Monday, May 18, 2015

You're Loved No Matter What: A Book Review

About The Book:

As women, we tend to think that if we could only get our act together, life would be perfect. But you're not supposed to be perfect. You're supposed to be human. And humans are messy, flawed, glorious, and deeply loved.

It's time to lay down those unrealistic expectations that exhaust you.
It's time to embrace who you are--even the messy parts.
It's time to start living fully instead of just trying not to fail.

Let's do this. Together.

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How would your life be different if you truly believed you're loved just as you are? Bestselling author Holley Gerth shares how God wants to set our hearts free by revealing the lies we believe as well as the scandalous grace and acceptance offered to us instead. She helps us lay down our unrealistic expectations so we can embrace who God created us to be, pursue his purpose for our lives, and offer others the love we've been freely given.


You can read an excerpt of You Are Loved No Matter What here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already AmazingYou're Made for a God-Sized DreamYou're Going to Be Okay, and more. She's also cofounder of the popular website (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Learn more at www.holleygerth.com

My Review:

Holley Gerth is by one of the authors over the last three years or so that have hugely impacted me through her works. Every time I read one of her books I come away from it so encouraged and challenged. And I always look forward to her new works. Once again, Holley has done a wonderful job in You're Loved No Matter What. 

For many years I have struggled with confidence issues and low self esteem. Even after becoming a wife, and mother, and having several close friends, I have struggled with seeking approval from people in my life, to always look like the so-called perfect wife, mother and friend. It has only been in the last few years that I have truly embraced my roles as these things and more importantly, I have begun to let go of the idea that I need to be perfect.

Holley Gerth's books are always full of amazing quotes, including these personal favorites from You're Loved No Matter What:

*“Because here’s the secret: in the kingdom of God, as long as you’re still fighting, you’re winning. God doesn’t hand out medals for performance. He hands out crowns for perseverance.” 

*“God does have a perfect will. But it’s not like a straight path. It’s more like a GPS route. God has destinations for our lives, yes, but he also understands there will be detours, wrong turns, and delays along the way.” 
*“One reason we strive so hard to be perfect is to silence that critical voice in our minds. So let’s pause right now and agree on this together: that critical voice is not God.” 
*“your greatest hurt will probably be your greatest ministry.” 
*“God says you’re one of a kind. He wants you to become more of who he created you to be, not a copy of someone else.” 
*“Men are not our problem; it’s what we are trying to get from them that messes us up.” 
*“He shows us that our lives are about love and not performance. He extends mercy rather than demands. So even when we fall short in the eyes of others, we can still be confident standing tall in his. And we can lift others up by offering them true grace rather than our personal guidelines.” 

These are just a few of the amazing nuggets found in this book. It was a truly wonderful reminder that God loves us no matter what state we are in. We do not have to be perfect and need to stop striving for the elusive thing we call perfectionism. We don't need it, we need Him. With encouraging words, lots of scriptural reference and over all challenging us to give up being perfect, this is a book all women need to read. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase You Are Loved No Matter What online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads Blogger Program, 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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