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Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus Paperback – October 15, 2012
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About the Author
Mary DeMuth is the author of several southern novels, including A Slow Burn, Life in Defiance, and the Christy award finalists, Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain. She’s also written four parenting books and a memoir, Thin Places. She’s passionate about the written word, teaching, and mentoring writers. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their three children.
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I've just finished Everything, though, and I'm stunned. I'm not sure I can find a way to articulate just what this book did to me, but suffice it to say that Mary DeMuth's inspired words left me with more hope than I've had in a long, long time, as well as a resolve to let go of the chains holding me to my past once and for all. I thought Jesus was my Everything already--I really did--but oh, how this book has challenged me in ways I never imagined.
I've read several of this author's books, and she never, ever disappoints. You won't find a better writer in the world than Mary DeMuth, and her amazing craft combined with a power behind her words that can only come from God Almighty Himself make the message of this book a force to be reckoned with. Read it and get ready for a life transformed. Amen.
You gotta love when a woman of God opens up and shares of her own life with others so that we might learn a bit more about our walk with our Savior. In reading, "Everything", my heart was stirred. I was moved by everything this book holds. I never bend pages in my books. I rarely write in them. I do have a few where I have highlighted parts that have blessed me. In this book, the pages are bent and the words are highlighted. I could stop right there and that would be enough to tell you how wondrous this book is. But there is so much more to share!
I'm just going to share with you a few of my favorites throughout the book.
"We are more winsome when we listen. When we hold back our temper, when we choose not to stir up strife for the sake of proving our "correctness". Our job is not to convince others of their wrongness and our rightness. It's not to change people's hearts. (We did not create anyone's heart as far as I know. Only God can change a heart.) Our job is to represent Jesus, how He talked, how He acted, how He loved, how He wooed."
"We are not saved to a checklist of acceptable behaviors. We are saved by an irresistible Savior, one who deserves our allegiance, our lives, and our hearts. He is the wooing God, not a manipulative, coercive deity.Read more ›
I so wanted to be praising this book from the rooftops. All the other reviews (at present) are overwhelmingly positive which is fantastic. I worry that I've missed something significant.
But I must write what's in my heart.
This book has so much going for it. Let me list some of them:
1. Mary is a passionate lover of Jesus and pours herself into everything she writes. This is no different. We see Mary so wanting to share her journey, warts and all.
2. It's cleverly structured into 3 parts: What we Think, Who we are, and How we Live.
3. The writing is excellent using lots of great Scriptures as well as other appropriate references from people such as Oswald Chambers, who lived a life of giving "everything" to Jesus. As a result it is easy to read, not getting bogged down in over-complicated theology.
4. There are lots of super soundbites. I love soundbites, little takeaways that you can store to memory and draw out when chatting with others.
5. Mary's messages challenge you to stop, think and lean into Jesus some more. Which at the end of the day is a great outcome.
Mary's lived a rich life of experience. Some really tough times that have chiselled her character and strength in Jesus. What I've grappled with is I felt as the book progressed we had less of this experience from the perspective of taking me inside her story.
I'm a huge fan of Ann Voskamp's "1000 Gifts", which Mary also refers to.Read more ›
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In her book, Everything, Mary DeMuth encourages us to let God consume all of us, every area of our lives. He wants our minds to be filtered with his truth. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jennifer Kindle
I was introduced to Mary DeMuth when I read her story in her book, Thin Places. Mary writes from her heart as well as from Scripture--and she writes from the hard places she has... Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by pwolf
I didn't want this book to end. It motivated me to take close looks into my actions to find what I am not trusting God to handle. Thanks, Mary!Published on April 6, 2014 by romabeth
I couldn't believe how often she was saying the very thing I needed to hear. Itbisba book full of wisdom, understanding and great empathy. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by timmy
Mary Demuth writes from the heart and personal experience. She drew me in and held my interest from beginning to end. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by mar
"What you give and what you gain to become like Jesus." I just love that sub-title. I don't know about you, but that sentence makes me stop and catch my breathe. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Mandy
The book Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus by Mary DeMuth will challenge Christians. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Christian writer
Is Jesus your Everything?
If not, are you ready to change your focus from self-centered to Jesus-centered?
Are you ready to surrender your will to His? Read more
Never again. From now on I'll stick with what I know. Why did I think it was a good idea to step out of what I normally read? I couldn't even finish this book. Believe me I tried. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer