When Sharon Dickens was asked to set up a women’s ministry in her church in Glasgow, she looked for resources to help her. She found many that outlined good theological foundations, but nothing practical. After a decade of trial, error, growth and setbacks, she wrote the resource she wished she had been able to find.

Dickens writes with an unashamedly complementarian focus, and readers in other contexts may find some of her assumptions about male leadership hard to work around. She also talks primarily about women’s ministry using a one-to-one discipleship model, rejecting the events-driven approach employed in many churches; a fuller explanation of her reasoning for this would have been beneficial.

Perhaps even more valuable than the specifics of what she did, however, are the life lessons in which she writes about dealing with pride, conflict and people-pleasing. These gems of insight sparkle in this simple, practical book.