Reading "Becoming Myself" is like having coffee with a dear friend who understands you and loves you anyway! Stasi has an amazing way of helping us see ourselves as God sees us, flaws and all! She then brings us to a place where we can begin to understand that God already knows how messed up we all are. He understands our hurts and wants us to turn to Him for help navigating through all the mess! And when we do? WOW! That's were the healing begins! And it is liberating!
This book was highly recommended to me by some amazing women of faith that I deeply respect. I was eager to jump in and read it because I have heard such incredible things about Stasi and John Eldredge's ministry called Ransomed Hearts and the conferences that they conduct. I soon realized that I am probably not the right audience for this book. Much of the book focuses on how to overcome past hurts from your childhood, poor self image and insecurities. I was blessed to have a wonderful set of parents and a good upbringing which provided me the opportunity for a good foundation that did not set up a lot of emotional scars that needed healing. But, the overall purpose of the book is about changing the things that you don't like about yourself_that don't line up with the Word of God and how He sees you_..to becoming the woman that He intends you to be. With that context, I think everyone can find something in this book that is relevant for them.
My absolute favorite part of the book is the Daily Prayer at the end. It is a powerful representation of what to pray and how to pray it. You can also find it on their ministry website under the tab called "Prayer".
I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
For several reasons, Becoming Myself, was an amazing book to read. It was filled with so many encouraging words and insightful thoughts on living the life of a Woman-Created-By-God. (That's you, by the way).
Her passion is to speak into the lives of women -- who have asked themselves these questions. Is change really possible? Is there something better than this? Will I ever feel whole? Who am I really? Am I beautiful? Acceptable? Worthy? Can I truly find freedom?
Stasi has a gentle yet convicting way of speaking into the hearts of women in her new book. She is honest and transparent as she guides you through so the many variables, facets and angles that make you ... you. I warmed quickly to her words.
I need to point out that this is not a weekend read. It was difficult for me to absorb it as a book reviewer on a deadline. Instead Stasi's book would be better taken slow and unhindered. There were many places I felt her words convict my heart and want to dig down deeper- but I couldn't. There were many places when the flow of emotions would not allow me to continue reading- but I had to.
Let me encourage you to grab a hold of this book if you are wondering about, seeking after healing or change in your life. Stasi says, "the very fact that we long for the change is a sign that we are meant to have it." So get the book, read it slow and patiently and watch God unveil the true you - the one He envisioned, dreamed of and then created.
A study guide is also available for purchase & great for small groups & bible studies.
Book has been provided courtesy of David C. Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller.