Hayley DiMarco's "A Woman Overwhelmed" {Blog Tour Review}


Now that is a word that I am quite familiar with. My life has always been so fast paced–truth be told be told, I don't really mind, because I'm the kind of person that likes keeping busy. With that being said, there are times when I do go from just "keeping busy" to "completely overwhelmed" and sometimes it can happen with the blink of an eye. It's funny how the Lord always knows just what we need to hear and when we need to hear it. I just recently finished Hayley DiMarco's newest release A Woman Overwhelmed.

When I first began reading the book, I wasn't sure what to think, since it started out almost like a diary or memoir. In some ways, I guess you can say it is, but it is so much more than that. In each chapter, DiMarco starts off with sharing a personal story of her own, but then moves on to a Thoughts to Ponder section that challenges the reader to step back and examine their own lives and personalities to see where their priorities lie. She offers questions that we should be asking ourselves and wisdom on ways in which we can allow our spiritual fruit to grow and flourish. If something is not jiving in our lives, then most likely it's because we are not putting our full trust in God or spending enough time with Him in order to allow Him to help us. She focuses on being overwhelmed with Him rather than being overwhelmed with the day to day occurrences and thought patterns in our lives. What that means is that we can't always handle it on our own, and often if we try, we'll fail or fall short somewhere along the line. This is why we need the Lord's hand in every aspect of our lives.

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.

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.

There were so many things that I took away from this book, but I will leave off with a few that are really noteworthy. The first being what I just mentioned, above, about not relying solely on our own ways to get it all done. We need God's wisdom and blessings in all that we do, otherwise we'll beging to encounter stumbling blocks. This is especially the case when there are things that are totally beyond our control. I have such a type A personality that this is one that I sometimes personally struggle with, myself. I try to micromanage the situation in order to make things work out perfectly. If you have the same type of personality, then you know exactly how that may pan out. Am I right? We really have to give it to God and not freak out when our day doesn't go the way we had originally planned, or if we don't check everything off our to-do list.

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Another aspect of the book that was definitely a breath of fresh air is that the author reminded me that I'm not the only who feels like this from time to time. The personal stories that she shares are honest, down-to-earth, and frankly hilarious at times. There were a lot of antidotes that had me saying, "I know exactly what you mean!"

Below, is just one memorable section that had me cracking up and in some aspects I was definitely able to relate. The title of this chapter is The World Can't Handle My Ninja. Yes, it's all about what it sounds like...trying to maintain our schedules with too much to do and too little time. This often leads to being overwhelmed when things don't get done or go as planned.

I can reach for a spoon in the silverware drawer, and as I'm lifting it out...it makes a break for it, jumping out of my hand and over the side of the drawer. I chase it in hot pursuit, touching it occasionally only to change its trajectory, but never to grasp it....Now it has occurred to me that I'm a quick mover, and that might be part of the problem....And when I have multiple things to do, I've got them all cued up in my mental to-do list so that I'm reaching for the mirror as soon as my fingers touch the brush. That could explain why I drop so much–my brain is too far ahead of my body. It's like when I type something and the computer can't literally keep up with me, so I have to wait for all the letters to slowly show up on the screen. My mind is just too fast: the world can't handle my ninja-like speed.

When the author moves on to the Thoughts to Ponder area, she focuses on ways in which we can be more patient and deal with the stress of not being able to get it all done. Our number one priority is to seek God's wisdom and trust Him with our schedules, because sometimes it's Him who is slowing us down in order to get our attention.

A Woman Overwhelmed was such a fun and insightful book to read. It's packed with a great mix of humor and Biblical insight to reach the "overwhelmed" women out there who may need an extra dose of encouragement in their lives.

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