If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m going to follow a minor detourish (it’s a word if I say it is) passion of mine….reading. Books have probably been the number one influence in my life. So many have opened my eyes and affirmed seedlings of truth that God had already planted through prayer and, of course his Word (the most important book).
So I signed up to be an Amazon affiliate because a) I can’t help but share when God speaks to me through awesome books, b) it keeps me reading, something I love but often have to put on the back burner because, well, life. And c) one I hate to admit but refuse to be anything but honest with you about, it helps support this blog. Books I share with you will have a link to purchase, and if you decide to join me on a great reading adventure, I will receive a small commission on your purchase. I hope you do, not only because it helps support my ability to keep this blog going, but because I know you will gain fantastic insight from reading it. My prayer is for each of you to grow tremendously in your walk with God!
Every Monday, I will share a different book that has or is changing my life. I would love for you guys to add the book to your collection and read it with me!
So this week, since I’m poor right now and can’t buy anything new at the moment (overshare, sorry), I’m recommending a book that’s a few years old, but seriously one of the best books I’ve ever invested in. Some of you may have already read it, and if you have awesome! Read it again! You won’t regret it!
It’s Beth Moore’s So Long Insecurity, You’ve Been A Bad Friend To Us.
This book really made me think about the petty ways Satan tries to keep us from seeing ourselves (and others) the way God sees us. It opened my eyes to a problem I really didn’t think I had. Pride. Many of my insecurities come from believing that by default, I had to be perfect. I had to be the best. At everything. This haughty view of myself poisoned my outlook on life for years. When I read this, I thought I was a victim of low self-esteem, a victim of unkind words and unfair pressures. To a point we all are, yes. On the other hand, learning to see ourselves humbly and in truth means, honestly, getting over ourselves a bit. Beth Moore has a way of being so open, honest and relatable through the whole thing, you actually feel like it’s ok to be honest with God and yourself. Her words are kind and understanding, but the whole book is filled with a righteous anger at the way we women are taught to see our value and the value of each other. She breaks down the lies and false standards and gets to the heart of so many reasons we give in to enemies lies.
If you’ve never read it, pick up a copy by clicking the link above. It’s been on my shelf for maybe 5 years now and I’ve read it at least 3 times, gaining a new confidence in my identity as God’s child each time.
I will be reading it with you this week, and my posts may reflect what I’m learning from it, so please download on Kindle or get a copy so you can learn right along with me. I love reading things together and watching how God speaks differently to each of us!
On Saturdays, I will be Summing It Up, posting a kind of overview of all that God has taught throughout the week. Just an FYI, posting your own sum of God’s work in you this week in the comments of that post will automatically enter you to win a free download of the book I will be sharing/reading/recommending the following Monday. So keep a journal of how God is working and share. You might get something awesome for free!! It’s a win no matter what!