An Imperfect Woman: Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together

An Imperfect Woman: Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together

by Kim Hyland
An Imperfect Woman: Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together

An Imperfect Woman: Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together

by Kim Hyland


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Women are bombarded with ideas of perfection—and tips for how to achieve it—every day. From her work to her looks to her parenting, today's modern woman is expected to strive to be picture perfect in every way. As a result, calls for authenticity and imperfection are on the rise. Yet, deep down, most of us still want to achieve perfection. Why?

The desire to be perfect, says Kim Hyland, is actually a God-given urge. After all, we were made for Eden. But there is a difference between perfection and perfectionism, which is our attempt to achieve perfection on our own, by our own strength, and for our own purposes—the original temptation in the Garden. In this freeing book, Hyland offers women a stirring manifesto for acknowledging their limitations and embracing the perfection of God through his grace. This is a book for every woman who gives 110% and yet feels shame when one little thing goes wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801075162
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 853,328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kim Hyland is a writer, a speaker, and the founder and host of Winsome, an annual retreat for women that celebrates authenticity, diversity, and truth. She also speaks at national retreats and conferences, where she encourages women by sharing her imperfect path and God's perfect plans. Originally from the DC metro area, she now lives with her family on a mountain overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Connect with Kim at

Table of Contents

An Imperfect Woman's Manifesto 9

Part 1 The Gospel's Proclamation 13

1 The Gospel, a Perfect Fit for Your Reality 17

I will reject spiritual perfectionism and embrace gospel grace.

2 Humility's Good Fruit 33

I will reject pride and embrace humility.

3 Guilty? Yes. Condemned? No Way! 51

I will reject condemnation and embrace forgiveness.

Part 2 The Gospel's Promise 69

4 That Peace 71

I will reject anxiety and embrace true peace.

5 His Sovereignty, My Security 93

I will reject false security and embrace God's sovereignty and provision.

Part 3 The Gospel's Price 111

6 Ideal or Idol? 113

I will reject idols posing as ideals and embrace sacrifice, suffering, and hope.

7 Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire 137

I will reject dressed-up lies and embrace naked truth

8 Women in Combat Boots 153

I will reject safety and embrace the battle.

Part 4 The Gospel's Power 173

9 Your Beautiful "Once upon a Time" 175

I will reject comparison and embrace my story.

10 Heavenly Minded 195

I will reject myopic, earthbound plans and embrace grand, eternal destinies.

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 219

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