I am honored to be a friend of Gwen Smith, one of the founders of “Girlfriends in God” — a ladies ministry of encouragement that has been a blessing to my own wife and many across the country. She is joined in this ministry with Mary Southerland (wife of Pastor Dan Southerland who wrote the book “Transitioning” and was the founding pastor of Flamingo Road Church in South Florida) and Sharon Jaynes. Gwen’s husband, Brad, is one of the elders at our church, Life Fellowship, in the Lake Norman area of metropolitan Charlotte, NC.
“Girlfriends in God” has just released their newest book, “Trusting God“. As they decribe it, “Just trust me” are the words we often hear in movies just before something bad happens. And yet, we are told to trust God. In a culture where we tend to take control of our own lives, trusting God has become a religious platitude rather than a life-changing attitude. We say it, but do we really mean it? And what does trusting God really look like? Each of these ladies has gone through life experiences when they simply had to hang on and trust God as life took wild turns and nerve-wracking bends. The books has 12 Bible-study lessons and a place to journal as well.
Of the three “Girlfriends”, I know Gwen best because we attend the same church and Brad and I work together in leadership at our church. Gwen is one of those effervescent personalities that makes one want to charge hades with a water pistol when you hear about her passion for the Gospel and growing in grace. At the same time, she’s known her share of tough times and personal challenges. She’s a wife, mother of some super-great kids, worship leader for many conferences and helps with our teams at the church and still takes the time to nurture her own walk with the Lord and helps other ladies do the same. That’s why I’m recommending her book. She’s the real deal and I know enough about her partners in ministry to know that they are as well. Gwen is also the author of “Broken into Beautiful.”
It’s Christmas time and this book would make a great present for your wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend or colleague. You can pick up a paperback copy or a Kindle edition HERE.
Congratulations to our Free Give-Away Winners: Jason Pyles and Terry Pettigrew. Your books are in the mail!