About the Book:

Control Girl is a Bible study, which examines the stories of seven women in the Bible who also struggled with control. It is designed to work well for both the individual and groups.

If you’re a women’s ministry director, or interested in gathering a group of friends to do the study with you, we have everything you need to get started at the Leader’s page. Also, sign up for my leader-focused emails, here.

Why Study Women of the Bible?

I suppose I could have written a book about seven controlling women from our day (there would surely be no shortage!), and what God’s word says about their issues and problems. But studying Bible women gives us two advantages:

First, we get to see how their stories turned out! We can flip forward in our Bibles and see how God settled each little thing that these women were fretting or fuming about. Second, we get to see God’s perspective on their stories. We can listen in on the very conversations that they had with God himself, and watch how God reacts.

Each Bible woman’s story offers unique warnings, lessons, and insights as we turn to consider our own stories.


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Chapter 1:

Path of a Control Girl

Chapter 2:

Eve: It Looked Good to Me

Chapter 3:

Sarah: It’s Up to Me

Chapter 4:

Hagar: Out from Under Her Control

Chapter 5:

Rebekah: Standing in for God

Chapter 6:

Leah: Invisible and Unloved

Chapter 7:

Rachel: When She Has More

Chapter 8:

Miriam: Taking the Lead

Chapter 9:

Control Girl to Jesus Girl

How the Book is Arranged


Each chapter is divided into “lessons”, so that the reader on a time budget can complete a full train of thought each time she opens her book to study. Some chapters have more lessons than others (between 3 and five) because I wanted to let the Bible women lead our discussion, and some had more to say!

Bible Reading

There is a Bible reading assignment at the beginning of each lesson. It’s kind of small. You could easily skip it without realizing. Please, oh please, don’t skip your Bible reading! (Especially if you’re listening to the audio book!) I wouldn’t want you to miss what God has to say to you, directly. There were oh so many things that I couldn’t include in this book, but they are waiting—there in the pages of your Bible—to be discovered by you.

Application Questions

The Lessons conclude with several application questions. This is where the change happens. You’ll be asked to consider your own life, read more verses, write out plans and more. I hope that you’ll use a notebook to record your responses, further study, and thoughts or prayers.


At the end each lesson is also a meditation—an encapsulated truth, verse, and prayer from the lesson.

So often we say God is in control, but live like we are. If you’re serious about inviting God to change you, these meditations will help you replace wrong thinking with right thinking about God, yourself, and others.

You can also download FREE (printable and shareable!) meditation cards—one for each lesson in the book—here.

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I’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like, use the contact form below, and let me know about your Control Girl to Jesus Girl journey! I’d love to hear what God is doing in your life. Also, please feel free to send additional questions. I’ll try to respond as quickly as I can, and I’ll try to listen, encourage you, and point you to the resources you need.

Thanks for opening Control Girl, and letting me remind you that God is in control! (So you don’t have to be.)


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