"A Woman Overwhelmed" is a phrase with which many women can relate. But what would happen if we could see the insanity in our pace and embrace our overwhelming God?
There is a reason they say that a woman’s work is never done— because it isn’t! As women, we often are overwhelmed by the demands and circumstances of life, resulting in stress, fear, worry, impatience, fatigue, frustration, and even depression. The truth is that we were created to be overwhelmed . . . not by life but by God! When we learn to be overwhelmed by God, the fruit in our lives goes from rotten to fragrant—filling our days with peace, hope, love, and joy.
In A Woman Overwhelmed, best-selling author Hayley DiMarco shares biblical insights and personal stories to offer a glimpse at the comedy of an overwhelmed life while encouraging us to discover the depths and heights of God’s love and power.
Be empowered to find freedom in becoming overwhelmed with who God is—by learning to focus on what we know about God so that we can hold onto faith even when it seems that all is lost. For it is when an overwhelmed woman gives up the mission of me and exchanges it for the mission of God that being overwhelmed becomes a good thing.
Choose to bask in the abundance of the Father instead of the abundance of life as his unfathomable depths can surely replace our fathomable messes.
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About the Author
Hayley DiMarco, author of the A Woman Overwhelmed Bible study and trade book, is the best-selling author of more than forty books, including multiple books in the God Girl line, The Fruitful Wife, Obsessed, Die Young, and Own It. As the founder of Hungry Planet, a company intensely focused on feeding the world's appetite for truth, Hayley speaks regularly for women’s groups and events, including groups such as Women of Faith, dotMOM, Precept National Women’s Convention, and MOPS International. She and her pastor husband, Michael, live outside Nashville with their daughter and four dogs. Visit her online at HayleyDiMarco.com.
Table of Contents
My Overwhelming Introduction vii
1 Elbow Deep in Birthday Cake 1
2 Pregnant for Centuries 7
3 No Wonder Italian Women Throw Plates 11
I So Much to Do, So Little Time
4 It's All a Scam to Sell Us More Magazines! 19
5 If There is No One to Impress, Then There Will Be a Mess 25
6 The World Can't Handle My Ninja 31
II Death by Comparison
7 Life Is Like an Etsy Shop 41
8 I See Perfect People and They Won't Shut Up 47
9 He Put the Pun in Punishment 53
10 I Don't Like to Bother People 59
III What I Can't Control, Controls Me
11 My Face Just Won't Shut Up 67
12 I Have a Problem with Stupid People 73
13 A Different Kind of Selfishness 79
14 I'm What Experts Call Weird 85
IV It's Hard Being Me
15 "Hubby, I Have a Date with Andrew Tonight" 93
16 I'm a Creep Looking for a BFF 99
17 I Make My Own Law, Thank You Very Much 103
18 Walk a Mile in My Brain 109
19 This is What It Sounds Like When Grass Cries 115
V The Mission of Me
20 Maybe I Should Start Killing People 123
21 Enlarging My Goiter 129
22 The Glass Is Half-Full (of Toxins) 135
23 Deep Undercover in Mumbai 141
24 God's To-Do-Through-You List 147
VI Overwhelmed by God
25 Go Overwhelmed or Go Home 155
26 I'm Like the Fat in a Cheese Stick 161
27 The Year My Mom Moved Out 167
28 The Elevator Operator of Death 173
29 I Fought the Law and the Law Won 176
30 You're a Bad Girl, Wilma lean 185
31 An Overwhelming Conclusion 191
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Woman Overwhelmed by Hayley DiMarco needs to be on every woman’s to-read list! With hilarious chapter headings (‘The World Can’t Handle My Ninja’, ‘My Face Just Won’t Shut Up’, I’m Like the Fat in a Cheese Stick’) and an engaging & witty writing voice, DiMarco speaks to the heart of a woman and refreshes the soul. Each chapter’s ‘Thoughts to Ponder’ help the author’s personal insights become personal to the reader as well and would make great starting points for a small group discussion. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Life's True Mission Being overwhelmed appears to be a normal, daily thing for me as a wife, a mother, and a career woman. When someone asks, “Are you feeling overwhelmed?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Isn’t that just life? Well, Hayley DiMarco in “A Woman Overwhelmed” takes you from being overwhelmed with life to being overwhelmed by God’s love. Hayley bares her soul as she writes this book. It feels as though she is sitting next me, conversing these stories and thoughts. Each short chapter contains a personal story from Hayley’s life and a “thoughts to ponder” section. In the final pages, Hayley writes “If you are tired of being overwhelmed by life, then choose to make the mission of God your number one focus (p.189).” As simple as that. Take my focus off the world and focus on God! I highly encourage every woman out there to read this book even with a busy schedule, five minutes a day will make all the difference. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity and was under no obligation to post a review.
"So much to do. So little time." So much can be said in those two statements and most of the moms, wives, sisters, women, and more can attest to how truthful it feels like for us on a daily basis. What about you? Feeling like at times your day can feel overwhelming? How can women handle the day to day stresses without falling apart? How can we hold it all together when it seems like it is all falling apart at the seams some days? Where is God in all of this and how can He help? You might want to pick up a copy of Hayley DiMarco's latest book, A Woman Overwhelmed: Finding God in the Messes of Life. It might just provide the encouragement we all need. What overwhelms you? Is it finances, trying to make ends meet when there simply isn't enough to go around? What about a health issue you've been diagnosed and it seems like prayer just isn't working and it's getting worse? What about your marriage that you've been struggling to hold onto knowing God can do all things? Do you ever wonder if the reason you feel overwhelmed is because we are NOT in charge? Tough question but one easily answered. If you were in charge of those situations, would they overwhelm you any longer? Not a chance. Whatever is out of our control is what is overwhelming us. So often our goal in life is to find the best way to control, well, everything, including those around us. Especially the ones we consider our people, our kids, our spouses, our friends and family. In fact if you take any of the online stress surveys available, if four or more symptoms stress you out, they suggest a bigger problem. A problem with too much to handle. Let's see how you do. Do you struggle with any of the following, and be sure to be honest, at least with yourself. Emotional eating Insomnia Digestive Problems Ulcers Anxiety Tension Headaches Weight Gain Quick Irritation When life is more than we can handle, just looking at it reveals our complete inadequacies, and failures and all we long to do it simply to go back to bed. We know we are overwhelmed and not in a good way. When our bodies are begging us for a straightjacket and a padded cell, and we start to at least consider it, we know its time to reassess our priorities and to look for the flaws in our logic and planning. Aren't you tired of being overwhelmed by life. Don't you want something more? Don't you? I received A Woman Overwhelmed by Hayley DiMarco compliments of Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity. Almost every single woman can identify with feeling overwhelmed at some point in their life and she gives you the tools and encouragement you need, not only to realize you are not alone, but how to manage quickly through them and get to the other side of the issue. She opens up her own life and that is how I feel she wins readers over. We realize someone else has been there with us and the feelings she relates are exactly how we have felt. By the conclusion of this book, hopefully you can see the depths of God's love for you and maybe even the ability to catch a glimpse of the comedy of an overwhelmed life seen from the rearview mirror or the passenger seat of our car, and you will discover freedom. You will find grace to begin to close your worldly eyes to the messiness of life as you open your spiritual eyes to the beauty surrounding our messes. I easily give this book a solid 5 out of 5 stars and plan on referencing it often along with prayer to get through my own issues that threaten to overwhelm me.
This book had it all of intention writing and compelling to read with that will helping you and another to finding a way to move from overwhelmed by life to overwhelmed by God and to go from Living the mission to embracing the mission of Him and realize that comparison is a deadly habit and make you more overwhelming in life in everywhere you live and to be hopefully finding yourself and be able to give yourself a break and laugh instead of cry. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity of this review”.
I wouldn't be truthful if I said I am not a Woman Overwhelmed. I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said that I didn't find help in filling my days with peace, hope, love and joy after reading this book. Who doesn't want to bask in the abundance of the Father. Hayley DiMarco shares herself and shares what God has taught her. This is a great book for all women. Mature or young. I think there are times that we are all in a place where we need to be reminded of God's sovereignty and his grace. Let's face it. It's hard being a wife and a mom. I for one am grateful to find some help. I recommend Woman Overwhelmed to all women. I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.