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Every woman needs a little jump start in life. Donna Partow knows how to make it happen. In Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be, author Donna Partow shows women how to reenergize their lives in 90 days. She covers everything from faith and family to fitness and fashion (with lots more) in this comprehensive plan for greater vitality in life and intimacy with God. This in Every woman needs a little jump start in life. Donna Partow knows how to make it happen. In Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be, author Donna Partow shows women how to reenergize their lives in 90 days. She covers everything from faith and family to fitness and fashion (with lots more) in this comprehensive plan for greater vitality in life and intimacy with God. This in-depth study of Proverbs 31:10-31 will make women feel in control and on top of things as they study and even memorize that famous passage about the ideal woman of God. This positive, life-affirming book includes a leader's guide, making it perfect for small group use.


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Every woman needs a little jump start in life. Donna Partow knows how to make it happen. In Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be, author Donna Partow shows women how to reenergize their lives in 90 days. She covers everything from faith and family to fitness and fashion (with lots more) in this comprehensive plan for greater vitality in life and intimacy with God. This in Every woman needs a little jump start in life. Donna Partow knows how to make it happen. In Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be, author Donna Partow shows women how to reenergize their lives in 90 days. She covers everything from faith and family to fitness and fashion (with lots more) in this comprehensive plan for greater vitality in life and intimacy with God. This in-depth study of Proverbs 31:10-31 will make women feel in control and on top of things as they study and even memorize that famous passage about the ideal woman of God. This positive, life-affirming book includes a leader's guide, making it perfect for small group use.

30 review for Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be: A 90-Day Guide to Living the Proverbs 31 Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barb S

    I hesitate to give something a bad review knowing the author put a great deal of themselves into writing a book, but I was concerned that a women, not grounded in the Word might read this and find themselves confusing the authors view of a what a woman should be for God's (as the title suggests). I bought this book on an Amazon suggestion having never heard of the author. I began the book with the desire to become more consistent in quiet times and with the hope that the practical side of the boo I hesitate to give something a bad review knowing the author put a great deal of themselves into writing a book, but I was concerned that a women, not grounded in the Word might read this and find themselves confusing the authors view of a what a woman should be for God's (as the title suggests). I bought this book on an Amazon suggestion having never heard of the author. I began the book with the desire to become more consistent in quiet times and with the hope that the practical side of the book would help me juggle home and work as I am new to the world of working mothers. Knowing the Proverbs 31 woman was a working mom I also hoped it would eliminate some of my mommy guilt for have taken a job despite my desires to be a stay at home mom. The guided prayers seemed dead on to me throughout the book. My concern was with the practical tips. The first few chapters began with requests to purchase a number of expensive items such as a new mattress, a rebounder (trampoline), quality walking shoes, and all sorts of new foods. It is only later in the book that the author talks about wise spending. While I understand the order of the chapters (systematically working through Proverbs 31) there was no thought of being wise on spending early on. The author tried to provide thoughtful advice to assist women in making her points practical, however I found them to assume that everyone has the same life. Morning devotions are more Godly, as is the morning exercise time, and the family breakfast together. (While she says you should find a meal time that works, after that time her checklist to see if you are doing what you should always refer to the family breakfast.) As a teacher I leave the house before my kids are typically awake, and getting up early for devotions was a big deal for me. Had I added in an hour walk as well I would have been getting out of bed at 4:45. In order to get the 7 hours of sleep she recommends I would be going to bed with my kids. I didn't want to throw the baby out with the bath water so I looked for useful things and discarded the ridiculous while adjusting the ideas that had some potential. I finished the book partly to see what other crazy things she would say. My friends eagerly waited for me to share the next insane thing she had to say and we referred to is as a train-wreck. You just couldn't look away. I wondered how many kick-backs she was getting for the products she recommends. I found her views on hospitality very limiting. I found her vegetable fast insane. A gospel that is not true everywhere is not true. This is an Americanized gospel, that only applies to a specific kind of women in a specific set of circumstances. From this devotion I took away a number of useful tips, but much of what I took away was that my Godliness is not dependent on my weight or the color of the clothes I have in my wardrobe. It is not dependent on my back account or the cleanliness of my home. While moving towards improvement in all those areas, my Godliness is based on the condition of my heart. I am certain the author would agree with that statement. We just disagree on what the heart looks like when lived out in the practical sense.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aisha

    Going through this 90-day book now. Disappointed that she is "hawking her wares" - in the book and on her website. She is a distributor for a certain brand of nutritional supplements - and has references to it in her book, and also to a particular brand of rebounder. However, it's a good book - and lots of good practical advice. I do fear her ministry is not really going to be taken seriously - and I think it does her ministry a disservice to show controversial research when she puts links to buy a Going through this 90-day book now. Disappointed that she is "hawking her wares" - in the book and on her website. She is a distributor for a certain brand of nutritional supplements - and has references to it in her book, and also to a particular brand of rebounder. However, it's a good book - and lots of good practical advice. I do fear her ministry is not really going to be taken seriously - and I think it does her ministry a disservice to show controversial research when she puts links to buy at her own personal gain - on each page of her website. Is Donna's focus direct marketing or ministry - or can there be a melding of both. Is it ethical to direct readers to a particular brand for personal gain? You decide.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Encouraged me Spiritually but I didn't agree with everything in the book. Encouraged me Spiritually but I didn't agree with everything in the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna Varney

    I enjoyed many parts of this book, particularly those grounded in scripture. I think it's a great structure as well and enjoyed memorizing sections of this important passage of the Bible. The author seems to have a good grasp Of business and finances and running a home. Where I think she gives odd and off putting advice is In beauty and health. Here she is mildly sexist at best and dangerous at worst. Drinking as much lemon water and the weird baths she suggests are actually not very healthy and I enjoyed many parts of this book, particularly those grounded in scripture. I think it's a great structure as well and enjoyed memorizing sections of this important passage of the Bible. The author seems to have a good grasp Of business and finances and running a home. Where I think she gives odd and off putting advice is In beauty and health. Here she is mildly sexist at best and dangerous at worst. Drinking as much lemon water and the weird baths she suggests are actually not very healthy and have little to do with being a good person. For me, this book was a guideline to communicating well with God, and to trying to attain a higher standard for myself. The book is very helpful but I caution anyone to use it with a grain of salt. Buying a rebounder and walking shoes are practical tidbits but not really about being close to The Lord. Also, I wish there had been more about community, fellowship, and Jesus himself. That all felt a bit sidelined when I should be the main point. At points, I was very frustrated with the author and was going to give this book two stars but I've decided to be generous bc it's really has been a thought provoking 90 days. Good luck of you do read this! Keep your eyes on the bigger prize, not some of the minutiae of the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    This book along with Donna's ministry changed my life! I was over-weight, unhealthy, and, although a believer, experiencing a slump in my walk with God. This book, should you choose to fully engage, can teach you how to implement practical little changes overtime that can get you on the road to healthier version of yourself, not only in your body but in your spirit and soul as well. There are so many great aspects of this book from daily attitude adjustments to daily diet & exercise checklists, This book along with Donna's ministry changed my life! I was over-weight, unhealthy, and, although a believer, experiencing a slump in my walk with God. This book, should you choose to fully engage, can teach you how to implement practical little changes overtime that can get you on the road to healthier version of yourself, not only in your body but in your spirit and soul as well. There are so many great aspects of this book from daily attitude adjustments to daily diet & exercise checklists, but my most favorite parts would be the affirmations and writing out your scripture-based prayer. I read this book in conjunction with Donna's online class "90-Day Renewal" and did not turn back. This book can stand alone but acted as a great companion for me during the class. Because I fully engaged and dove into Donna's teachings, I am no longer over-weight but 20 pounds lighter in 90 days, I've been able to reverse some of my physical ailments, and am experiencing newer, deeper levels in my relationship with Jesus Christ. I cannot recommend this book or Donna's ministry enough to anyone serious about transforming their lives.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    There are many great things about this guide, but there are also a few concerning points. When you read this guide, dont expect to find every week's theme and every day's lesson applicable. Things I liked about this book : you memorize a good portion of Proverbs 31 The Passage the Read and Guided Prayer were usually great There are some great themes and topics and tips that I have or will put into practice Things I didnt like about this book: At times it can be a bit too practical and leave God in th There are many great things about this guide, but there are also a few concerning points. When you read this guide, dont expect to find every week's theme and every day's lesson applicable. Things I liked about this book : you memorize a good portion of Proverbs 31 The Passage the Read and Guided Prayer were usually great There are some great themes and topics and tips that I have or will put into practice Things I didnt like about this book: At times it can be a bit too practical and leave God in the dust, or it can be simply too worldly. If you read this book, read it with discernemt, take what you can use, and forget about the rest. This is a book that I will keep for future encouragment and motivation, but I dont see myself recommending this book - not something I would give as a gift.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I did this book as a study with two other women and it started out really great. Overall, I really enjoyed the way the book was set up with the structure of something to read and do each day. Donna's daily prayers and insights were amazing! I learned a lot of helpful tips along the way, but over the last month and half, it started to feel like some of the tips were repeated and it wasn't quite as impactful as it had started out to be. It was a difficult book to do with a group, also. We thought I did this book as a study with two other women and it started out really great. Overall, I really enjoyed the way the book was set up with the structure of something to read and do each day. Donna's daily prayers and insights were amazing! I learned a lot of helpful tips along the way, but over the last month and half, it started to feel like some of the tips were repeated and it wasn't quite as impactful as it had started out to be. It was a difficult book to do with a group, also. We thought that it would be good to keep us on track, which it was, but it was really difficult to discuss because it was very practical and didn't bring out a lot of in-depth discussion that we had hoped for.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Another excellent book in the Donna Partow line-up. Donna uses her familiar format of combining body, mind and spirit through the use of diet, exercise, prayer, daily affirmations and Scripture memorization to work on the WHOLE person. Every daily "dose" is in bite-size chunks that would fit in the busiest schedule. As always the reader is invited to work on areas that need the most improvement, rather than worry about trying to make major changes in every area in 10 weeks. Another excellent book in the Donna Partow line-up. Donna uses her familiar format of combining body, mind and spirit through the use of diet, exercise, prayer, daily affirmations and Scripture memorization to work on the WHOLE person. Every daily "dose" is in bite-size chunks that would fit in the busiest schedule. As always the reader is invited to work on areas that need the most improvement, rather than worry about trying to make major changes in every area in 10 weeks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Jones

    So far this book is wonderful. I have started it over 3 times for friends who wanted to get on the ground level. They all fell off because of not wanting to get the book themselves, but I am now reading it by myself, and I feel like I know the first few pages by heart, but I love this book and am happy to make the decision to not stray this time and see it through!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Hyde

    I did the book in conjunction with weekly meetings with our women's small group. This book was a total game-changer for me. I would only recommend this book to women who like workbook studies and are really ready to get a boost making their lives better in every facet. The book is quite a commitment (90 days), but SO worth it. You do have to be disciplined to read a tiny bit every day and spend some time each day working on it (or be prepared to have catching up to do in the days following). The I did the book in conjunction with weekly meetings with our women's small group. This book was a total game-changer for me. I would only recommend this book to women who like workbook studies and are really ready to get a boost making their lives better in every facet. The book is quite a commitment (90 days), but SO worth it. You do have to be disciplined to read a tiny bit every day and spend some time each day working on it (or be prepared to have catching up to do in the days following). The book focuses a lot on very practical areas of your life like homekeeping, marriage, health, and finances. You'll find it is a lot of work, but if you really do it you'll find your life is simpler in the end. Personally, I am so glad I did this book. Changed SO many things for the better. You'll probably find a few of the things don't apply to you--and that's fine, you get to gloss over those days. My only criticism is that the author takes scripture out of context. A lot. She's not wrong in the points she trying to make, but I just thinks she chooses the wrong scripture verses too often, or interprets them incorrectly. Her points are still very valid, though, and she makes very convincing arguments to motivate you to make positive changes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mandy J. Hoffman

    Over all it was a really good book and I was able to glean many good things from the daily "lessons". I like how it's broken down into daily segments rather than just reading a book through and being overwhelmed with all the ideas and tips that you should be doing. This book made things into bite sized portions. I also enjoyed how the book is written from a perspective that any woman could read it - married, single, divorced, widowed...where ever you are in life this book is for you. The third t Over all it was a really good book and I was able to glean many good things from the daily "lessons". I like how it's broken down into daily segments rather than just reading a book through and being overwhelmed with all the ideas and tips that you should be doing. This book made things into bite sized portions. I also enjoyed how the book is written from a perspective that any woman could read it - married, single, divorced, widowed...where ever you are in life this book is for you. The third thing I really liked was how it covered a wide range of topics. However, I breezed through some of them for one of two reasons: 1 - I already has studied that topic at an earlier time and felt it was more comprehensive, or 2 - I totally didn't agree with her. It's because of reason number 2 that I give this only 4 stars rather than 5. But again, overall it was a wonderful book and I am still using and implementing the many tips she provided along with the scripture and devotional thoughts to go with them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    janet Blickle

    I am a woman who seems to have good intentions to changing my eating habits, getting more exercise, and having a quiet time every day but I just have no stick-to-itivness on some things. I liked this book because it gave me a day to day schedule to follow. for reading my Bible daily during a quiet time. to execise and to think about what I want to eat before just thoughtlessly putting something unhealthy in my mounth. The first time through I didn't write in my book. I thought I might want to sh I am a woman who seems to have good intentions to changing my eating habits, getting more exercise, and having a quiet time every day but I just have no stick-to-itivness on some things. I liked this book because it gave me a day to day schedule to follow. for reading my Bible daily during a quiet time. to execise and to think about what I want to eat before just thoughtlessly putting something unhealthy in my mounth. The first time through I didn't write in my book. I thought I might want to share my book with someone some day. I am now reading it through a second time and writing in it. It is my book and I feel it is important for everyone to own her own book. I go on a yearly spiritual retreat and this year Donna Partow will be the speaker. I am anxious to meet her.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be is a 90 day jump start to motivation and change in live. Partow covers many areas of life: relationships, finances, health, fitness, faith, business, and home management. She has readers create a “personal notebook” and add various sections and pages to it daily. Based on Proverbs 31, each day focuses on a different application of a verse form that Psalm. Readers are also memorizing it as they go. There are helpful ideas in this book, however it is a little Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be is a 90 day jump start to motivation and change in live. Partow covers many areas of life: relationships, finances, health, fitness, faith, business, and home management. She has readers create a “personal notebook” and add various sections and pages to it daily. Based on Proverbs 31, each day focuses on a different application of a verse form that Psalm. Readers are also memorizing it as they go. There are helpful ideas in this book, however it is a little rigid. I get the sense that it is a how to guide to do life the way that the author has found to work for her. Some of the pushes: to stay at home and run your own business would not necessarily work for each reader.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Penelope

    This book was great in encouraging me to live a wholly-rounded life for Jesus. It helped me see the path I could take to becoming more of the woman I wanted to be. The scripture passages, diet, exercise, scripture memory and goals set me on a track to a more vibrant and healthy walk with my Lord.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hersey

    I am starting this book again at the beginning of the year! A must read and re-read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book is intense! I dont think i could have picked it up a year ago. I would have out it right back down. Its a 90 day devotional about Proverbs 31. Intense!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Hersey

    Join Donna herself on a journey through this book! You do not want to miss this! http://www.donnapartow.org/contest-ne... Join Donna herself on a journey through this book! You do not want to miss this! http://www.donnapartow.org/contest-ne...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shalley Cunningham Bishop

    This was a life changing book for me!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Excellent practical application of the Proverbs 31 woman's example to current day living. Excellent practical application of the Proverbs 31 woman's example to current day living.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mcbee

    I will never be the same woman. Very practical tips to becoming the woman I want to be. I read this as I also took Donna's live 90-day class on this book, which was absolutely life-changing for me. I will never be the same woman. Very practical tips to becoming the woman I want to be. I read this as I also took Donna's live 90-day class on this book, which was absolutely life-changing for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    I gave the book 4 stars, but if you take the class that goes with the book it's definitely 5 stars!!!!! Loved the class and got much more out of it than I ever expected! I gave the book 4 stars, but if you take the class that goes with the book it's definitely 5 stars!!!!! Loved the class and got much more out of it than I ever expected!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barb Hegreberg

    Are You Living a Proverbs 31 Life? As a young woman, I always resented the Proverbs 31 Woman. I mean how dare she set the bar so high that no other woman could ever match her level of perfection in all areas of life. As I matured I learned a little more and I disliked her a little less. For those unfamiliar with the passage here it is: A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and n Are You Living a Proverbs 31 Life? As a young woman, I always resented the Proverbs 31 Woman. I mean how dare she set the bar so high that no other woman could ever match her level of perfection in all areas of life. As I matured I learned a little more and I disliked her a little less. For those unfamiliar with the passage here it is: A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant-girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates. – Proverbs 31:10-31 NRSV See what I mean, none of us can live up to that…or can we? For the last 90 days or so I have been participating in a study of Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be – A 90-Day Guide to Living the Proverbs 31 Life by Donna Partow. My partner on this journey was Tosha of Creating a Life to Love…With Tosha. What we learned along the way is that we are a lot more like the Proverbs 31 Wife than we realized. I encourage you to get a copy of the book, grab a friend or two, and do this study together. It will change the way you view the Proverbs 31 Wife forever. #BGBG2 #BIBLEGATEWAYPARTNER https://mylifeinourfathersworld.wordp...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Garcia

    Beautiful This was a wonderful book! It’s wonderful to have such a refreshing and beautiful perspective on the woman God wants us to be especially in today’s cultural climate, with all the things the world thinks are important for women. This book has definitely given me some homework but rewarding work that will help me to keep in perspective the important priorities in life of walking closer with God and my role as part of my small but growing family. This is a breath of fresh air and I recomm Beautiful This was a wonderful book! It’s wonderful to have such a refreshing and beautiful perspective on the woman God wants us to be especially in today’s cultural climate, with all the things the world thinks are important for women. This book has definitely given me some homework but rewarding work that will help me to keep in perspective the important priorities in life of walking closer with God and my role as part of my small but growing family. This is a breath of fresh air and I recommend it to anyone that’s interested in delving deeper into their walk with the Lord and growing as a woman of God in her family life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wiwik Megawati

    An essential for every woman who wants to set a higher standard on herself, fulfilling God's purpose Like her day to day guidance along with scripture memorizing, something that is essential for me, as new believer who wants to get to know God, know His word more and becoming the Proverb woman that I always want to be. It details helped me alot to intepret the meaning of each verse, brings the clarity on how to do His words with full of confidence An essential for every woman who wants to set a higher standard on herself, fulfilling God's purpose Like her day to day guidance along with scripture memorizing, something that is essential for me, as new believer who wants to get to know God, know His word more and becoming the Proverb woman that I always want to be. It details helped me alot to intepret the meaning of each verse, brings the clarity on how to do His words with full of confidence

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This book has a great way to memorize an important passage of scripture and wonderful ideas for application of the scriptures for each section. While the ideas were good, some just weren’t practical for my life s s our family. As with all self changing books you have to pray and discern what will work for you.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tennille

    Borrowed through Unlimited-- buying to keep! This book sort of fell into my lap while I was reading another book. I accidentally hit a button, and here was this beautiful book!! Gleaming. Screaming. To be borrowed. It's everything I've been needing for those silent prayers to become a full reality. Borrowed through Unlimited-- buying to keep! This book sort of fell into my lap while I was reading another book. I accidentally hit a button, and here was this beautiful book!! Gleaming. Screaming. To be borrowed. It's everything I've been needing for those silent prayers to become a full reality.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Josie

    Great insight into how to jumpstart your journey to becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman Donna gives great insight into how to start your journey to becoming the women God has called us to be. Her teachings are biblical and reliable. I have enjoyed reading and exercising the practices she proposes in this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diana Davis

    I like how she put scripture into daily living. I put a lot of this book's advice into daily practice. Some of the "advice" I found harsh and opinionated, but frankly it was convicting me and sometimes learning those things about yourself is no fun. Very helpful and eye opening. I like how she put scripture into daily living. I put a lot of this book's advice into daily practice. Some of the "advice" I found harsh and opinionated, but frankly it was convicting me and sometimes learning those things about yourself is no fun. Very helpful and eye opening.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Haley Jackson

    Great jumpstart book! Great jumpstart book got me back into the swing of things . some ideas were a bit over the top but to each his own; ! Got a kindle for Christmas and it has been a blessing for reading . finishing books faster I have a bigger screen so yay

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Owens

    Life-changing practical tips on how to become a "Proverbs 31" lady. 90 possible "jump starts" to help in all areas of a woman's life. Life-changing practical tips on how to become a "Proverbs 31" lady. 90 possible "jump starts" to help in all areas of a woman's life.

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