Rising Strong

Open the cover to Warrior Chicks, and it is immediately apparent that this is not like every other book that you have encountered on the subject of following God through hard circumstances.  Holly Wagner writes in consecutive and vivid word pictures, and although I have never met her, I can predict that this is also how she would speak if we were face to face over a cup of tea.

A ministry wife and mother, Holly received a cancer diagnosis that changed her life, for in the midst of her fight for survival, she discovered a grit and tenacity that applies to more than just the life and death struggle against disease.

Truly, we are all in a daily struggle to be a winner — not a whiner;
to rise and shine, when the natural reaction would be to fall and fade;
to focus on the goal of healthy living, inside and out;
to successfully pass the baton of faith on to the next generation — to the next person God brings across our path.

This warrior mindset is only possible in Christ, and only with the conscious, stamped-on-your-eyeballs-awareness that the Christian life is one of war-time camaraderie with a living body of fellow believers who are also fellow warriors.  We prepare ourselves for battle — not with the pumps and pantyhose of weak theology and silly-girl excuses, but with the armor of God which rivets our thinking to truth, protects our hearts from distractions, shields our souls from faithless fear, and encases us in a righteousness that transcends our own.

THIS DAY.  THIS BATTLE.  Our Commanding Officer reveals His plans in His own good time, and then provides faith to carry them out.  We, as warriors, follow best when we are properly trained, vigilant, and seeking to do more for God’s glory, for it is this that guards against a victim mentality.  Rather than asking, “Why?” when disaster strikes, the Warrior Chick has a better question on her lips:
What do I need to learn?
Who can I help?
How can I help them?
Rich in scriptural exhortation and biblical stories that put flesh on the bones of her argument, Holly Wagner has thrown down the challenge:  Lie down and give in or stand up and fight as the overcomer that God enables you to be.

So, what’s it going to be?


This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for over 25 years, and their four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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