Friday, June 10, 2011

The Fitting Room: A Book Review

About The Book:

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” –Colossians 3:12

That verse is God’s call to a spiritual makeover, says Kelly Minter, an invitation to take off undesirable character traits and entangling emotions and put on the character of Christ. But how does that work in real life? The key, according to Minter in The Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ, is to let the Master Designer do the fitting for you. This honest and relatable book stitches together Bible study and personal stories with warm encouragement. 

Writing with her trademark dry humor and sharp insight, Minter gives us more than just descriptions of what the Christian virtues are and moves us past the “try harder” guilt trips to show how Christ forms these virtues in us as we cooperate with Him. What does it mean to authentically forgive in the face of deep wounds? How can we wear humility apart from weakness? How can we discover deep peace in our hurried lives? The Fitting Room explores these questions and more as it calls you to a life of beautiful integrity and strong character—relying on the Master Designer to make that possible.

There are no gimmicks here, just an irresistible invitation to a spiritual makeover as Minter urges readers to put on the life that truly was meant for them, personally tailored by the One who knows and loves them best. “Our dress is an expression of ourselves, a statement of our personalities or moods. We dress up, we dress down, we dress for comfort, we kill ourselves in high heels to dress for style, we dress for the weather, we dress for others, we dress for ourselves. But what about the dress of our souls? What about the way our character clothes us? And our character does clothe us,” writes Minter.

The Fitting Room offers welcome hope to the reader who is weary of duty-bound religion when it comes to the Christian virtues. By honestly exploring the power of Christ to live these virtues through us, the reader will walk away relieved of legalism and hopeful for change. The Fitting Room calls the reader to a life defined by the Christian virtues, with an unrelenting emphasis on the grace of God to accomplish this in each of us.

About The Author:

Kelly Minter is an accomplished author, songwriter and performer. She leads worship across the country, taking part in LifeWay conferences and their annual Women's Forum. Kelly resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


My Review:

As I read the synopsis about The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter, I knew this was a book that I wanted to read. As a teen and younger adult I struggled terribly with low self esteem, and its only been in the last few years that I have really come away from that struggle. 

I have realized that my confidence can only come from God and not man. Minter takes a wonderful piece of scripture and walks you through a beautifully written book, complete with humor and seriousness mixed nicely, to teach us how to truly clothe ourselves in the virtues God wants us all to have. 

I truly appreciated all that Minter had to say, and also loved the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. These are perfect for both personal and group reflection. Minter does a fantastic job at teaching us how to let go of all the lies the world tells us about how to look and act as women, and to cling to what God teaches us to do. 

If you are a frequent visitor at the Bloom Book Club through inCourage, they recently started a Book Club Study of The Fitting Room, and I am so glad to be able to have my own copy to work through. I highly encourage you to check it out. You will not be disappointed.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter is available through David C. Cook - it is also available through your favorite local  Christian bookseller

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group and David C. Cook, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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