Heartfelt by Joneal Kirby, PhD ~ Book Review

Every woman longs for good conversation, a safe place to be vulnerable, and wisdom from women who are ahead of us on the journey. In previous generations, women lived in close-knit communities and encouraged one another in marriage, parenting, and spirituality. In today’s world, we often feel isolated. Yet our God-given craving for connection remains.

In Heartfelt, Dr. Joneal Kirby shows us how to embrace the joy of emotional intimacy with other women. Her practical wisdom and personal experience, combined with dozens of real-life stories, equip us to cultivate meaningful relationships with women in all seasons of life.

You may feel you’ll never move beyond the small talk of church coffee hour. You may wonder if your current friendships will ever reach a new depth. Heartfelt gives you the practical ideas and inspiration you need to change surface-level interactions into deep relationships that can change lives forever.

Includes prayers, questions for discussion and reflection, and a guide to beginning your own intergenerational small group.

Editorial Reviews

This book shares stories, including mine. Stories of how being in close friendships with Christian women has provided us strength, courage, and hope as we raised our children, fought for our marriages, and built our faith.
—KAY ROBERTSON, from A&E’s Duck Dynasty
This book is packed with inspiration because it contains the secret for connecting women’s hearts to one another through establishing strong mentoring relationships. We all need friends who understand us and hold us accountable. This is what Joneal Kirby has done through her Titus 2 ministry. She has tapped into hearts of all ages. As you read her Heartfelt story, you will be challenged to enter into a victorious and biblical mandate that will change your life, fulfilling God’s purpose for you.
—JANE GRAHAM, Samaritan’s Purse
Heart to Home Ministry has been a big part of our church for over ten years. Because of Joneal’s vision to put Titus 2:3–5 into action, many women have grown in their walk with God and in their roles as godly wives and mothers. We have seen older and younger women fulfilling the ancient model of spiritual mentoring. In Heartfelt, Joneal shows how your home can be instrumental in building good relationships and your family can grow to be all God wants it to be. This book is a must-read for women wanting to impact others and build eternal relationships.
—AL & LISA ROBERTSON, from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, authors of A New Season
Heartfelt is equal parts manna and manual. In her warm and gracious way, Dr. Joneal Kirby goes beyond explaining why women need to build multigenerational relationships to nurture the body of Christ. She shows us how.
—SHELLIE RUSHING TOMLINSON, “The Belle of All Things Southern” and author of Heart Wide Open
There are times when a book inspires, motivates, and entertains. This is one of those times. Heartfelt will fill your heart with its messages of love from women who have shared their lives with each other. Thank you, Joneal, for giving thousands of women a voice. I couldn’t be a prouder sister.
—CHRYS HOWARD, author, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids and Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen
It’s so refreshing to find a women’s ministry that takes us back to the principles found in the New Testament church of the older women mentoring the younger women. Because we live in a world filled with hurts, hang-ups, and habits, women need support and encouragement and a resource for healthy, practical ways to help raise their families. I’m thankful Joneal commits her time to help women build strong, healthy families through the mentoring ministry Heart to Home. Heartfelt is filled with inspiring stories and will give you a blueprint in starting your own women’s Titus 2 ministry.
—MARY OWEN, National Celebrate Recovery Coach, Saddleback Church, author of Never Let Go
In Heartfelt, Joneal shares her passion for living out Titus 2 and proven methods for connecting the godly wisdom of an experienced generation of mothers and grandmothers to younger women, both single and married, who long to honor God. On the world stage, people watch how Christian women do life—rearing children, maintaining marriages, sustaining careers. Joneal Kirby’s work takes the phrase church family to a depth that God intended for His people. Implement this biblical practice, and the outcome will display a new joy and spiritual success—as Christian women lean on and learn from each other.
—CATHY MESSECAR, author of A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment

The work and ministry of Dr. Joneal Kirby has had a powerful, positive impact in my life. I’ve participated in her Heart to Home Ministry for two years, and this ministry has helped me grow and thrive in my home and in my spiritual life. Being a wife and working mother is challenging, and my mentoring group is a monthly oasis of love, friendship and sisterhood. Heartfelt captures the nurturing spirit of Heart to Home and I am confident that it will be a blessing to women all over the world. Heartfelt made me laugh and cry, and it especially helped me realize the importance of seeking love and relationships with other sisters in Christ. This book will make your day!

—ALEX, daughter of Al and Lisa Robertson of A&E’s Duck DynastyAbout the Author

Dr. Joneal Kirby is founding director of Heart to Home Ministry, a women’s mentoring program and conference. She is the author of Heart of a Family for Mom: Common Sense Parenting with Wisdom from the Word and Hope for YOUR Family: Six Keys to Connecting with Your Teen, in addition to more than fifty Bible studies.

Dr. Kirby earned a PhD in marriage and family therapy from University of Louisiana-Monroe and has taught about marriage and parenting for more than thirty years in churches, on the Legacy Network’s talk show Girlfriends, as a popular conference speaker, and as host of Heart to Home Radio. She and her husband have three children, a daughter-in-love and a son-in-love, and four grandsons. Learn more about Heart to Home HERE.

My Thoughts

If you are seeking a “How To” guide to begin a ministry to women in your church, fellowship, and community, your search has ended.  Author Joneal Kirby walks her readers through her tried and true method of experiencing the fulfillment of the Titus 2 mentoring method, straight from Scripture.  She focuses on these areas:

  • Being Authentic
  • Hospitality
  • Compassion
  • Study of God’s Word
  • Being teachable and reachable
  • Spiritual maturity
  • Evangelism
  • Being the woman you deserve to be
  • Steps to begin your own Titus 2 Heart To Home group

Each chapter begins with a personal experience, the author then shares her thoughts, a study guide is tucked into each chapter with ample room to write answers in the book, then a personal testimony from a mentor and a mentee concludes each chapter.  Not only would this be an excellent personal guide to begin a Titus 2 mentoring women’s group, but the book itself would be a wonderful resource to transition into a monthly Heart To Home group in your area.

My favorite chapter is chapter 11, where the author shares concrete examples of how to prepare for a meeting, organize and lead a meeting, and ways to involve the ladies who attend.  No matter if your church already has a women’s ministry, or is searching for a way to begin this ministry, Heartfelt will bless your outreach to the women in your life. 

I encourage you to purchase a copy for yourself and your pastor.  It will inspire and encourage you to adapt the Titus 2 method in your relationships with the younger women in your circle.

Thank you to Joneal Kirby, First Look Blog Tour, and Worthy Publishing for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.