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What’s holding you back from living out your identity as a woman of God? Many of us as women feel conflicted about Jesus’s calling on our lives because a woman trying to love God beyond her heart and soul, with her mind and strength, can be thought of as crossing some line or unspoken boundary. Bible teacher Kat Armstrong challenges us to ask, “Why am I allowing limitations What’s holding you back from living out your identity as a woman of God? Many of us as women feel conflicted about Jesus’s calling on our lives because a woman trying to love God beyond her heart and soul, with her mind and strength, can be thought of as crossing some line or unspoken boundary. Bible teacher Kat Armstrong challenges us to ask, “Why am I allowing limitations on my pursuit of Jesus’s calling?” In No More Holding Back, Armstrong debunks five common myths about women: Women Can’t Be Trusted to Learn and Lead I Don’t Have a Lot to Offer My Greatest Joy Is Marriage and Highest Calling Is Motherhood Chapter  I Am Too Much to Handle Leading Ladies Don’t Fit in Supporting Roles   No More Holding Back invites us to discover the joy and freedom of being all in for Jesus.


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What’s holding you back from living out your identity as a woman of God? Many of us as women feel conflicted about Jesus’s calling on our lives because a woman trying to love God beyond her heart and soul, with her mind and strength, can be thought of as crossing some line or unspoken boundary. Bible teacher Kat Armstrong challenges us to ask, “Why am I allowing limitations What’s holding you back from living out your identity as a woman of God? Many of us as women feel conflicted about Jesus’s calling on our lives because a woman trying to love God beyond her heart and soul, with her mind and strength, can be thought of as crossing some line or unspoken boundary. Bible teacher Kat Armstrong challenges us to ask, “Why am I allowing limitations on my pursuit of Jesus’s calling?” In No More Holding Back, Armstrong debunks five common myths about women: Women Can’t Be Trusted to Learn and Lead I Don’t Have a Lot to Offer My Greatest Joy Is Marriage and Highest Calling Is Motherhood Chapter  I Am Too Much to Handle Leading Ladies Don’t Fit in Supporting Roles   No More Holding Back invites us to discover the joy and freedom of being all in for Jesus.

30 review for No More Holding Back: Emboldening Women to Move Past Barriers, See Their Worth, and Serve God Everywhere

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Humphries

    I’ve been aware of Kat and Polished, the ministry she co-founded, for a couple years through friends who attended her alma mater, Dallas Theological Seminary. A blog post adapted from No More Holding Back “dang near had me standing on my chair waving my hanky.” Reading No More Holding Back in its entirety had me cheering and messaging those DTS friends. It also left me absurdly grateful for women who go to seminary, knowing that it will be an uphill battle, but choosing to follow the call on the I’ve been aware of Kat and Polished, the ministry she co-founded, for a couple years through friends who attended her alma mater, Dallas Theological Seminary. A blog post adapted from No More Holding Back “dang near had me standing on my chair waving my hanky.” Reading No More Holding Back in its entirety had me cheering and messaging those DTS friends. It also left me absurdly grateful for women who go to seminary, knowing that it will be an uphill battle, but choosing to follow the call on their lives. (If you know a woman in seminary, pray for her and let her know you’re doing it.) There are whole chunks of the book that had me wondering if Kat had been eavesdropping on conversations I’ve had with my friends about women in ministry and the obstacles we face, so I really appreciate the way Kat tackles the lies we’ve been told and told ourselves about our worth and our abilities.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Bowler

    Kat Armstrong's book is filled with golden encouragement for helping women love God with their all--including heart and soul, as well as mind and strength. To that end, in Part 1, Kat begins by addressing five common myths that often hold women back from giving their all: (1) women can't be trusted to learn and lead, (2) women don't have a lot to offer, (3) our greatest joy is marriage and highest calling is motherhood, (4) we are too much to handle, and (5) leading ladies don't fit in supportin Kat Armstrong's book is filled with golden encouragement for helping women love God with their all--including heart and soul, as well as mind and strength. To that end, in Part 1, Kat begins by addressing five common myths that often hold women back from giving their all: (1) women can't be trusted to learn and lead, (2) women don't have a lot to offer, (3) our greatest joy is marriage and highest calling is motherhood, (4) we are too much to handle, and (5) leading ladies don't fit in supporting roles. Part 2 discusses our call to love God, and Part 3 discusses our call to love others. It's refreshing to hear other Christians say wives and mothers don't "corner the market on the truest forms of biblical womanhood" because "loving God and loving others are life's pinnacles." When we elevate marriage or motherhood to the position of our highest calling, we commit idolatry by worshipping these good things above the best thing in our lives: Christ. I also appreciated Kat's emphasis on women learning and leading. If we believe the lie that women are more easily deceived and therefore incapable of leading, we need look no further than the story of Christ entrusting the resurrection message to Mary Magdalene to be reminded of the truth. Kat paints a vivid and beautiful contrast between our mother Eve and Mary Magdalene; however, I felt it went a little too far when she stated "The curse of being easily deceived died when Jesus rose from the dead." This quote and other portions of that section seem to imply that before Christ's death and resurrection women, following Eve's example, were more easily deceived. I do believe all humanity fell under the curse of sin in Eden, but because Eve was deceived by the Serpent does not automatically follow that all women became more gullible than men and thus were unfit to lead until the NT. To me that does a disservice to the many women in the OT called and equipped by God to lead (Ex. the prophetess Miriam, the judge Deborah, the prophetess Huldah, etc.).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Barton

    No More Holding Back is bold call for Christian Women to live their God-given purpose, and live it unashamedly! Kat's words are honest and thoughtful, and a challenge to face head-on, some deeply embedded Christian ideals about women, their place in the world, and their place in ministry. Time will not be wasted diving into this book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gardner

    fresh, fun, empowering and scripturally sound - couldn't put it down! Kat’s voice is original. I can say after reading lots of books and Bible studies, this is such a fresh take on reminding us who God says we are as His beloved. Every word from Kat is full of the utmost sincerity and a genuineness that you don’t see often in books or in life - I feel her heart in these pages and in every line like she is speaking directly to me. How can a book feel that personal? You can just tell she wants her fresh, fun, empowering and scripturally sound - couldn't put it down! Kat’s voice is original. I can say after reading lots of books and Bible studies, this is such a fresh take on reminding us who God says we are as His beloved. Every word from Kat is full of the utmost sincerity and a genuineness that you don’t see often in books or in life - I feel her heart in these pages and in every line like she is speaking directly to me. How can a book feel that personal? You can just tell she wants her readers to see how much they are fully known, loved, and prepared by God to proclaim His name no matter their spheres of influence. The main message of the book is that women are called to love God with their mind and strength not just their heart and soul. Kat sets the record straight by empowering women to live out their SCRIPTURAL, God-given purpose in all areas of life. She dispels common myths that are plaguing Christian culture today, and as I read her words I felt more and more free to love God and share His love well, not in spite of being a woman, but because I am a woman. She celebrates who we are and how we are uniquely equipped by Him who loves us. Kat uses Scripture to back up her arguments which y’all, is seriously such a great aspect of this book - it isn’t some “feel good gospel” that forgets the beauty and coexisting pain of Scripture and of our lives. She’s all about what the Bible says and interprets Scripture from the honest of places - and it shows. Kat preaches TRUTH. ALWAYS. And that’s what you can expect from this book - it’s a must-read, and I’ll be re-reading it time and again!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    This book 😍😍😍 I loved every word of it. I started my education at a Christian college in 1989. I loved Jesus and wanted to serve him full time. It wasn’t long before I realized that aside from singing, playing the piano, or working with children (all great things but none that I could do or wanted to do) there was no place for me in ministry or church leadership. I chose to become a pharmacist instead because women were much more welcome in the professional and medical setting than they were in t This book 😍😍😍 I loved every word of it. I started my education at a Christian college in 1989. I loved Jesus and wanted to serve him full time. It wasn’t long before I realized that aside from singing, playing the piano, or working with children (all great things but none that I could do or wanted to do) there was no place for me in ministry or church leadership. I chose to become a pharmacist instead because women were much more welcome in the professional and medical setting than they were in the church. I unknowingly harbored bitterness toward the church and God as a result of this for a long, long time. Thankfully the Lord has lovingly brought this to light in a recovery program. A friend in the group recommended this book and it has truly been medicine for my soul. I lead my daughter’s small group at church and am excited for the future of these girls! My 13 year old daughter recently told me she was considering ministry and a flood of emotions came over me. I’m encouraged for her and thankful for women like Kat who are giving voices to an entire generation of Jesus loving girls!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie Bowman

    No More Holding Back is a book I’ll be recommending to my gal pals. The first five chapters alone is worth the cost of the book as Kat Armstrong addresses the ugly messages that hold women back like marriage and childbearing is a women’s highest calling (eye roll). One truth that will stick with me forever is the parallel she makes between the Garden of Eden and the garden at the resurrection site. The narrative of women does not begin with Eve, but with Mary’s proclamation about the risen Savio No More Holding Back is a book I’ll be recommending to my gal pals. The first five chapters alone is worth the cost of the book as Kat Armstrong addresses the ugly messages that hold women back like marriage and childbearing is a women’s highest calling (eye roll). One truth that will stick with me forever is the parallel she makes between the Garden of Eden and the garden at the resurrection site. The narrative of women does not begin with Eve, but with Mary’s proclamation about the risen Savior. Here’s what I love about the book: Kat gives compelling BIBLICAL evidence for women in church leadership. It was not unusual for me to shout a “Yas!” or underline or draw hearts around entire paragraphs while reading this book. It’s just that good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Castaneda

    No More Holding Back by Kat Armstrong is a must read for women of all ages. Ms Armstrong is a leader, a mother, a Bible teacher. When I first listened to her speak on a podcast years ago, I was struck by the way she explained your calling vs your vocation. I immediately looked for more from her but she did not have this book available at that time. Now she does! This is a book to read and pick up for all the women in your life. Ms Armstrong uses women from the Bible and explains what held them b No More Holding Back by Kat Armstrong is a must read for women of all ages. Ms Armstrong is a leader, a mother, a Bible teacher. When I first listened to her speak on a podcast years ago, I was struck by the way she explained your calling vs your vocation. I immediately looked for more from her but she did not have this book available at that time. Now she does! This is a book to read and pick up for all the women in your life. Ms Armstrong uses women from the Bible and explains what held them back and how God used them. It is a phenomenal, powerful book. Don't miss it! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I read this book as part of a book club. We found that the questions at the end of the chapters weren't super conducive for discussion. Most of the time we found that discussing the chapter on its own (without the questions she provided) lead to better conversations. This is an encouraging book for all women in the church. Whether you're single, married, or a mother, there is something here for you. She didn't provide as many real-life suggestions for how to dismantle the limiting women's roles I read this book as part of a book club. We found that the questions at the end of the chapters weren't super conducive for discussion. Most of the time we found that discussing the chapter on its own (without the questions she provided) lead to better conversations. This is an encouraging book for all women in the church. Whether you're single, married, or a mother, there is something here for you. She didn't provide as many real-life suggestions for how to dismantle the limiting women's roles in the church as I was hoping for. But it was still a great read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gina Fox

    This book is amazing! Kat does a great job discussing the mixed messages women receive about what their role in the church should be. Part 2 is about the call to love God and part 3 is about the call to share God’s love. I would encourage every woman who has ever been told that they cannot do something because of their gender to read this. I would also encourage everyone involved in ministry to read this book and to see how they can learn to encourage and not discourage women.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kaley Harper

    I have been DEVOURING this book and LOVING it!!! THANK YOU Kat for writing it and being the voice for so many things that have been on my heart and mind over the past few years. It has felt so good to read a book that I feel “gets it.” The Holy Spirit has used it as such sweet water for my thirsty soul. And on top of that I have been LOVING the 21 day prayer guide. Don’t wonder, just read it! (Especially you seminary ladies!!) katarmstrong.com/book I have been DEVOURING this book and LOVING it!!! THANK YOU Kat for writing it and being the voice for so many things that have been on my heart and mind over the past few years. It has felt so good to read a book that I feel “gets it.” The Holy Spirit has used it as such sweet water for my thirsty soul. And on top of that I have been LOVING the 21 day prayer guide. Don’t wonder, just read it! (Especially you seminary ladies!!) katarmstrong.com/book

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Boddy

    Kat is an incredible teacher. She has the ability to make the Bible less complicated to understand and help women to see the true calling for our lives. She writes beautiful and captivating words and emboldens women to be strong.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Deane

    Crying out to our Savior with hurt and anger is not only permissible, it’s an act of worship. -Kat Armstrong This book started really well and I enjoyed most chapters. She’s very fiery and interesting. Lots of references back to the Bible. I think this message is needed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tasi

    Every Christian woman could get something out of this, even if they find themselves more conservative or more liberal (me) than Armstrong. Part one and the last little section on Lydia were my favorite parts and would even be worth reading stand alone! Also chapter 8.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Such an important book. Women are and have always been vital parts of the church and building the kingdom of Christ. This book just has me SO FIRED UP! 👊👊

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Kat is inspiring as she writes truth boldly. This book is encouraging for women looking to grow in their faith (and probably even for men as well)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen Mayes

    Love how Kat challenges us to love God with our whole selves and reminds us we are created in the image of God.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lea Carswell

    I had a sore neck by halfway through the book from nodding my head so frequently. I really enjoyed hearing from someone I could relate to. Though much of the detail was particular to the author, the sentiment, teaching and world view were just where I'm at. The second half took me longer to read and required more concentration on my part. I'm so glad I pushed through. Totally worth it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelley Mathews

    What does the Bible say to women? What does culture say to women? To which voice are we listening? Kat Armstrong wants us to listen to scripture and understand God's calling on women to love him with everything they've got: heart, soul, mind and strength. Sometimes culture leaves off the last two, assigning them by gender to men rather than to all believers. This book pulls together Kat's experience as a woman called to teach God's word while laboring in a male-centric atmosphere. It explores Bi What does the Bible say to women? What does culture say to women? To which voice are we listening? Kat Armstrong wants us to listen to scripture and understand God's calling on women to love him with everything they've got: heart, soul, mind and strength. Sometimes culture leaves off the last two, assigning them by gender to men rather than to all believers. This book pulls together Kat's experience as a woman called to teach God's word while laboring in a male-centric atmosphere. It explores Bible passages that set women free to serve God, and it encourages us all to courageously step out in whatever God has called us to do. Supplementing the book is a workbook/Bible study and teaching DVDs. It would be an excellent resource for women's ministries, youth groups, and friends to read and study together.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    Fabulous, Challenging, Inspiring

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Thomas

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy Cohen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lily Ruble

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Conner

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Kindelin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela

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    Emily

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debra Williams

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