Welcome to my first book review! Sorry for missing last week, technical difficulties derailed my posting, but now I’m back! I am planning on this being a regular part of the blog and posting one on the third Monday of the month. I’m praying for perseverance for that, and in that vein, my first book review was about a book that has helped me understand how to keep going when I feel like giving up.
Author: Nicki Koziarz
I wanted this book to be my first review for a couple reasons, the first being that it is incredibly encouraging so it really fits the goal of this blog, but another is that I love the way Nicki writes. She does a good job of mixing in her personal stories to reinforce the biblical lessons the book teaches while also being very relatable. With that as a background, let’s dive into the review!
About the Book:
This book was written from 5 lessons that Nicki learned from studying the book of Ruth while she was in her own words “on a mission to reverse the effects of quitting in [her] life.” The book alternates between personal stories and breaking down the book of Ruth to see how she was a dependable woman. This lens allows the book to be not only biblically sound but to connect with readers in today’s culture. Structurally the book is broken down into 10 chapters, 2 for each of the habits that are espoused in the book. At the end of each chapter is a “Make It Stick” section which summarizes the major points for that chapter followed by a “To Be Honest” section which contains questions to challenge the reader to examine themselves further or to share in a small group setting. I found both of these to very helpful as teaching tools as I am having to teach these lessons to myself over and over again.
Enkouragements and Highlights:
I enjoyed this book a lot, and I want to share some of my favorite insights and pieces that can encourage you today:
“When the quiet quitter starts to rise in you, remember this: nothing and no one can threaten your purpose in God. The game’s not over; it’s just running into a little overtime.”
This was incredibly uplifting to realize! I’ve fought myself so many times with accusations that somehow God’s purpose for my life was unattainable and that I had missed too many opportunities that my time was out and anything I did now would be too little too late.
“Feelings fog our focus. Hope filters failure.”
Another key point that really resonated me was the focus on how to find hope in devastating and dry seasons in our lives. The thoughts in my head often directly contradict what I believe God’s will for my life is and but it’s possible to fight those moments by remembering the hope I have in Christ and following this list given in the book:
- Recognize we can’t control the things that happen to us, but we always can control our reaction.
- Appreciate what you have
- Give it time
“God is not a puppet master controlling our every move. The decision to stay with Him through our thoughts, words, and actions will always be ours.”
This reminded me of the fact that even when I feel like things are hopeless that I can follow God one little step at a time. I love the fact that God loves us enough to give us the choice to follow him and even though my momentary feelings are telling me to quit that I can be obedient in the smallest ways and that those actions will be rewarded.
Why should you read this book:
This book is excellent for anyone with a busy schedule or just wants a quick read. I found it to be a great book to read a chapter a night as they average about 20 pages each or if you are seriously stressed for time, a section a week is still easily doable. This book is for women who get easily discouraged and are looking for biblical insight and practical methods for how to persevere. I would also recommend this book for group reading to gain the additional insights that your fellow women can provide.
I highly recommend this book, and I feel like it has spurred a lot of growth in my life. I no longer feel like being dependable is out of my grasp and that I quit things less than I used to. I’m a big fan of the author and am actually beginning to read her most recent book: Why, Her: 6 Truths We Need to Hear When Measuring Up Leaves Us Falling Behind which deals with the idol of comparison.
This book was bought by me out of interest in the subject, the links to buy the book may be affiliate links, which you can read more about on my disclaimer page.
Please let me know what you thought about this review! Also if you’ve read the book what really connected with you about it? What did you wish I had included in the review?