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Overview

A front row seat to a fascinating conversation with God, Jesus, and other biblical characters answering important questions women have regarding life and faith.

A Conversation with God for Women allows readers a one-on-one dialogue with God, his son Jesus, and other important women and men from the Bible as they respond to questions and concerns relevant to the Christian faith. The questions, in some cases challenging, address the issues and tensions specifically felt by women. Each answer, designed for both believers and seekers, is based on Scripture and written with the warmth and intimacy of a Heavenly Father relating to His child.

Topics covered:

  • existence and nature of God
  • Jesus, Virgin birth of God's only Son
  • authenticity of Scripture
  • meaning in and unique challenges of a woman's life
  • power and purpose of prayer
  • importance, realities, and struggles of relationships
  • coexistence of good and evil
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785231790
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MarciaFord is an editor, journalist, and author of twenty-two books including The Sacred Art of Forgiveness and Finding Hope. A book reviewer for FaithfulReader.com and freelancer for her local NPR affiliate, Marcia lives with her husband in the Rocky Mountains.
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Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION....................11
1. God, why don't You just reveal Yourself?....................17
2. Why do we have to face temptation?....................21
3. Why should we trust You?....................25
4. How are we made in Your image?....................29
5. How can Your Spirit live in us?....................33
6. Who's controlling our lives—You or us?....................37
7. Why don't You prevent disasters from happening?....................41
8. Jesus, are You really God's Son?....................49
9. Why did You come to earth anyway?....................53
10. Why was a virgin birth necessary?....................57
11. Did You physically rise from the dead?....................61
12. Did You experience human emotions on earth?....................65
13. Is it true that You never sinned?....................69
14. Did You really die to save everyone?....................73
15. Who actually wrote the Bible?....................81
16. Must we obey everything in the Bible?....................85
17. Did all those miracles really happen?....................89
18. Which biblical promises apply to us today?....................93
19. How can the Bible still be relevant?....................97
20. What can Bible women teach us?....................101
21. Is there a purpose to life?....................109
22. How do we know what You want?....................113
23. Can we ever be free of guilt?....................117
24. Jesus, what does following You involve?....................121
25. God, do You really forgive and forget?....................125
26. Do we have to go to church?....................129
27. What about women in ministry?....................133
28. How can we do it all?....................137
29. How can we stop worrying so much?....................141
30. Is it possible to find genuine peace?....................145
31. How can we share our faith inoffensively?....................149
32. God, how can we know You're listening?....................157
33. Do You hear everybody's prayers?....................161
34. Why aren't some prayers answered?....................165
35. Can prayer really make a difference?....................169
36. Is there one right way to pray?....................173
37. Should we pray only about major problems?....................177
38. Is it okay to pray repetitious prayers?....................181
39. How can we love unlovable people?....................189
40. How can we trust anyone following betrayal?....................192
41. How can You expect us to forgive?....................196
42. How can we have deeper friendships?....................200
43. What's so bad about gossip?....................204
44. Why are there restrictions on sex?....................208
45. What's wrong with relationships with unbelieving men?....................212
46. God, why did You create families?....................216
47. What's up with the teaching on submission?....................220
48. How can we respect an ungodly boss?....................224
49. How can evil coexist with Your love?....................231
50. Why do Your followers have to suffer?....................235
51. Are all sins the same to You?....................239
52. How can some unbelievers be so good?....................243
53. How can You forgive truly evil criminals?....................246
54. What about people who continue to sin?....................250
55. How can anybody find good in tragedy?....................254
Notes....................259
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First Chapter

A Conversation with God for Women

If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would It Be?
By Marcia Ford

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 GRQ, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7852-3179-0


Chapter One

God, why don't You just reveal Yourself?

It's an age-old question and one that challenges the very existence of God: If God actually exists, why doesn't He just come out of hiding and show Himself to the world? It's one thing to believe that God is simply an abstraction like energy or universal consciousness, but skeptics maintain that to expect people to believe in the Judeo-Christian concept of a personal deity requires God to become visible to those He claims to want a relationship with.

Even those women whose hearts seem to be naturally inclined toward God sometimes wish they could have some proof that He is there. Faith would be so much easier if they could see God, or some evidence of His existence, just once.

Q

God, I know You're there. At least, most of the time I know You're there. I'm like that person who once said, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" I want You to come out from the shadows and show who You really are. Why don't You reveal Yourself to us?

God

Believers and skeptics have been asking that question of Me for thousands of years, and those who are certain I don't exist have been asking that question about Me for just as long. Some scientists demand proof of My existence; some theologians manufacture proof to try to convince the scientists. And some philosophers don't want to be convinced; they're much more interested in the ongoing debate.

What most people fail to realize is that I have revealed Myself numerous times and in many different ways, and yet the skepticism persists. Remember, I gave people the freedom of choice, and, more often than not, they choose to turn away from Me, refuse to acknowledge My presence, and deny the proof of My existence that is evident right before their very eyes. Let Me explain the various ways I've revealed Myself.

I've revealed Myself in person. There were those who saw Me and never doubted My existence—those who walked with Me and talked with Me in the perfect world I created for them. But look what happened: They hid from Me! After they disobeyed Me, Adam and Eve were so ashamed to be in My presence that they sought the shelter of the trees when they heard Me approaching them.

Later, I appeared to Abraham and to Jacob, both of whom remained faithful to Me. But then I appeared to Moses. I had a special, one-on-one, face-to-face relationship with him, and I wanted the same kind of relationship with the Israelites. On Mount Sinai as I spoke to them and gave them the Ten Commandments, Moses stood between the Israelites and Me because they were afraid of the fire that encompassed me. They heard My voice; they knew who I was and what I had said to them. But they kept their distance and decided that hearing My voice for themselves was too much for them; they chose to have Moses speak for Me.

In the Bible, you can find other accounts of My appearances to individuals and to the nation of Israel. And although some of My people did turn to Me after I revealed Myself to them, the fact is that never did My obvious presence cause the masses to turn to Me.

I've also revealed Myself through Creation. Look at the sky. Go ahead—right now. What do you see? Do you see a pitch-black void, a swath of midnight blue filled with shimmering stars, streaks of lightning illuminating the darkness? Or do you see an expanse of bright blue broken only by a dazzling sun, distant thunderclouds encroaching on a gray and misty vastness, glittering snow quietly falling from an unknown source? The heavens reveal My glory and My workmanship, as does all Creation, from the smallest atom to the most majestic mountain on earth—and beyond, throughout the entire universe.

For millennia, humanity has tried to make sense of My Creation—or explain away My hand in it—by intense scientific investigation. I welcome their scrutiny and delight in their curiosity, because I know that their search will ultimately lead to Me, whether they recognize Me or not. My Creation is filled with wonder and complexity and much that My people have yet to discover, things that cannot be seen through the lens of the most powerful microscope or telescope, things that can be seen only in the Spirit.

And I've revealed Myself through My people and their moral conscience. Think about your own human nature. Does forgiveness come naturally to you? What about loving your enemies? Those are not natural inclinations; those are supernatural inclinations that overcome your natural tendencies when you live in full cooperation with My Spirit. Without My Spirit leading, guiding, and empowering My people, the world would be overrun by hatred and every evil thing. The fact that it isn't is evidence of My existence.

Finally, I've revealed Myself in the person of Jesus Christ. People who demand that I reveal Myself forget that I already have. I came to earth in human form, demonstrated My love and compassion to you, showed you how you could live an extraordinary life on earth, and even performed signs and wonders and miracles, and yet many people who knew Me in the form of Jesus still rejected Me.

Jesus

I am the best evidence of the existence of God, and I am also the best evidence that if God were to reveal Himself to your culture today, people would still ask for more evidence. They did that when I was on earth even though I walked among them, healed their sick and raised their dead, and ate and drank with them as a good friend and neighbor. And they've continued to do that ever since.

When I drove out demons, religious leaders called Me the prince of demons. As I began to attract a large group of followers, those same leaders tried to trap Me into proving I was "only human" by asking Me difficult questions. And when the people began to recognize Me for who I am, the religious leaders told Me to rebuke them—I couldn't possibly be who they thought I was! So the very people who knew the Jewish scriptures and were responsible for teaching them to the people refused to see that I was the Son of God, even though the prophecies they knew so well pointed directly to Me.

One of the many stories I told was about a rich man who had died and gone to hell. He pleaded with Abraham to send someone back from the dead to warn his family about the torment they would experience if they ended up in hell with him. Abraham reminded the rich man that they already had the teachings of Moses and the prophets to convince them that God's way is the right way. The rich man said they wouldn't listen to Moses and the prophets but would change their ways if someone rose from the dead and appeared to them. Abraham said that wouldn't make a bit of difference. Not long after, I would rise from the dead—and many of those who refused to listen to Moses and the prophets remained unconvinced despite the evidence of My resurrection.

God

Do you see the pattern here? I revealed Myself in person, and people refused to believe. I revealed Myself in creation, and people refused to believe. I revealed Myself through Moses and the prophets, and people refused to believe.

I revealed Myself through My Son, Jesus Christ, and people refused to believe.

In this day, more than ever before in history, you have a vast amount of technology that can create what previous generations never dreamed would be possible. What do you think would happen if I were to reveal Myself in some miraculous way today? People would claim that My appearance was a trick of technology, and they would marvel at the technology while dismissing the possibility that it was really I who appeared.

The reality is this: People who don't want to believe I exist will not believe in Me no matter how I reveal Myself to them. Those who do believe I exist do so because they have faith—the one essential element that the skeptics and unbelievers lack. My people trust Me because I have proven Myself to be trustworthy, and through the eyes of faith, they have seen the abundance of evidence that I exist. They don't need to hear My voice thundering from Mount Sinai. They only need to have faith that I am with them here and now.

Chapter Two

Why do we have to face temptation?

The temptation to sin can be overwhelming at times, especially when the sin in question is a specific one that a woman has wrestled with all her life. It doesn't matter whether it's a temptation to manipulate other people, shoplift an expensive silk scarf, or return to a promiscuous lifestyle, the desire to give in to that sin can threaten to control a woman's thoughts—or lead her to act on those thoughts.

Some people believe an all-powerful God should eliminate all temptation. After all, not only must people suffer the natural consequences of their sin, like possibly being arrested for shoplifting, they also must face punishment from the God who allowed the temptation in the first place.

Q

God, I cannot control the tempting thoughts that harass me every single day. I haven't given in to the temptation—yet—but sometimes it feels as if dealing with the sin would be easier than dealing with the thoughts. Why do we have to face temptation anyway?

God

My daughter, I know the struggle you are experiencing. You are not alone in that experience; every one of My people struggles with the temptation to sin. Understand that neither sin nor the temptation to sin was part of My original plan, nor am I the one who tempts you to do wrong.

Bear in mind that temptation is not sin—only giving in to the temptation is sinful. And even though you, and other women, struggle with a particular sin that seems to be yours alone, every temptation is universal. There isn't a single temptation out there that is unique to you; others have had to face it as well. But never forget My faithfulness. I will never allow you to be tempted beyond your endurance limit, but instead I will show you the way out of the situation that is tempting you.

That way out is, and will always be, through My Spirit. When you live your life controlled by My Spirit, you won't give in to temptation, because My Spirit will not lead you into sin. You'll still feel the conflict within you, but as you yield more and more control to the Spirit, you'll be able to overcome the conflict.

Even though the Spirit offers you a way out, however, don't wait until you face temptation to yield your life to the Spirit. I've seen My people enter into tempting situations completely unprepared for the attack they're about to face. If you live your life in the Spirit all day every day, then finding that "way out" will occur more quickly. You know which temptations are the strongest for you, and you can decide ahead of time how to handle them, with the wisdom and power that My Spirit gives you.

I've also seen My people enter into tempting situations with their eyes wide open, knowing they should run the other way. They're obviously not being led by the Spirit. Let's say you're attracted to a man at work, and you know the attraction is mutual. You're both married, but you each find one excuse after another to work late, leaving the two of you alone in the building. I can assure you that the Spirit did not lead you into that situation. You need to flee, and flee quickly. And never get in that situation again.

While you're standing guard to avoid that big temptation in your life, whatever it may be, don't forget those that are so subtle you barely notice them. Those women who are living a decent life, serving other people, and striving to set a good example for others are especially vulnerable to two particularly insidious sins: pride and judging others. You may not even be aware that these sins are encroaching on your life. Being "good" without relying on My Spirit for a healthy dose of humility is the perfect setup for pride, and comparing your "goodness" with that of other people places you in an ideal position to start judging others by their behavior. Remember that any goodness you have comes from Me, and the moment you're tempted to claim that goodness for yourself, recognize that for the sin it is.

Here's the thing—how you respond to temptation proves the strength of your faith and the depth of your love. Each time you resist temptation, you demonstrate how much you're relying on the Spirit, how highly you regard My love for you, and how much you love Me. But remember—it's not over if you give in to sin. Turn back to Me, turn away from the sin, and know that you are forgiven. My grace, My unmerited favor on your life, will be all you need to get your life back on track.

Jesus

Do you recall what happened right after My cousin John baptized Me? My Father had just placed His seal of approval on Me and the ministry that would soon begin, and then the Spirit led Me to the desert so that I would be tempted, or, in reality, tested. That's essentially what all of your temptations are; they're tests to determine your strength and commitment to following Me.

While I was in the desert, I fasted for forty days to prepare Myself for the onslaught to come. I knew I would not need physical strength to fight off this kind of attack; I would need the spiritual strength that came from focusing on My Father instead of on My physical needs and desires. Soon enough, the Enemy came, offering Me those things that he thought would turn Me away from God and toward him.

First, he tested Me to see if I would use My power to turn stones into bread and thereby satisfy My hunger. But I didn't go for the bait; I quoted Scripture and told him the Word of God was far more essential to life than mere bread was.

Second, he tried to get Me to jump off the top of the temple to prove that God's angels would save Me before I hit the ground. I again quoted Scripture and told him not to test God.

Third, he took Me to a mountaintop and told Me that I could have power over all the area before Me, as far as the eye could see, if only I would bow down and worship him. Again I quoted Scripture, telling him that God alone was worthy of worship.

Did you detect the pattern in My responses to him? Instead of showing off the power I had at that point, I used the Word of God to respond to the temptations. Paul went so far as to call God's Word the "sword of the Spirit," a powerful weapon for cutting off the Enemy before he can hurt you.

And don't forget prayer. I made a point of including the matter of temptation in the model prayer I gave to My disciples, the one you call the Lord's Prayer. The night before I died, I made another point of mentioning temptation, warning My disciples to stay on guard and continue to pray so they wouldn't fall into the temptation I knew would come their way.

Temptation serves its purpose, if only to get you to rely more and more on God. The purpose of My temptation was not only to prove Me worthy of My ministry but also to enable Me to share in your experience as a human being who is frequently subjected to temptation. I faced temptation and overcame it, and by that I showed you how you could do the same so you could then approach God with confidence and a clear conscience.

God

One other thing. People use the saying "I'm only human!" to excuse their sin. Imagine how that sounds to Me. I sent My Son to die on the cross and My Spirit to live inside you so you could partake of My divine nature. Yes, you are human, and as such you will fail at times. But My Spirit gives you the power to transcend your human nature, to live on a higher plane above the baseness of human depravity. You are human, but you are also My child, with all that I have and all that I am made available to you. Tell Me you've sinned, and we can deal with that together. Just don't tell Me that you're "only human," as if that absolves you of guilt. It doesn't.

Now imagine that you're defending your family from an actual physical attack. The enemy is at the door of your house, about to break it down. You've been at this fight for many hours, and you're exhausted. You have the weapons you need to fight off the attackers along with an unlimited stockpile of ammunition. But you're tired. "I'm only human!" you say as you wander off to the bedroom, leaving your family to fend for themselves.

Do you see My point? I've given you everything you need to fight temptation: My Spirit, My Word, My wisdom, My strength, My power. All you have to do is to call on Me and use what I've given you. With that, you can be a conqueror—in fact, more than a conqueror! I will never abandon you or leave you stranded without hope.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    A conversation with God

    A Conversation with God for Women - Marcia Ford

    I must admit that when I saw this book for review on booksneeze that I was excited. I saw it as a chance to have a book with answers in it to the questions that many women today face that would be set out in an easy, accessible way for when the answers are needed. I thought 'that would be a brilliant book to recommend to other women'.

    I opened the contents page to find a list of 55 questions that women today find themselves asking such as 'Why should we trust you?' and 'Which biblical promises apply today?' - I was then even more convinced that this would be a good book, especially as the book answers these questions as if God were speaking.

    However, once I started reading the book, I was severely disappointed and found myself wanting to throw the book down out of boredom. The language in the book has been toned down to make it appeal more to women, but I just felt patronised reading it. I understand that for some women that this kind of book would really appeal to them - if that is you, go ahead and read it. However, this book just wasn't my cup of tea.

    Overall, my expectations for this book were not met and I was severely disappointed.

    Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    A spritual guide for women.

    Sometimes we tend to ask and doubt of our existence. There are days when we felt so low that we seek questions that are really hard to answer. We begun to doubt and we forget that God was there for us to listen if we only ask.
    This book "A conversation with GOD for women" will give you insights on this questions like "God, why don't You just reveal Yourself? *Jesus, why was a virgin birth necessary? *The Bible, what can it teach women? *Life, what about women in ministry? *Prayer, can it really make a difference? *Relationships, how can we trust after betrayal? *Good and evil, how can they coexist? ", questions that are often times very hard to answer. Each section of the book had ten questions and the books offer possible answers for believers and non-believers although sometimes it was very superficial, in my own belief the author had clearly made her point of view. Religion is sometimes very hard to grasp and finding the answers in this book make me realize even more how to be grateful and how should i live my life as a woman. It was indeed a nice conversation with God although I would be afraid if he would really conversed with me in whatever form. Just knowing that he is there to guide and guard me is more than enough.


    So, if you were given a chance to ask God one question, what would it be? I would want to ask him when will this blog of mine will eventually lower it's alexa ranking and will got a more higher pr or maybe I can ask Him if we can win the jackpot in Lotto and he will surely laugh with my silly ideas but honestly a sit down talk with God over a cup of coffee would be very precious but i guess i don't want them to happen now because He had still given me this two little munchkins to take care and love.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    An Engaging Conversation

    Questions about life, faith, and relationships are presented in conversation form which enables one to have a better grasp of Biblical truths. All questions and answers are based on the Scripture so this is also a great read for nonbelievers as well. There are also Biblical references in the last section of the book to enable the reader to seek answers to the questions himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    For Strong Christians Only

    In chapter 17, to "Did All Those miracles Really happen?" God responds, ". My people needed to be reminded that I am all-powerful and that I can and will do whatever I please." The passage sounds arrogant. Then again, this is God speaking, so who are we to judge? I have to wonder, where Marcia Ford, the author, is speaking on behalf of God, isn't she committing a sin herself? This really was not my type of book. Maybe it would be a novel for me if I was older, maybe if I was a stronger Christian and questioned things.Paul is mentioned a lot. For the fans of Saint Paul, his may be he book for them.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Not so sure.....

    I really, really, really wanted to like this book.

    I had flipped through others like it - ones about asking God questions and having front porch chats with him - before, and never felt moved. When I was offered a copy of this one for free, simply in exchange for writing a review for it, I thought I'd give it a try. It is, after all, a nice idea - - - lounging somewhere with the Lord, asking Him every question that burns on my heart and having Him answer honestly and lovingly and completely.

    It's a nice idea, but it seems to be one that hasn't quite been achieved yet in book form.

    This book, which asks in its subtitle, "If you could ask God any question, what would it be?" is, if nothing else, extremely thorough. It covers 55 different questions from seven different topics. Some of the questions addressed are:

    Who actually wrote the Bible?

    How can we love unlovable people?

    How can anybody find good in tragedy?

    Can prayer really make a difference?

    The questions are good ones, and the answers are, too. However, one basic premise of the book threw me off and hindered me from being able to enjoy it. The book is written in first person, as in, "I, God, say this and this and this."

    Yes, in a conversation with God, first person narrative would be expected. However, I find it disturbing that any person should presume to put words in God's mouth, however prayerfully considered. I fear that human interpretation could cause misunderstanding of God's nature. No one can fully understand who God is. He has designed it that way, that we would ever be in wonder of Him and continually pursue Him. To have a person - any person - write what would be God's answers to such serious questions is unsettling to me.

    If I were researching a particular question or issue, this book would be good, probably, as one of many references in my search for answers. However, I am hesitant to recommend it straight across the board because it is a human's interpretation of God's message, and someone searching for God could, conceivably, be led astray.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Let's Talk!

    This book is about asking some universal questions that women have and getting an answer directly from God. Through the conversation feel of the book, Marcia Ford attempts to respond to the questions by using scripture in a not so typical manner. The result is a book with dialogue between the reader and a few known characters of the bible as well as God and Jesus themselves according to the Holy Word.

    I was very pleased with this book. The author does a great job of making you really feel like you are sitting at a table having a chat with the people of the Bible. You can easily create an image of the scene in your head. Many of the questions are very typical of female curiosity yet Ford has responded in a way that is not completely what you would expect while staying true to what the implications seem to be in the Bible. A few of the questions are kind of "no brainers" and tempt you to skip over that one, but for the most part you can still gain extra perspective from them. It is also a book that can be beneficial to have for further study or to help when interacting within women's groups or teen girl studies. Definitely worth reading.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    a must read for all christians

    if you could sit down with God and ask him anything, what would you ask him?

    "why should we trust You?"

    "how do we know what You want?"

    "why do Your followers have to suffer?"

    "how can You expect us to forgive?"

    these are just some of the questions you will find in the book, "A Conversation with God, for Women." It is a nice little book written by Marcia Ford. It covers topics about God, Jesus, the bible, life, prayer, relationships, and good and evil.

    I received this book at a somewhat trying time in my life. Found the part on relationships and forgiveness to be a bit hard to swallow. We all have people in our lives that test our ability to love and support, right? :) We may not always want to hear what God has to say on every subject, but we need to hear His words nonetheless.

    The great thing about this book is that it is divided into sections and you can easily flip to the topic/question you want to read or know about.

    Set up in dialogue form, it gives you examples from the bible while listening from Jesus, God, or Mary. In the notes section it also references the bible verse(s) that the answer derive(s) from.

    I really enjoyed this book. there are so many faith based books out there and the bible itself is not something that easy to read for one, and then decipher...that's why churches have bible study sessions!!

    The book discusses some of the most desirable questions i think we all want to from God. And for each question there are clear examples that help unviel the mystery of God's desires for His people. While the message throughout the book is in many ways common sense or common knowledge, sometimes we need a quick reminder of God's message for all of us. I would buy this book as a "go-to" reference to wuickly remind us of His way, not our way.

    Overall, great but at times a little wordy and a little over kill on examples for each question.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Daily Devotional

    I used Conversations with God for Women, by Marcia Ford, as a devotional tool. Rather that reading it cover to cover, I found questions that pertained to me that day or things that were heavy on my heart. Recently, I have had many setbacks in my life and feel that I am full of worry all the time. I looked specifically for a section about worry titled; "How Can We Stop Worrying so Much?" This was a glorious section for me to read because of the many footnotes that accompanied it. I had my finger in the back of the book where the author has placed references to the Bible for each section. I constantly flipped back and forth to read what God had to say in his word. This not only was helpful for me to see how much God takes care of me and how little I need to worry, but it was a breaking point for me, helping me to realize that I needed to commit more of God's word to memory. "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true" (2 Timothy 3:16).

    I enjoyed having this book. While I did not read it cover to cover it was nice to see the reactions that might come from God and Jesus based on each question. While there were questions I wish the book would have contained answers to, I felt that it gave a good devotional outlook on many topics that women have concerns and struggles with.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    A Must Read For All Women Wanting To Be Closer To God

    At first glance I thought who in the world does Marcia Ford think she is? How can she even begin to think she can answer for God in any way? I was intrigued enough to read the book though. As I began reading it I realized that Ms. Ford answers each question in a way that (1) doesn't impose her beliefs onto you, and (2) that really makes you think god is talking to you. I was informed in a way that wasn't "preachy". That's really important to me. As I am currently on my own journey of faith I feel that I want to find God in my own way and time.


    A Conversation With God for Women really helped me find answers to many questions that I have had. There are so many things that as women we would love to ask God, but the reality is we can't just sit down and have coffee with him. This book allows us to do just that. Ms. Ford has allowed us to have that coffee with God.


    I loved this book so much that I passed it on to my sister in-law to read and told her to pass it on to another woman when she was done. She called me off and on through out reading the book and we have truly had some deep conversations. We have really reevaluated the things that we thought and have come out of reading A Conversation With God for Women stronger and better rounded women.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    A Wonderful book to share with others

    This is a question and answer book for women. The questions in the book are fifty five of the most common questions women would ask God if they could. The questions are categorized as follows: God, Jesus, The bible, Life, Prayer, Relationships, and Good and Evil. The concept is presented with a small narration of the question, then the question and the answer. The answer held a creative touch. The answer was done as if GOD or Jesus was speaking to you. Some of the questions also included other biblical characters. At the end of the book are notes from each chapter of Q&A that have the biblical scriptures in relation to that question.
    I enjoyed this book. I think some of the questions are relevant, although not all was questions I thought women would want to ask. The author did not disclose how the 55 questions were considered. My first impression of the format was good however I kept thinking that it would have been better if the author would have pointed readers back to God's word by including scripture within the answers and not at the end especially for readers that don't read the bible. I have several pages highlighted which mean I will be using some of the answers for reference. I liked the concept, having the answers read as if God or Jesus was speaking to you. The book title and cover definite compliment the readings. The cover with its pink flowers provides a woman touch and having the answers done as if they are coming from God gives you the conversation part. I wish the author had not of used so many different bible translations. If someone had a bible and was trying to follow alone the reading will be different and may cause confusion and some people think a person does that in order to find the meaning to fit how they want it to mean. Overall, this book is a good read, its inspiring and does give excellent answers to the questions that may not have been thought of. I would share this book with other readers.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Essentially, this book is presented in a FAQ-style format. It poses questions that many Christians have about their faith and what God expects from us. It answers these questions in the first person, as though God, Christ, or other people in the Bible were answering these questions directly. Corresponding Bible verses are footnoted and included verbatim in a separate section at the back of the book.

    At first, I was taken aback by the boldness of a book that would speak for God. However, most of the assertions made in the book are supported by appropriate Scripture. There are a few cases, particularly with other Biblical people such as Mary the mother of Christ, where I think that much inference has been made into personality. However, these instances don't detract from the larger message of the book.

    I feel that the theology of the book is spot-on. There were portions that could have used more links to Scripture, but the message of the book seems well grounded.

    The book seems to have been organized to read from cover to cover, but I think that most readers would appreciate jumping around and reading the questions that pertain to their own lives.

    I highly recommend this book for any Christian who has questions about the faith, and for non-Christians who also seek to understand the religion better. It would be an excellent addition to a church library.

    Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through the booksneeze program, and was required in no way to give a positive review.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Wonderful Gift and resource!

    I got this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review, I was not required to write a positive review, this is my honest opinion. This is a wonderful resource for any Christian woman, a new believer or a mature believer. It is set up in several sections: God, Jesus, The Bible, Life, Prayer, Relationships & Good and Evil. It poses several questions and has answers based in the Bible from God, Jesus and several prominent and not so prominent women from the Bible such as Mary of Nazereth, Anna, Mary Magelene, Priscilla, Elizabeth, etc. I love the set up, it makes reading easier. It's a great support to your devotional time. It also helps when you are reaching out to new believers and non-believers to have answers to questions like "Who really wrote the Bible?" or "Is one right way to pray?" This book is a wonderful addition to any believer's library. It would make a great gift as well. I would highly recommend this to anyone!

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Read if you want to establish relationship with God

    A Conversation with God For Women by Marcia Ford is a spiritual guide for women who are probably new to the religious experience. The book is broken up into seven parts which touches base on areas in life which people are often questioning. The questions asked are pretty straightforward, and they do no have names or locations of people who are asking the questions as you would find in a usual question and answer book or column. The book is mainly an introduction to God and His teachings in the bible; for every question asked in the book, God explains Himself and then Jesus tells various stories from the bible to validate God's answers.

    I actually spent a week reading this book because I wanted to take my time to comprehend the message of the book, and to get a thorough idea of where the author was heading. It was definitely a page turner because I found some of the questions to be interesting--although they were your typical questions of life--and the answers provided by both God and Jesus were thought-provoking. If you're not familiar with the bible, you probably wouldn't know some of the stories mentioned, but the book explains the stories in a way that you get the gist of the bible stories overall.

    However, despite this being a great read for new followers of God, people who have been following God for the majority of their life might find the book a little offensive seeing as how someone has written a book solely in "God's voice". Serious followers might find an author imitating God's voice a little much for their tastes despite the good intentions. There were times when I found it a little bit odd to read an answer by God or Jesus.

    Overall, it's a great read if you're a woman looking to develop a relationship with God but not sure where to go for answers.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    A wonderful resource!

    In her book, A Conversation with God for Women, Marcia Ford presents an array of questions you've always wanted to ask God, but have maybe been unsure of how He would react to your doubts and fears. This book helps you realize that God is very approachable, very reachable - all you need to do is ask the right questions. Marcia Ford helps you do just that by devoting short chapters to each question and dividing the book into topical units.
    A Conversation with God for Women is a wonderful book in which every statement is Biblically supported. However, the reading is not in the least clumsy - Ford writes in the conversational style that the title promises, using endnotes to direct the reader to the specific Bible passage to which she is referring. Short chapters give comprehensive answers concisely - there is no excessive filler to distract you from the Biblical truth being presented. Ford uses Scripture to answer questions such as "Why should we trust You?" and "Is there a purpose to life?" The book distills Biblical knowledge and gives practical advice in an easy-to-read format. I would definitely recommend Marcia Ford's A Conversation with God for Women. It is a great tool for personal study, as well as for sharing God's truth with others.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    A Conversation with God for Women

    Like the title suggests, this book is full of dialog between women and God. Various topics like prayer, the Bible, God, Jesus, relationships, and life come up. Essentially, the way the book is laid out, a question is laid out to God, and God answers. While Ford uses Bible verses and Biblical insight, she often writes a narrative as if God is actually speaking to the women and leaves the Bible verses for the end of the book. They are footnoted in the chapters and included in the notes section at the back. Also, sometimes, Ford utilizes other Bible characters to voice responses. The book has good intentions, but not everyone may like this style. On the plus side, the pages are very glossy.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    The book for everyone!

    Even those of us familiar with the Bible have lingering questions. Things that we do not quite understand. In this book, Marcia Ford take the top 55 most commonly asked questions about God's Word and presents them in the manner of a conversation between you and God. Jesus chimes in as well, and occasionally other people from the Bible.



    Readers will enjoy the feeling of sitting down to have a conversation with God, Jesus and others. The central answers are always direct scriptures from the Bible. But with a charming and down to earth "discussion" added in.


    Quoting directly from scriptures, with some fun but realistic monologue, this book is an absolute joy to read! A unique idea that will likely make it a hit with women everywhere, especially those with a young heart and love of God. I will be recommending this to every single person who believes.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Get This Book - It is good for the Soul.

    Well I have read another book. This one is a GREAT book for your soul. The Book is called A Conversation with God for Women it is written by Marcia Ford. I am sure you noticed this is a book about faith but for those of you who are not sure, it is worth it. This is the first time I have ever read any of Marcia Ford's work and she writes so beautifully I will be getting more or her books. She has made conversations between God, Jesus, and several women of the Bible. This is an easy read but oh how it answers some of the hardest questions you may have. The first question in the book I have asked it hundreds of times. God, why don't you just reveal yourself? Marcia also allows you to have an imagination to have conversations. I just love the way she has written this book. The book addresses just a few other questions like 1.Should we pray only about major problems?
    2. How can you expect us to forgive? (Who has not struggled with that?)
    3. God do you really forgive and Forget?
    4. Why do followers have to suffer?
    5. How can we do it all?
    I am sure some of you have asked this. I know I have asked all of these. If you did not find that these questions are ones you need answered these are just a very few of what is covered in the book. Get the book it will do you soul good for years to come. This is a book I will be keeping for years to come for a spirit boost. The book itself is beautiful. The pages are even pretty. It is a good book to give as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    A Conversation with God for Women

    Hello again! I got another new book from booksneeze today- "A Conversation with God for Women" by Marcia Ford. Due to some long legal thing, I'm under no obligation to give this book a good review, so whatever I'm about to say is how I genuinely feel about it. Okay, now, this was a really really good book- it was very thoughtful and it was very personal. I honestly enjoyed it. This book tries to answer some of Christianity's hardest questions, such as "Good and evil, how can they coexist?", "Why was a virgin birth necessary?", so on and so forth. This was a good book, but there were points where it seemed very charismatic to me. But that might just be me. This was a good little book that was very simple and that was easy to understand. I enjoyed it, and I think that I'm going to pass it on to someone I know will enjoy it. "A Conversation with God for Women" is a very nice read, and for someone who is really struggling with some big questions, this would definitely be a good read. I would recommend it to anyone in a heart beat. Hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!?

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