I had been hearing a lot about this book around the blog/twitter sphere but didn’t really plan on reading it. That was until I saw a review where someone brought up some concerns. So when Revell offered to send my a review copy I decided to take the time to see first-hand what this book was all about.
The whole idea is that because of your identity in Christ you are already amazing. In other words you do not have to do anything to earn His grace. Sounds great, right? While I have wanted to see a book that would handle the topic of a believers identity in Christ in a “rubber-meets-the-road” kind of way, I thought this book did it a little too much. In other words, there were plenty of quizes and interactive aids and not enough sound theological teaching.
You’re Already Amazing looks at all the positives of who we are now instead of taking time to lay the foundation of who we first were without Christ. That may seem great and you may wonder why I would be concerned about a book being too positive. But the problem is that if we don’t understand who we are – sinful beings who’s hearts are deceitful beyond our own understanding according to Jeremiah 17:9 – we can not appreciate who our Savior is and why we need one so desperately. Unfortunately this book was too much about how great you and I are and not enough on how great our Savior is.
One specific point that really bothered me is that the book opens with the assumption that the reader is a daughter of God and never really clearly presents the gospel or shares how one might accept the gift of His salvation. I understand that most women who read this will most likely have a personal relationship with Christ…but what if they don’t? I highly respect how Elyse Fitzpatrick handles this exact situation in her book Because He Loves Me and would highly recommend you read it. It may be a bit deeper and not quite as much “fun” to read as this book, but you’ll have a sound foundation to build from after you have done so.
As a Biblical Counselor (in the process of becoming NANC certified) I don’t agree with the integration of secular methods and thinking that are woven into what Biblical content is in this book. I personally can’t recommend this book. However, Holley has many creative tools and ways of helping you figure out your strengths and more. If you want to read this book as a way of figuring out some of your abilities, it has the aids to help you.
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I received a free copy of this book for review purposes only courtesy of Revell publishing.