I recently (as in, over the last 3 or 4 years) reviewed the book Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious as a part of the BookLook Bloggers program. In exchange for an honest review, I was provided with a free copy of the book. Which I lost in all of our moves, so I ended up purchasing the kindle version so I could finish the review.... and I'm glad I did.
One of the things I particularly liked about the set up of this book is that each chapter weaves a story from beginning to end. The focus is on one character, but she doesn't just start with the character's story and then provide commentary. She teases with just a bit of the story and then brings the topic back to modern life and then infuses just one more aspect of the story...and then brings the discussion back, and so forth. Eventually she finishes the chapter with the outcome of the story.
If there is something I don't like about the book is that it is aimed only at women. I have met more and more men (friends, family, etc) who are struggling with the same sort of negative thinking. Feeling trapped in their life circumstances, lack of good jobs, lack of dateable women, whatever it is. The entire philosophy of this book would be valuable to them as well, but there is no way I could recommend it to them as it is completely aimed at women. It wouldn't even feel comfortable, in my opinion, for them to read. I feel like this book could have easily included a mix of male and female characters without detracting from it's original purpose in any way. It could have still been equally powerful for women, but had an added value for men as well. Maybe someday, Silvious or another author could take on this topic for men who are struggling with writing their own story as well.
Overall, however, I am still inclined to recommend this title either as an individual study during a challenging period of life or as a group study over the 10 weeks as it was designed.