Why do we try to be like other people, Meyer asks, when there is so much value in our uniqueness? She suggests it is because we fear others will not accept us. She encourages us to believe that God made each of us with unique traits and abilities and that one aspect of the freedom Jesus came to offer us is the freedom to be and enjoy who we are.
Unlike many other books on being authentic, Meyer grounds her teaching in the Bible. She establishes the foundation that God loves us. We need to learn to love ourselves. That doesn't mean we love everything we do but we love who we are in Christ. It is the answer to our desire for approval. And in case we have difficulty accepting God's love for us, there is an Appendix with confirming Scriptures.
Meyer helps us understand who we are in Christ and helps us avoid the trap of focusing on what other people think. She gives practical suggestions for developing a new mindset and overcoming fear, helps us understand we are to aim to please God, not people, and much more.
The teaching from Meyer that had the most impact on me was that I can be guided by God. God has gifted me to fit into His perfect plan. I cannot let other people tell me what to do with my life. And even if I miss it, God will find me and lead me on.
This book is grounded in biblical truth and is a great one for people who want to accept their uniqueness, be the person God wants them to be, and have the courage to follow their heart. As Meyer says, you owe it to yourself to be the best version you can be of yourself.
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My rating: 5/5 stars.
Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. Her New York Times bestselling books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Her programs air around the world on television, radio, and the Internet. She has authored more than one hundred books, which have been translated into more than one hundred languages. The missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Hand of Hope, provides worldwide humanitarian outreach. She and her husband live in St. Louis, MO.
FaithWords, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)