Am I Enough? Book Review + Other Thoughts
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Have you ever been reading a book and then felt the overwhelming feeling to do something? This is something that has happened to me several times, I’ll be reading and then I’ll be inspired to work on my novel or reach out to someone. This happened during the very first chapter of Am I Enough? As I was reading I kept thinking about this blog and what I wanted to do with it.
When I saw Am I Enough on NetGalley I knew that I wanted to request it. I’d seen the book floating around on Instagram and I followed the author. This book seemed right up my alley because I love Christian non-fiction books. There’s just something about them that always lifts my faith and helps me grow as a person. Am I Enough was no different. Am I Enough goes through 10 different lies that we as women often believe and then talks about the actual truths that we should believe instead.
The Lies Talked about in Am I Enough?
- You are beautiful because a guy told you so.
- Love must be earned
- Forget your past
- When you don’t look ‘presentable,’ hide.
- Numbers are the judge of beauty
- God just wants to be your friend
- Strong women cry only in the bathroom
- Nicholas Sparks writes the best love stories
- Prayer is for when you need help
- You will never be enough
Each of these lies/sections was delved into even more and I loved it. I won’t talk much about what Grace talks about in her book (just go pick it up for yourself if you believe any of these lies) But I really loved Am I Enough.
The main message of this book is debunking the lies we’ve believed all of our lives about the things that we believe hold our worth.
It’s not true. Our worth comes from God. No person or thing on earth can change our worth, even though it feels like they can at times. This book was a huge reminder to me of where we should be looking to find true love and support. That the likes and follows and subscribers really don’t matter in the long run. And instead we should make God our focus and remember that our worth comes from Him, and IT NEVER CHANGES. We are enough for God. We will fall short when it comes to other people, they will fall short for us too. But, it doesn’t matter, because in the end, we are enough for God. We are enough in our lives.
As I was reading Am I Enough I felt strongly about starting this blog.
Well actually, it started as just my Instagram account, but even as I started that I KNEW that I’d be blogging about my journey as I started to focus on building my faith and helping those around me strengthen their faith. I’ve been blogging for a long time, and I honestly truly love it. But each time I’ve blogged, I have felt like something was missing. Like I wasn’t blogging for the right reasons, or about the right things.
As I’ve been writing posts and thinking and pondering about what I want to be sharing here on The Faith Project, I’ve felt an overwhelming sense of peace. This is what I need to be writing about right now. And I will be guided as I share the thoughts of my heart and mind. I am so grateful that I picked up Am I Enough? and that as I read it I felt inspired to take the leap and start this project that I’ve been thinking about for so long now.
There are still days when I wonder “am I enough?” in my marriage, in my family, in motherhood, as a writer… that question can come up in so many different areas. But I am learning that I am enough. I do have worth and it comes from God. Knowing that makes it easier to stop asking that question because I do know that I am enough with God.
Young women today are constantly told they are not enough for this world—not pretty enough, not smart enough, not exciting enough, not spiritual enough, and just plain not good enough. The barrage is constant. The consequences are real. The damage often feels permanent.
As a young woman herself, Grace Valentine has felt the pressure of trying to survive in a toxic culture, let alone thrive. But she’s had enough. With an engaging combination of honesty and humor, Grace uses her story to confront the lies the world tells us every day—lies such as:
You are beautiful because a guy told you so,
Love must be earned,
You should forget your past,
You will never be enough, and more.
Am I Enough? is a line in the sand. It’s a declaration that we will never be enough for this world because we were not created for this world. Instead, Grace reminds us that we were created by Someone better for something better. We can choose the One who has chosen us—the One who says: “You are enough for Me, My child. Come as you are.”
Am I Enough? By Grace Valentine
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Nonfiction
Source: Via NetGalley
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