Move On: When Mercy Meets Your Mess
Author: Vicki Courtney
Genre: Christian Life/Women’s Issues
Publisher: W Publishing Group
Publication Date: 8/5/14
You can say good-bye to the person you’ve been pretending to be!
Life is often messy. God makes provision to help us move beyond our messes.
Oftentimes our first instincts are to hide, deny, ignore, or run. In Move On best-selling author Vicki Courtney helps readers come clean with their muddy messes, revealing the deeper issues they must face, including:
- the need for approval
- struggles and broken dreams
- Christian snobbery
It is in the middle of our messes, Vicki says, that Mercy shows up and offers us a safe place to process our struggles, imperfections, doubts, and fears. Once we face our messes, God, with his sweet mercy, can help us to get real, deal, and truly move on. Then with Mercy by our side, we are able to break free and experience the grace and freedom God intends.
The author started the book by telling readers about her son, and how he shared some “bombshell news”. She was quick to say that we’re “all a mess” though, no matter what kind of news we’re sharing, or what’s happening in our lives. That’s the beauty of God’s mercy – it’s available to ALL of us, no matter what we’ve done, or what messes we get into. She tells us that “this book is for those of us who are weary of hiding and pretending. It’s about finding the courage to come clean about the messes we are.”
I feel like a lot of women would get so much by reading Move On.
We Christians need to admit our brokeness and our messes more often because when we get down to it, our brokenness comes from our messes. We can ever lay it at the feet of Jesus
or we can wallow in the shame that comes from our mess. She touches on Christian legalism, shame and guilt, coveting attention and wanting more ‘likes’ on Facebook
. Ultimately, she manages to strike that difficult balance between knowing we need grace and yet still being called to become more like Christ
Each chapter ended with a section called “Coming Clean”, a page of questions for personal reflection. They would also be really great for discussion with a study group or book club
, but they’re questions that really make you think about how you can apply the things you’ve learned as you’ve read through the book.
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