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Every Piece of Me: Shattering Toxic Beliefs and Discovering the Real You Paperback – August 1, 2017
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"Jerusha Clark's words and wisdom will lead you on the path to living more fully and beautifully. You will be left challenged and inspired to walk with Jesus in a whole new way."--Jill Savage, founder, Hearts at Home; author, No More Perfect Marriages
Throughout Scripture, God reveals himself as the Great I AM. He does not define himself with reference to any thing, person, or trait. He is, and that is enough. When women introduce ourselves, we typically describe ourselves in terms of our relationships (the wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend of someone else) or our accomplishments (our title, position, education, or accolades). When our identity is wrapped up in these external things, we inevitably--and exhaustingly!--strive to prove ourselves worthy of love, attention, or affirmation.
But God never meant for us to focus on whether we are "enough," whether we measure up. He made us--every piece of us--to be just as he is. Jerusha Clark discovered this while exploring the seven powerful "I am" statements of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John. Now she invites you to join her in embracing the life and truth of these words, relishing the freedom of an identity fixed on Christ alone while leaving behind fear, bitterness, busyness, and toxic thoughts that steal our joy and limit our power.
"If you have ever doubted your worth, struggled with fear, or longed for a dynamic, satisfying faith, read this book!"--Carol Kent, speaker; author, Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith That Will Endure Anything
"Thank you, Jerusha, for sharing God's truth in such a practical way to bring freedom and balance to so many who need it."--Constance Rhodes, founder and CEO, FINDINGbalance, Inc.; author, Life Inside the "Thin" Cage
Jerusha Clark is the author or coauthor of several books, including the bestselling Every Thought Captive, and Your Teenager Is Not Crazy (coauthored with her husband, Dr. Jeramy Clark). She also enjoys teaching at churches, retreats, schools, and conferences. She lives near San Diego, California.
About the Author
Jerusha Clark is the author or coauthor of several books on spiritual growth, women's issues, marriage, and mental health, including the bestselling Every Thought Captive, and Your Teenager Is Not Crazy (coauthored with her husband, Dr. Jeramy Clark). She also enjoys teaching at churches, retreats, schools, and conferences. She lives near San Diego, California.
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Most of the chapters follow a simple but unexpected formula:
(1) Clark begins the chapters with a basic story
(2) Then she shares one of Jesus’ I AM statements, like that He is the bread of life.
(3) Next, she offers insight into what that means. For example, she describes what bread meant to the world when Jesus spoke those words and the different purposes bread serves.
(4) Finally, Clark relates her insights into the I AM statement to women’s issues. In the bread chapter, she explores satisfaction and body image.
(5) Each chapter wraps up with a spiritual practice that may help women respond to the issues discussed according to their identity in Christ
Some of the other topics Clark discusses include:
Clark’s observations are often quotable:
“Just because you have rejected a wrong thought does not mean that you have embraced a right one.”
“More often than not, hunger makes us consumers rather than enjoyers.”
“No sustenance comes from being an expert on nutrition (physical or spiritual.)”
“Darkness sometimes feels overwhelming, but that’s a delusion of appearance.”
“More than wanting us to live accomplished lives, God wants us to live available lives.”
Throughout Every Piece of Me, Clark reiterates and reinforces her goal: to help “women evaluate their thought lives and allow God to redeem them.” By exploring Jesus’ I AM statements in light of women’s issues, readers are invited to refine their own identity struggles.
Personally, as I read this book I found it important to check the ideas against Scripture and to beware of over-spiritualizing issues. My stance on spiritual disciplines also differs from the author’s. However, many of Clark’s insights were unique and helpful. Overall, Every Piece of Me is an encouraging read.
<I received a free copy of this book from Baker Books in exchange for this review>
“You can’t experience God’s love without confronting the deep sin of your own heart. My idols are obstacles to living out my true identity; the same is true for you. Pretending idolatry doesn’t affect us leads only to spiritual dissonance and separation from the GREAT I AM. In tender mercy, He leads us to a crossroads and invites you and me to choose…This day, whom will you serve?” (p. 31).
“Despite the availability of countless books, posts, podcasts on being as opposed to doing, many Western Christians are still caught up in a quasi-abiding that looks more like a repackage of the American Dream—try harder, do better, and eventually overcome—than a natural, organic communion with Christ” (p. 206).
Jerusha helps women come to terms with their feelings of not living up to society's expectations, so that they can enjoy the freedom of living under God's vision for their lives. Filled with personal anecdotes, scriptural lessons, and scientific research, Every Piece Of Me will help you to learn to let go of your own expectations for your life so that you can embrace God's purpose for your presence.
With lots of clear section breaks, questions for personal reflection or group discussion, and recommended reading at the end of every chapter - this book would serve well as an inspirational beginning for any woman starting on the journey to finding (or rediscovering) who she is in Christ. For those needing a deeper investigation, this book may leave you lacking. But for new Christians or those who feel as though they have strayed and would like to find their way back to Christ's warm embrace; It's perfect. 4/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
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