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Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits Paperback – July 15, 2008
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“Shannon Ethridge’s life exhibits God’s transforming power. Her response to tragedy will guide others who struggle through dark valleys, to find the light of hope that is in Christ.”
–Max Lucado, bestselling author
“When the worst has happened, only time can bring perspective and turn trauma into triumph. Shannon Ethridge is an incredible woman who has a story to tell and a passion to share. Through experiences that would level most, she has risen as a Lover of Jesus who can speak to the heart of every woman. Completely His calls even the most timid or scarred to a place of deep, sweet relationship with the One who patiently waits for His Beloved to lean in and trust Him. I loved the book. I love Shannon’s heart.”
–Jan Silvious, author of Foolproofing Your Life and Big Girls Don’t Whine
“Insightful and daring, Completely His so challenged me to look at myself honestly and ask ‘Am I all yours, God?’ Shannon is completely vulnerable as she shares a longing for God in every area of her life and a step-by-step example of how to walk with Him in all aspects of daily living. This message is encouraging, life-changing, and much-needed by every one of us.”
–Shaunti Feldhahn, best-selling author of For Women Only and For Men Only
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The book opens with a personal story of killing another woman in a car accident while still in high school. Ethridge shares the feelings that she should have been the one killed, though she didn't receive even a single scratch. She was further shocked when she found out that the husband of the deceased, Gary, was concerned for her and wanted to meet her. His warmth and kindness were almost too much for the young Ethridge to handle. On that fateful day, Gary told Shannon, "I am passing [my wife's] legacy of being a godly woman on to you. I want you to love Jesus without limits, just like Marjorie did. I want you to let Him use you for His glory, Shannon."
Those words have never left Ethridge. And the experience still reminds her that nothing is beyond God's redemption. He can take the ugliest of situations and turn them into something beautiful. In fact, she describes the accident as a "burning bush" experience that welcomed her into a deeper relationship with God. She no longer desires to "do the minimum" to get to heaven, but instead wants to love Jesus without limits.
Throughout the book, Ethridge tells stories from her own life and experiences. Some are tender and serious, while others are funny --- like the time she discovered Miss E, the family cat, in the dryer. She also draws from other women who have shared their stories.
Ethridge says that she pursues the presence of God each day. In the shower she'll thank God for clean, hot water.Read more ›
When Shannon experiences the unconditional love that Gary Jarstfer shows her even after killing his wife, shows her a love which she has never known. Gary's example of a Christ-like love is very notable. This love should be a parallel to the love which Jesus Christ had for us. John 15:13 states "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
It is not without many struggles that Shannon comes to terms with her life changing experience. Shannon clearly states that she has gained a deep understanding of God's character and the impact of Christ's passion on our life. He died so we may live! This is a very inspirational book in which God has taken a very dark period in her life and changed it into something very beautiful. I feel that everyone who has ever struggled with a difficult period in their life or is dealing with it currently, could learn much about their Savior through this book. Shannon notes many Scripture references to bring her points across and make it much easier to understand what she intends to convey. Gary Jarstfer did not only show her unconditional love and forgiveness but also was very instrumental in her knowing that she is completely His!
This is a wonderful message and I wept many hot bitter tears just daring myself to believe it. The God of my youth did not like me. He was an extension of parental authority and a chronic score keeper who was out to get me. I have burned out on the judgment and condemnation message...it no longer moves me. But this got to me. This broke a heart of stone. And now the miracle of miracles is happening...I am starting to believe that I am loved and wanted and valued and cherished and esteemed and planned and that I have purpose and that I am not a mistake.
Worthwhile read for anyone coming out of a legalism and condemnation background.
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Shannon draws you into the heart of your relationship with God and others. I was challenged to see my relationship with my children differently after reading this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by threecarsmom
This is a wonderful book. The author has a true love for God and sharing ways of growing closer to Him. I would recommend it...Published on March 2, 2014 by Silent commenter
This is the book we are using in our ladies small group. It is a great book to use in growing in your faithPublished on February 25, 2014 by L. Butler
Every time I pick up this book it gives me something for my current situation. Shannon's willingness to be vulnerable in her work give the reader confidence that she can overcome... Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The biography of Shannon Ethridge is honest in telling the story of a woman who is so human but bold in her faith.Published on November 14, 2013 by Joyce Smith
I enjoy Shannon's style of writing. Engaging, relatable and relational. Sharing life's experiences and solutions, being real and transparent brings the audience into a safe place... Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Deborah
This book is truly a love letter from God to us, inviting us to experience Him in such a powerful and intimate way: to be challenged to get out of our own limitations and give... Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by celeste frias