"You don't have to get your act together, lose ten pounds...write a best-selling book, or raise perfect children"-God loves you anyway. So begins this collection of writings by Christian authors, which focuses on how a close relationship with God improves a woman's life in myriad ways. The title essay by Moore (Things Pondered) exhorts women to devote themselves "utterly" to God, and shows how morning prayer time helps "satisfy your soul." In a smooth, sermon-like essay, Briscoe (Prayer That Works) considers the ways women are viewed positively in scripture, and encourages women to minister, as Jesus did, with "a vision, a passion, and a mission." Wilson (Hurt People Hurt People) outlines the seven areas of a woman's life-spiritual, personal, relational, rational, emotional, volitional, and behavioral-and shows how understanding and growing in these areas can help improve self-esteem. "Being a Godly Woman Through Every Stage of Life," by Hart, a chaplain at Fuller Theological Seminary, uses scripture to urge women to depend on God during difficult times, and "Living in the Spirit of Unity," by Wells, the founder of A Woman of God Ministries, teaches readers about the power of love. Women looking for spiritual sustenance will find comfort in these pages, as the authors share personal problems and triumphs as well as their passionate commitment to a closer relationship with God. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.