I have read several of Holley Gerth's books, and through them all is a wonderful thread of love and 'good-enough' encouragement. She is well-versed in the word of God and has vast experience putting God's perspective ahead of the world's perspective when looking at herself and when helping others look at themselves through her coaching role. Every time I read one of her books I feel grounded in God's view of his children and I'm better able to cope with my human frailties and failings.
Holley knows that women are really hard on themselves. We expect perfection in every aspects of our lives and then we consider ourselves failures when we eventually don't make it to that standard. In this book Holley focuses on our 'need' to be perfect and our sense that God is disappointed in us when we aren't. We know in our heads that God loves us no matter what, but somehow our hearts don't really believe.
My favorite part of the book is Chapter 8 - A Practical Plan for Beating Perfectionism. Because we all know it's impossible to be perfect, yet somehow we don't know how to get off that path. In this chapter, Holley give down to earth examples and instructions for moving from perfection to excellence. She defines excellence as "doing what you can, with what you have, where you are, as you are." She frees us from the need to make everything we do excellent and provides advice on how to ask for help when you need it...to recognize when you need it!
As I have with every other book of Holley's, I highly recommend this book for any woman who doesn't feel like she is enough! She writes with a light, conversational style that makes the reader feel like she's having a cup of coffee with a friend. Her books are placed with reverence on a shelf of books that I endeavor to read every year. This is such a hard lesson for us to learn, we need regular reminding!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the Back Cover
As women, we tend to think that if we could only get our act together, life would be perfect. But you're not supposed to be perfect. You're supposed to be human. And humans are messy, flawed, glorious, and deeply loved.
It's time to lay down those unrealistic expectations that exhaust you.
It's time to embrace who you are--even the messy parts.
It's time to start living fully instead of just trying not to fail.
Let's do this. Together.
How would your life be different if you truly believed you're loved just as you are? Bestselling author Holley Gerth shares how God wants to set our hearts free by revealing the lies we believe as well as the scandalous grace and acceptance offered to us instead. She helps us lay down our unrealistic expectations so we can embrace who God created us to be, pursue his purpose for our lives, and offer others the love we've been freely given.
"I often say it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. Holley Gerth shows women that's just as true for our hearts as it is for every other area of our lives."--Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, author of The Nesting Place
"Holley Gerth shares a breathtaking promise. She's not asking you to try to be better but inviting you to receive what's already yours. That's a message that will not only heal your heart but set you free."--Suzanne Eller, international speaker and author of The Unburdened Heart
"If your heart feels entangled by the critical voices of perfectionism, sit down with this book full of encouraging gems of wisdom and let Holley's words guide you to a new beginning, to set your heart free to run in one direction: toward God's love for you."--Bonnie Gray, author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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, You're Going to Be Okay, and more. She's also cofounder of the popular website (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Learn more at www.holleygerth.com.