Believing Out Loud by Kimberly Wright

Book description:

Fear and low self-worth can prevent people from answering God’s call on their lives. But courage and dignity are found at the cross. When people accept God’s invitation for an adventure, they will have great stories to tell. And who doesn’t love a great story?

Many people believe fear is something with which they just have to live. However, God’s Word contradicts that belief. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”

Our lack of self-worth will dictate what we do or do not do for God, as well as how we treat those around us. It will allow us to compromise our moral values to feel loved or accepted. You have value because God says you do—not because of what I or anyone else says. Learning to identify ourselves in Christ doesn’t happen overnight—it is a journey of steps forward and sometimes backward.

Obeying God’s calling on our lives will lead us on a miraculous adventure. We will burst with stories to share with others. God wants to give you those kinds of stories. He wants to blow your mind and let you experience his miracles. You may feel like the most unlikely choice for God to use in a mighty way; but remember, we don’t operate on feelings, we live by truth. Let God take you on an adventure and live a great story.

My review:

This is one of those books that took me a long time to read, just because I wanted to mull over each chapter before moving on.  Each chapter ends with discussion questions to personalize the information covered in the chapter.  The questions were great to meditate over and study the verses dealing with the topic at hand.

I found I could identify a lot with Wright as she shared her struggles with fear, so this book was really beneficial to me.  I thought it had just the right balance of talking about the problem and then sharing effective strategies on ways to make it better.  Furthermore, sometimes non-fiction books can be a little dry at times, but Wright’s writing style is so engaging that I felt at times I was listening to a good friend give me advice.  It isn’t easy to find a book like that!

On a side note, I love the cover of this book!  The picture is so beautiful and the colors are quite soothing.  I don’t always notice covers, but this one really stood out to me.  It also gives a good glimpse into what is inside, a lovely woman throwing her fears to the side to follow God’s will for her life.

If you struggle with fear in your life, this book might be just the key to unlock an adventure with God.  I think it would also be a great book to use as a short study with a small group of friends. 

I received a complimentary copy of the book from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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