-about the book-
An excerpt from the book...(pages 11-12, Cynthia K. Stiverson)
THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU
"This book will grow you as a person and as a leader. Even if you never gather women into a Woven group, God will use these pages to rewire your thoughts, emotions, and relationships. It has the capacity to change the way you live and love. There are three areas of knowing in each chapter: Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know You, and Getting to Know God. These sections in each chapter are for your personal study time. The insights you gain will heal you personally and bring spiritual depth from which you can share. This will prepare you as an effective leader. Interpersonal relationships form naturally when you become confident of who you are and how much you are loved by God.
As author of this book, I am blessed to serve as your spiritual director. I invite you into my world in the Getting to Know Me section. In each chapter, I reveal life lessons through personal struggles, failures, successes, and relationships. By sharing the journey of discovering my true self, my prayer is that you will discover your true self. I have also invited other Woven Women to share their stories along the way. You’ll enjoy these testimonies tucked into the fiber of each chapter. The hope is to shape your story so you, in turn, can help others shape theirs.
The Getting to Know You section is all about you. I will challenge you to see yourself in new ways, think new thoughts about your life journey, and help you process core issues that keep you from embracing God and embracing others. You will examine your underlying assumptions or judgments about women. We are easily wounded, so it can be a scary process to seek out new friendships. God wants us to pursue healthy relationships. This becomes a path to healing. So be brave, my friend. I am here in your prayer corner, coaching and cheering you forward as we seek to accomplish God’s will—to love and know Him and one another. Feel free to email your questions along the way.
The Getting to Know God section of this book will give you confidence to approach God, the Creator of the entire universe, the Creator of you. How well do you really know God? Are you convinced of His infinite love for you? Do you realize that He delights in the very essence of you and longs for you to receive, reflect, and respond to His love for you? He communicates through His Word (the Bible), His creation, His followers, and through His Holy Spirit. It’s impossible for anyone to love us the way God, our heavenly Father loves us. He is the one who truly sees our hearts and knows us better than we know ourselves.
I like to think of the Bible as God’s love letter to us. Our response to this amazing love and grace is to read God’s Word and apply it to our lives. That’s exactly what we will do."