Item description for Confessions of a Good Christian Girl: The Secrets Women Keep and the Grace That Saves Them by Tammy Maltby & Anne Christian Buchanan...
Overview In this powerful book, prominent Christian speaker and TV personality Maltby gets specific about the brokenness and pain in her own life and the lives of other "good Christian girls." It is also a passionate testimony to the Lord's eagerness to cleanse and heal those who turn to Him.
You already know the women you'll meet in this book. They may sit beside you in the pew . . . or join you at small group . . . or touch your heart from a speaker's podium. They have all been saved. They all love the Lord. And yet . . .
One struggles with sucidal despair
Another is involved with adultery, pornography, or a same-sex attraction
Another endures regular beatings - or worse - by someone who claims to love her
Another is divorced . . . or thinking about it
This one drinks secretly or "doctor shops" for pain pills
That one wrestles with depression or bipolar disorder
And many others feel they can never be thin enough, beautiful enough, successful enough . . . or Christian enough to be loved or accepted
They're all good Christian girls who have been broken by sin - their own and others.
They all needed the honest, life-giving truth at the heart of this book. Do you?
Tammy Maltby addresses issues that aren't discussed much in church circles - private sins that she and other women have battled.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.03" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785289410 ISBN13 9780785289418 UPC 020049076835
Availability 0 units.
More About Tammy Maltby & Anne Christian Buchanan
Tammy Maltby's multifaceted ministry can be summed up in one word: encouragement. Through her books, speaking events, and broadcasts, this Emmy-winning TV cohost encourages women to live more beautifully and transparently. Her books include LifeGiving, Confessions of a Good Christian Girl, Confessions of a Good Christian Guy, and The Christmas Kitchen. She lives with her family in Colorado.
Tammy Maltby currently resides in the state of Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Confessions of a Good Christian Girl: The Secrets Women Keep and the Grace That Saves Them?
Life-Changing... Mar 10, 2008
Dear Ms. Maltby,
My name is Jen and I live in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. I have been married to my husband for a little over six years, and we are not able to conceive children. The last year has been the most difficult year of my life, and frankly I'm in a battle like I never thought possible. This past fall a variety of issues in my life came to a head, and I crashed. As a survivor as child sexual abuse, I have struggled with depression on and off for about twenty years. My marriage is falling apart, and the issue of infertility continues to haunt me. I have been involved with a wonderful Christian counselor who is guiding me with God's help toward healing, but there are still a great many battles to be fought before my world will be sitting upright again.
I stumbled across your book in the local Lifeway store, and the provocative title led me to pick it up. I decided to purchase it, and from the last page of Chapter One I was in tears. It seemed that every chapter held something to say about some profound truth that was affecting my life, and I have never been so blessed by someone else's words. I am a follower of Christ, and as such I know what the Word says about truth. But my life experiences have twisted many of my beliefs and I struggle every day to remember who I am in Christ and what that means about how this journey through life trials will ultimately work out. Your work addressed many of the pitfalls I find myself struggling with, and your gentle, loving delivery was like a salve to this battered heart. Thank you, dear woman of God, for the insights and reminders. I know that as I re-read your book I will glean something new from it each time, but for now know that your inspired work has changed me. Thank you for allowing God to use you...a. perfect stranger...in such a powerful way in my life.
May God continue to bless your ministry...you are making a difference for His kingdom, and I'm so happy to have found your book.
Much love in Christ, Jen
"Confessions" is good for the soul Apr 29, 2007
Tammy is awake to what others have buried their heads in the sand to: we're all broken inside, and our journey to wholeness comes in sharing our stories with one another. Why is it that we struggle so with this?
Why does it seem like Christians are the last ones in on the joke: we claim to love others, yet are known to our neighbors as hypocrites? Motivated more by guilt and shame than by love, we hide our hurts from everyone including ourselves. It's a broken way to live and it certainly isn't Jesus' way.
And that's why we need more books like "Confessions" as an invitation to others that says not only is it safe to be vulnerable, but that is the only way to health, and in fact, is the only way to be a true disciple of Jesus. In "Confessions" you'll recognize parts of yourself and you'll see where perhaps you still need healing and how that healing can begin.
If you're like the great thundering herd of Christians that, lost in the dust and the noise of others around you, struggle to voice the broken parts of your story, you need this book as a catalyst to your healing and growth. The paradox is that by confessing your humanity to others, Christ, the God-man, is formed in you. Read "Confessions" and weep - with joy and recognition.
Beautiful and Refreshing Apr 28, 2007
I would highly recommend this book. The author Tammy Maltby lays out her life on paper so candidly and honestly. She gives so much inspiration to women out there who are facing the same issues. Trying to be the perfect christian girl and yet faced with depression, abuse, addictions and suicide. Tammy shares what most of us good christian girls would be too ashamed to ever talk about. Those of us who hide in shame on church pews, being paralyzed emotionally because of sin and past regrets. Tammy lays out steps in order to overcome and be victorious. This book is scriptural and guided by bible truths and the promises of God. She writes about how we should step out in faith, pray, and and know that God wants more for us than what we want for ourselves. This book is for any women who may be living in emotional or physical bondage or in some situation that prevents you from living a peaceful life due to circumstances. This book will bless your life with all the tools you need to find peace and understanding. You will learn how to not suffer in silence and get out of the personal prison you've been living in. Most importantly, Tammy Maltby will give you the help you need through her own personal circumstances and how we can move forward to the life that Christ so lovingly wants us to have. This book will bring you the freedom you've been searching for.
Transparently Riveting Apr 17, 2007
Confessions of a Good Christian Girl: the Secrets Women Keep and the Grace That Saves Them is powerful...and seasoned with grace. It's filled with wonderful quotes and more importantly, points to the one who can heal all of our brokenness. Many times throughout reading, I thought...Oh that is powerful...Oh that ministers healing...It's the kindness of God that leads us to repentance and it's the brave woman of God, willing to be transparent, that ministers to the broken. I know the darkest hours of my life exposed the tenderness of God the most. Though I never would wish a divorce on anyone...for me it proved to be the time God revealed His grace most powerfully. I felt as though I committed the ultimate sin. It broke my self-will and my belief that somehow I might earn God's love...As I read your book I realized you learned the same thing and it encouraged me. No matter how "good" we are we can never merit God's love or our salvation. That's the beauty of Christianity. We don't need to have all the answers or be perfect because God loves us no matter what. His grace is for every area of our life...not just our salvation. He equips and empowers us to "be" for Him. Each of my dark seasons produced more of Christ character and caused me to love others more unconditionally. He loves us...because He chose to...and nothing can change that.
Finally Mar 22, 2007
When I first became a Christian at age 22, I devoured every possible Christian book, I needed all the direction and information I could get! After a while, I got burned out, so I took a break from them ~ for years.... However, this book has brought me back in a big way. It is refreshing, honest, edgy, real, hopeful and different. If you are a women who doesn't feel she fits in to the classic mold, but one who feels she has to put on a smiley face and hide her real pain and confusion, then be encouraged with this book - you will find women just like you, who aren't perfect, but find the hope and love of Jesus. Tammy, thanks for writing a book that's filled a much needed void....Bravo