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Empowering Reminders of Who You Really Are

By: Holley Gerth

Published: October 1, 2019

Publisher: Revell


Holley Gerth is one of my favorite Christian writers. I feel like she absolutely writes from the heart and gets me. She understands the struggles women are facing in the marriages, in their homes, in their careers, and in their friendships. Every single book of hers has a special spot on my shelf for quick access when I need to be uplifted.

In her newest devotional, Gerth shares 60 short, powerful, meaningful messages. At the end of each devotional, the reader is encouraged to journal in answer to a question related to that reading. With 60 messages, this could be read every day for two months, every weekday for three months, or once a week for just over a year. Or read it all in one sitting then go back and think deeper about each message, journaling when something strikes you.

So many of Gerth’s messages resonated with me, but my favorites included “Defend Your Sisters”. I just had this situation come up in my life and it broke my heart to see a friend hurting because of someone (another woman) tearing her apart. Gerth states, “…we do this without knowing, this sword that’s in our hands….let’s put our words firmly on the side of the kingdom and use them to protect, never to harm.” She then asks readers to commit “to using words to defend and heal, not to harm” as well as committing in other ways to speak encouragement and not negativity.

In another, she asks us to look for “broken pieces” in our day like “mosaics, stained glass, bits of a cookie crumbled on top of ice cream” to remind us that we too are broken and God sees us as beautiful and amazing.

I’ve frequently been chastised for being a worrier. Really, what mom isn’t??? Her devotion titled, “Wear Your Helmet” offered that Aha! moment I needed and the reminder that God can handle my worry if I just give it to him!

Gerth’s book is lovely with its simple cover and soft, non-distracting pages. There is a pretty red ribbon bookmark included to mark your pages. This book is perfect for gift-giving to ALL your girlfriends. There will be multiple devotions that will speak to your heart and every woman in your life.

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Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You’re Already Amazing and Fiercehearted. She’s also co-founder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Connect with her at

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