About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World by Shannon Popkin: Review & Giveaway

I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Comparison Girl, the new book from Shannon Popkin and Kregel Publications. Please read my thoughts and don't forget to enter the I Read With Audra giveaway at the bottom of the page.


Women compare constantly—on social media, in their neighborhood, at church, even in the school drop-off lane. They glance sideways and ask themselves, "How do I measure up?" All this assessment feels like a natural way of finding a place in the world. But it pulls them into feelings of inferiority or superiority, guiding them into a trap of antagonism by the enemy.

Satan would like women to strive to measure up, constantly adding to a tally sheet that can't ever be balanced. The way of Jesus is completely upside down from that philosophy. Instead, he says the last shall be first--and the greatest are those who empty themselves, lay down their lives, and serve each other.

Through conversations Jesus had and parables he shared, Shannon Popkin has created a seven-week Bible study to address this tendency to compare and judge ourselves and others. Each chapter is divided into lessons, allowing women on a time budget to read a Bible passage, engage in a complete train of thought related to the topic, and then make the content personal--all in one sitting. And the informal teaching tone will make women feel like they're meeting with a trusted friend.

Suited for both individual and group study, Comparison Girl will guide women to leave their measure-up ways behind, connect with those around them, and break free from the shackles of comparison!


"Wow, I will never be like her!" Do you remember thinking this about another teenage girl who had pretty hair, a perfect complexion, or a great figure? Well, the comparison game doesn't end with maturity. Adult women see other women who appear to be terrific mothers and "June Cleaver" homemakers and what happens? Comparison once again!

Most of us are guilty and author Shannon Popkin wants to help us change. Comparison Girl is a six-week Bible study based on lessons that Jesus used when he was showing his followers the evils of comparing themselves with others. Conversations and parables from Jesus are shared and Poplin uses her own experiences to inspire us to stop being a "comparison girl". Popkin also reminds us that it is Satan who is the ruler of the "Measure-Up World" and, by causing us to feel hurt by comparing ourselves with others, he is able to continue his attack on God. It was, after all, Satan's prideful comparison of himself to God that caused his expulsion from Heaven!

Comparison Girl encourages us to think less about ourselves by doing more for others. It is a wonderful resource that can be used individually or in a group Bible study and I highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications but I wasn't obligated to write a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Shannon Popkin is a writer, speaker, and Bible teacher who loves pointing others to the truth of God’s Word. She combines her gifts for humor and storytelling with her passion for Jesus. She regularly speaks at Christian women’s events and retreats, encouraging women of all ages to put their hope in God.

Popkin is also a regular contributor for the Revive Our Hearts True Woman and Leader Connection blogs. Her articles have been published by Family FunFocus on the Family MagazineMOMsense and others. She is the author of several books, including Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the BibleInfluence: Building a Platform That Elevates Jesus (Not Me), and Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World.

Popkin and her husband, Ken, have been married for more than twenty years and live in West Michigan. They have three children—one in high school and two in college.

Connect with Shannon Popkin by visiting her Website or following her on Facebook      Instagram or Twitter


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