Title: Nothing to Prove
Author: Jennie Allen
“We have to lay down our striving and our performing and our pretending and our works that we think are proving our value to other people and to our God,” Jennie Allen writes in her book, Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard.
~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-fifty-six pages, this paperback targets women who are seeking to be closer to God while shedding their insecurities and inadequacies. Using the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the MSG, NIV, and NLT are also referenced. After an introduction, two parts contain a total of eleven chapters, ending with final thoughts, notes, and acknowledgments.
In this quick read of one woman’s path of striving, feeling numb, and believing she is never good enough, Allen examines how we all fall short of the glory of God and crave for approval and acceptance instead of being fulfilled by God’s everlasting and wonderful grace and love. By reviewing rewritten stories written in first person from the Bible in John 2, 4, 9, 11, 13, and 21, we should stop choosing “cheap wine” and stop hiding, feeling lonely, worrying, and pretending, instead looking to Jesus, taking risks, reaching out to others, confessing, and praying. Each chapter ends with short tidbits of responses titled experience guide, be still Bible verses, step into the stream, wade in deeper, quench your thirst, and live in the overthrow.
As fallen, sinful humans, we all feel like we are not enough, yet God is always sufficient. Being reminded that our lives are not all about us but about Jesus is cleansing and freeing. While we desire to measure up and impress God and others, we never will. I like how the first person rewritten stories show how it is about God and not us.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus will not see the value of this book. Others may prefer content that has less information about the writer’s personal opinions and experiences. Some may not like the use of slang words such as dang and heck.
~ Who ~
The founder of IF: Gathering, Allen is a pastor’s wife, author, and conference speaker who lives in Texas with her husband and children.
~ Wish ~
While the book focuses on making God the ultimate in our lives, it often correlates the author’s upbringing, family dynamics, and experiences of her journey to getting closer to Christ, which may be a different path than others. I tend to disagree with the writer’s concept of telling others past sins when God has forgiven them and are mainly proportionate to the offense and those involved.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short book that concentrates on God and not striving, proving, or pretending to be enough, this is a good start but daily reading Scripture and praying will open the door wider to realizing Jesus is in control and all we need.
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