When I chose my latest (free in exchange for an honest review) book from Booklook Bloggers, I figured it would be a quick read because it really didn't pertain to me right now. The book, Move On: When Mercy Meets Your Mess by Vicki Courtney, is about processing our struggles, imperfections, doubts, and fears. It also addresses issues like the need for approval, shame, legalism, Christian snobbery and idols. I feel very comfortable in my life right now and figured this book might contain information that would be useful in the future as I minister to women and/or possibly write another ladies' retreat.
However, I found that the book spoke directly to me and caused me to question my fears of sharing about my past sins (we all have them, right!), my tendency toward legalistic thinking, and my need for approval. I found myself nodding my head in agreement as the author shared her own struggles with these issues while striving to break free and experience the grace and freedom God intends for each of us. I highly recommend this book!
Here are a few thought provoking quotes from the book:
We as believers cannot be effective in offering others hope and forgiveness when we're not living in the light of that hope.
I know the truth - I know that I am supposed to perform for an audience of One. . . But my eyes are often on the wrong audience.
If we're not performing for the sole goal of bringing glory to God, no amount of applause, pats on the back, Facebook friends, or Twitter followers will quell the silent ache in our souls for something more.
I was thrilled to discover that there is a video-based Bible study curriculum that goes along with this book, and I've added it to the list of studies that I want to lead when God opens that door of opportunity.
Have you ever picked up a motivational or self-help book thinking the information might help you minister to someone else, but instead found out that it spoke directly to you?