There are books I read for entertainment. Books I read as a free ticket to places I've never been. Books I read for a good laugh. Books that leave me googly eyed for the charming beau.
And then there are books I read that completely bulldoze my heart and transform me irrevocably.
Can I be transparent with you all? (covers eyes) lol
After I graduated from undergrad, I attempted to navigate my way through adulthood. All of a sudden, my next steps weren't laid out for me. For 16 years, I was hammocked in the safety net of the education system and always knew what came next. After elementary school is middle school (worst years of my life! That's another story lol). Then high school, SATs and finally college. But then what?
What's next? Where do I want to work? Will I get a job in my career? How do I deal with so many changing relationships? What do I believe? Where do I turn? What type of woman do I want to be?
And that was it. I wanted to discover who I was. Who I wasn't. And who I wanted to become. I began a journey of being introduced to Jenn and naturally turned to books to serve as a compass on this exciting adventure!
I'm not sure when I learned it, but at some point in life, I began to allow other people's issues & emotions to dramatically affect me.
This book is beloved for a reason. Melody Battle truly addresses how we can become enmeshed in our relationships and lose necessary boundaries. I've seen this happen in my life more than once. I was a bit disengaged when I first began reading because Battle heavily orates the prevalence of co-dependency in relationships where an alcoholic is involved. I almost chucked the book thinking it wouldn't prove helpful to me. I had questions: was codependency only in relation to those who loved those who struggled with some form of addiction?
Once upon a time, this was the popular perspective but it's evolved since then.
The biggest takeaway I have from this book is that self love is not selfish.
|Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul|
In this book, Stasi guides her readers in getting past our messiness to find the woman deep inside.
This book was a slow read for me initially. I'd heard so much about it and was fearful it'd be a let down or prove to be another overgeneralized book of womanhood. Thankfully, it was not a "Step 1, 2, 3 for being a woman." (whew!) This book is a call for women to embrace parts of ourselves that we've learned are "too much."
"I am not enough and I am too much at the same time. Not pretty enough, not thin enough, not kind enough, not gracious enough, not disciplined enough. But too emotional, too needy, too sensitive, too strong, too opinionated, too messy." -Captivating
This was perhaps the first first quote that prompted me to keep reading. It was true for me. Society calls for women to look a certain way, but there is no one size fits all! We are all so unique and yet share similarities that lend to the feminine strength we possess. Stasi reiterates that there is so much more than what meets the eye when it comes to women. I needed that. I needed to know that how I'd been made wasn't "too much." I am what I am and I am still evolving! I needed to know that my beauty transcends what I'm wearing or how great my makeup looks.
My beauty, your beauty, is within you! And mine, specifically, had been bullied through various life experiences.
I will say this: I don't agree with everything in this book. There are interpretations of Scripture that made me furrow my brow but I feel the pulse behind the words was spot on. They truly push home the fact that God loves us and not in a Barney "I love you, you love me" kind of way. They help the reader to see how God's love transforms!
This book may resonate more with those who appreciate poetic prose and romanticized metaphors. Those who tend to lean more towards crisp, concise, 'get to it already' may find this too drawn out. It seems people either love or hate this book. However, I found it to be exactly what I needed at a time when I needed it!
I can see this being a book I pull from my shelf once a year :)
Ahhh!!!! I loved this book! This is a fictionalized story of the Gospel message so it was only right to mention on Easter Sunday (Happy Easter everyone!) This is a novel written from the perspective of God and although Gene Edwards definitely took many creative liberties while writing it, I found it delectable and moving.
This is a past read of my book club and I'm so glad it was! In case you haven't noticed, I LOVE when authors masterfully weave words together to aid your imagination in grasping the awesomeness that is taking place. That is what I saw happen here. It transformed how I view the people of the Gospel. To be honest, it can be easy to be far removed from the stories in the Bible, but here Edwards makes them feel so real in the form of a novel. *high fives Edwards*
The story unraveled beautifully and conversations between the characters, angels and even God to His people were a treat to listen in on. There were so many parts of this novel that held life altering concepts for me. It opened my eyes to the weight of God's love for me and how potent it was, is and always will be :-)
What books have you read that have changed you?
I'd love to hear them!