If you have perused my blog for any length of time, you already know that I am a huge fan of Dayspring and the (in)courage community! A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review Holley Gerth's new book, You're Already Amazing. I quickly said "yes!" because I just love to read and any chance I have to get my hands on a good book, well, I take it!
True confession time - I am supposed to link up my review by tomorrow and I am not done with the book! Uh-oh - there goes any false assumptions about my diligence in responsibilities, but alas - it is what it is. Often, I would just bag the entire review, hang my head and humbly ask those sweet ladies at (in)courage to forgive me for not following through, but this time is different, because this time the book has already spoken to my heart and I want to share that with you.
When I began the book a couple weeks ago, I admit, I wasn't in the mood to read a book about how amazing I am, or frankly how amazing my God is, because I was angry. I was angry that my Grandma was in the thick of radiation and chemotherapy treatments that were destroying her and breaking my Grandpa. I was mad that our finances were all over the place and I was still depleting our savings just to pay the bills. I was so sick and tired of our family being sick and tired with whatever virus of the week we were carrying. I was frustrated with the busyness, drama, and lack of sunshine that had settled over my life for what seemed like the LONGEST winter in history. Well, I starting reading the book anyway - because I had to, because I said I would review this dang book that showed up in my mailbox.
Can you see me now, the cynic, just waiting for something to nit pick? Propped up on the couch, trying to avoid the latest bug that my husband had as he slept in our bed, I found my self soaking up the encouragement of Holley's writing. For the next three nights I found my self ending the chapter, tears streaming down my face, sincerely praying to God and thanking Him for speaking words of truth and encouragement into my life.
You're Already Amazing is more than a female "self-help" book, but a truthful examination into the why and how God made us. It doesn't condemn us (as women) for being the way we are, but helps us see why God chose to create us the way He did and how He has given us skills, tools, and characteristics suited for the good works He has chosen for us. Holley writes with a fun, girlfriend next door charm, and provides simple activities and questions to help us figure out some of the why's and what's that come up in the book.
Admittedly, I still have 60+ pages to go, but if I received so much blessing in the first two-thirds of the book, I can only guess that the last pages will only bring more hope, encouragement and grace, to this weary traveller.
You can read more reviews here and pick up your copy of You're Already Amazing here.
P.S. I received a copy of the book, You're Already Amazing, free of charge for this honest review. All opinions are my own.
P.S.S. - I will try not to be a slacker in the future and actually finish the ENTIRE book before I have to review it.