Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus
Surrendering It All
In her book, Everything, Mary DeMuth writes about letting God transform every part of our lives---our thinking, our hearts, and our hands. We can give it all to Jesus and trust Him with the results. It is, in essence, a book about living the greatest commandment: "Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength."everything
Always vulnerable, always real, always honest, always practical, Mary DeMuth's description of the Everything life can shake up our expectations. It doesn't mean ministry is always successful in the way we define success. It doesn't mean relationships are always smooth and peace always easy. It doesn't mean our plans always work or our past is always perfect. It just means we trust God with every part of our lives and serve Him with whatever He's given to us.
Mary herself talks frequently about how her imperfect childhood has been transformed by God's grace and her time on the mission field of France, far more difficult than she had imagined, was a precious time of yielding everything to God.
Sometimes it was the unexpected twists that kept this book interesting and relevant for me. Her thoughts about writing, for instance, were precious and often missed in our celebrity society: focusing on what God wants her to say rather than pushing and pushing and pushing for success, striving to be noticed and to build a platform.
My favorite portion of the book is actually her discussion of spiritual disciplines because she assumed you knew the basics like Bible reading, church attendance, and prayer, and wrote instead about truly unexpected but absolutely beautiful disciplines we often overlook: Rest, forgiveness, creativity, silence, gratitude and others.
In some ways, the book is about the lessons she has learned in disappointments, "failures," and unexpected life events. It's about not fighting against God, but surrendering it all to Him.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissionâs 16 CFR, Part 255 : âGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.â
January 21, 2013
Really good book!
To me, the goal of every Christian should be to live like Jesus. In the book, Everything, author Mary DeMuth writes about exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him.
I have to warn you, while DeMuth claims that she didnât intend for the book to read as a condemnation or sermon â it kind of does. That doesnât mean that I didnât really enjoy it. I really, really did. Iâve been a fan of hers, for a while now, and I was really excited to read (and review) Everything.
But it was just enough to bring her to a place of surrender, piece by precious piece. In that surrender, she found the freedom of giving everything to God. And through Scripture, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit, she gives it all over again, every day.
In this gentle and challenging book, DeMuth describes the process and the nuances that shape us to be more like Christ. Her words are clear, vulnerable, and thought provoking, and every chapter is infused with Scripture.
Most of all, DeMuth provides personal and practical evidence that there is no greater pursuit than Christ. We must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the Everything He is, the Everything He gives.
Hereâs my review â in bullets:
- The book is very well structured. The way she broke it into three sections makes for a very easy read.
- I really like how DeMuth takes her readers from the head (what we think about God), to the heart (how we feel about God), then to the hands (how weâre going to live out truth).
- As someone who is still a âbabyâ in my faith, Everything was very challenging, thought-provoking and educational. I can imagine that it would make some âhardcore Christiansâ stop and question their faith.
In a nutshell, I really enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it.
Iâll leave you with this quote from DeMuthâs website, ââ¦we must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the Everything He is, the Everything He gives.â
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissionâs 16 CFR, Part 255: âGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.â
December 9, 2012
Challenging and So needed in our spiritual walk
I just finished reading Everything, What you Give and What you Gain to Become Like Jesus, by Mary DeMuth. Let's just suffice it to say, I am speechless and on my knees.
Mary DeMuth speaks from experience when she challenges us to embrace all that God has for us, even in the painful valleys. She calls sin, sin. She takes those Scriptures that so many people tend to throw out to "encourage" you and teaches them from the context of Scripture, many still being able to be a source of help. She very candidly reminds us what God requires of us, but doesn't leave us hanging there. He cares so much about our spiritual life; so much more than our physical.
God moves the DeMuth family to France to minister. This was a very difficult season for Mary as she takes us through what God taught her and how He works through His children. We all struggle our whole lives in the fleshly body to overcome sin, handle the daily pressures, some which tend to take our breath away, and strive to become more like Jesus. This book is one of the best I've read to help women accomplish all of these things.
Little did I know how much I needed this in light of the next month of my life. I love the Lord and so want to be a picture of His grace. I can't go down fighting. I must embrace Him as everything.
December 6, 2012
Wonderful Book for the Holidays!
Wonderful book for the Holidays! Great read to bring you closer to Jesus.
November 26, 2012