Girl on a Swing: Finding Rest in the Warmth of God's Smile (Paperback)
God Delights in You!
Imagine a girl on a swing: leaning backward and easily pumping her legs back and forth, closing her eyes while the wind blows through her hair. She is safe, she is secure, she is free and forgiven. Perhaps you find yourself thinking, I want to feel loved and safe and secure. I want to feel free. I want to turn my face toward heaven and experience God’s smile . Did you know that girl can be you? Because God’s love–a love not based upon your performance, but on Christ’s–proclaims the truth that you are His and He is glad He chose you. This freedom in Christ is meant to become a part of you, something you relish every day. It’s like learning how to swing: it can’t ever be unlearned. So climb on…your time to soar has arrived!
Who Is that Girl on a Swing?
She’s a child of God.
And so are you.
With warm understanding, refreshing humor, and striking biblical honesty, Nancy Kennedy reflects on the ways women often keep themselves from enjoying the freedom that’s already theirs. Because not only do you belong to God, He is glad He chose you. Not only does He love you unconditionally, He likes you! And not only does He lavish you with grace, He smiles upon you.
Once you learn how to swing, you can’t un-learn it. Once you know true freedom in Christ, you can’t un-know it. It’s yours for good (and it’s a lot fun). So climb on…it’s time to soar!
“Ahhh. Nancy ’s words let me be my imperfect self and still know that there is no wind strong enough to release me from my Father’s grip.”
Karon Phillips Goodman
author of Another Fine Mess, Lord! and the Woman’s Guide series
“Nancy Kenndy writes with amazing humor, heart, and insight. Girl on a Swing soars!”
author of Roar: A Christian Family Guide to the Chronicles of Narnia
Story Behind the Book
The Story Behind the Book
“Girl on a Swing came from a greeting card image where a young girl is soaring on a swing. She’s free and at peace, with herself and her surroundings. As I studied that image I came to realize that the girl is me–because in Christ I am free and at rest. God smiles on His own, and I am at peace. But my experience as a speaker at women’s retreats has shown me that many women have difficulty believing that for themselves. This book will help them grasp the truth.” –Nancy Kennedy
About the Author
Nancy Kennedy is an editor, feature writer, and columnist for The Citrus County Chronicle. Her features have won several first place Excellence in Religious Writing awards from the Florida Press Club. Her books include When Perfect Isn't Enough, Mom on the Run, Honey, They're Playing Our Song, Prayers God Always Answers, Move Over Victoria, I Know the Real Secret, and When He Doesn't Believe. Nancy and her husband live in Florida.