It’s not easy being a woman. The demands and expectations of us, and those we place on ourselves, can be overwhelming. While trying to navigate this thing called “life,” have you ever longed for a close friend, confidant, or mentor to walk alongside you and encourage you in Biblical womanhood? Debbie Morris did. And yet even as a young minister’s wife, she found herself without someone to fill this all-important role. So she turned to the Bible. Biblical women such as Eve, Sarah, and Miriam had always fascinated her. But now they also became her friends, sisters, and teachers. Through their stories, the Holy Spirit revealed how their lives—both joys and struggles—weren’t that much different from ours today and how they can teach women today to be a grace-filled, life-giving woman of God.
In The Blessed Woman, Debbie invites you to learn from these women as well. As she shares her own stories and the stories of discerning women in the Bible, she addresses topics such as overcoming insecurity, finding purpose, establishing priorities, letting go, and waiting. The Blessed Woman reminds us how God longs for every woman to experience His tenderness—and to know the true meaning of being blessed.
Praise for The Blessed Woman
“I have known Pastor Debbie Morris for many years and I am blessed to call her friend. You will find her gracious and giving spirit contagious as you see how God has blessed her as she has surrendered to Him. She truly is a blessed woman of God with a passion to lead women to the heart of God. I highly recommend this book.” —Karen Evans, host of Marriage Today
“My good friend Debbie has written an inspiring work that links her life story and the life lessons of women in scripture to the needs, dreams and challenges that women face today. This book will encourage every reader to maximize their walk with God in order to understand and experience all He has destined for their life.” —Dr. Lois Evans
“One of my favorite people has now written one of my favorite new books. In The Blessed Woman, the beautiful Debbie Morris writes candidly and beautifully of her spiritual journey of victory over insecurity and timidity. Along the way she points us to the stories of other remarkable women of faith—challenging and inspiring us as daughters of the King to live lives of meaning, purpose and power. This book is a rare gift.” —Kari Jobe, two-time Dove Award winner
“Debbie's ministry to women is powerful. The staggering effect her message of hope, love and restoration has on women is evident by the hundreds of lives that are revolutionized under her leadership. The book you hold in your hands will not only take you on a journey with the women in the Bible but will escort you on one of your own - one that will take you to the next glorious level in your relationship with God. Buckle up your seat belt and get ready for the ride of your life.” —Priscilla Shirer, author and Bible teacher
“The Blessed Woman is a revelation of how God wants to champion His daughters and favor their lives. Debbie Morris takes you on a journey through God's Word to position you for great things!” —Lisa Bevere, best-selling author & speaker, co-founder of Messenger International
“Debbie pens this book from her beautiful heart. It overflows with love and grace, seeking to refresh and strengthen every woman who reads its pages. This book is a tool to teach, mentor and cheer you on to being all God made you to be. In Debbie's words 'being a woman isn't always easy...' but the wisdom in these pages will definitely make it easier. Thank you, Debbie, for giving freely wisdom that cost you everything.” —Charlotte Gambill, pastor/speaker
“Debbie’s insights on molding and mentoring God’s rough and unpolished daughters provide inspiring hope for the hopeless. There’s an immediate identification with God’s powerful, feminine mentors of the Bible when we realize God’s heart’s desire is to use each of us in a very significant way. As Debbie says, we don’t realize that our mistakes, weaknesses and lack that we think would cause God’s opportunities to pass us by, actually make us the perfect candidates for His purposes. Truly God is looking for daughters through whom He can show Himself strong and mighty—you and me. Although we’re not qualified in the natural to do what He’s asking, He is more than ready to equip and empower us to fulfill His passionate vision for each of us. Our deficiencies are God’s opportunity to be God of the impossible.” —Ginger Lindsay, COO, Christ for Nations
"The Blessed Woman" is written with an authentic grace-filled charm that speaks to the heart of every woman at each stage of her life. The book's transparency and vulnerability draws the reader in by chronicling the lives of the author and the incredible women of the Bible, making them relatable and real to us. Pastor Debbie unearths their human frailties, fears and shortcomings, and ultimately their manifested faith and reliance on God, taking them from the conception of their purpose to the birthing of God's vision through them...just like He wants to do with each of us, transforming the ordinary to extraordinary.” —Lori Ann Biggers, speaker
“Every woman is looking for a mentor, someone to guide her along life's uncertain road. In her book The Blessed Woman, Debbie Morris helps us all to see some of the amazing women in the Bible as mentors. Debbie is transparent and honest as she uses her own journey and Bible truths to guide us in our daily life. I know this book will be a huge encouragement for so many!!! So get one for you, and all those women in your world!” —Holly Wagner, pastor at Oasis Church, author GodChicks, WarriorChicks, Daily Steps for GodChicks
“Debbie Morris’ The Blessed Woman is a breath of fresh air—and one that will re-fresh every person who reads it, irrespective of gender. Though essentially geared to women, any perceptive reader who loves the Word will be happily surprised at how Debbie is, all at once, both “plain and simple” and “powerfully prophetic!” The content flows from the heart of a pastor’s wife who relates with an enjoyable yet transformational “edge” to her writing—taking the “every day” and turning it into “the stuff of eternity.” This journey offers a pungent study of women in the Bible that will build confidence, grow faith and lead to practical, purposeful living and ministry.” —Pastor Jack Hayford, chancellor of The King’s University
“Debbie Morris writes with the heart of a true pastor’s wife; I know because she’s my pastor’s wife and my friend. I’ve watched her grow into the role and what a mighty woman of God she is! In this book, she’s transparent and human in a way we can all relate to, inspiring us to step into our own calling and purpose that God has for us. She writes about the dream God birthed inside her to empower women to follow God and how, despite her insecurities, God helped her deliver that dream. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into her shoes and the shoes of many women in the Bible as Debbie takes you on this journey, sharing personal stories and Biblical stories. Every woman seeking God’s blessing should read this book.” —Joni Lamb
“I love the heart and soul of Debbie. Not only is she an amazing woman of God, she is also a friend! Her passion and commitment to women is inspiring and captured so well in her new book, The Blessed Woman. Debbie conveys a clear vision of empowering seasoned Christian women to become the mentors that God created them to be, as well as redefining femininity. I'm excited to see how her book inspires women to be leaders they are destined to be!” —Christine Caine
“Pastor Debbie is one of the humblest and gentlest women I have met. These character traits peg her as a true leader and as such, anything she has to say or write is something I would listen to and take to heart. Debbie’s book will help all of us not only believe in ourselves, but also step into our roles as women to do the things only women can do.” —Dr. Caroline Leaf, neuroscientist and author
"Debbie Morris has begun the conversation that every Christian woman needs to have. Reading her book I see now how Debbie is so genuinely herself no matter who she is around. She has let the women of God's Word truly mentor and shape her soul and in this book she shows how you can do the same. With mentors like these it is easy to be more shaped by God, and less driven by fear of people. Read it. Then have your daughters read it!" —Bob Hamp, executive pastor of pastoral care at Gateway Church, author of Think Differently and Live Differently: Keys to a life of Freedom
About Debbie Morris
Debbie Morris is the executive pastor of women’s ministry at Gateway Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 24,000 active members. Debbie has been married for more than thirty years to Gateway’s founding senior pastor, Robert Morris, and they have three grown children.
Its not easy being a woman. The demands and expectations of us, and those we place on ourselves, can be overwhelming. While trying to navigate this thing called life, have you ever longed for a close friend, confidant, or mentor to walk alongside you and encourage you in Biblical womanhood? Debbie Morris did. And yet even as a young ministers wife, she found herself without someone to fill this all-important role. So she turned to the Bible. Biblical women such as Eve, Sarah, and Miriam had always fascinated her. But now they also became her friends, sisters, and teachers. Through their stories, the Holy Spirit revealed how their livesboth joys and struggleswerent that much different from ours today and how they can teach women today to be a grace-filled, life-giving woman of God.
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