Psst … pull up a chair and I’ll tell you a secret. You’d better lean in close for this one.
You don’t have to do more, be more, have more.
(Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing)
I wouldn’t normally read a book called You’re Already Amazing. (Me? Amazing? Hmm.) I picked You’re Already Amazing up anyway because I read Holley Gerth’s blog and I value her heart of grace. I thought it was going to be a fun, fluffy book — a sweet reminder that I don’t need to be so busy and tired or try so hard all the time.
I was wrong.
Oh, yes, it’s sweet. It’s sincere too. And it’s so friendly, so easy and fun to read, yet so serious…and serious is good when it’s the sort of serious that says, “Yes, really, this is true.”
I was delighted to discover that You’re Already Amazing is more than a fun, fluffy book. It’s a sweet, wholehearted guide to being and becoming the woman God has created and called me to be from the beginning. And, as I said, it’s written from Holley’s heart of grace.
So, yes, I struggle with the “amazing” thing. I know I have the treasure of the glory of God in a jar of clay. I know the fullness of the glory of Christ in me is still to come. I also know — more and more with every year of my life — that I need a Saviour. I need real, saving grace. Yet, by the grace of God, I also know I’m made in the image of God. I know I’m a child of God. I’ve always loved the fact that, as a daughter of the King of Kings, I’m a princess of His Kingdom. In You’re Already Amazing Holley Gerth says that because of Jesus I’m more than “fine”.
Jesus steps in, takes us by the hands, looks into our eyes and says, ‘Daughter, you don’t have to be enough or have a lot. Only offer all you are, all you have, to Me. I will turn that into an abundance beyond all you can imagine. All things are possible with Me.’
God created me, He created me a certain way, He created me a certain way for a certain reason. Isn’t that incredible? And isn’t it what the psalmist said thousands of years ago?
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)
What I really like about You’re Already Amazing is that it doesn’t tell me that I need to be this or do that and — zap! — I’ll be the ideal, perfect Christian woman. It doesn’t tell me to stop thinking so much and feeling so deeply and get a life or get a ministry. It doesn’t tell me to fix myself in such-and-such a way and attract a godly husband in nine steps.
You’re Already Amazing says that God created me as He wanted me to be and that there are things He wants me — me being me, not my sister or my friend — to do with Him. It helps me discover who I am, how I’m wired, what my unique gifts and passions are and how I can be this person, do these things, for the glory of God through chapters such as:
- Who Am I, Really?
- Why Do I Feel This Way?
- Where Am I Going?
- What Does God Want Me to Do with My Life?
- Is It Okay to Take Care of Myself?
Holley Gerth writes with a delightfully cosy, friendly tone. She makes you feel that she’s a friend who cares that you know you’re loved by God and that you walk in His love. She writes to encourage the hearts of women and she does this beautifully.
“But in the end what, what He wants most is simply us. Our hearts. Our dreams. Our days.”
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