A Woman After God's Own Heart

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Experience real peace and joy as you follow God in every area of your life--and become a woman after His heart. With warmth and grace, Elizabeth George shares practical, scriptural insights on how you can pursue God's priorities when it comes to...

  • your husband--foster a deep commitment to serving and honoring him
  • your children--pray ...
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Overview

Experience real peace and joy as you follow God in every area of your life--and become a woman after His heart. With warmth and grace, Elizabeth George shares practical, scriptural insights on how you can pursue God's priorities when it comes to...

  • your husband--foster a deep commitment to serving and honoring him
  • your children--pray faithfully for them and teach them God's Word
  • your home--create a nurturing atmosphere and a tapestry of beauty
  • your walk with the Lord--grow through love of Scripture and in spiritual maturity
  • your ministry--learn to reach out and be a blessing to others

Let God fulfill His greatest desire for you. Allow Him to transform you by embracing His plans for you. And find real purpose in a life of prayer, a life of priorities, a life as A Woman After God's Own Heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736959629
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2015
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 160,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George, whose books have sold more than 7 million copies, is the author of A Woman After God's Own Heart (more than 1 million copies sold) and Breaking the Worry...Habit Forever! She's also a popular speaker at Christian women's events. Elizabeth and her husband, Jim, are parents and grandparents, and have been active in ministry for more than 30 years.

Biography

Elizabeth George was happy that her first novel was rejected.

Scratch that. She's happy now. At the time, it wasn't her best day. But the notes from her editor helped her realize that she had written the wrong book and chosen the wrong leading man. She threw out her Agatha-Christie/drawing-room-whodunit model in favor of a more modern police procedural set in the world of Scotland Yard. She promoted a minor character to her leading man, the handsome, aristocratic, Bentley-driving Thomas Lynley. And she invented a partner for him, the blue-collar, foul-mouthed, messy Barbara Havers.

"I was very lucky when the first one was rejected, because the editor explained to me why," George told the Los Angeles Times in 1999. "I had written a very Agatha Christie-esque book and she said that wasn't the way it was done. The modern crime novel doesn't have the detective call everyone into the library. It must deal with more topical crimes and the motives must be more psychological because the things you kill for are different now. Things like getting rid of a spouse who won't divorce you, or hiding an illegitimate child, or blackmail over a family scandal -- those are no longer realistic motivations."

And so, in A Great Deliverance, her first published novel, she opens with the decapitated body of a farmer, his blood-splattered daughter holding an ax, the horrified clergyman who happens on to the crime scene, and a rat feasting on the remains. Nope, not in Agatha Christie territory anymore.

George began writing as child when her mother gave her an old 1939 typewriter. When she graduated from high school, she graduated to an electric typewriter. But not until she graduated to a home computer (purchased by her husband in the 1983), did she actually try her hand at a novel. At the time, she was a schoolteacher and had been since 1974. But with the computer in front of her, she has said, it was put-up-or-shut-up time. She finished her first manuscript in 1983. But her first book wasn't published for five more years.

Though the Lynley/Havers novels are set in England -- as are the tales in her first book of short stories, 2002's I, Richard -- George is a Yank, born in Ohio and raised in Southern California. Maintaining a flat in London's South Kensington as a home base for research, George has been an Anglophile since a trip as a teenager to the United Kingdom, where she ultimately found that a British setting better served the fiction that she wanted to write. "The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel," she told Publishers Weekly in 1996, "where you have the emotional aspect of a detective's personal life, the circumstances of the crime and, most important, the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character."

Readers have made her books standard features on the bestseller lists, and critics have noted the psychologically deft motives of her characters and her detailed, well-researched plotting. "A behemoth, staggering in depth and breadth, A Traitor to Memory leaves you simultaneously satisfied and longing for more. It's simply a supreme pleasure to spend time engrossed in this intense, well-written novel," the Miami Herald said in 2001. The Washington Post called 1990's Well-Schooled in Murder " a bewitching book, exasperatingly clever, and with a complex plot that must be peeled layer by layer like an onion." The Los Angeles Times once called her "the California author who does Britain as well as P.D. James." And in 1996, Entertainment Weekly placed George's eighth novel, In the Presence of the Enemy in their fiction top ten list of the year, where she kept company with John Updike, Frank McCourt, Stephen King, and Jon Krakauer.

In her mind, each book begins with the killer, the victim and the motive. She travels to London and stays at her flat there to research locales. And she writes long profiles about what drives her characters psychologically. The kick for the reader isn't necessarily whodunit but why they dun it.

"I don't mind if they know who the killer is," she has said. "I'm happy to surprise them with the psychology behind the crime. I'm interested in the dark side of man. I'm interested in taboos, and murder is the greatest taboo. Characters are fascinating in their extremity not in their happiness."

Good To Know

The original model for Lynley was Nigel Havers, the nobleman and hurdle-jumper in the film Chariots of Fire whose butler placed champagne flutes on the hurdles to keep him from knocking them over. She named Barbara Havers as an homage to the actor.

On page 900 of the rough draft for Deception on His Mind, George changed her mind about the identity of the killer.

George's ex-husband is her business manager.

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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 26, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Warren, Ohio
    1. Education:
      A.A. Foothill Community College, 1969; B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1970; M.S. California State University
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

A Word of Welcome 9
Part 1 The Pursuit of God
1. A Heart Devoted to God 15
2. A Heart Abiding in God's Word 33
3. A Heart Committed to Prayer 52
4. A Heart That Obeys 69
Part 2 The Pursuit of God's Priorities
Her Husband
5. A Heart That Serves 85
6. A Heart That Submits 97
7. A Heart That Loves 114
8. A Heart That Loves, Part II 127
Her Children
9. A Heart That Values Being a Mother 144
10. A Heart That Prays Faithfully 159
11. A Heart Overflowing with Motherly Affection 175
12. A Heart Overflowing with Motherly Affection, Part II 187
Her Home
13. A Heart That Makes a House a Home 199
14. A Heart That Watches Over the Home 213
15. A Heart That Creates Order from Chaos 225
16. A Heart That Weaves a Tapestry of Beauty 239
Her Self
17. A Heart Strengthened by Spiritual Growth 255
18. A Heart Enriched by Joy in the Lord 271
Her Ministry
19. A Heart That Shows It Cares 290
20. A Heart That Encourages 308
Part 3 The Practice of God's Priorities
21. A Heart That Seeks First Things First 325
22. Following After God's Heart 339
Heart Actions: A Guide for Personal Reflection and Application 359
Notes 388
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    Amazing

    This book has helped me so much. I am on my 2nd copy. I read and re read this book. (I read other books as well) Elizabeth George helps with insights on how to 'get things done' in all a woman's life. your relationship with God, husband, kids, family, church. If your not married or have children this book will still enrich your life. Highly recomment Beautiful In God's eyes & A woman's High Calling.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Awesome

    I love this book!! The author gives so much good advice and she does such a good job of translating scriptures and showing how they relate to every day life. This book has truly been a pleasure to read and has been a blessing in my life. I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Highly Recommended is a must read

    I have enjoyed reading this book. It's a must read. It has really open my eyes and ears to another level of undstanding regarding life, parenting, marriage and more. It has also taught me how to think before speaking and how to do things things in order. Trust me you will enjoy learning how to become A Woman After God's Own Heart!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Errors!

    I would give this book more stars if it was easier to read. The constant misspellings, especially in the titles of the chapters, were so distracting that I kept loosing my place. The nook version is horrible and I will be asking for my money back. This book is very helpful, and if you are even considering buying it please do. Just not on the nook.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    A superb instructional book

    I've learned so much from this book. She touches on how God wants us to be a wife, a mom, a homemaker and then in ministry, somehow in our own small sphere of influence. She's amazing in that she can instruct so humbly. Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2007

    I started having morning devotions because of this book

    My book is filled with yellow highlights and yellow tabs. This book has become a reference book for me. Because of this book I started having 20 minutes devotions every morning and am seeing God transform my life. I keep this book next to my morning devotion Bible and journal.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    This book was life-changing for me. I heard Elizabeth speak on t

    This book was life-changing for me. I heard Elizabeth speak on this topic before she published the book- many years ago now. I was struggling with priorities as a young wife and mother. God greatly used her to open my eyes. She has truly been a mentor to me as I've grown as wife and mother. My husband can testify to the difference the principles in this book have made in our marriage and our home. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    A blessing!

    No other book, besides God's Holy Word, has been more of a blessing or has been as instrumental in my walk with God. Mrs. George doesnt give her opinions, but uses God's Word to teach her readers to be Women After God's Own Heart. She backs up God's Word with examples from her life and others' lives. She encourages the reader to continue in God's Word even when it isnt really liked and is more of a chore and like "cod liver oil," assuring that eventually it will be enjoyed and looked forward to like "peaches and cream."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Great Resource

    I found this to be very helpful and relevant to me as a christian woman, wife and mother. There are things I will revisit in this text and lots of highlights in my bible. I have even bought my folders ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Really Helpful!

    This book is so helpful. You'll read it more than once!

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