Book Review: When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts by Cindi McMenamin

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736948589
ISBN-13: 978-0736948586
Price: $12.99
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Only God can take the bitter things and turn them into blessings in your own life and the lives of others. But healing cannot take place until you uproot the faulty thinking that often accompanies life’s wounds and replace it with the truth about how God views you.

As Cindi McMenamin shares powerful examples of the ways God has changed broken lives, she offers encouraging counsel that will…

·       take you from feeling insignificant to realizing how much the Lord loves you

·       take you from feeling undesirable to seeing your true beauty

·       take you from feeling you’re not good enough to recognizing how special you are

You’ll find this book filled with grace, redemption, and transformation. It will lead you toward a renewed focus on God, a resurgence of inner joy, and better relationships with others.


Cindi McMenamin shares her heart on each page of this book. Her desire is for women to be set free from the bondage of their pasts and to know their identity in Christ.

Each chapter begins with a woman’s tragic story and their redemption.

At the end of each chapter, there is a section entitled, “Let the Healing Continue” where there are practical exercises help to incorporate healing. There are also scriptures to reflect upon and a prayer for healing.

When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts is broken down in three sections:

             Part I: Uncovering the Wounds

            Part II: Unraveling the Lies

            Part III: Unveiling a New Heart

As much as I found this book encouraging, I did have a difficult time reading some of the women’s stories.

However, I appreciated the fact that there is hope and redemption as well. Who doesn’t like a happy ending?

One thing I am realizing in my own journey toward healing and wholeness is that it isn’t always pleasant or fun, but grueling. Healing doesn’t always feel good and at times, it can be messy.

However, When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurt is very helpful as it gives you ten steps toward healing and wholeness.

Cindi McMenamin teaches throughout this book, that there is healing, hope and redemption through the pain and hurt. Sometimes we may not understand why certain things happen, however, this book clearly shows how God wastes nothing.

God desires to heal us. He desires our freedom from the lies we believe. Ultimately, He wants us to know how much He loves us.

In order to heal, we must face some ugly and painful things. But, we don’t have to stay there.

When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurt gives you the tools to overcome your past hurts and be set free.

I highly recommend When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurt for women. This book could used alone or as a guide in a woman’s group.

In conclusion, I want to personally thank Aaron Dillon of Harvest House Publishers for a complimentary copy of this book.

Cindi McMenamin, an award-winning writer and national speaker, is the author of When Women Walk Alone (more than 100,000 copies sold) and Women on the Edge.  As a pastor’s wife, director of women’s ministries, and Bible teacher, her passion is to bring women into deeper intimacy with God.  Cindi lives in Southern California with her husband, Hugh, and daughter, Dana.