Update: We have a winner! Congratulations to Becky Collie! Everyone else, remember that you can still get a copy for yourself, see the bottom of this post. And may God bless you in your ministries and your relationships. Thanks for participating!
Do you like books? Would you like a free one? Yes? Well then, keep reading…
My friend Mary Snyder recently published “God, Grace, & Girlfriends: Adventures in Faith and Friendship.”
The book is essentially a “how-to” for basic women’s ministry, covering a broad range of topics.
The first half of the book guides the reader through how to find and cultivate godly friendships. It provides many tangible ideas on how to have fun and fellowship with your girlfriends, such as lunches, game nights, and volunteering together. One entire chapter is devoted to growing closer to God yourself, as that is the most important relationship we have.
One word of caution: while the book suggests seeking godly counsel when dealing with difficult issues, it also strongly advises quickly terminating an unhealthy relationship. I pray that women of God will read that chapter bearing in mind that we are called to love others, including those that are mentally, emotionally, or spiritually wounded. This means setting proper boundaries and looking for ways to help without condoning unhealthy behavior.
The second half of the book is packed with practical advice, including how to lead a Bible study, coordinate a ladies’ day out, or even plan a group trip or retreat. Mary carefully details required steps and tangental issues to consider during the planning and implementation of each type of event. She also lists helpful resources, suggestions, and even example schedules. Lined pages are tucked in between chapters so readers can jot down their own ideas.
God, Grace, & Girlfriends is a very handy resource for anyone new to women’s ministry, desiring to start a ministry, or if you just want some new ideas to spice up your existing group.
“God has great plans for you and your girlfriends.” ~Mary Snyder
So, do you want to improve the women’s ministry at your church? Do you want to start a women’s ministry? Do you just want to have some fun?