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Overview From a husband and family to a career with travel, today's women have an array of dreams. But what happens when great expectations turn into discouraging letdowns after years of effort? Rinehart reminds women that fellowship with Christ is the secret to fulfillment.
The story of everywoman's emotional and spiritual journey, helping her release stored up false hopes and preconceived notions by replacing them with the wonderful reality God is weaving into her life.
Every morning we face the day with a set of expectations about how things will or should be. Author Paula Rinehart says, "The oddest part about our mental images is that we don't know they are there until the video of our lives plays out in a different fashion." Offering a radical shift in perspective, Paula guides readers to a fresh discovery that the story of our lives may look vastly different than what we anticipated-but that it's a good thing.
Better Than My Dreams charts a course that enables a woman to jettison her old baggage and to discover that what God is creating might be better than she ever dreamed for herself, where fellowship with Christ, rather than fulfillment of dreams, is the real prize. This deeper awareness, that God knows what He's doing with our lives, allows us to truly let go and enjoy the trip as we learn to live, love, and embrace whatever comes.
Better Than My Dreams helps women: face their fear of disappointment deal with life's disturbing interruptions own their own stuff find the freedom to love difficult people
From Publishers Weekly Women's conference speaker and professional counselor Rinehart (Strong Women, Soft Hearts) offers Christian women redemptive hope in a world where dreaming can be a dangerous endeavor. Rinehart tells her own story of living in dull sepia days, bound by life's disappointments and doubting Christian claims. Such skepticism eventually led her to serious explorations in Jungian psychology, which she now views as a period when she was committing spiritual adultery. Wrestling through personal faith issues proved painful, yet incredibly freeing, as Rinehart allowed God's mercy and knowledge of her to permeate every darkened space of her heart. Rinehart lucidly hits the mark about women's most desperate yearnings as she discusses rites of passage in which individuals make a choice to either embrace life with all its interruptions or settle into a paralyzing fear. She challenges readers to act decisively and courageously in their relationships, primarily by inviting vulnerability and loving difficult people, and she shows how to trust God's sovereignty and faithful love even through interminable setbacks. Christian women who are serious about setting a course beyond vague dreaming will appreciate Rinehart's inspiring path to a more hopeful life. (Oct.)
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 16, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849918677 ISBN13 9780849918674
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More About Paula Rinehart
Paula Rinehart is the author of Strong Women, Soft Hearts; Better Than My Dreams; and What's He Really Thinking? As a professional Christian counselor, she divides her time between counseling, writing and speaking to women's groups nationally and internationally. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Paula Rinehart currently resides in Raleigh, in the state of North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Better Than My Dreams?
Better Than My Dreams: Finding What You Long For Where You Might Not Think to Look Mar 12, 2009
Better Than My Dreams: Finding What You Long For Where You Might Not Think to LookPaula Rinehart knows how to address the question... "What happens if my dreams don't come true?" Her ability to communicate understanding, as if it was a 1:1 conversation or counseling session is incredible. I would recommend it for anyone struggling with the issue.. Where is God when my dreams don't come to fruition, or worse yet, come crashing to the ground due to the circumstances of life... And how do I live with that and still trust a God who loves me and promises a future and a hope? Great book to discuss as a small group with discussion questions at the end that lend themselves to future thought on the issues presented in each chapter.
Life Changing Book Jan 29, 2008
This is my first review ever written, and I have read many good books. This book is changing my thinking in a way I have never been challenged before. I couldn't put it down, and have re-read half of it again. I am 45 years old, and I have six children, and in one week I have already been using the book to counsel my college aged children about God's plan for their lives. It has hit me hard, and I was weeping through many pages as I experienced the Spirit of God healing my heart. Thank you Paula for clearing up so many murky places in my life. I was getting there, but you gave me a hand up out of the mirey clay. Paula is a very wise lady, and the wisdom of God was with her when she wrote this book. Today I bought 10 more copies to give to my friends. I have also given away many copies of her book, Sex and the Soul of a women.
Wonderful! Jan 18, 2008
I loved Paula Rinehart's first book and held a ladies bible study with it. It was wonderful - everyone walked away blessed. I couldn't imagine a second book being even better, but it is! This is a spiritually significant book for any woman and I highly recommend it as part of every Christian woman's spiritual walk. It helped to see those areas I had yet to give to God. Once I was able to recognize what they were, my relationship with God took a brand new turn - a dynamically freeing turn. Paula does indeed take us to a place that is better than our dreams with this book. Thank you Paula.
Full of Hope Dec 23, 2007
My husband and I are reading through this book together and find the writing to be clear, accurate, encouraging and motivating. The many real life examples that Paula includes bring personal experiences to mind and the principles presented are helpful in 'making sense' of life's challenges. We plan to give copies of this book to many friends because we feel it will give them hope for their hard situations.
Wothwhile Reading! Oct 28, 2007
In this day and age when one is searching for books to discover who I am, all I ever come acrossed are books with New Age agendas. However, "Better Than My Dreams" is exactly the kind of book that I was looking for in learning who I really am and what the second season of my life holds. I am not a teen, I am almost 53 years old and searching for a life worthy of Christ. I highly recommend this book for any woman who wants to experience a full life in Christ! I will read this book again and again. Good journaling prompt in this book or Bible study questions to ponder.