Review: She’s Still There

 

When I went to She Speaks 2017, Chrystal Evans Hurst was the keynote speaker for the Friday night session. Proverbs 31 Ministries was gracious enough to live stream the event through the First 5 app, and I enjoyed her message from the quiet comfort of my hotel room (this introvert needed a break from the big party). She is a powerful storyteller, and her strong voice carries through in her new book, She’s Still There.

Chrystal understands how life gets in the way of the girl still inside each woman. She has faced the trials of teenage pregnancy, financial difficulty, and the normal struggles of “diapers, dishes, and laundry” which every mother knows. She lost sight of her original freedom, passions, and faith, and this book is a story of how she found her way back with God’s help.

Chrystal is a gifted storyteller, and each chapter has an interesting story from her personal experiences. She writes with real-world grit and humor, and her powerful voice shines through. She doesn’t shy away from the truth, yet she speaks it with love about habits we must change if we want to recapture the girl inside.

I like this book’s convenient format. The chapters are brief, about 10 pages in length. Each chapter is followed by a reflection page with questions and scripture references. Since the book has 30 chapters, this book is perfect for a month-long personal or group study.

Here’s a sampling of the powerful quotes:

  • You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. Your life matters. The girl of your dreams matters. No matter how far you think you’ve drifted away from her, she’s still there.
  • It takes one brave chick to admit that her life is not quite shaping up to be the life she envisioned. It takes courage to pause and assess your disappointment, realize where you’ve been disenchanted, and identify the source of your distress.
  • Your discomfort is a signal that something needs to change. It is the call of the girl inside asking you to not give up and to fight for her.
  • Even in that place where you feel most alone, most rejected, most powerless and without hope, that’s where the love of God can be felt the deepest, experienced the most fully, and understood in the most beautifully unexpected way.

I’m excited to tell you about two ways you can get more out of this book. Chrystal Evans Hurst is the featured guest on the Grit N’ Grace Girls podcast this week. I am honored to be the graphic design intern for the podcast this year! Click on the image below to navigate to the podcast. You’ll find other resources, like a coloring page, discussion guide, and transcript if you prefer reading to listening. Also, enter the She’s Still There giveaway by joining the Grit N’ Grace Girls Facebook group this week!

If you have yet to participate in an online Bible study by Proverbs 31 Ministries, now is your chance! She’s Still There is the featured book for the upcoming study, which begins September 5. You’ll have access to videos, chances for giveaways, and best of all, a large community of fellowship. Sign up here for the study.

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  • I look forward to checking out her book Sarah. I love reading (and hearing) women’s testimonies! I believe we can all relate to her words, “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. Your life matters. The girl of your dreams matters. No matter how far you think you’ve drifted away from her, she’s still there.” Thank you for sharing.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Yes, that’s a wonderful quote from her book. She’s an expert on writing sticky statements like this one, in my opinion!

  • I heard Chrystal on a podcast not too long ago, talking about her life and this book. I love her voice! And this book sounds amazing. Congratulations on your involvement in this project!

    • Sarah Geringer

      She’s a wonderful speaker as well as a writer. I am glad to hear her voice again this week on Grit ‘n’ Grace!

  • I hadn’t heard of this book or author, but I appreciate her candor in the just the quotes you shared! Thank you for the helpful review!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Bethany. I hope you enjoy it!

  • This book is getting rave reviews and from some of the quotes I see why. Thanks for reviewing. I also joined the FB group under my FB name.
    Stopping by from the linkups!!!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Nylse! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Grit ‘n’ Grace group as much as I do.

  • Sounds like a great and inspiring read, Sarah. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. And congrats on being the graphic designer for that podcast. Your many talents are shining through everywhere you go, girl!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Beth! 🙂 I was SO inspired by your vlog when I watched it today. Your talents are shining brightly too, friend!

  • Karen Del Tatto

    Thanks for sharing this book review. Sounds like interesting insights to encourage. 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      I hope you like the book, Karen!

  • I’ve always connected with Chrystal, like her, I found myself pregnant at a young age, unmarried, and it changed the directory of my life. My daughter is one of the biggest blessings in my life and I can’t imagine life without her. I love authors who are real and don’t try to cover up their past…we learn a lot from each other’s broken places. Her new book is on my radar to read!

    • Sarah Geringer

      I appreciate your honesty here, Alecia. You will be mega-blessed by her story and her transparency, I’m sure!

  • Sarah I have known of Crystal since she was a young girl. Our parents have known each other for decades. I am so proud of the Christian woman she continues to grow into. Sounds like she has written a thought-provoking book that will help and inspire many women.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Wow, what a cool connection, Horace! Her book is amazing, and I’m sure you’re blessed to know that amazing family!

  • Susan

    Hey neighbor! I’m #31 at Jennifer’s. Chrystal spoke at ALLUME 2015 and I loved her then and love her more now. Great book review!

  • Amy Jung

    Sounds like such a great book! I love the reminder that discomfort is a signal. Blessings!