Discover who you were truly meant to be and how you were truly meant to live.
I was raised on the granola west-coast to be a strong female, just because that’s who I was. I was so fortunate to have parents that believed I could do just about anything and encouraged me to try (except sports or physics – that is not how I’m wired.) I’m realizing now how remarkable that really is. The late 70’s and 1980’s were not necessarily a time that understood what it means to be a truly feminine “ezer kenegdo”, or powerful, uniquely relational, companion. There was a slightly scary undercurrent of culture that communicated to me that women must be better than men and prove something. Anything. Something both fearful and fierce.
Now I live in a small town where a large portion of our community live in very specific gender roles, with a firm belief that they’re God-ordained. There are some very clear expectations around men and around women. It’s been interesting to see how shocked some have been to know that I can cook, sew and be president of a marketing agency, all at the same time.
Talk about confusing contexts to figure out a theology. Both offer such a disconnectedness – how do you live out a joy-filled marriage in either? It’s my experience that there is misery in always setting out to prove oneself, or in stifling deep callings.
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So excited to receive my package today! Thank you Ellen! I’m Vancouver bound with my hubby this coming Sunday, the long flights will give me a good opportunity to dive right in!! – Tracey Morrison
I’m excited to be all in for this round of treat and book-savouring with Ellen’s Picks Community and will be unpacking the treats and the words of this book tonight! – Cathie Ostapchuk
This made my day Ellen! Thank you so much, not only for the book but the neat treats as well! – Deb Wilkins
Really excited about this pick Ellen, thank you! I was really challenged by Larry Crabb’s book, The PAPA Prayer, earlier this year. Looking forward to digging in! – Emily Lauer-Enns
The bright spot on this day, despite being sick, is that my package was suited just for me. I just took my daily Vitamin C dosage and am now waiting for it to work. Thanks Ellen! Looking forward to this pic – Melissa Carter
Can’t wait to get to this after all the packing and unpacking! – Helen Reimer
Thanks Ellen!! Love being a part of this passion project! – Jenn Martin
I was VERY excited to open my Ellen’s Pick Package this week. What an important topic! I look forward to hearing from my peers across Canada…Thanks Ellen! – Leanne Toews McAlister
Yay! A new season of Ellen’s Picks. I love the theme of this book and can’t wait to dig in. And all those little extras – thanks Ellen!! Not sure what happened to one of the chocolate bars…. 😉 – Cheryl Weber
Got this book and treats in the mail today from Ellen Graf-Martin!! I’m leaving for India tomorrow and was wondering what book to take. Solved! Thanks for all the Vit. C too!! A perfect gift in perfect timing. #doitafraid #india – Lorie Hartshorn
WOW! I loved this package with all the treats. You are the sweetest of them all, Ellen. What a book title. I must admit, it has me someone fearful. From a background that has left me a little scorched in this subject, I am praying for hope and healing as I read 🙂 Thanks, Ellen! – Stacey Campbell
A special package arrived from the amazing (and very creative) Ellen Graf-Martin, just in time to travel with me on a 2 week adventure. Nashville then Florida for a little R&R. “Fully Alive” is sure to create some good conversation within our community! – Tamara Nicolle-Schaaf
I didn’t get my package before I left for Guatemala. Not a problem, I bought it on iBooks. I now have something to read on the plane. 👍🏼🎉 It amazes me the GOD hunger that women have all over the world. While I’m here I’ll be speaking a few times to over 200 pastor’s wives. They are coming from all over Guatemala. God is GOOD! – Barb Rudoski