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Anything by Jennie Allen (@JennieAllen)

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Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Author Jennie Allen was doing all the right things as a Christian, but she couldn’t escape the feeling that there was more to it than what she was experiencing. We’ve boiled God down to principles to live by, but it seemed joyless, lifeless. She and her husband reached a point where they sincerely prayed, “Lord, we are willing to do anything.” They surrendered all they had to God and started listening for what He wanted them to do next. Sometimes this led to big adventurous steps like adopting a boy from Africa, but most of the time it involved simple acts of love like taking a meal to a sick family or listening to a hurting friend. She described her remarkable shift in perspective in very normal terms: “What we once did in order to ‘matter’ or to ‘be seen’ we forgot all about. We matter and...

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller

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The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness The Path to True Christian Joy Timothy Keller 2013 48 pages   I was curious about the title, The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness, and wanted to know more. It turned out to be just what I needed after having a bipolar-fueled anxiety about my inability to work and the lack of worth that comes with that. Author Timothy Keller dismantles everything we believe about our ego. Essentially, he suggests that if we are asking ourselves whether we have low self-esteem or high self-esteem, we are asking the wrong question. The trap of self-worth is that every day we face the judgement of determining whether we are valued. It’s a never ending struggle. Keller suggests we look, instead, to the Righteous Judge who settled the matter of our worth once and for all. When we accept His judgment of ourselves we can stop asking the question about self-worth because no one’s...

Are You Still Fighting with Your Y.E.S. (Your Expected Submission) by Thomas C. Marbury (@thomascmarbury)

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Are You Still Fighting With Your Y.E.S. by Thomas C. Marbury My rating: 5 of 5 stars Thomas C. Marbury writes, “There are many people who can’t come out of sin and bondage until Y.E.S. (Your Expected Submission)! After ALL that you’ve been through (fighting Y.E.S.), it’s time for you to ARISE and go in obedience to fulfill the will of God in and for your life.” Are You Still Fighting with Your Y.E.S.? is a booklet but it packs a powerful punch. The content reads like a sermon or sermon series, perhaps, but the message hits home. Thomas C. Marbury weaves the story of Jonah rebelling against God with other Scriptures to create a compelling message of why to end your battle of wills with the Creator and how to submit to His mission for you, just like Jonah. The author writes, “God knows how to DRY UP your resources until you seek Him as your only source (Psalm 63:1-8).” I thought about...

I Am Not but I Know I AM by Louie Giglio (@louiegiglio)

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I Am Not But I Know I Am by Louie Giglio My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book changed me. I needed to hear the core message of the book, which is that God is I AM and I am not God. It’s about making ourselves small and making God big. We can either be the star of our small story or be a small part of God’s big story. This simple change in perspective helps us to die to ourselves—our desire for self-promotion, self-determination, self, self, self. When we die to ourselves on a daily basis, we enter into what God’s doing and become players in God’s story. In light of eternity, our lives are a mere blip. But we have the privilege, if we are willing to set aside our self-interests, of being a part of God’s eternal story. That’s more gratifying than being our own stage manager for our tiny story. Just because we agree that God is bigger than our ability to comprehend doesn’t mean that we will...