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Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval and Seeing Yourself through God's Eyes Paperback – April 1, 2014
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That endless, exhausting crusade for approval? Ends here. A brilliant writer, Jennifer Dukes Lee takes you to the foot of the Cross―and takes one stunning hammer to the foot of the Love Idol. Read this book―and walk free. (Ann Voskamp, Author of the NYT best-seller One Thousand Gifts)
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“Hi, I’m Jennifer. I know we’ve just met, but already . . . I want you to like me.”
YOU’VE FELT IT―that deep longing for people to value you, respect you . . . and love you. You’ve worked hard for their approval. You’ve wanted to make people think you’ve got it all together, but on the inside, you’re falling apart. And you’ve heard this one question ringing in your ears: What will people think of me?
Jennifer Dukes Lee knows exactly how you feel. She understands how exhausting life can be when you’re chained to your approval rating. Jennifer has spent plenty of time and energy trying to earn others’ approval―at work, home, and church―all while wondering what would happen if the facade dropped and everyone saw her hidden mess. She’s made the same mistakes many of us make as we try to sprint for significance―and wear ourselves out pursuing human love and acceptance above all else.
And now Jennifer leads you on a journey to rediscover the joy found in the unconditional love of God. Through her own life journey, she gently invites you to make peace with yourself and to stop working overtime for an approval that is already yours in Christ. Love Idol will help you dismantle what’s separating you from true connection with God and rediscover the astonishing freedom of a life lived in authentic love.
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I am a perfectionist, an approval-seeker, a compare-er, an envy-er. All my life I have looked at others and thought, "Why don't I have that? Why isn't it easy like that for me?" Never once did I consider that these tendencies are deeply ingrained in idolatry - in my lack of trust in God, in my refusal to see how much he loves me. Jennifer's book has opened my eyes and my heart in such a new, refreshing, invigorating way, I don't think think I'll ever be the same. And that is a very good thing.
As a reporter who met and interviewed many famous and important people, it wasn't until she met and realized God's approval for her that she began to live with greater joy and freedom.
Love Idol is a must read for anyone struggling with their self image, perfectionism, or wanting to be approved. This is the perfect book read on a rainy day or take with you on your travels.
My 16-year old daughter also read "Love Idol" and it was the catalyst for many conversations. She came to me saying "I thought I was the only one who felt this way~ this battle to be perfect." And then I, as her mother, came clean, too. I'm grateful that Jennifer, through these words, gave me the courage to do so. To look the next generation straight in the eye and say: "I have wanted to be noticed when I already was. By the GOD who created me~ just as I am."
This book will move you and bolster you. I highly recommend it, and that you pass it on to your daughters as well.
Jennifer shares her own battle with this inner critic that pushed her into perfectionism, people-pleasing, and approval seeking frenzy. She shares what she has learned about being enough by walking in the approval of her creator, God and learning to let go of the approval of others. And she shares it with a real heart for others, for you. She wants you to know how much you really matter, just the way you are.
If you are tired of feeding the never-ending quest for others' approval, this is a must read. You will be encouraged to see the truth of that lie that you are not enough, and begin to embrace all that God has for you as your pre-approved self.
I plan to share this book with my friends and family. Especially my granddaughters who are in those hard-to-navigate, peer-pressured comparison-ridden teenage years. It is sure to be a life-changing message!
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Quick, easy read - you will not want to put it down!