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Who doesn't face life's struggles that often appear overwhelming? Karol Ladd, in her lovely book "Positive Life Principles for Women", offers 8 simple secrets to turn your challenges into possibilities. Opening every chapter with an appropriate quote and Bible verse, Ladd uses both a present day example and a Biblical character's life to teach a life lesson, then closes each chapter with a section called 'Positive Life Strategy.' This section is thoughtfully assembled to ensure the reader optimal introspection: begins with a positive truth; proceeds to a plan of action with specific principles to incorporate in your own life; a short "pay it forward" paragraph with suggestions for enhancing others' lives; and two thoughtful questions for reflection or discussion. Among the various Biblical examples the author uses are Eve and Sarah, and Esther and Ruth. Chapter 3 is called 'Guard Against Comparisons' and focuses on the emotionally and spiritually diminishing issue of jealousy, in this case between sisters Rachel and Leah. "The only time we should be looking at others is when we are looking in compassion, not in comparison," she rightly states.
"Positive Life Principles" would make a stellar 8 week study for women, encouraging both emotional and spiritual maturity as the reader is taught how to respond appropriately in relationship to others. Your own personal relationship with both yourself and God will deepen, too, as you journey through this inspiring study. In the chapter on facing fears, Ladd writes, "Seek God's help and direction, praise Him in the midst of the challenges, and remember that the battle is the Lord's." Wise words for all of us.