Stronger Than You Think: Becoming Whole Without Having to Be Perfect. A Woman's Guide, By Kim Gaines Eckert
Stronger Than You Think
  • Length: 241 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: January 19, 2007
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3373
  • ISBN: 9780830833733

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If you've known broken relationships . . .

If you've ever felt like you don't measure up . . .

If you've suspected something inside you might be missing or flawed . . .

This book is for you.

Kim Gaines Eckert, psychologist and counselor, has spent years helping women with a variety of life issues, from self-esteem and body image to developing healthy relationships and healing from the past. At the heart of their struggle, she believes, is not the desire to be perfect, but the desire to be whole. And wholeness, she is convinced, ultimately comes only from God.

In this book Kim invites you into her conversations with women. You'll discover you are not alone in your struggles, and you'll learn from her practical and proven guidance for growth and change. And because growth is always more powerful in community, each chapter includes questions for you to explore in a small group.

Let Kim Gaines Eckert show how God can mend your brokenness and help you become a whole, healthy person--the woman he created you to be.

"The battleground for women's souls is in the mind. Stronger Than You Think equips women with the armor they need to combat society's messages, Satan's deceptions and our own internal misgivings."

Cara Davis, editor, Radiant magazine, and editorial director, RELEVANT Media Group

"Stronger Than You Think offers to women and men sound theology and practical psychology on managing many of the perplexing dilemmas of being human. If you struggle with self-esteem, body image or relationship matters, then this book will help you to grow into the whole person that God created you to be."

Virginia Todd Holeman, Ph.D., professor of counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary

"This excellent woman's guide, Stronger Than You Think: Becoming Whole Without Having to Be Perfect, offers a much-needed message to the women I know. Regardless of age, relational brokenness leads to internal pain and a profound longing for wholeness. Kim Eckert uses sound psychological insight and biblical truth to provide tools for the journey of growing inward and outward. It's an amazing experience to accept and love the you God created through healing relationships."

Judith Balswick, marriage and family therapist, and coauthor of A Model for Marriage

"Solid, thought-provoking, healing, challenging. These four words describe my reaction to Stronger Than You Think. With the mix of the straightforward teacher and the insightful therapist, Kim Eckert gives women a book that speaks to our heads and our hearts. If it is time for you to take a positive, life-altering journey, this woman's guide is for you. I loved it."

Jan Silvious, author of Foolproofing Your Life and Big Girls Don't Whine

"This book will make you think and feel and grow. Kim Gaines Eckert draws on her extensive knowledge in Christian theology, spiritual formation and psychology, and yet makes it practical for everyday life. This is not just a helpful book for women, but also for the men who walk alongside women as friends, colleagues and lifelong partners."

Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D., professor and author of Finding Our Way Home: Turning Back to What Matters Most

"Every woman who worships the god of perfection can come to know the God of the universe while discovering the wonder of who God has made you to be."

Stephen Arterburn, author of Healing Is a Choice

"A timely book in an era when women are pressured to be and do more than ever before . . . A beneficial starting place for group discussions and growth."

Dawn Gentry, SCJ, Spring 2009

"Women, this book is for us! You will walk away with insight about wholeness and it?s relation to brokenness and how incorporating the broken parts of us can be used by God to effectively respond to the pain and brokenness in this world we live in."

Five Star Book Reviews More by The Reading Mom, September 2007

"Honest and hopeful, Stronger Than You Thing is a guide that will partner well with any woman--no mater where she is along life's journey."

What's New on the Bookshelf with Shirley Updyke, WRGN, March 5, 2007



Part 1: longing for wholeness
1. Searching for Wholeness in Romance, Motherhood or Career
Why a Broken World Leaves Us Disappointed
2. Finding Wholeness in Our True Identity
Relational Beings Made in God's Image

Part 2: Growing Inward
3. Learning to Use Your Voice
Recovering from the Negative Messages of Girlhood
4. Negative Self-Talk
How the Way We Think Affects the Way We Feel
5. When Your Emotions Get the Best of You
Growing Through Anger, Anxiety and Depression
6. Never Good Enough
Building Healthy Self-Esteem
7. Doing Battle with Your Body
Developing a Healthy Body Image in a Toxic Body Culture

Part 3: Growing Outward
8. Rethinking Female Sexuality
Sexual Intimacy, Single Sexuality and Sexual Wounds
9. The Search for Connection
Growing Healthy Intimate Relationships
10. Restoring Your Broken Heart
Healing from Loss, Abuse and Other Relational Wounds
11. Wholly Broken. . . Yet Still Whole
Reaching Out to a Hurting World

Part 4: Growing in Community
Questions for Discussion and Reflection

Further Reading
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Kim Gaines Eckert

Dr. Kim Gaines Eckert is a licensed psychologist in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she maintains a private counseling practice at the Relationship Therapy Center. Dr. Eckert came to Tennessee in 2002 to join the faculty of Lee University. She now teaches at Lee on an adjunct basis and is the clinical director of the Lee University Play Therapy Center. Dr. Eckert holds an undergraduate honors degree in English and anthropology from the University of Michigan, as well as a master's and doctorate from Wheaton College. In addition to her two books with InterVarsity Press, she has also published in Today’s Christian Woman, Psychology for Living, and Youth & Christian Education Leadership. Dr. Eckert is a national speaker and has been featured on programs such as Moody Radio's Prime Time America, and Midday Connection.