Women's Inspirational Self Help Review: Return to the Garden by Rebecca Mann Kelly

Today, I have an inspirational, Christian self help book for women in our book review spotlight. Learn about Return to the Garden: Discovering God's Original Design for Women, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Rebecca Mann Kelly and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


​Book Title:  Return to the Garden: Discovering God's Original Design for Women by Rebecca Mann Kelly
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  224 pages
GenreChristian Living, Spiritual Growth, Christian Women Living
Publisher:  Throne Publishing Group
Release date:  February  2023
Content Rating:  This Christian book is rated G.

“Get ready for a fascinating story to grip your heart! Rebecca Mann Kelly has written a powerful book about how God will deliver you from abuse, shame, rejection, and self-condemnation. Read it and be set free!” — Dr. Brian Simmons, Passion & Fire Ministries, lead translator of The Passion Translation

“These life-giving Words will greatly empower and awaken women from all races and status to find their design and true identity in God.” — Paul Yadao, Senior Pastor, Destiny Ministries International, Philippines

“There is no greater time in history for Rebecca Mann Kelly to tell her story, confront archaic lies, and release God’s incredible revelation than right now.” — Annie Byrne, Lead Pastor, Kingdom Culture Church

“Turning your unhealed pain into your greatest strength is the story of the author. My prayer is that this book will bring wholeness to all of his daughters as they experience the truth of God’s character and the beauty of His love.” — Dr. Leif Hetland, President and Founder of Global Mission Awareness, Author of Called to Reign and Healing the Orphan Spirit

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About the Book

God formed women in His own image, giving them joint dominion over the earth. Only when sin and the curse entered did they fall into the disastrous path of inequality that has repeated itself in every generation since the garden. Through the telling of her own story, Rebecca Mann Kelly untangles the deceptions that have kept women in places of bondage and captivity, offering a powerful invitation for every woman to Return to the Garden through the power of Jesus.

The reader will discover:
  • God’s original Biblical design for women, to have joint dominion and authority over the earth
  • How to identify places the curse has manifested in personal life, in society, and in the church
  • Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth - to free the captives, and to free women living in captivity to the curse
  • How to “open the sails” of the heart, give God hidden heart pain, and learn to feel again
  • How to identify patterns of people-pleasing, emotional abuse, and narcissism, and how to get free and remove the yoke
  • How to remove the hooks of the manipulation and control of others
  • An understanding of how the enemy uses strategies of pride and religion to keep men and women from operating in their original design
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in living a victorious life aligned to God’s plan
  • How to avoid the trap of the victim and the trap of self-justification, and the role of forgiveness in finding freedom
  • The overcoming power of the cross to Return to the Garden
My Review

Return to the Garden: Discovering God's Original Design for Women Combines a Memoir with Christian Self-Help Guidance. Most of this book tells the author's personal life story as she moved through abusive relationships toward finding her own strength, power, and freedom through Faith. While much of the book focuses on the author's personal experiences, she does seek to offer insights into the path she used to find peace and forgiveness through Scripture. 


Some Readers May Find the Christian Guidance a Little Heavy Handed. This book is undoubtedly for a Christian reader. With most chapters holding Scripture that the author found helpful and valuable toward her life and ending with a specific prayer--there isn't a lot of room to take a suggested passage and apply it to your own life and situation--unless it is very similar to the author's life and challenges. The author's writing style makes this book either very relatable--or difficult to relate to--depending on the reader's life, beliefs, and previous relationship with God or interpretations of specific Scripture and Biblical ideas.


Would I Recommend Return to the Garden: Discovering God's Original Design for Women by Rebecca Mann Kelly? If you enjoy memoirs and Christian self-help, this is a well-organized, well-presented book of Faith and self-discovery. I enjoyed the author's perspectives and learning about her path through her personal challenges. I would recommend it to others, especially women, seeking to explore an application of Faith on the ups and downs of relationships, life, and beliefs.



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Meet the Author

Rebecca is a follower of Jesus, a business executive, a mom of two energetic boys and was recently married to a wonderful man from Boise. In her 20-year business career, she has led business lines that generated few hundred million dollars of annual revenue, was recognized in Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and has traveled all over the world leading strategic projects. Her kingdom pursuits include a love for God’s presence (wherever it can be found) and serving on the worship team and prayer team at her home church Oceans Church in Orange County, California. Her loves include walks in the hills, any opportunity for karaoke, and when someone else cooks.

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