Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life

Every woman lives by a code, whether she realizes it or not. It informs how she treats others and herself, how much she expects of herself, and how far she is willing to go in order to find success. But is the code we're living by truly helping us create the lives of purpose and fulfillment we desire? Or are we sacrificing the deeper things for mere achievement?

In this inspiring book, Sophia A. Nelson calls women to live out a powerful life code that will lead them to purposeful and successful lives. With the wisdom that comes from experience, Nelson reveals to women

· the true meaning of "having it all"
· how to take better care of their minds, bodies, and souls
· how to achieve professional excellence without compromising their values
· how to find lasting love and purpose in life beyond their accomplishments
· how to navigate the sisterhood of women, to build collaboration rather than competition
· how to heal from past hurts, rejection, and life's inevitable storms
· and much more

The Woman Code is a way of living, of navigating life's challenges, and of interacting positively with other women. It's a way of pursuing our dreams and our deepest desires. It reveals a universal and timeless set of principles of the mind, body, and spirit that help women balance the demands of work, home, family, and friendship. The Woman Code not only calls on women to practice purpose in their lives, it shows them how to do it with grace.

My Impressions: 
First off let me say, I really wanted to enjoy this book. It comes so highly recommended my mainly prominent people that I was sure I would enjoy it fully. I read the sleeve and the book sounded powerful and insightful. So when it arrived, I was excited to get to read this book. Too quickly though I became very discourage by the message the author was sending to her readers.
As a Christian, as a mother, friend and a follower of Christ I cannot support this book. From Chapter one and throughout the entire book the authors message to unlocking the joy in your life is to put yourself first! The main focus of the book is based on a Me, Me, Me and I, I, I approach that is preached throughout that it becomes very difficult to read. I found the song " Just Me, Myself and I" going through my head as I read.  As Christians we are called to be servants, putting others first, not ourselves. 
Since this is a Christian book and a Christian publishing company promotes this book I think it should be stated that this book does not references Christ and there are no scripture references, but instead promotes Christian principles that you might find in the Bible. It is more of a self-help type of book. 
There were sections of the book that I did enjoy and examples of putting others first, but it was not the central theme. I enjoyed The Spiritual Code's that are found in Chapter 3 and parts of the Relational Code. The author has some sound, biblical advice regarding gossiping, controlling your tongue, be quick to apologize when you have hurt someone or gone against biblical principles, and learning to have healthy relationships and avoiding toxic ones. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Revell’s reader’s club blog review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising 

About the Author: 
Sophia A. Nelson is an award-winning author and award winning journalist. She is also a highly sought-after corporate leadership trainer and motivational speaker. Nelson has a national platform that is making strides to help women lead more fulfilling and powerful lives in and out of the workplace.

Finally, she is a much sought after motivational speaker, life-style expert and leadership trainer in the Fortune 500, industry and universities. She has contributed to USA Today, Essence Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her 2nd book The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life (Revell), is due out in stores world-wide October 2014.

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