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Sometimes you can’t read a book quickly.

When I get review copies I try and get through them as soon as possible in order to get the review up in the time frame that the publisher wants it.

I couldn’t do that with this book. I needed to absorb it. Slowly.

Perfectionism is something that I have struggled with my entire life. Trying to live up to other people’s expectations. Wanting to be liked. Wanting to get things ‘right’. Projecting an image of a perfect life.

My life is anything BUT perfect.

And in the last few months my definitions of a perfect image have been shattered to pieces.

So this book came at an excellent time. While I wish Holley Gerth was a dear personal friend that I sit together with regularly that wouldn’t be true statement. HOWEVER, I have met Holley in real life and hung out with her in the God-sized Dream Team for over a year. So she feels a wee bit closer than just an author on the back of a book.

And then you crack the cover of this book, You’re Loved No Matter What and you feel like you ARE sitting down with a good friend and allowing her to help you knock down some walls that need removing with some hard-hitting but timely truth.

I can’t lend my book to anyone because I have it all marked up and I will be reading it again…so go get yourself a copy!!

Here are a few quotes to whet your appetite:

There will be people in your life-good people, God-loving people, kind and generous people-who will completely derail you from God’s purpose for your life if you let them.  That’s not their intention. They’re most likely even doing what they are because they love you. But you’ve got to say no anyway. And you will most likely feel guilty and like a no-good-very-bad-super-selfish girl when you do. That’s not true, and those feelings, while quite uncomfortable , will not kill you. But saying yes just might steal the life God intends for you to live. -from Chapter 2, “Embracing the Freedom That’s Already Yours”

Your heart is not made to try to control your world or the people in it so you can be safe. Doing so not only is impossible, but it will fill you with fear and anxiety. You don’t have to try so hard to be sure you’re okay. Instead you can rest in the One who promises no matter what may happen in this life, you will be secure forever because He will not change. –from Chapter 5, “The God Who Loves You More Than You Know”

We can spend our whole lives trying to “improve” who we are to please someone else. But we’re better off embracing who God made us, enjoying it, and sharing who we are with others. – from Chapter 6, “Daring to Be Who You Already Are”

This isn’t my typical review but this hasn’t been a typical book for me…it’s been a bit earth-shattering and freeing.

My copy of You’re Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth came from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group…go get yourself a copy.

Available at your favourite bookseller!

Available at your favourite bookseller!

P.S.  I think I want a bike just like the one on the cover!!