Discover the True Meaning of Being Blessed
It’s not easy being a woman. The demands and expectations of us, and those we place on ourselves, can be overwhelming. While trying to navigate this thing called “life,” have you ever longed for a close friend, confidant, or mentor to walk alongside you and encourage you in Biblical womanhood? Debbie Morris did. And yet even as a young minister’s wife, she found herself without someone to fill this all-important role. So she turned to the Bible. Biblical women such as Eve, Sarah, and Miriam had always fascinated her. But now they also became her friends, sisters, and teachers. Through their stories, the Holy Spirit revealed how their lives—both joys and struggles—weren’t that much different from ours today and how they can teach women today to be a grace-filled, life-giving woman of God.
In The Blessed Woman, Debbie invites you to learn from these women as well. As she shares her own stories and the stories of discerning women in the Bible, she addresses topics such as overcoming insecurity, finding purpose, establishing priorities, letting go, and waiting. The Blessed Womanreminds us how God longs for every woman to experience His tenderness—and to know the true meaning of being blessed.
- Needed Better Narration
The Blessed Woman by Debbie Morris is a book about the women of the Bible and how their experiences can help women today. She uses Biblical accounts and her own experience to cover topics such as submission, marriage, children and waiting.
Although not the target of the book, being a man, I found the book interesting as it went into greater detail on some stories that I had read many times but not really studied in any great detail. Also insights from Debbie's life and her applications of the Biblical accounts revealed some intriguing insights.
The narration was sadly very poor and really ruined what could have been a good book. I can accept a slight loss of clarity when the author reads their own book but Debbie Morris doesn't do her book justice. I did finish the book but I wasn't as enjoyable as it should have been.
This book is quite an interesting book about the women in the Bible and the lessons today's women can learn from them but unfortunately the narration let it down badly. Probably best to read the book rather than listen to it.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- Not A Blessing For This Woman
This disappointing book was read by the author. There are only a handful of authors that can pull off reading their own books, which I find surprising. It is their thoughts, words, and feelings, and yet they cannot convey any emotion while reading.
And so this book goes. Debbie Morris reads through this book terribly. Run on sentences, overly pronounciated words, mispronounced words, deep breaths, smacking, speaking too close to the microphone, using slang or half pronounced words, etc. Sometimes talking until she is out of breath and too quiet to hear or understand. Ending sentences when a sentence does not end- I guess this could be attributed to taking a breath at the wrong time and missing the correct opportunity.
As I am listening to this book I am thinking this is the last person who should be reading a book aloud. This book is very hard to stay interested in when it takes so much work to listen to. You really have to pay attention and re-work the sentences so that the thought she is trying to convey is understandable. This book takes too much work!
By Chapter 8 it is finally explained why the authors' reading is so bad. Evidently Debbie Morris never learned how to properly read in school, and is a prime example of children who have been pushed through school without having mastered proper reading skills. However, in Chapter 8, Debbie's reading is extremely poor while she explains this. It is almost like she is emphasizing her disability for pity sake. This is the worst chapter of all, and when I say the whole book is read poorly it is nothing compared to Chapter 8! Why? Why did she have to read this chapter so badly? Was it really necessary to dumb down this chapter to make her point? No, we got the point right off the bat. The listener knows something is wrong from the very beginning, so no need to change your reading style now. None of the other chapters are near as bad as chapter 8, that is how blatantly noticeable her change in reading is.
I found the whole book to be so much about Debbie, how proud she is, how proud you should be of her, how great she is, how great her and her husband are, what great things they have done. And on and on.
Overall, this book was nothing more than one woman's thoughts and ramblings. There is no meat to it. Nothing you can take with you to change your relationship with other people, or how to cope with different situations. Everything presented here can be found in the bible, without the modern twist Debbie gives them. And that's another point to make about this book, Debbie Morris interprets and twists bible facts and stories around until they don't even resemble the true factual accounts of the bible.
I would never listen to another book read by this author, and most likely I will never read one by her either. I would not recommend this book, however, I would recommend Debbie Morris reconsider reading her own books, as well as reconsider authoring any future books.
This book was given to me by Christian Audio in exchange for my honest review. And honestly this book was terrible.
- Mixed Messages
I listened to about ¾ of this audio, but gave up as it didn't have enough depth to it for me. I did enjoy some of the personal stories the author shared, but overall found that there was something too nice and superficial about it. I felt like the author was telling me to be calm and keep my feelings to myself, and that is the way to find grace in difficult circumstances. Surely grace is all about God loving us despite our failings, and helping us through difficult times? This audio felt that it was all about trying to get grace by keeping the rules. The narration was a bit stiff and didn't have much enthusiasm about it, but it was clear and easy to understand. I haven't listened to anything else by this author, and I doubt very much that I will try anything again by her. Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for this copy.
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Narrator Thoughts - To be perfectly honest I didn't finish this audiobook partly because the narrator wasn't very good. She didn't put much feeling into the words. She seemed to be just reading it, not putting her heart into it. It put me off.
Book Thoughts - Like I said, I didn't finish this book. Maybe it got better after the part that I left off, but I didn't stick around to see. It was pretty boring. The subject was good, but the way it was presented wasn't engaging. Maybe it was just my perspective, but it was kinda dry.
It could also be that the author writes from the married woman perspective. Being a single-girl, I felt like this book is more geared for married women.
So this book won't go on my favorites list, but I do think that you can gain encouragement from this book if you stick with it.