A popular message today, at least among women, says, “You are enough.”
I struggle with that.
On the one hand, I understand it’s message.
- I don’t have to be perfect.
- God loves me where I am.
- I am more than my failures and shortcomings.
- My value isn’t found in a completed To Do list.
While I generally grasp and endorse all of those, I sometimes struggle to believe them for myself.
On the other hand, I know that while God loves me right where I am, He also doesn’t want me to stay this way. The perfect tension of the Christian is that we are enough, but we must progress — not because we have to work our way into Heaven but because God has more for us than we can handle where we are.
With all of that circling around in my heart and mind, I stumbled across Mary Demuth’s book Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy.
God is about redemption, and he sacrificially gave Jesus to buy us back to life. Because you are worth loving, and his love makes life worth living. ~Mary Demuth, Worth Living
Worth Living: Description from Amazon
In a world of comparison and competition, it’s hard to remember that our true worth lies not in our circumstances, our achievements, or our failures. It doesn’t even lie in how we react to those things. Our worth lies in God’s unending love for us.
With deep compassion, Mary DeMuth dares you to believe that the God who started a good work in you is faithful to bring it to glorious completion. That the God who redeems you also loves you — right now and always — with a beautiful love. That you are a daughter of the King, always welcomed in his presence.
Discover here a future of strength and security, knowing that you are wildly loved and destined to have a great impact on the world around you.
My Thoughts about the Book
You may feel lame in soul and heart, but the truth is that you are loved by the Creator of the universe. ~Mary Demuth, Worth Living
Originally, I suggested this book to my small group of ladies. It sounded good. I assumed I would find something in the pages that would help me, mold me, change my wrong thinking in some area, but I primarily thought several ladies in my group needed its message.
With amazing transparency, Mary Demuth opened her heart and life within the pages of this book and drew me in. More than I once I nodded my head, knowing I’d been in similar circumstances. And more than once, my heart lurched as it related to the mess of emotions and lies swirling in both the author’s head and my own. Even the chapters that I’d start to read thinking, “I don’t have a problem in this area,” soon had me highlighting truth that I did, in fact, need to learn.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
Most daughters of the King I know understand that God loves us deeply. But this book goes deeper, exposing the lies that we struggle with. The author talks about those moments when our words say the right things but our actions prove we believe something else, and she lays out the truth of Scripture without condemnation. She stands beside us, a friend on the battlefield, fighting the same doubts while still encouraging us to step forward in faith. An excellent read, I highly recommend this book to any woman who ever wonders, “Am I enough?”
You are secure. You are beautiful. You are chosen. You are destined for impact. You are worth more than a paycheck. You are a redemptive story. The life worth living can be yours if you dethrone the soul-killing lie that tells you you’re not worthy. ~Mary Demuth, Worth Living
About the Author
Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than thirty books, including The Day I Met Jesus. A sought-after speaker and longtime blogger, she has overcome (through Jesus’s healing) a difficult past to become an authentic example of what it means to live a brand new story. She lives in Texas with her family.
DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book for the purposes of reading with my small group. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”