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This is a book for and about women - women who desire to discover:
? Who they are
? What God has ...
This is a book for and about women - women who desire to discover:
? Who they are
? What God has designed and desired for them to be
? What are the principals and qualities of becoming a "Total Woman"
? What is your purpose in life?
Dr. Carolyn Hunt writes out of her own unique experience to help women from all walks of life to be confident in whom God designed them to be.
The Total Woman features inspiring words to take women on a journey from brokenness to wholeness. This book will motivate women to cease to complain and compare themselves to others, and commence to search for the hidden woman which regulates her life.
The time is now! It's time to step out from under your hidden self and step into your God ordained identity. God designed us...He created us whole... in the image of the Most High God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Dr. Hunt is founder of Carolyn Hunt Ministries and pastor of Walk in the Word Family Church in Monroe, Louisiana. Carolyn travels the nation ministering the Gospel, and watching lives changed and set free, spiritually, physically and socially. She is humbled by the call to heal broken hearts, transform lives and save souls.
A Journey to Wholeness
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Thessalonians 5:23).
If you are woman who has picked up this book, wonderful, for you have just started on a journey to discover what it means to be whole. My journey was to search for answers to specific needs and desires in my life. It was a journey of discovering purpose and discovering the real me. I thought it would be a journey that would take a lifetime; but, when I embraced the journey, surrendered, and allowed God to do the work, it became enlightening and enjoyable. So get ready to take an excursion to wholeness. It is my sincere hope that you will forever cherish the trip.
Who Am I?
Through my years of ministry, I have discovered that many women have lost themselves in their seemingly over tasked every day duties and responsibilities. Many of them are realizing that they are not the woman they were called to be. Some of them have given themselves away to other people and do not realize that they are not whole. And many others never had the opportunity to discover who they are.
I know this journey all too well. I felt lost and incomplete for many years. My identity was completely wrapped up in things and someone else. I did not know who I really was or what I was called to do. I was lost and I did not know me. I can vividly remember when I first realized that I didn't have a true identity, I was thirty years old. I was going to school and caring for the home. I didn't work outside the home because my spouse made enough money to provide for us a comfortable lifestyle.
I was celebrating my thirtieth birthday. My mother and family and many of my close friends were all there celebrating with me. Everyone was laughing and eating and having a good time. All the gifts I desired were there. I stood on the back lawn, gazing into the sky, wondering what was wrong. Why was I so sad? I wasn't sure. Then I realized that the sadness did not come all of a sudden, but it had been ignored. Have you ever been in a crowd of people and felt alone? I did.
I realized that day that there was brokenness in my life. I was lost. I did not know myself. I was lonely with all my family there. I saw my life like a puzzle with some of the pieces missing. I felt like I was not really living my life but someone else life. But who was that someone. Answers would come later as I began my journey. This would be a journey to find self. I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for, but I knew I needed to discover more about myself. I heard a preacher once say, "We only have one self and you better know that one."
What are some of the things we do to find self? Some people change cities, change partners, attend another church, change careers, and buy a new car or home looking for their identity. Most of the time, all of these things are unsuccessful. I will share some of the things I did on the journey. I changed my dress style and colored my hair. I opened up my own business and changed my social circle. I changed schools and bought a sports car. Wow! None of it worked.
I heard another preacher say that "our lives should be well developed and balanced. It should be beautiful and standing strong." Well, that surely didn't describe me. Discovering ourselves is not found by searching outside of ourselves but searching from within. A lost self comes from within. When we don't have our true identity, we do not feel the connection with God. We know He exist, but not with us or in us. His presence is not obvious to us. We don't know His voice!
Sometimes we wonder if He even hears us or even cares about us! But, I would soon discover that only the right connection with our Heavenly Father will give us our true identity.
To discover self I felt a good place to start would be at the beginning. How was I created and why? In reading and studying the scriptures, we discover that God was excited to create woman.
"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil" (Genesis 2: 7-9).
I want to show you in scriptures the difference in the way God created man from woman.
Let's read further.
"And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him."
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him" (Genesis 2:15-20).
The scriptures tell us that God created the animals and beasts and told Adam to name each of them. WOW! Adam was a genius! He had the ability to name all the animals and beasts. Adam was God's masterpiece, but there was one problem. All the animals had a mate. God saw that there was not a helper or mate for Adam; one who was suitable and adaptable and who would complete him. God said that it was not good for man to be alone so He would make him a help mate. I like that word "make." It reminds me of designing a dress. Yes, that is what God did, he designed the woman!
"And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed" (Genesis 2:21-25). Recognizing the difference between man and woman is important in knowing who we are.
God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam and He took the rib from Adam, and made a woman and brought her to the man. When Adam woke up, he marveled at the beautiful creature next to him. The Bible does not tell us about her physical appearance. It did not say if she was short or tall, fat or skinny! What it said was she was woman! This gift was made and shaped into a unique fashion. Women, you were made like nothing else.
God created everything BUT you! He prepared you in man!
You see, God took the muddy dirt from the ground, shaped it, and formed man. He breathed into it and it became man. In the original Hebrew, one definition for being formed is "squeezed together." I can see that, man was squeezed. But because the woman was very special – God kept her hidden within the man. He fashioned her, but He did not allow her to emerge until the entire creation process was completed.&
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Chapter 1 A Journey to Wholeness.................... 1
Chapter 2 Knowing God as Father.................... 9
Chapter 3 Wholesome Thinking.................... 21
Chapter 4 He Wants It All.................... 29
Chapter 5 The Woman of Faith.................... 41
Chapter 6 The Woman of Wisdom.................... 51
Chapter 7 The Woman of Purpose.................... 63
Chapter 8 I'm Every Woman.................... 75