I LOVE Holley Gerth! She is that girlfriend you want in your corner. The girl you wanna share coffee with and just open your heart and spill everything. You want to because she invites the reader to know her as you knew one another for years.
I can tell you that Beth Moore has been life changing for me. Holley Gerth is in that same category. She's transparent and so in love with Jesus! I have been blessed to read all of her books and with each one she has blessed me abundantly.
The subtitle, Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect, pretty much tells you what to expect, but oh, friends, there are many unexpected blessings within these pages as Holley opens up and helps us see that we are an imperfect mess, but through Jesus, and only through Him, can we find ourselves perfect.
She doesn't just share her opinion. She shares scripture and within the measurements of God's Word she helps to guide us to a plan of letting go of perfectionism and embracing the messy girl who Jesus has created.
Here are a few of my faves from Holley:
"God intends for us to give sometimes and receive other times. We can get into unhealthy patterns of always giving or always receiving. Instead our connections with each other are to be about both."
"If you're not ever making any mistakes, your're not getting out of your comfort zone enough. Push until you fail. Then pull back a bit, learn some more, and try again. That's how growth happens."
"you are made for a perfect place. You are made to be a perfect person. You are made for perfect relationships with other perfect people. It's just not going to happen in this life."
"When we cover up our wounds, hide our failure, and refuse to ask for help, we give the impression that we belong to someone who must not really love us. We also lead others to feel they have to hide their weaknesses as well."
"You are allowed to respectfully question your leaders. Even God said, "Come now, let us reason together" (Isa. 1:18 ESV). Be careful of any authority who is not open to differences or discussions. If someone is completely closed off to input from others, then take it as a major sign that it may be time to get out from under that person's leadership."
"When we start performing rather than growing, what's best in us gets buried. We hide our gifts, hold back our strengths, and avoid opportunities that stretch us. We feel safer, but we're slowly dying inside."
There is so much to share. But if I continued to share all the goodies you wouldn't need to read the book. This is a wonderful selection for a Jesus girl who wants to grow into the beauty He has created us to become.
This book was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you.
Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already Amazing, You're Made for a God-Sized Dream, and Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Hang out with her at www.holleygerth.com.