so that they may know God and walk in his ways.

  15. A great inspirational story..like Paul, l am seeking to be content with the situation that l am now in. My husband of 46 years passed away in April and it had been very challenging but l know that God sees the big picture and will carry me through. I know God will heal my broken heart in time. I am staying focus on God.

  16. This sounds like such an interesting and creative book! I love how these ladies chose to dive into the story of one the greatest heroes of our faith.

  17. Shanna, & Sherri,

    Congratulations on the book release. I know many many people, especially women will learn from it & be blessed by it. This is so great “Sometimes we must stop the merry-go-round of life and intentionally seek out a place where we can commune with God without interruption so that He can get us back on track. This isn’t indulgence. This is taking our relationship with God — and how that relationship works itself out in our realm of influence — seriously. Most women don’t feel they have the time or energy to do this. But do it they must. It is the only way for God to show us the Big picture of our lives.

    Blessings 🙂

  18. I really enjoyed this podcast episode and pray I get a chance to read and do this study! It looks amazing!

  19. Very inspired book on Paul. I would love to read it. Powerful message.

    Marinalva Sickler