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Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Place To Belong

Where can a woman find
  • Acceptance
  • Authenticity
  • Affirmation
  • Accountability
  • Action
In short, where can a woman find "a place to belong"?

In her book, A Place To Belong:  Out of our Comfort Zone and Into God's Adventure, Lisa Troyer encourages women to find their "circle of friends" and to base their relationships on those five pillars.  Troyer is the president of Circle of Friends whose vision it is to "be women who are committed to Jesus Christ, obediently seeking God’s will and fulfilling our life mission as Christ-followers. As individuals and as a corporate group, we will minister a Christ-centered hope, Biblically-based encouragement and unconditional love. Our goal is to evangelize the lost and edify the Body of Christ, by touching the lives of women, locally & globally".   

Troyer is not only the president of Circle of Friends, but also a songwriter and program host for Moody Radio. She enjoys spending time with her husband Bob, and their children Jillian and Christian. Pursuing her passion for women's ministry, she has been involved with Circle of Friends for over a decade.

In A Place to Belong, Troyer launches her story with a disclosure of an unsettling secret from her past and readers immediately sense that they are being drawn into a transparent and authentic conversation that may affect their own lives dramatically.  They perceive, too, a gentle but persistent invitation to a place of true freedom and belonging in the very heart of God.

The message of the book is centered around the five pillars of acceptance, authenticity, affirmation, accountability, and action.  Each section includes song lyrics, some penned by Troyer herself, and also discussion questions related to the song.  Interspersed throughout the book are testimonies from women whose lives have been touched by the Circle of Friends ministry.  Included at the end of the book are resources the reader will find helpful, including a one year Bible reading schedule, tips and goals for leading a small group, accountability questions and recommended reading.

Troyer encourages women to connect with one another, comfort each other and affirm each other in using the gifts God has given them.  The bottom line of the book is that a woman's life can be rich while being full of hope and purpose and that no woman needs to ever "go it alone".  I appreciate that Troyer's book is full of honesty and practical encouragement in God's Word and His purpose for relationship with Him and those around us.  Troyer is the real thing and you will sense it on every page of her book.

A Place to Belong would be an excellent resource for women's ministry teams attempting to establish real ministry among women or for small groups of women meeting together who are seeking to learn how to minister to each other in real and practical ways.

You can order the book from by going HERE.