What's so bad about being a nice girl? Well, nice girls carry with them their childish impression of God, an idol that can wreck their lives. Nice girls worry about what others think. Nice girls see others as being more valuable and capable than themselves. Nice girls hide when they are scared.
Instead we are called to be "good women." A good woman is a dangerous woman because she relates to the living, breathing God. She knows her unique passions and abilities are valuable. She doesn't let fear stop her.
A lot of what is written in this little book resonated with me, but my favorite stuff is the stuff about fear. Lynne talks about being invited to give a series of talks in Northern Ireland and she immediately thinks of all the reasons she is afraid to do it. But she sense God asking her "if you weren't afraid would you want to do that?" She realizes the answer is "yes" and she goes. I absolutely love that question: If you weren't afraid, would you do it? As an artist, trying to grow and learn and get my stuff out there, I need to ask myself that question all the time.
She also talks about "talking down your fear" (which came up at the Summit.) Here's an excerpt:
"I've...learned that my first response to just about everything is fear. If I listened t the voice of fear, I would basically do nothing. But part of what it means for me to move from being a nice girl to being a good woman, is that I choose to talk down fear. When fear says, "What have you gotten yourself into now?" I say "I think I've gotten myself into the will of God, and I'm not going to back down."
I really enjoyed this one, and hope Lynne will be writing more in the future!
(If you don't want to wait for the wide-release by Zondervan you can get the book through the WCA.)