Thursday, February 23, 2017

No More Faking Fine Ending the Pretending By Esther Fleece

No More Faking Fine Ending the Pretending

By Esther Fleece 
Published by Zondervan

If you’ve ever been given empty clich├ęs during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.
But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.
No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”
Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you’ve done the same.
No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.

My Thoughts:
For many of us when someone asks us how we are doing the answer is always "fine", but that really isn't the answer for most of us. We aren't fine. In fact, Esther begins to show and tell the story of what happened when she told people she was "fine" until she could no longer tell that line anymore. I love this book because it helps us remember what it means for God to meet us in our pain and He loves us exactly where we are.  This book is desperately needed for all Christians who feel they need to wear a mask when in fact they don't. Every leader needs this book to know it's okay not to be "fine" and it's okay to actually wrestle with deep, difficult hard stuff and talk about it with other people. I loved this book! I want to thank Esther Fleece for sending me a copy. I was not required to give a positive review. I give this book 5/5 stars. 

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