Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Comparison Girl by Shannon Popkin (Review and Giveaway!)

Shannon Popkin is back with her second Bible study aid Comparison Girl


Title: Comparison Girl by Shannon Popkin
Category: Adult NonFiction, 224 pages
Genre: Christian self-help, Christian Bible Study Guides
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release dates: May 19, 2020
Tour dates: May 19 to June 9, 2020
Content Rating: G


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!

Click here to read an excerpt!

Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

A few years ago, I read Shannon Popkin's first book Control Girl, which I thought was a gem. Now she's back with Comparison Girl, and once again I found this book to be just as good as her first.

Just as in the first book, I found that I was able to relate to the author herself. Yep, I do tend to compare myself with others, mind you, not as much as when I was younger. I do have more self-confidence now as a mature woman, and I don't care as much what people think. But the tendency is there. 

Shannon Popkin does not shy away from talking about her own experiences. She also peppers her text with anecdotes to illustrate or drive home the point. Sometimes, I found myself laughing outright, but most of the time I found myself asking the hard questions that bring about reflection, introspection, and change. And that's a good thing because we can always improve in our worship to God and in applying Bible principles.

This book has the same layout as Control Girl. Besides being easy to read, it's formatted as a Bible study aid with questions and scriptures at the end of each lesson to read and meditate upon. This is the kind of book you need to take the time to read with pen and highlighter in hand. I read the Bible daily and have a special time of day to meditate on what I read. This book can help with that if your goal is to do more Bible reading and increase your faith. 

If you are a Christian woman who struggles with comparing yourself to others, who is a perfectionist, who is always trying to measure up, or who is willing to humbly look into Bible scripture for help with these issues, this book is just what you need. 

Disclosure: Thanks to Audra Jennings for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.



“If you struggle with measuring up, if you’re worried about what people think, if you dread someone seeing you in a less-than-ideal situation, then you’re human. We all struggle with comparing ourselves to others in some way. That means we all need Shannon’s honest and wise words on the pages of this book. I know I did, and I’m betting you do too!”
~ Jill Savage, author of No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Kids, and No More Perfect Marriages

“Shannon Popkin has done it again! She has masterfully written another must-read to speak to the struggles of our soul. Like a dear friend she comes, sits with us, and soothes us with the truth of how purposefully we were created, how intentionally we have been gifted, and how infinitely we are loved. Inviting us to look up, listen to the tender truths of God, and learn to silence the lies of the enemy against us, Shannon shows us how to finally live freely in a culture of continual comparison. For every woman who has an area of her life where she wonders if she is truly enough—here is your answer.”
~ Erica Wiggenhorn, author of Unexplainable Jesus: Rediscovering the God You Thought You Knew


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 Fun, Focus on the Family Magazine, MOMsense and others. She is the author of several books, including Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible, Influence: 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, following her on Facebook (shanpopkin), Instagram (shannonpopkin), or Twitter (@ShannonPopkin).

Ends June 9, 2020

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  1. I compare myself too. This sounds intriguing. And it would be great to come across a book like this about men. My son would find it interesting as he worries so much about what other's think of him.

    1. It's true that it's not only girls and women who compare themselves with others. The lessons are pretty universal in this book. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I think we all compare ourselves to others - this book sounds like a valuable read. thanks for the review


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