An Imperfect Woman

Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together

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For every woman who gives it everything she's got . . . and still feels shame when one little thing goes wrong.

From work to looks to parenting, today's modern woman is expected to strive to be picture perfect in every way. We applaud authenticity and imperfection in others, yet deep down most of us still want to achieve perfection. Why?

The desire to be perfect is actually a God-given urge. After all, we were made for Eden. But there is a difference between perfection and perfectionism, which is our attempt to achieve perfection on our own, by our own strength, and for our own purposes--the original temptation in the Garden. In this freeing book, Hyland offers a stirring manifesto for acknowledging our limitations and embracing the perfection of God through his grace.


"As someone who has struggled with perfectionism and anxiety for most of my life, Kim Hyland's words are life and breath and freedom to me. This is a message every woman needs to hear--not just once but many times."--Holley Gerth, bestselling author of You're Already Amazing

"Kim Hyland [invites] us to not only acknowledge our imperfections but also take them to a perfect Christ and be made whole again. An Imperfect Woman will woo you into the heart of a most loving Savior, and your life will never be the same."--Emily T. Wierenga, author of Atlas Girl and founder of The Lulu Tree

"Like a well-trusted friend, Kim Hyland gets to the heart of the matter with grace and wisdom. With winsome stories and gospel-centered truth, Hyland's An Imperfect Woman is just the tome we need to kick perfectionism to the curb."--Kristin Schell, recovering perfectionist and author of The Turquoise Table


Kim Hyland is a writer, a speaker, and the founder and host of Winsome, an annual retreat for women that celebrates authenticity, diversity, and truth. She also speaks at national retreats and conferences, where she encourages women by sharing her imperfect path and God's perfect plans. Originally from the DC metro area, she now lives with her family on a mountain overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Connect with Kim at WinsomeLiving.com.


Endorsements

"As someone who has struggled with perfectionism and anxiety for most of my life, Kim Hyland's words are life and breath and freedom to me. This is a message every woman needs to hear--not just once but many times."

Holley Gerth, bestselling author of You're Already Amazing

"My friend Kim Hyland hasn't just written a tenderhearted self-help book for women. She's taken the gospel and lit it up like a holy candle, shining it through our cracks and inviting us to not only acknowledge our imperfections but also take them to a perfect Christ and be made whole again. An Imperfect Woman is a convicting word in a culture that's lost any kind of righteous fear. It will woo you into the heart of a most loving Savior, and your life will never be the same."

Emily T. Wierenga, author of Atlas Girl and founder of The Lulu Tree

"Like a well-trusted friend, Kim Hyland gets to the heart of the matter with grace and wisdom. With winsome stories and gospel-centered truth, Hyland's An Imperfect Woman is just the tome we need to kick perfectionism to the curb."

Kristin Schell, recovering perfectionist and author of The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

"Jesus said, 'I have come that you might have life' (John 10:10), but many of us--myself included--hear that as "I have come that you might be right." There is a big difference between the two. Kim Hyland invites us to embrace the abundant life Jesus promised and to cast off our striving for, and idolatry of, rightness. Perfection is overrated and unattainable on our own. Get ready to let go of 'right' in exchange for 'life' as you turn the pages of this winsome book."

Deidra Riggs, author of ONE: Unity in a Divided World

"Do you find you often have the best intentions but continuously come up short? Are you bone-weary of striving, yet don't truly know how to let your perfectionist tendencies go? Kim Hyland knows and understands your story and your struggle because they are her own. Lay down your good intentions, your striving, your spiritual perfectionism, and your shame, and let the sage wisdom and gentle teaching of An Imperfect Woman release you into wholeness, freedom, and gospel grace."

Michelle DeRusha, author of Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk

"In a world where we have become spiritually shortsighted, this book pulls everything on which we have been focusing into focus. Kim has written this book from a place of freedom, where once bondage existed. She helps us all see where we have believed lies of perfectionism and performance. I held on to every word Kim wrote with such grace and true humility. If there was ever a woman who could elaborate with grace-filled words, it is Kim Hyland."

September McCarthy, author of {Why} Motherhood Matters and founder/hostess of RaisingGenerationsToday.com

"In An Imperfect Woman, Kim creates a place where women can come--a place that's safe and welcoming for all. Through her own tender stories she unmasks the pretenses that bind us with perfectionism, comparison, condemnation, and more. In their stead, she offers the freedom that can only be found at the cross. Kim writes with true warmth and gentle honesty; the words on these pages are a retreat for the soul."

Denise J. Hughes, author of Deeper Waters and the Word Writers Bible study series

"With compassion and clarity, Kim Hyland brings a message of hope to every woman who wakes up each day striving to get it together and do better. Through the humility of the author's personal story, the depth of her teaching, and the boldness of a manifesto, An Imperfect Woman helps us understand and embrace what it means to walk in gospel freedom."

Ann Kroeker, writing coach and author of The Contemplative Mom and Not So Fast

"Kim Hyland writes with humility and passion as she shares rich, authentic stories that are a beautiful blend of theology, devotional, and memoir. An Imperfect Woman offers us a robust reminder of the gospel through her own stories of learning grace, battling perfectionism, and relenting to God's design for who we are created to be. It serves as a challenge to our own qualifications and pride, an encouragement to those who are exhausted by feeling they never measure up, and a song of praise for a God who both humbles and lifts up those whose hearts and lives are surrendered to him."

Alia Joy Hagenbach, (in)courage writer


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