Book Review: A Woman Overwhelmed by Hayley DiMarco

November 16, 2017 Christian, Hayley DiMarco, nonfiction 12

about the book

“A Woman Overwhelmed” is a phrase with which many women can relate.

But what would happen if we could see the insanity in our pace and embrace our overwhelming God?

There is a reason they say that a woman’s work is never done- because it isn’t! As women, we often are overwhelmed by the demands and circumstances of life, resulting in stress, fear, worry, impatience, fatigue, frustration, and even depression. The truth is that we were created to be overwhelmed . . . not by life but by God! When we learn to be overwhelmed by God, the fruit in our lives goes from rotten to fragrant-filling our days with peace, hope, love, and joy

In A Woman Overwhelmed, best-selling author Hayley DiMarco shares biblical insights and personal stories to offer a glimpse at the comedy of an overwhelmed life while encouraging us to discover the depths and heights of God’s love and power.

Be empowered to find freedom in becoming overwhelmed with who God is-by learning to focus on what we know about God so that we can hold onto faith even when it seems that all is lost. For it is when an overwhelmed woman gives up the mission of me and exchanges it for the mission of God that being overwhelmed becomes a good thing.

Choose to bask in the abundance of the Father instead of the abundance of life as his unfathomable depths can surely replace our fathomable messes.

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GENRE: Inspirational NonFiction
PUBLISHER: Abingdon Press
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2017
PAGES: 208

Our life is not meant to overwhelm us, but instead we are to overwhelm the world with the Creator’s amazing grace.

“A woman overwhelmed”. Yep. Right now that’s me. I’d imagine that this title applies to a lot of my readers, too. This book by Hayley DiMarco landed in my lap at just the right time. One look at all the page flags I’ve got sticking out of my copy should tell you as much.

Two weeks ago when I first read this book, one of the things that most caught my attention was this sentence in Chapter 23:

Can I trust God with my schedule and be willing to miss out on something I wanted to do?

I needed to read it again today too. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the good things we want to do. Blog posts. Reviews. Interviews. Articles. Speaking engagements. Family time. Vacation. Me time. Reading. Watching TV. And then there’s all the stuff we “have” to do. Sometimes those two categories overlap – and we actually want to do the things we have to do. But often we just get overwhelmed, don’t we? Trusting God with our schedules is hard for a lot of us. Maybe even more difficult than trusting Him with ‘hard stuff’ like prayer needs, finances, illness? I think we even feel like our schedule is the one thing we DO control, which is why it’s so hard to trust God with our to-do lists and calendars.

Speaking of to-do lists, the next chapter stepped on my toes a lot too 😉 The only thing on God’s to-do-through-me list is love. I’m the one who clutters it up. And, as the author says so beautifully, “if you keep God’s mission (love) as your goal for the rest of your life, you will find yourself less overwhelmed by life and more overwhelmed by your God.”

Bottom Line: A Woman Overwhelmed by Hayley DiMarco needs to be on every woman’s to-read list! With hilarious chapter headings (‘The World Can’t Handle My Ninja’, ‘My Face Just Won’t Shut Up’, I’m Like the Fat in a Cheese Stick’) and an engaging & witty writing voice, DiMarco speaks to the heart of a woman and refreshes the soul. Each chapter’s ‘Thoughts to Ponder’ help the author’s personal insights become personal to the reader as well and would make great starting points for a small group discussion.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Great read!

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about the author

Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of more than 40 books, including multiple books in the God Girl line, “The Fruitful Wife,” “Obsessed,” “Die Young” and “Own It.” As the founder of Hungry Planet, a company intensely focused on feeding the world’s appetite for truth, DiMarco speaks regularly for women’s groups and events, including Women of Faith, dotMOM, Precept National Women’s Convention and MOPS International. Hayley and her pastor husband, Michael, live outside Nashville with their daughter and four dogs.

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12 Responses to “Book Review: A Woman Overwhelmed by Hayley DiMarco”

  1. Winnie Thomas

    This sounds like something I need to read, too. Everything is overwhelming to me right now. However, I just hired a maid!!! Well, she’s really a cleaning lady, but a maid fits into my historical fiction brain better. 😀 And she only charges $10 an hour!! I paid her $11 an hour to entice her to come back again. 😀 She’s a college student and as sweet as can be. Yay! Now I just need to find a cook. And a gardener in the spring.