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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (April 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414389426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414389424
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Janes on 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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Diana Trautwein on May 2, 2014
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. on May 14, 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RuthSophia on July 7, 2014
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Real life, real struggle, real victory, real mess, real hope. A well written book recounting Kristen's (& her family's) journey to an impossible dream. Because she said yes. The beautiful thing about this book is she knows her "yes" necessarily looks different than my "yes" will or your "yes" - because we are different people. Because God has equipped us differently - and serving God wherever he has placed us is what makes us authentic. When we stop trying to fit Jesus in our life, and start fitting our life into Jesus.

If I have the leisure of nit-picking, I'd knock the book a half star to 4.5 because she quotes The Message paraphrase of the Bible is what is commonly used, not an actual translation. Since the half-star option isn't available, the overall content and message of the book definitely deserves 5 stars. Highly recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 5webblets on 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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