Laju Iren, author of the critically acclaimed, Selfies With Bible Girls, answers mind boggling questions facing young ladies in GirlCyclopaedia. What do I do to improve my esteem? Is it a sin for women to wear trousers? What is my purpose in life? How do I know if I guy likes me? How do I maintain sexual purity in a dating relationship? How can I overcome the effects of a broken home? Laju marries years of counselling experience with a word based approach and common sense writing style to give concise answers to these and many more questions young ladies ask.
Courtship is the time to love intelligently, marriage is the time to love blindly. If you love intelligently in a dating relationship, then you can love blindly in marriage without fear. A lack of understanding of this foundational truth has caused many their homes, destinies and lives. Marriage will not fix a faulty relationship, but the right kind of knowledge while dating will save you from one. Dating Intelligently in four parts and twenty-two chapters present lessons that are scripture-founded and common-sense laced bordering on Intelligent Singlehood, Choosing Intelligently, Loving Intelligently and the journey from Dating to Marriage. It is a must-read for every single person and dating couple interested in purposeful courtship.
It's very easy to think that the women celebrated in the bible were such a perfect bunch. Perhaps you've always imagined them this way: Not a hair out of place as they carried their babies in one hand and made dinner for their husbands with the other. Never complaining as they jostled their place in ministry while remaining silent in church and keeping full fledged careers while remaining stay at home moms. Perhaps you think they never knew singleness or battled barrenness. Maybe you assumed their marriages were made out of fairy tales and their kids had Angel wings. 'Selfies with Bible Girls' will give you a wake up call. You'll raise up your selfie stick and see women who look just like you. Flawed, yet loved by a Flawless God. Unqualified, yet dauntless in the face of adversity. So, housewife, be content. Remember Mary, Elizabeth, Jael. Lady with a past, behold Rahab and Mary Magdalene Minister and minister's wife, remember Priscilla. Widow, never forget Anna. Orphan, look at Esther. No kids yet? Remember Sarah. Workaholic, book an appointment with Martha. Leader, see Deborah. Divorced, look up the woman at the well. Unwell, think of the woman with the issue of blood. In business, check out Lydia’s bio. In a bad marriage? Reflect on Abigail and Tamar. Single? Remember Philip’s prophesying daughters. Married? See Sarah. Feminist? See Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah Poor? Remember Jochebed and the widow with two cents. Mother, remember Eunice. Grandmother, see Lois. Imperfect mum, remember Rebecca. Imperfect wife, remember Sarah. These Bible-women listed above were just like you and I. Some single, some married, some old, some young, some in business, some housewives. However, what really defined them wasn't their earthly status. What defined them can be encapsulated in one word: Faith. For the women in Old Testament days, it was Faith in the Messiah that was to come; for those in the New Testament days, it was Faith.
ABOUT LOVING AMANDA Amanda's life is trailed with heartbreak, disappointment and chaos. An orphan who grew into a young woman taken advantage of and abused, she knows nothing of inner peace until one fateful day when she has to rely on a random stranger she meets on a bus. Follow the journey of Amanda as she uncovers the greatest love in its truest form and a healing romance like she could never have imagined. ABOUT FINDING MIRIAM When her newly-married-former-crush-turned-sworn-enemy-boss sends 'slay- queen’ Miriam off to work town in the middle of nowhere, she is sure her life cannot get any worse. But when tragedy strikes threatening budding friendships and fragile hope, her life is turned upside down. Will she still find hope, love and purpose in the midst of chaos?
Mirror, Mirror is a strong piece on self-identity which I believe our generation is hungry for. Laju excellently emphasises the vagueness of self-worth based on the superficial. In her own words, “no matter how sincere these mirrors are, their view is limited; their durability, fragile, their blind spots, many.” With clarity and simplicity, she redirects us to our one and only true standard; The word! - Karen Ubani, Fashion Entrepreneur and Founder, Karen Ubani Apparel
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