Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Place To Belong by Lisa Troyer

Looking for “a place to belong”? Find it in a community of women fostering relationships through authenticity, affirmation and accountability—find it in the Circle of Friends.

Your outlook will never be the same as you explore the ministry potential of a dynamic group of “women helping women,” and catch their vision to be women committed to Jesus Christ, obediently seeking God’s will, and fulfilling their life mission as Christ-followers.

My thoughts...

Lisa has endured some very painful experiences in her life, from being sexually abused by a teacher to losing a child through miscarriage. She has come through them with the help of Jesus and has established "A Circle of Friends" ministries as a result. Here women learn the concepts of Acceptance, Authenticity, Affirmation, Accountability, and Action.

Lisa says that first we must accept the fact that God sees and cares about us. We are valuable to Him. Next we must be authentic, be ourselves. Trust God and trust one other person that you can be real with. Don't pretend everything is ok. Every one of us has problems of some sort.

Being truthful with others will cause them to be truthful (real) with you. They will respect you for who you are. Then, be accountable. Find an accountability partner who will point you in the right direction... toward God and His Word.

Finally, step into action. God has a plan for your life and to fulfill it you must get started.

There are questions to reflect on throughout the book and a discussion guide for small groups at the end. Lisa has included a Bible reading guide, goal setting tips, recommended reading and much more!

"A Place To Belong" is a great guide for ministry. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can find out more about Lisa's ministry at The website includes a blog and daily inspirational readings. Visit the author's website at

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