Monday, February 5, 2018

An Imperfect Woman {Book Review}

When God chooses a theme for your year He covers all the bases.

Shortly before 2018 began, God guided me to the word Enough. Around the same time came the opportunity to join the launch team for Kim Hyland's new book An Imperfect Woman: Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together.

Enough and imperfect.

Yep, that's me, and most of the time I'm okay with that. 

Or at least, I'm getting there.

Other times, I fall back into old habits of thinking "if I try harder, do more research, push for what I think should happen..." then surely I can fix the situation. I don't need to tell you how well that works, right?

As soon as I received my copy of An Imperfect Woman, I dove in with my journal at the ready. Not far in, I read this:
“Eve just believed the lie that she needed more than God. He wasn’t enough. In her disbelief, she turned her head and heart to her own resources, ambitions, and abilities.”  – Kim Hyland, An Imperfect Woman (pg. 38)
Ouch. I'm not alone.

The enemy lied to Eve. The temptation to want more was there and she fell victim to it.

How often do we fall for the same temptation for more, even if we don't know what "more" is or what it looks like? {Tweet this}

The enemy is a liar. He tells us we're not enough. He wants us to think God is not enough. But God is always more than enough. Always.

Kim explores this topic throughout her book, sharing her story openly and honestly. She doesn't pretend to have it all figured out, but shares what she's learned over the years and how she got there. An Imperfect Woman is grounded in Scripture and offers the reader a lot to think about.

From the back of the book:
The desire to be perfect is actually a God-given urge. After all, we were made for Eden. But there is a difference between perfection and perfectionism, which is our attempt to achieve perfection on our own, by our own strength, and for our own purposes—the original temptation in the Garden. In this freeing book, Hyland offers a stirring manifesto for acknowledging our limitations and embracing the perfection of God through his grace. – An Imperfect Woman, Kim Hyland
An Imperfect Woman is available now! You can learn more about Kim Hyland and An Imperfect Woman at www.animperfectwoman.com

Also, starting Monday, Feb. 12, Kim will be leading a 4-week online An Imperfect Woman Book Study. (If you order today, you might get your book in time for day 1!)

(Note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The views expressed in my review are all my own.)

In Christ,
Laura

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review, Laura! I still fight the inner perfectionist almost every day of my life in some way! This looks like a worthwhile read!

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  2. Thank you for reviewing this book. I this been showing up in my newsfeed and looks good. I also struggle with being enough but still plow through as if I have all the answers. Blessings!

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  3. I've been hearing so much about this wonderful book! Thanks for sharing more (the good kind of more haha!)

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  4. I don't think I've heard of this book, but it sounds like it describes all of us! While we may not want to be imperfect, we are, and thankfully God's grace is more than enough to cover our imperfections. Thanks for sharing this, Laura.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this, Laura! It sounds like a great book. Perfectionism is definitely something I've struggled with and can fall back into at times.

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  6. I also read and enjoyed this book, Laura. Kim reminded me that God is in every imperfect day, working out His perfect plan in spite of my imperfections. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the book!

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  7. I was thinking about Eve just yesterday, her striving to be more than God had ordained and the lies she believed. We're hard on that Old Testament sister, but we follow in her footsteps. Thanks be to God that He offers us the same forgiveness and grace in our day.

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  8. Laura, I have read so many good things about this book. I don't really read non-fiction because I write so much non-fiction but I do get enticed by good reviews!

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  9. This sounds like a fabulous book!!

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  10. This is in my Kindle, ready to read. Sounds like a good book, and I can't wait to review it myself!

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  11. Your post touches me today. And yes, it is the truth: When God chooses a theme for our year He covers all the bases!

    I wish I could read that book in my own language!

    The crowning discovery of our whole Christian life is that our God is enough.




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  12. Laura, Thanks for the review of this book. I love the title and cover and saw it somewhere recently. The title was so convincing I bought a copy a few days ago. So anxious to dive in, especially after what you have said. There are days I to need to not buy into Satan's lie of I am not enough.

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  13. Sounds like a good read, Laura. And how wonderful of God to time it during your journey to Enough!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!