Sometimes Christians are burdened down, living under the lies of the enemy. Tomlinson has the good news that we can break away from those lies. She ought to know because she did it herself.
She shares her story of being molested as a preschooler. Even though she accepted Jesus as Savior as a young person, she continued to believe Satan's lie, that she was dirty and unworthy. She went through dark days of an unwed pregnancy, marriage and divorce, and alcohol abuse. She became convinced God could never love her again. Her feelings of regret and condemnation were overwhelming.
Her turning point came when she had a severe allergic reaction and faced death. She finally and fully placed herself in the hands of God. He later revealed to her the lies she had been believing. She shares the powerful truth God used in her life as He guided her to deliverance and freedom.
This book is a great encouragement to Christians who feel far from God, for women who feel they are somehow second class in God's eyes because of their gender, and for men and the lies they face. She writes about freedom from fear, about overcoming a victim mentality, about living out the finished work of Calvary, and much more. She reminds us that we are significant and worthy (because of Jesus) in God's eyes. She encourages us to live in the truth of God's forgiveness and amazing love.
In the end, Tomlinson reminds us that we have work to do. We are not to passively accept the lies of the enemy. We are to say “no” by agreeing with the Word of God. “By doing so, you are taking charge of your life with the power of the truth of God.” (162) And in case we don't know how to use the Scriptures, she has listed several at the end of the book for specific meditation.
This is an excellent book, full of encouragement and identity building Scripture verses. I highly recommend it to anyone who desires to truly live out who they are in Christ. There is a great Study Guide at the end so this book can be studied individually or in a group.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Jill Tomlinson is the President and co-founder of Transcend Ministries as well as an author and speaker. She and her husband live in Colorado. You can find out more at http://transcendministries.org/home/.
Carpenters Son Publishing, 196 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.