Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Different Kind of Wild by Debbie Alsdorf


Time to Leave Tame Faith Behind
Get ready to experience the adventurous spiritual life God has for you

When Debbie Alsdorf speaks to Christian women, she has a message for them: “Go wild.” And she means it—but she’s talking about a different kind of wild living than the image we’re most familiar with.

“This new wild is about taking our lives back,” she says. “It’s about becoming women who dare to live differently—wild in surrender, wild in devotion, wild in service, and wild in following what God calls us to.”

She encourages women to embrace the adventure God has for them, and watch their faith flourish like never before. She looks at how women can be risk-takers for Christ, stand firm in crises, confront fear with truth, dare to live by a different standard and find courage to follow a new life path.

Alsdorf explains this call to becoming wild: “’Wild’ stands for ‘women
in lifelong development.’” While this might sound intimidating and
out-of-reach to some women, she points out that it is a process. “The key
is understanding that it’s a lifelong development. There are no overnight spiritual success stories. We are on a journey with God: Each day the
pages of life are turned, and line by line our story unfolds. It is a process.”

With passion and deep, Scriptural insights, Alsdorf—an exciting conference speaker, women’s ministry leader and Bible teacher—helps women live transformed lives with untamed faith and courageous obedience to God’s leading. Reflection questions are included, making this book an ideal resource for personal study or small-group use.

Debbie Alsdorf is the author of Deeper. As the founder of Design4Living Ministries, she seeks to encourage women to Live Up! in the truth of God’s Word. Since 1997, she has been the director of women’s ministries at Cornerstone Fellowship, where she and her team lead a vibrant women’s ministry. Debbie is a biblical lay counselor and a member of the Association of Christian Counselors. She lives in Northern California.

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Here is my review of this terrific non-fiction read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Debbie Alsdorf and her publisher for sending me a copy of "A Different Kind of Wild" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

Debbie Alsdorf’s “A Different Kind of Wild” is an inspiring non-fiction read. It is a boldly written book that offers life-changing challenges to women who desire to actively live in the Spirit. The author does this by introducing the concept of “living up”, which is her ministry’s focus.

“A Different Kind of Wild” is packed with pertinent scripture references and enlightening quotes. This book would be an ideal group read, as it is loaded with study questions at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book. These questions can lead to wonderful group discussion, or be used for personal reflection.

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