Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Every Piece of Me ~ Book Reivew

Every Piece of Me
By: Jerusha Clark

About the book:
Throughout Scripture, God reveals himself as the Great I AM. He does not define himself with reference to any thing, person, or trait. He is, and that is enough. When women introduce ourselves, we typically describe ourselves in terms of our relationships (the wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend of someone else) or our accomplishments (our title, position, education, or accolades). When our identity is wrapped up in these external things, we inevitably--and exhaustingly!--strive to prove ourselves worthy of love, attention, or affirmation.

But God never meant for us to focus on whether we are "enough," whether we measure up. He made us--every piece of us--to be just as he is. Jerusha Clark discovered this while exploring the seven powerful "I am" statements of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John. Now she invites you to join her in embracing the life and truth of these words, relishing the freedom of an identity fixed on Christ alone while leaving behind fear, bitterness, busyness, and toxic thoughts that steal our joy and limit our power.

My thoughts:
This may very well have been one of my favorite books I've read so far this year. I was so encouraged by it and learned quite a lot. I really enjoyed each chapter as the author talked about a particular "I am" statement of Jesus. He is the: I Am, the resurrection and the life, the door, the bread of life, the light of the world, the good shepherd, and the true vine. My favorite chapter was probably the one exploring the "I am the good shepherd" truth. I love how the author tied Jesus' statement in John 10 with Psalm 23. The similarities between us and sheep are amazing and humbling.  Clearly, the book was well-researched and written, but there was one chapter that I didn't think belonged and wasn't pertinent to the theme of the book or the other chapters. It could have easily be read without this chapter and wouldn't have left a gaping hole in the overall flow. (I chose not to read this chapter.) There were also wonderful chapters on how much Christ loves and treasures you. If you are one who is interested in learning more about Jesus through his "I Am" statements or are struggling with feeling loved, this book is for you. I give it a thumbs up. :)

I received this book from BakerBooks in exchange for my thoughts.

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Just to  give you a heads up, September is Creation Moment month which means I'll be sharing a new creation moment every day, so get ready for that! 

Psalm 23:1-4
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

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