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Saturday, March 24, 2012

You're Already Amazing by Holley Gerth (Book review)

Title: You're Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be
Author: Holley Gerth
Publisher: Revell


About the book: Pssst. . .pull up a chair and I'll tell you a secret.  You'd better lean in close for this one.


Ready?


You don't have to do more, be more, have more.


I'm sure there are security alarms going off somewhere.  You should probably hide this book when your in-laws come over.


But it's true.


It's the kind of true that will change your life, set you free, and make you wake up smiling for the first time in a long time.  I know because that'ss what it did for me. . .


So watch out, sister.  If you keep reading, you just might be next.

With this heart-to-heart message, Holley Gerth invites you to embrace one very important truth -- that you truly are already amazing.  Like a trusted friend, Holley gently shows you how to forget the lies and expectations the world feeds you and instead believe that God loves you and has bigger plans for your life than you've even imagined.

Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

My thoughts: I love these type of books, but I always have a hard time reviewing them.  I think it is because different parts of the book can speak differently to everyone.  So I guess I will just tell you what part touched me and then give you an overview of the book's layout.

I have been having a tough time lately and my emotions have been all over the place. My daughter recently entered into an open adoption with a local couple and we have been dealing with the facts that what open adoption means to us, does not mean the same to them.  Even though we had plenty of discussions before hand and thought we were all on the same page.  So anyway, I cried through out the entire first chapter. And it really hadn't even started to get to the meat of the subject.

The chapter that really got to me was "Why Do I Feel This Way?".  Did I mention that I have been really emotional lately?  I did?  Okay - well, at one point in the chapter she says - Your emotions have nothing to do with reality right now.  Does that ever happen to you?  You get all bent out of shape emotionally, but when you really think about it, you are not quite sure why?

Another question that she posed in the book was, and this one is from memory because I couldn't find it, but it had something to do with what is behind the way you are feeling right now - what is driving your emotions.  (and I was thinking that a lot of my emotions right now are being driven by fear - afraid that I won't get to know my granddaughter like I want to, afraid that my daughter will not be able to move forward, afraid that she will think she did the wrong thing) It made me take a step back and try to put some perspective on everything and, not that I have completely surrendered it to God, I am on a better track.  I still have a little stubborn streak that I have to let go of, but I am aware of it and know I will get there.

This is definitely a book that I would love to share in a Bible study with a group of women, but at any rate, I plan on going back and spending a little more quality time in each chapter. There is a "Go Deeper Guide" in the back of the book that would be great for either a group or for my individual use.

~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Blog Tours in exchange for my review.~

Publisher/Publication Date: Revell, March 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2060-5
216 pages




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