Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Review: Freedom from Performing

Freedom from Performing: Grace in an Applause-Driven World
Freedom from Performing
By Becky Harling
Nav Press, 2011
English, 240 pgs

Delving into fresh insights from Jesus’ parables, author and speaker Becky Harling directs you to leave behind a life dependent on the accolades of others and go on a grace-filled journey of seeking God’s applause alone.

This study features discussion-provoking questions and exercises for personal or group study.

For years, author Becky Harling lived for the rave reviews of others, until God directed her from performance-driven theatrics to a leading role as a grace-motivated follower of Jesus. She only needed to be herself, and so do you.

Freedom from Performing uncovers fresh perspectives from Jesus’ parables to inspire women of all ages to embrace authentic grace in our accolades-crazed world. Enlivened by the author’s and other women’s transparent, real-life scripts, every chapter is rich with discussion questions and practical exercises for internalizing God’s grace on a daily, personal level. This twelve-week Bible study will play a starring role in your living fully and joyfully as God intends: seeking His applause alone.

Well, that was a smack in the head! I am the person described in this book. I try so hard to make everyone happy that I forget sometimes that it's not about that. I'm absolutely passing this on the the women's ministry coordinator at our church. I think that every woman MUST read this book. Each chapter has a section at the end with 6 days of questions for use in a Bible study group. That's your hint...don't try to speed through this book. Take it slow and digest what it says. Study it and take the lessons to heart. Grace is such an amazing thing and it's so often over-looked or forgotten in the struggle to "do". We are not perfect beings and we should not strive to be.

I received a copy of the book for the purpose of a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. Opinions are my own.

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