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Whether chosen or unexpected, all change brings stress. Kristen Strong knows about change--especially the kind you didn't choose. Over the years, she's fought hard to learn an important truth: change is not something to be feared but something to be received as a blessing from a God who works through it, not in spite of it. In this hope-filled book, Kristen invites you to Whether chosen or unexpected, all change brings stress. Kristen Strong knows about change--especially the kind you didn't choose. Over the years, she's fought hard to learn an important truth: change is not something to be feared but something to be received as a blessing from a God who works through it, not in spite of it. In this hope-filled book, Kristen invites you to see all the ways you are loved and cared for in the midst of change. She walks alongside you as a friend, gently ushering you toward a new view of change, one that meets you at the crossroads of your own sense of anxiety and God's sense of purpose. With practical advice for coping in every part of life, she draws from her own experiences, the stories of others, and stories from Scripture to help you find contentment, purpose, and renewed strength.


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Whether chosen or unexpected, all change brings stress. Kristen Strong knows about change--especially the kind you didn't choose. Over the years, she's fought hard to learn an important truth: change is not something to be feared but something to be received as a blessing from a God who works through it, not in spite of it. In this hope-filled book, Kristen invites you to Whether chosen or unexpected, all change brings stress. Kristen Strong knows about change--especially the kind you didn't choose. Over the years, she's fought hard to learn an important truth: change is not something to be feared but something to be received as a blessing from a God who works through it, not in spite of it. In this hope-filled book, Kristen invites you to see all the ways you are loved and cared for in the midst of change. She walks alongside you as a friend, gently ushering you toward a new view of change, one that meets you at the crossroads of your own sense of anxiety and God's sense of purpose. With practical advice for coping in every part of life, she draws from her own experiences, the stories of others, and stories from Scripture to help you find contentment, purpose, and renewed strength.

30 review for Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You Through Life's Transitions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    As I enter a season that includes multiple changes in parenthood, friendships, and daily life, I’m grateful to have Kristen’s book as a companion. Her words reminded me God has a purpose with the seasons we experience. “Girl Meets Change” is packed with truth, wisdom, and love that truly will help carry you through life’s transitions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emilie Haney

    Sweet, personal, and honest. I saw the cover of this book first (yes, I've always got my eye toward design) and I just loved what it represented. The seasons, change, new life. All of it! Then I got around to reading the title and thought this was something I should read. Right off the bat I connected with what Kristen was saying--how she pinpointed what I'm sure a lot of women feel. Change is hard. You may be one of those women who loves change (as I'd say I do in some cases) but Kirsten pointed Sweet, personal, and honest. I saw the cover of this book first (yes, I've always got my eye toward design) and I just loved what it represented. The seasons, change, new life. All of it! Then I got around to reading the title and thought this was something I should read. Right off the bat I connected with what Kristen was saying--how she pinpointed what I'm sure a lot of women feel. Change is hard. You may be one of those women who loves change (as I'd say I do in some cases) but Kirsten pointed out that change for change's sake isn't really good change. It's all in how we view and meet the change that matters. From a devotional standpoint I did enjoy the book, though it took me much too long to finish it. I think this was somewhat due to busyness, other reading/work I had, and some what do to lack of extreme connection. For me, a devotional book really needs to speak to a need that I have. While I feel like there is a lot of change in my life now and coming in the future, I didn't feel as gripped (if I can use that word) to Girl Meets Change. Not for lack of wanting though. I found Kirsten's writing to be strong and to the point--both things I love! And I think she did a good job of seeking out stories to add here and there along with her own personal anecdotes. I did enjoy that she used examples of Biblical characters, but I found that they were "typical" characters. Esther, Jacob, Abraham...Now there is nothing wrong with these examples, and for those who haven't grown up in the church or don't know the Bible well, these may have pointed out "light bulb" ideas, but I found that I wasn't challenged to see their stories in a new light. To me, there wasn't a moment of awakening where I realized something new about myself - which is often why I read devotional books (aside from my own Bible reading, of course). Don't get me wrong, I did my fair share of highlighting and Kristen had some amazing gems that I took to heart. But I just didn't connect in a "wow, this book changed me" type of way (ironically). And that's okay. Not all books will. I would still be confident in recommending this to women who know they have a difficult time with change or those who are facing an upcoming change that could be difficult, scary, exciting, or crazy-new. Kirsten's attention to scripture and her constant encouragement will mean a lot. Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/02... _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pattie

    Whether chosen or unexpected, all change brings stress. I have long said that the only constants in this life are God and change. Change is inevitable. In my education programs we were taught to be ready to modify and adapt our lesson plans and our schedules to meet the needs of the students and the school. Change happens. There's a reason why my personal military wife life motto is "Semper Gumby: Always Flexible." It's a reminder to me to be ready to change, to be open to change. With that being Whether chosen or unexpected, all change brings stress. I have long said that the only constants in this life are God and change. Change is inevitable. In my education programs we were taught to be ready to modify and adapt our lesson plans and our schedules to meet the needs of the students and the school. Change happens. There's a reason why my personal military wife life motto is "Semper Gumby: Always Flexible." It's a reminder to me to be ready to change, to be open to change. With that being said, change is not always easy nor is it always fun. Enter Kristen Strong's debut book Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life's Transitions. As a military wife for 20 years, she has learned a few things about change and how to navigate transitions. I really wish this book had been around for me when my husband decided to go active duty. I might not have been as resistant to his wishes as I was (and am ashamed to admit now). But the good news is that it is available now, and it's not just for military wives. It's for ALL WOMEN DEALING WITH CHANGE. Last time I checked, that pretty much encompasses everyone. I highly recommend this book. Preorder now from your favorite retailer, and visit the author at her site: Chasing Blue Skies.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Girl Meets Change, by Kristen Strong, is a sweetly written message of hope to anyone going through change. Since everyone at some point faces change, I would recommend this book to everyone. Kristen's written is clear and engaging, and she speaks beautiful truths throughout the book, preparing the reader to not only accept and endure change, but to embrace and thrive in change. Life happens, and change happens. This is why you need this book. Kristen dives deeply into how we are hardwired to avoi Girl Meets Change, by Kristen Strong, is a sweetly written message of hope to anyone going through change. Since everyone at some point faces change, I would recommend this book to everyone. Kristen's written is clear and engaging, and she speaks beautiful truths throughout the book, preparing the reader to not only accept and endure change, but to embrace and thrive in change. Life happens, and change happens. This is why you need this book. Kristen dives deeply into how we are hardwired to avoid change, but turns it around and shows how, through trust in God, we can break that hardwiring and learn to live a life thriving in change. We can learn to meet change and walk with it contentedly. One of my favorite things about this book is that Kristen isn't coming from a "you should do this" perspective, but rather from a "me too" perspective. She shares her heart and her struggles with change, and the work the Lord did in her over many years. As I read, I felt like we were sitting on the front porch together, having a cup of coffee and chatting like old friends. You will not regret buying this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Widynski

    Have you ever just needed a friend who somehow understood you? Sometimes, those friends aren't a phone call away or even next door. Sometimes, you find that friend in the form of a writer. And that's exactly who Kristen Strong is: a friend to women walking through changes of all sorts, shapes and sizes! As a military wife, Kristen has had her fair share of unexpected change and yet, she's found a way to walk through it by leaning on her relationship with Jesus Christ. I appreciate her gentle pro Have you ever just needed a friend who somehow understood you? Sometimes, those friends aren't a phone call away or even next door. Sometimes, you find that friend in the form of a writer. And that's exactly who Kristen Strong is: a friend to women walking through changes of all sorts, shapes and sizes! As a military wife, Kristen has had her fair share of unexpected change and yet, she's found a way to walk through it by leaning on her relationship with Jesus Christ. I appreciate her gentle prodding to walk onward and the practical tips she offers in every chapter to navigate uncertainty. There truly is joy in change, and not just when it's over!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Whether you relish change or try to avoid it at all costs, this book is for you! Although I tend to find change rather exciting, my book is now covered in yellow highlighter as I soaked in so many God-truths! From life altering events to minor inconveniences, this book covers it all while drawing you ever closer to the Lord! Although written for women, my husband wants to read it next after hearing all my, "WOW! Listen to this!" exclamations :) I highly, highly recommend Girl Meets Change & am a Whether you relish change or try to avoid it at all costs, this book is for you! Although I tend to find change rather exciting, my book is now covered in yellow highlighter as I soaked in so many God-truths! From life altering events to minor inconveniences, this book covers it all while drawing you ever closer to the Lord! Although written for women, my husband wants to read it next after hearing all my, "WOW! Listen to this!" exclamations :) I highly, highly recommend Girl Meets Change & am already planning to give copies as Christmas gifts!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    We all face change. Now we don't have to face change alone. Kristen Strong's book, Girl Meets Change, unites us as we face change head on. Whether you are facing a military move, or empty nest, this book encourages you to recognize the tension that change sometimes brings to your every day life, and offers truth from the Word of God to carry you through these transitions. This book will encourage you in your faith as you embrace change and become fully aware that God holds all things together, e We all face change. Now we don't have to face change alone. Kristen Strong's book, Girl Meets Change, unites us as we face change head on. Whether you are facing a military move, or empty nest, this book encourages you to recognize the tension that change sometimes brings to your every day life, and offers truth from the Word of God to carry you through these transitions. This book will encourage you in your faith as you embrace change and become fully aware that God holds all things together, even in the midst of change.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Elston

    Change is inevitable in our lives and it's a part of our story. Kristen does a great job in helping us remember that change isn't the end and that we have a chance to grow in and through the changes. We have promises we can cling to written in Scripture and we can point others to Jesus as they watch us navigate our new normals. I love the way Kristen writes and makes us feel like we are having a personal conversation. This book is a must read for anyone going through any kind of change. Change is inevitable in our lives and it's a part of our story. Kristen does a great job in helping us remember that change isn't the end and that we have a chance to grow in and through the changes. We have promises we can cling to written in Scripture and we can point others to Jesus as they watch us navigate our new normals. I love the way Kristen writes and makes us feel like we are having a personal conversation. This book is a must read for anyone going through any kind of change.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie

    I was gifted this book earlier this spring just as I had solidified a surgery date for a subtotal colectomy following about a year of debilitating symptoms having to do with my digestive system and bowels. Yes, I was miserable. I'm a 20 year old college student and I could hardly keep down a granola bar at this point. I knew something needed to be done, but at the same time? Many days ended with me collapsing in bed and wrestling with and screaming at God. WHY was he doing this to me? How on ear I was gifted this book earlier this spring just as I had solidified a surgery date for a subtotal colectomy following about a year of debilitating symptoms having to do with my digestive system and bowels. Yes, I was miserable. I'm a 20 year old college student and I could hardly keep down a granola bar at this point. I knew something needed to be done, but at the same time? Many days ended with me collapsing in bed and wrestling with and screaming at God. WHY was he doing this to me? How on earth was I supposed to graduate on time? Who the heck did God think I was to throw yet another health hurdle at me? In just about every way, I felt broken...but as surgery approached and came...a peace began to fill my heart, mind, and spirit. Though I spent a good week in the hospital and the recovery was by far the most painful period of my life to date, so much HEALING has occurred over the past 3 months. Whether it was the words of a special nurse or a phone call from a dear friend...whether I was falling asleep crying as I listened to my worship playlist or I was waking up and thanking Him for what was starting off as a minimal pain day...He met me. Every. Single. Moment. He met me. Even when I berated him and cursed at him and wished I wasn't alive. He stood steady and has remained there. This book is a blessed gift, and I hope I can pass it onto someone going through similar battles one day. But I'll have to get them a new copy-- because I journaled the crap out of mine. :) Thank you, Kristen, for following God's "pull" in your life...especially when it came to writing! This book has helped me to positively reflect on this most recent and horribly painful journey with gratitude, faith, and clarity. HE IS STILL (AND ALWAYS) GOOD!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Almost 4 stars, but settling with 3 because while I enjoyed the book, it didn't wow me like a Christian/Women's Living book would need to do to get upward of 4-5 stars. All the same, I'd keep it on my shelf or give it to a friend. Though they're quite different in some ways, Girl Meets Change struck me as the flip side of Restless: Made for More. Where Restless (full disclosure: I haven't finished that one) seemed like it was encouraging the reader to seek positive change and pursue passions and Almost 4 stars, but settling with 3 because while I enjoyed the book, it didn't wow me like a Christian/Women's Living book would need to do to get upward of 4-5 stars. All the same, I'd keep it on my shelf or give it to a friend. Though they're quite different in some ways, Girl Meets Change struck me as the flip side of Restless: Made for More. Where Restless (full disclosure: I haven't finished that one) seemed like it was encouraging the reader to seek positive change and pursue passions and growth, GMC walks with the reader through the nitty-gritty of change that is Not Wanted. Currently my life is fairly steady and no big changes are on the immediate horizon. But I appreciated the wisdom Strong shared, and how she ultimately pointed the reader back to Christ for her (the reader's) sure foundation. I'll keep this around to come back to when change is taking me for a ride again. Free copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm

    Change has always been the only thing constant in our life. And that it is inevitable. Whether you're still young or was young once, you encounter change everyday. You go through it every hour, every minute, every second of your life. And the best thing to do with change is to embrace it whole-heartedly and let God guide you through it all. That is what I learned from this book. Girl Meets Change is about Kristen Strong as she narrated the changes she'd been through & how she embraced it with her Change has always been the only thing constant in our life. And that it is inevitable. Whether you're still young or was young once, you encounter change everyday. You go through it every hour, every minute, every second of your life. And the best thing to do with change is to embrace it whole-heartedly and let God guide you through it all. That is what I learned from this book. Girl Meets Change is about Kristen Strong as she narrated the changes she'd been through & how she embraced it with her military husband. It started with their constant moving from one place to another, never settling at one location nor building a solid friendship through the years. But amidst it all, her unwavering faith in God solidified her and strengthen her belief in marriage. This had been a very inspiring book full of values and life lessons. Lessons that we can apply in our daily lives. A book that helps us to be strong and find solitude in God. Thanks Kristen for this really amazing book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    JENNIFER COOK

    Kristen writes in a mom way. I could relate. I felt her words were authentic, funny, and endearing. She challenged me to recognize that proverb of "putting yourself in another person's shoes." I have my shoes...but each of us has "changes" we are facing. In reading the book I could identify with some chapters, and recognize friends in other ones. I enjoyed the perspectives. The writing was fluid. The story was easy and quick to read. I enjoyed it, and I am mailing my copy to my sister this week Kristen writes in a mom way. I could relate. I felt her words were authentic, funny, and endearing. She challenged me to recognize that proverb of "putting yourself in another person's shoes." I have my shoes...but each of us has "changes" we are facing. In reading the book I could identify with some chapters, and recognize friends in other ones. I enjoyed the perspectives. The writing was fluid. The story was easy and quick to read. I enjoyed it, and I am mailing my copy to my sister this week to share the love! I hope you have a chance to read this book because it is a really good one. Change is everywhere. It is a part of our life in motion. Accepting change and arguing with God about are both okay.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Tummey

    Having read Kristen's blog for a while, I was so looking forward to this book. Previously she wrote a devotional for military wives (as I'm not a military wife, that counted me out), but this is for everyone. It's reassurance in the midst of change. It's Kristen using her own life and others' to teach us to lean into change, as you'd lean into the corners on a motorbike. You may not always enjoy the ride, but leaning the opposite direction would break you. Thanks Kristen. Your writing in here is Having read Kristen's blog for a while, I was so looking forward to this book. Previously she wrote a devotional for military wives (as I'm not a military wife, that counted me out), but this is for everyone. It's reassurance in the midst of change. It's Kristen using her own life and others' to teach us to lean into change, as you'd lean into the corners on a motorbike. You may not always enjoy the ride, but leaning the opposite direction would break you. Thanks Kristen. Your writing in here is every bit as good as your blog. :-)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Carrell

    Whether you're struggling with a change in your life or looking forward to the next change, you'll want to read this book. As a military wife, it's easy to relate to Kristen's stories of constant, inevitable change. But she goes beyond the everyday events of the day to show how resting in the Lord and trusting in Him through change helps you thrive - not just survive. Let Kristen help you, encourage you, tell it like it is and share her experiences with an unchanging heavenly Father in a changin Whether you're struggling with a change in your life or looking forward to the next change, you'll want to read this book. As a military wife, it's easy to relate to Kristen's stories of constant, inevitable change. But she goes beyond the everyday events of the day to show how resting in the Lord and trusting in Him through change helps you thrive - not just survive. Let Kristen help you, encourage you, tell it like it is and share her experiences with an unchanging heavenly Father in a changing world.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    This book offers such HOPE for God to bring beauty out of the ashes of the changes we all experience in life. Kristen offers such encouragement to feel what we need to feel and to be real about what's going on and to take every bit of those emotions before our trustworthy Heavenly Father and our community of friends. Any woman will be healthier as a result of reading and applying the wisdom in this book. :) This book offers such HOPE for God to bring beauty out of the ashes of the changes we all experience in life. Kristen offers such encouragement to feel what we need to feel and to be real about what's going on and to take every bit of those emotions before our trustworthy Heavenly Father and our community of friends. Any woman will be healthier as a result of reading and applying the wisdom in this book. :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Drummond

    This is a book I wish had been around five and a half years ago when I moved to Alabama from Ohio. I struggled with putting on a brave face for my family even though I was sad and lonely on the inside. Kristen shares real, authentic experiences about the variety of changes that we go through. Her insights and perspective on God ring true.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong is a beautiful reminder that God is with us all the time, before, during & after something we face almost every day - change. Kristen exposes the truths from the Word and uses personal stories from her life & friends to give us hope & opportunities to be grateful and thrive as we cling to those truths.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura Pratt

    Kristin writes about change in a way that will settle even the most restless heart. Ironically this book came at a time where change was hitting from every corner. Reading her words of wisdom and encouragement helped me through without going insane. **I received this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Enjoyable writing style and very encouraging, especially her acknowledgement that all change can be hard - even changes that are positives and hoped-for. (I received a review copy of the book from the publisher, but all opinions are my own) Full review posted at The Deliberate Reader Enjoyable writing style and very encouraging, especially her acknowledgement that all change can be hard - even changes that are positives and hoped-for. (I received a review copy of the book from the publisher, but all opinions are my own) Full review posted at The Deliberate Reader

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Acre

    Kristen Strong is a gifted writer. "Girl Meets Change" is a perspective changer. After reading her book, I now have a desire to begin to view the changes in my life as something to embrace and look forward to instead of dreading and fearing. I would highly recommend this book! Kristen Strong is a gifted writer. "Girl Meets Change" is a perspective changer. After reading her book, I now have a desire to begin to view the changes in my life as something to embrace and look forward to instead of dreading and fearing. I would highly recommend this book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deb Rowzee

    Great read! Kristen spoke to my soul. I'm going through a move with a house full of kids. I was at the point of worry, fear, and being overwhelmed. Girl Meets Change reached into my craziness and brought me closer to the Author of Change. Great read! Kristen spoke to my soul. I'm going through a move with a house full of kids. I was at the point of worry, fear, and being overwhelmed. Girl Meets Change reached into my craziness and brought me closer to the Author of Change.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Charissa

    Wonderful read for women in any stage of life! So much truth and grace in every page while also reminding that change is not a hindrance to us, but rather an opportunity to encounter and see God in a new way. A truly refreshing read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holley Gerth

    I couldn’t be more excited for Kristen's book! If you’ve experienced change or transition in your life, you’ll want to make sure to read her words. Because change is inevitable, but thriving through it is optional. . . . Every woman needs this inspiring and insightful message. I couldn’t be more excited for Kristen's book! If you’ve experienced change or transition in your life, you’ll want to make sure to read her words. Because change is inevitable, but thriving through it is optional. . . . Every woman needs this inspiring and insightful message.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Kline

    I hate change, so I really needed some help to look at it from a Godly perspective. At least now I can be excited about how God is going to use changes in my life to change me for the better. So much truth and love in this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bonner

    Kristen writes with clarity and compassion, giving the reader permission to grieve change, but also showing how to grow with it. I could not out this book down. I loved it!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janka H.

    When the days (and nights) are hard, there is just (or almost) a darkness around you and the God´s will and/or God´s promises are invisible and uncomprehendable. This book deals with change - an unwelcome one/ones. The one you struggle to see God behind it, and you struggle to see how you can go through it unharmed. It is not an easy read (I need to think a lot through reading it - which means that there is no sugar-coating present, which is definitely a good thing!), but an useful one in its de When the days (and nights) are hard, there is just (or almost) a darkness around you and the God´s will and/or God´s promises are invisible and uncomprehendable. This book deals with change - an unwelcome one/ones. The one you struggle to see God behind it, and you struggle to see how you can go through it unharmed. It is not an easy read (I need to think a lot through reading it - which means that there is no sugar-coating present, which is definitely a good thing!), but an useful one in its deepness and wisdom. And warm and personal one, too. The female voice is welcomed one for this female, as I can relate to the unique struggles and emotions around it. Recommended read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalyn Houk

    I loved this book! It really came at a time I needed it. No one ever really tells you how to deal with change, they just expect you to accept it and move on. Strong places a face to your giants and helps you overcome them. I also appreciated Strong's connection to having a military spouse, because that will be me in the future. It's nice to anticipate what the future may hold and how to respond to those things as they come. I loved this book! It really came at a time I needed it. No one ever really tells you how to deal with change, they just expect you to accept it and move on. Strong places a face to your giants and helps you overcome them. I also appreciated Strong's connection to having a military spouse, because that will be me in the future. It's nice to anticipate what the future may hold and how to respond to those things as they come.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    I wish I had read this book as soon as I got to college. I found it helpful but not as helpful as I would have in the fall. I found this book very repetitive. It definitely could have been a lot shorter but I did like the lessons it taught. God has a reason for the change in your life and something good will come out of it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Wow. This book was so helpful to me. I'm a missionary, so change is a part of everyday life for me even if I don't like it much. Kristen has completely changed my view of transitions. I think if you're in a position that change happens a lot, you need to pick this up. I've highlighted and written so many notes, and I know I'll definitely be reading this again. Wow. This book was so helpful to me. I'm a missionary, so change is a part of everyday life for me even if I don't like it much. Kristen has completely changed my view of transitions. I think if you're in a position that change happens a lot, you need to pick this up. I've highlighted and written so many notes, and I know I'll definitely be reading this again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    Although there were lots of encouraging words about going through change, some parts were better than others. If you read the last chapter, you get the gist of the whole book. For these reasons, I gave it 3 stars.

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