You're Already Amazing

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

This book is like good therapy; the kind that you pay for and wonder why you didn't go sooner. In fact, this book IS good therapy.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I got a friendly email from DaySpring, asking if I would be willing to review Holley's book, You're Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be. They sent me a copy (it got lost in the mail, so that's why my review is so late!) but I'm awfully glad it finally arrived. In case you've missed it, there's been a lot of buzz about Holley's book, most notably the book club going on now over at (in)courage - these videos are a great review of this powerful book.

I thought skeptically, "Okay. Another rah-rah book for Christian women. . ." but Holley proved me wrong. Her background as a licensed counselor makes all the difference in this book, for it is more than encouragement. It is a step-by-step guide to figuring out your true personality and how you might use that to glorify God. Now that I've read it once, I want to read it again, and I definitely want to use the "Go Deeper Guide" in the back in a small group setting.

I dog-earned and underlined so much of this book, it is hard to pick one or two quotes for you. Chapter 4, Why Do I Feel This Way?, was probably the most powerful for me. It is about identifying and embracing our emotions - something I would rather not do. But Holley makes a great point:

When we limit our negative emotions, we limit our capacity to experience positive ones, too.

Oh, yeah. I hate that that is true, but it is. She also writes about the common female dilemma of making everyone happy.

We are to love people, but we're only asked to please God. "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." Gal. 1:10

Freedom! I don't have to make everyone happy. That allows me to embrace those negative emotions, now. (haha -kinda) And more to the point of this book:

We're amazing not because of who we are but because of who lives within us.

(I)t's you responsibility to understand how God made you and what you need.

Boom. This book will help you do that.

{We are on spring break this week, so I will be *trying* to stay away from the computer. I've got posts that will publish, but I won't be linking them up to my favorite weekly parties, and I won't be responding to comments. My week will be focused on vacation time with my family. Still, I hope you will feel welcome to linger here, comment, and share a post if it touches you. I will be back next week, and can't wait to read what you wrote.}

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