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Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Welch , Ann Voskamp
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In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone “Jesus” pin to school every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was that girl.) But she didn’t realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory, it would one day tarnish, no longer a true fit for who she was. As real life catapulted Kristen into places and situations she’d never imagined, there came a day when she stood shocked in the slums of Africa and realized in one desperate moment that Jesus wasn’t enough for her. At least . . . she wasn’t living like He was. On the brink of a risk bigger than any she’d ever taken, Kristen knew she didn’t stand a chance—unless she was willing to put aside the rhinestones and get branded by the real thing. Rhinestone Jesus is the story of one woman’s journey from comfortably living a safe, “good-girl” faith that didn’t cost much, to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a bolder, more authentic, more dangerous way. This story of spiritual adventure throws the doors wide open for any woman who’s ever thought of herself as “just a mom.” Kristen will inspire and empower you to say yes to God right where you are—and stand amazed at how your life will shine.


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A delightfully honest read for anyone who ever wondered if her small yes matters. (Myquillyn Smith, author of The Nesting Place)

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ARE YOU SETTLING for a shiny, pinned-on, ornamental faith? Get ready for one that’s messy, bold, and courageous.
In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone “Jesus” pin every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was that girl.) But she didn’t realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory, it would one day tarnish, no longer a true reflection of who she was.

Real life and motherhood catapulted Kristen into places and situations she’d never imagined. There came a day when she stood in the slums of Africa, poised on the brink of a risk bigger than any she’d ever taken. And she knew she didn’t stand a chance—unless she was ready to put aside the rhinestones and get branded by the real thing.

Rhinestone Jesus is the spiritual adventure story of one woman who went from living a safe, “good-girl” faith that didn’t cost much, to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a deeper, more authentic way. This book throws the doors wide open for any woman who’s ever thought of herself as “just a mom.” Read it and be inspired. Be empowered. Say yes to God right where you are—and stand amazed at how your life will shine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 16325 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414389426
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (April 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GWT9EGO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Say Yes in Your Mess April 18, 2014
Format:Paperback
I'm reading Rhinestone Jesus as part of Kristen's launch team, and I haven't been this excited to share my thoughts on a book in a long time. As Kristen shares her story, she allows us a glimpse into her life---the good, the bad, and the ugly. Along the way, she encourages us to turn to God and to make our own families a priority so that we can see what God has planned for us and what our own YES will look like. We may not start a non-profit overseas, but God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us and for our families. As we choose to live counterculturally and to look to Him for direction and guidance, He will show us the way.

Be sure to read with tissues in hand! I have cried almost every time I have picked up this book, and I have prayed all the way through, as I read. I want to know God more deeply and to see what His absolute best is for me and for my family. I am excited to see what He has in store for us as we pursue authentic faith accompanied by action.

If you're interested in seeing what authentic faith looks like in the lives of one average American family and how God can turn ordinary into extraordinary, and if you want to be challenged to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ and to surrender everything to Him once and for all, then read this book!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by "Yes" May 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I need to tell you something about me: I am a skeptic by nature. Those of you who know me are not surprised to read this, are you? I have a suspicious streak a mile wide and there are certain trigger words and names that can send me running down that mile-wide road very quickly indeed.

I am not a fan of prescriptive writing, of anything that smacks of “Just 5 Easy Steps to . . . Anything You Care to Mention.” I’m likely to cringe if the language on a blog or in a book gets either too preachy or too syrupy. And I really, really, REALLY resist slogans.

So I will admit to more than a little bit of trepidation when I began to read Kristen Welch’s new book, “Rhinestone Jesus.” There was a quote from John Piper early on. There was some Jesus-y language that made me squirm a little, and I began to fear the guilt trip I was pretty sure was coming at me any minute now.

But I kept reading. Why? Because I believe in the ministry of Mercy House, a home for pregnant young women in Kenya, a ministry which Kristen and her family helped to birth and continue to encourage. Even though it was decades ago, I have lived in Africa. I know the need is great and what I loved about this ministry is that it rose from — and was staffed by — African nationals. For me, that is a huge positive, so I wanted to know more about how it all happened. I was also a blogger and a financial supporter for the wonderful group fund-raising effort for this ministry sponsored by (in)Courage and Dayspring in 2013.

Kristin comes from a Christian tradition and a part of the country that are both very different from my own. She’s a Baptist from Texas, I’m a Covenant pastor from California.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book was at the same time moving, gut-wrenching, funny, convicting and inspiring. This story is refreshingly unpolished and unfinished. It doesn't end neatly packaged, but the pictures on the last pages represent astounding triumph.

This is one of the best books I've read in the last year (and probably the last five).

I declined a free copy from the publisher. I paid the full pre-order price without regret and I recommend it without hesitation and with great urgency.

I know what my bigger-than-me yes is and I'm going for it. Will you?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need to read this book... it will change you! April 28, 2014
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This is one of those books that you have to put down and walk away from because the TRUTH in it is so hard and overwhelming, but at the same time you just want to keep going. I've read Kristen's blog for years. This book tells the story of her family establishing Mercy House in Kenya... a home for pregnant, homeless teens. It's heartbreaking, not just for what the girls in Kenya go through, but for our blindness as Christians to the need in the world... and just down our streets. She says it's time for us to "wake up from the American dream"... amen Kristen! Thank you for a timely word ... you have changed how I am thinking about my purpose in life and I'm praying that God will show me and my family how He wants us to really live for Him. Read this book!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, Encouraging & Inspiring!!! May 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is absolutely one of my favorite nonfiction reads this year!
I really felt I was able to go on a faith journey with the author as she shared her own experiences. I love that she isn’t afraid to be real and authentic with readers about what living for Jesus really looks like and the fact that our excuses and reasons to say “No” to whatever He is calling us to do- just don’t hold water!
I was so delighted that she included photos throughout the book and the “Unpinned Faith” sections at the end of the chapters really put what I was learning into applicable steps.
Rhinestone Jesus will inspire, challenge and encourage readers to step out of their comfort zones into an active, exciting, adventure with Christ!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars words cannot describe it...
I have followed Kristen's blog for a couple of years now but this book was amazing...

It's an easy read but hard to swallow... Read more
Published 23 days ago by L. M. Prieto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well written & very interesting
Published 26 days ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
An amazing story about how God can use an ordinary person like you or I if we are only willing to say "yes" to the plan He has for us.
Published 1 month ago by T. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read...challenge yourself and read this one!
Published 1 month ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great sale!!
Published 1 month ago by debasher
5.0 out of 5 stars Say YES to this book!
I wanted to finish the book before I posted a review. This is one of the top books I have read. Kristen Welch is inspiring, yet honest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Not Your Typical Missionary Biography!
When I first saw news of this book, I knew it had the potential to be one of my favorites. I've been following Kristen Welch's blog for a while now and love the simple, honest... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jennkujawa
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been to Kenya, twice. The poverty, ...
I've been to Kenya, twice. The poverty, the people, the hopelessness is all there but so is faith, hard work and perseverance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leslie S Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars I throughly enjoyed this book and so did my daughters
I throughly enjoyed this book and so did my daughters. As a result I started sponsoring a little boy from Kenya. You will be blessed by reading this book.
Published 2 months ago by Marilee Sykes
5.0 out of 5 stars convicted!
Get ready to be convicted. Kristen writes from her point-of-view, which is Mercy House, but it can be applied to all aspects of life, no matter your season. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim Brantley
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