Every once in awhile a book comes along that you feel is written just for you. You wonder if the author has been spying on your heart as their words address issues you have been dealing with for a lifetime.
You’re Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth is that kind of book. It’s not just written for this Tightly Wound Woman, but for all of us recovering perfectionists who struggle to meet the unrealistic expectations that we put upon ourselves and others.
The tagline for this book is “Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect.” I don’t know about you, but that phrase makes me feel lighter and hopeful already.
When we strive to be “good enough” for everyone we often walk into a trap that holds up back from authentic grace-filled living.
Here are a few of my favorites (although it was hard to narrow them down):
-God began relentlessly pursuing my heart in that in-between place between law and grace (pg. 16).
-What makes us so willing to give up the wide-open spaces of grace? (pg. 18)
-I think at the root of every desire for perfection is simply this: fear. The way we battle fear as
humans is through control. And being perfect is the ultimate expression of control (pg. 19).
-…we believe we have to perform perfectly to be loved… (pg 24).
-We can carry less when we become convinced we’re cared for more than we can even imagine (pg.
-Soon our friendships aren’t about growing connections but rather avoiding rejection (pg 65).
If any of these statements resonate you really should read this book!
My friend Kristin is hosting an online book club about it. So head on over and check it out.
You’re Loved No Matter What is something that I am holding close, not just the book but its message, because I need to hear it so desperately. I have been striving and driving and running out of gas for far too long.
It’s a new day and I want to be well. I want Jesus to teach me how to live free and to rest in His perfection and not in my frantic attempts to be “perfect” apart from Him.
If I could give a #TightlyWoundWoman Community award, this book would get it. It is a powerful tool for those who need to unwind in order to live free.
Let me know if you pick up a copy. I’d love to hear what you learn through it!
Growing in Grace,
*I received this book for free through the Revell Reads program in exchange for an honest review.