Everything – What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus (by Mary DeMuth) Book Review

5/5 Paper Movement Stars

Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus\

First of all, specifically for the men: should you read this book? I didn’t know if it was going to be overly feminine, soft and flowery with little to say to me as a guy. Rest assured, it’s well worth your time.

Much has already been said about Mary’s soft, gentle way of communicating solid biblical truth, and I agree wholeheartedly. She’s really gifted, very honest and real. It’s a easy yet deep read.

One of my big concerns about a book that looks to be about becoming more like Jesus is that it’s all about ‘bootstrapping’ – us cranking up our holiness: social justice, loving our enemies, trying harder, and never repenting. Thankfully this is a book about Jesus, about what He’s done and is doing for sinners, and how we should respond. Straight from the book, I’ll let Mary give you an example:

“Nothing I do is ever enough. Which proves why vows can be problematic to the Christian who wants to be like Jesus. Why is that? Simply this: a vow is something we think in our own strength. It’s an internal determination to fix our lives without God’s help. It’s looking to our own pluck and gumption to achieve what the Holy Spirit wants to achieve in our lives. It is being self-led, not Spirit-led. And anything that smacks of a self-led life will ultimately fail. God doesn’t call us to bootstrap…He beckons us to let Him control the outcome of our walk instead of us trying to manage spiritual growth on our own. When we live under the heaviness of the yoke of vows, we fall prey to campaign Christianity, where everything becomes some sort of self-controlling campaign to better ourselves.”

Another important thing to me is layout, and this book’s a winner here as well. The book’s broken up into small hunks and short chapters which seems to help me from getting bogged down when reading this sort of material.

Read this book, and let God change you. You’ve been loved. You are loved.

I received this book free of charge from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

Everything – What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus (by Mary DeMuth) Book Review

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