mary's book basket ~ "you're already amazing" by holley gerth

When Revell Publishing published it's list of books that would be available for review in March 2012, I was thrilled to see this selection. Having been a subscriber to (in)courage blog since it's inception, as well as a daily reader of Holley's blog, I knew I was in for a treat. "You're Already Amazing" by Holley Gerth was just the inspirational punch I needed to take a good look at my life, the gifts that God has blessed me with and how I am called to serve given the changing seasons of motherhood.

This book walked me through some stuff that stands in my way everyday, namely FEAR, that rob me of confidence and that feeling of "yes, I can do this". Reading a new chapter each morning felt like I really was sitting across form Holley in a local coffee shop sharing all those deep dark places that rarely see the light. The things you only share with your BFF, then she runs around the table and hugs you telling you "Your already AMAZING so don't sweat it sister!!" I needed that these past few weeks.

The best part of the book was the non-preaching tone. The whole purpose of the book is to be OK with who God made you to be and if your confused about who that is, there are questions and exersises to help clarify the direction God needs you to go.  Some of us lead with our heads and some with our hearts. Holley uses her counseling background along with scripture to support each stumbling block we face as women,  stopping us from becoming the women that God intends us to be. Even at the age of 44 I learned new things about myself and what I may be called to do with my gifts and skills.

This book is a blessing no matter how old you are or where you are in your life journey. Holley reaches through the pages and encourages you to be the woman God meant you to be. That's worth reading again and again!