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Wonderfully written! Life changing!!
April 27, 2012
Kelly writes in an easy to way, you feel like your bff is talking to you! Funny and convicting. We used "The Fitting Room" in our bible study. We all loved it and have grown closer as a group and definitely closer to God! Some major ah-ha moments! You will become more beautiful when you put on the character of Christ in the "fitting room!". A must read!
The Fitting Room teaches us about Putting On The Character Of Christ. The book is based on Colossians 3:12 that says "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience".
Kelly Minter uses the analogy of fashion as a way of relating how we wear the 'virtues'... but she is quick to point out that "The Christian virtues are not something we can slap on ourselves like cutout paper dolls. They come as a result of heart change that is accomplished through the supernatural love of Jesus."
I thought this was a great book, well written in a personal way. I could relate to much of what Kelly was sharing... because I have experienced it myself. She points out how our we become focused more on managing our behavior rather than promoting inward transformation.
After the first few pages, I was hooked. When she says that we can never separate the qualities of God from God Himself, I felt the conviction. She talks of how we view godly character as something we can obtain if we just try harder. Oh... how often I've been there! The way we tell ourselves that we'll do better next time, be more patient, hold our tongue, or just use the virtues at will... as if it's something we can do on our own.
So much to learn in this book... I think it could be used in a small group as well. Kelly Minter makes it easy to read and enjoyable as well. I think you'll enjoy it.
*I received this book for free from The B&B Media Group for my honest review.
As little girls, it's fun to play "dress-up" and with "paper dolls." As women, getting fitted for a prom dress, bridesmaid gown, or even a bridal gown. Kelly Minter, in her book, The Fitting Room, has provided a means for a spiritual makeover, one that lasts for eternity, by putting on the character of Christ.
Kelly's book has a down-to-earth feel to it, but she's truly concerned about our spiritual growth. She feels like a friend sitting next to you and sharing spiritual truths while being transparent with her own walk with the Lord. She doesn't claim to have all the answers, but she has a way of getting her points across that are easy to understand and peppered with her wit.
The power to walk this life is given by the Holy Spirit and God's holiness when by faith in Christ we are we are chosen by God. We are graciously chosen, loved by the Father, and called to live a holy life by putting off the old sinful nature.
The specific virtues that Kelly discusses are the following:
Forgiveness, part 1 and part 2-The perfect storm; Yes, you really can
Peace, part 1 and part 2-Not as the world gives; A soul at rest
Kindness-And then came the rains
Humility-Everything must die (to rise again)
Compassion-When the crowds keep marching by
Patience-More than a disposition
Joy-The crowning virtue
I was amazed at the wisdom set forth by Kelly in regards to these virtues. Yes, the wisdom comes from God, but He used Kelly to crack open the meanings in a very personal way. Again, she's very transparent with her own life, which makes the book that much more meaningful and encouraging.
If you want to truly change and learn to put on the character of Christ, this is a great book to study. Kelly explains how to take off the negative traits and emotional entanglements we grew up with. But remember, it's a process, not a one-step rule and everything's fine. God will work in you to produce His character in you if you are open for change. Great for personal or group studies.
The cover of her book will bring back memories of childhood paper dolls and getting fitted for a gown. Kelly's book goes deeper and is a necessary part of our lives.
This book was provided by Karen Davis at The B & B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Review: The Fitting Room - Kelly Minter - April 2011
" Therefore as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" - Colossians 3v12."
Are you wanting a book that speaks directly to you as a female , wanting an author that isn't long-winded and goes on and on trying to explain things.
If so, look no further as The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter is the perfect read for all those females and males if it does draw your attention to putting on the clothes of the Character of Christ.
Each chapter of the book is split up into the characteristics of Christ from Virtues , to peace to Compassion and Joy.
What I loved about how Kelly wrote the book , is that it's all good and well reading a Christian non-fiction book that tells us how to act , but what good is it if we can't relate it to our modern everyday lives of hanging out with friends, working etc.
Each chapter focuses as I said above on a particular characteristic and within that chapter includes an ancedote/ a little tale relating to an everyday life situation like a Video shoot or we can translate it into getting our photo taken at a portrait parlour. Then it moves on to the Christianity Biblical view with a handful of bible verses for you to think about , that relate to the chapter.
At the end of the book is a section titled "Discussion Questions" which include for each chapter a list of questions for you to answer then think back and reflect on.
If you are looking for a Spirtual Makeover , then head on down to your local Christian Bookshop and pick up your how-to guide to looking beautiful with Christ....
Struggling with self-image? Have you ever wondered what true beauty is? Tired of trying to meet the world's standards of beauty? When you look in the mirror what do you see?
Come learn how God sees you and become the image bearer of the Great Designer. Be clothed in His glory and beauty. Become the woman you have always wanted to be - stunning, beautiful, breath-taking, lovely! Throw out that old wardrobe and exchange it for a heavenly one!
Based on Colossians 2 Kelly Minter encourages readers to clothe themselves in Godly things. Her casual and authentic writing style makes the reader feel as if they are sitting with an old friend. I believe this book would be excellent for a small group bible study. All women struggle with some form of insecurity (though some hid it very well behind a mask of perfection). In the fourteen chapters of this book Kelly addresses the many lies of this world that have convinced us that we must look, dress, and act a certain way to be accepted. Kelly replaces those lies with the Word of God and teaches ladies that we to must clothe ourselves in God's Word.
I highly recommend this book for all women.
Thank you B&B Communications for this review copy.