Release Date: May 2015
a division of Baker Publishing Group
Genre: Christian Living
Have you ever felt worthless, not good enough, or guilty because you don’t measure up? Have you ever felt like you were alone while everyone else seemed to have their lives together? We all want to feel valued. That we are worth something. We crave the approval and acceptance in the eyes of family, friends, and even strangers. We always fall short whenever we seek the world’s standards. We also cannot believe we are who God says we are -accepted, loved, beautiful, and treasured if we seek these lies.
Carey Scott shares her own personal testimony to help encourage those of us who struggle with insecurity.She teaches women how to untangle your self-esteem from the world and to anchor it in Jesus Christ. She uses very practical strategies on how to move forward and offers comfort that you aren’t alone. Each chapter ends with scriptures to memorize, a personal prayer, and questions to help tie it all in.
I struggle with insecurity a lot so I found this book very encouraging. I loved Carey Scott’s insight and how very true it is. I was impacted the most by what she talked about friendships. We all struggle. We all want friends and to be accepted, but when we learn to let go some of our expectation, the freer we can be. People are always going to let you down, but Jesus never will. While people change, God will remain the same. He will still love you no matter what. That’s the main important truth that she teaches. You might be thinking, well, that’s stupid. That’s not a new concept. You’re right! It’s not. However, when you are so stuck in insecurity you aren’t going to truly believe or grasp that. Many women who struggle already know this truth, but making it real is what is important.
The only thing that bothered me is that most of the scriptures she quoted came from The Message. The Message is a paraphrase of the Bible and isn’t an actual version of the Bible. Many of the scriptures I had to look up in the version that I use which is either the KJV or the ESV. Overall, most of her scriptures matched with what she had to say. There were also certain chapters that didn’t pertain to me at all. There is a complete chapter on marriage and another one on kids. I’m not at that stage in life yet. However, don’t let that stop you from reading her book. While not everything will pertain to you, you will gain a lot out of it.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Carey Scott
Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and certified Bible life coach who challenges women to be real–not perfect–even when real is messy. She speaks to women’s groups and writes an online devotional designed to help women be who God created them to be. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two children.