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Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough Paperback – May 1, 2014
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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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So naturally, after reading a few reviews and some blurbs on the book, I couldn't help but buy it.
And wow! Kristen Welch does not disappoint! She has the incredible ability of making her life experiences accessible and relatable to so many people. Furthermore, while she's sharing her family's story, their incredible yeses to God, and how they learned to live out an unsafe, uncertain, and daring faith, she shares it from a point of absolute humility. This book isn't a "hey look at all the things we've done right" type of book. It's definitely more of a "hey look at all the ways we've made mistakes, but look at what God's done with them" type of book. And I loved it!
I highly, highly recommend this book. I've recommended it to several friends, and even let one borrow my book. She came back to me saying "It's sooooooo gooooood!" and apparently had trouble putting it down. Sister, I feel you!
If you're looking for a well-written, honest, approachable book about how one family learned to deepen their faith and trust God in all the scary yeses, this is your book. But be warned: you'll be challenged. Because as you read through Kristen's story, you'll find yourself thinking, "Hmm...I wonder what God might be asking me to say yes to...." And that, my friends, is scary territory. But remember, God shows up in big ways there, and you'll read about that in this book.
Go buy it: now!
Raising daughters these days is difficult ( We have 4 girls and 2 boys ages 25-8), but empowering our daughters (and sons) to use their gifts and talents to serve others creates positive self esteem and helps them through the rough teenage years. Kristen writes about how being honest as a parent is critical and expecting honesty and vulnerability in our husbands and children is essential. Read this book and look at her blog~your life will be changed for the better.
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?