Thursday, July 7, 2011

Freedom From Performing- Becky Harling

Freedom from Performing
Grace in an applause-driven world

By Becky Harling
Published by NavPress
Source: Review copy

So many times as women we feel the need to perform, to accomplish certain tasks, or act a certain way to get kudos from those around us. We seek our significance in what others around us think about us and their applause.
Becky Harling writes “Our significance doesn’t come from what we do or from others and their accolades for our performance. We have intrinsic worth simply because we are made in God’s image. It is our true self that God loves, forgives, longs to surround with grace. Our value is a gift given because of God’s grace.”

Each chapter of the book takes a reason we may feel the need to perform such as shame, a shaky identity or being an overachiever. She then couples that reason with a parable that addresses the same topic. She shows the parable as it applies to the specific form of performing, and blankets it with the grace that God offers in that parable. She includes a message from scripture, a prayer and a passage to remember each chapter about grace.

The book lends itself great to a weekly bible study as it has study questions at the end of each chapter for 6 days. You can easily use these in your own personal study as well by just answering the questions in the time you have.

The themes of God’s grace and the Holy Spirit being the leader are interspersed throughout the book as we learn that we are not meant to perform, but to live in a spirit of thankfulness and surrender.

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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