she’s got issues [a book review]

978-1-4143-6510-7I don’t think of myself as a control freak. I don’t feel like I’m stressed out about life all of the time. I have my issues, don’t get me wrong. I’ve got a list of insecurities and fears long enough to keep two people busy, and I’m not immune to stress.

But when this book arrived in the mail, I honestly didn’t think I’d like it very much. The cover didn’t appeal to me at all, and I didn’t know if it would be relevant to me. That’s why I hadn’t requested it from Tyndale when I had the chance. That’s why I wasn’t sure I was excited when She’s Got Issues showed up on my door step anyway.

I decided to read it anyway. After all, I already had it and hadn’t started anything else yet. And I have to say, once again, you just can’t judge a book by its cover.

I had to read this one at a much faster pace than I wanted to, but I gleaned so many tidbits that hit me square on the head of my own “ordinary issues”. I realized maybe I was a little more of a control freak than I thought I was, and that perhaps I wasn’t as stress free as I wanted to believe. I was reminded how easy it is to put on a face and to act like “everything is normal” and play Christian, and yet not have victory in the small areas of our lives. Looking good, and being good are two different things. Pride can put on a great act, but at the end of the day does all the acting get us anywhere? Nicole came straight to the point when she asked the question: “Am I changed because of Jesus?”

She’s Got issues talks about plastic women—the women we tend to try to be, and about the real and beautiful woman that God wants to make us. She gives a real, candid look at the 5 1/2 “issues” that we likely all deal with every day. She speaks courage, and strength that trying to “fix it” ourselves will never bring us. And that’s the grace of God and His power to transform us, right down to our most ordinary issues.

In short, I came away from my reading inspired, convicted and encouraged to keep letting God peel away the plastic me, and keep molding the real version.

Each chapter ends with questions for personal evaluation, and a link to a video clip you can view online and hear Nicole share some of her personal greatest issues and the changes God is doing in her life. It almost feels like you are sharing the journey with her.

I’m now reading the book through at a little slower pace. Hopefully I’ll assimilate more and come away with a deeper feel for what all the book is getting at.

But I’m glad that I “accidentally” got a copy. I’m glad that I read it. I’m glad that no matter how messy  and deeply rooted our “ordinary issues” are, God already has a solution, and the way to real joy and peace mapped out for us. And I’m thankful that He chose to remind me how much I need Him through this book this month.

If you are looking for some inspiration and encouragement to step out of the comfort zone of excuses and want to take a good look at your own issues, consider picking up a copy of She’s Got Issues. I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did.

Oh, one more thing: If one of you wants to get a hold of a copy of She’s got Issues and read it along with me and go through the end-of-chapter questions, I’m looking for a reading partner. Let me know?



  1. Samantha says

    Sounds like something I might be interested in.I put it on my wishlist over at PBS. But I might have enough Amazon credit to buy it…

    I think it’s incredibly important to be genuine; our issues and all and not just put on a plastic smile and pretend everything is okay.
    I’m slowly learning to talk about my problems, admit my wrong doings, humble myself, confess and ask Jesus for help daily. Hiding them and making excuses has never helped….
    Pride is…. not a pretty thing most of the time and it can cause us to stumble in so many areas of life.
    Only Jesus can change us and mold us… and glory to Him! We can’t do it… we have to give all of us to Him. By His grace alone! :)

    • Chantel says

      I think you’d really enjoy it! And if you *do* end up getting it, and want a slow reading partner to work through it and the questions at the back with…you have my email. ;)

  2. says

    So this book is one that I wanted to review, but wasn’t sure how I’d like it or if I’d gain anything of value from it. After reading your review, I think I’ll have to try to get a copy. Who knows, I may have issues I’m not even aware of..

    And most surely, I would love to be your reading partner if I can get this book soon! :)

    • Chantel says

      Oh, I’d love that! :) I know you are busy, though…so we can always rain check until you are done with school and read something together then. :) <3

      • says

        Well, guess what? The author of the book is sending me a copy! For free! So yes, I want to plan on reading it through with you. It would be fun!! Maybe after summer session in August when I have like 3 weeks off :)

  3. says

    I am interested in this book after reading your review! :) I know I have control issues… and it would be nice to read for inspiration and self-reflection.

    • Chantel says

      It is a great book for self-reflection, that’s for sure! Let me know what you think if you read it!

  4. says

    Sounds like a very thought provoking book. I would love to read it, but I have so many others right now…I’ll have to put it on my list.

    • Chantel says

      Oh, I can relate to having too many to read! I had to pull it forward in my stack because the review company made a mistake and sent it to me as a part of a blog carnival that I didn’t sign up for. Ug. Now back to reading my former stack… ;)

  5. Naomi says

    Thanks so much for this review – I just hit order on Amazon UK :) Many, maaany issues have reared their ugly head during this busy season of wedding planning, and I have a feeling this is just the book I need to read. I balked at the cover too, but if the content is as convicting as you say then this book and I are going to be friends over the next couple of months!

    Hope you’re well. I have been a rather terrible email pal, I realise … *sheepish* xxx

    • Chantel says

      Aw, I think wedding planning is a good reason to be a terrible email pal. I promise that I understand! :)

      And…I suppose each person has a different “need” when it comes from books, but I’m *pretty sure* you won’t be disappointed you bought it! :) Hope you are well too!

  6. Jaclynn says

    I put this one on my Paperbackswap wish list…thank you for the review, sounds like a great book for me too! :)

    • Chantel Brankshire says

      I’m sure you’ll really like it! I’m still looking and waiting for someone to get it and want to read it along with me, but I’m looking forward to going through it more slowly and carefully.

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