I have to tell you that my copy of the book and a lovely card from Holley arrived at a very appropriate time in my life. There were (and still are) some difficult things going on that really had me down in the dumps and questioning myself and my worth. Opening the big, brown envelope and finding You're Already Amazing was like getting a big ol' hug just when I needed it most.
We women tend to be hard on ourselves and compare ourselves to each other. And more often than not, we find ourselves lacking. We tell ourselves we're not good enough, not talented enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not godly enough...and we believe our own bad press. We believe it so much that we let it keep us from meeting new people, trying new things, serving others, and doing things we'd probably really love to do. It doesn't have to be that way.
In her book, Holley tells us that "We are chosen, cherished, created women who have all we need to fulfill God's plans for our lives. He has made us just as he wants us to be. We have something to offer that no one else can bring...and the world is waiting."
God made us. Exactly the way he wants us to be. Wow.
If we're shy, it's okay. If we're loud, it's okay. If we're party girls, it's okay. If we're bookworms, it's okay. If we struggle with our weight, have curly hair and freckles, and can't sing worth a lick, it's okay. God made us the way we are, he loves us the way we are, and he can use us the way we are. We don't have to be more. In him we are enough. That's the message of the book. We can stop believing the lies we tell ourselves and the lies others tell us! We can stop trying to please everyone. We're called to love people, but God is the only one we have to please.
The most freeing statement for me (given my current situation) was that "There is no condemnation in Christ, so if someone else has spoken condemning words over you, then they are not true - no matter how real they may feel." Reading those words lifted a huge weight from my spirit. I am not all the awful things that were said to me.
The book is a series of great advice from a friend and some excellent tools from a counselor. The exercises throughout the book help you figure out the patterns you learned early in life, who is in your social circles, where you are in you journey, how you connect with people, what your talents are and how God wants you to use them....and so much more!
Women, you need to read this book. I can honestly say that it has changed my thinking more than any other book with the exception of the Bible. We're commanded to love....and that includes ourselves. Let Holley help you see what God sees when he looks at his daughter.
**If you are interested, Bloom(in)courage, (in)courage's book club is just getting started with You're Already Amazing.