This book inspires and encourages you right where you are to say Yes to what god is asking you to do. Kristen tells her story of how she came to her Yes and what God has done through her. She is open and honest bout the ups and downs along the way. At the end of each chapter, she asks questions that help the reader reflect. Buy this book, you won't regret it. But honestly, you should buy two because this is a book you'll want to share!
This book wrecked me in the best possible ways. When the book came I was in the midst my yes- well this one. I was planning and packing for a three month mission trip to Zambia, Africa with my husband and five year old daughter. I've followed Kristen's blog for years and "know" the story of Mercy House Kenya. In reading Kristin's story I feel like I lived it with her. From ministry, motherhood, marriage, and everything in between. The words resonated with me. It's a beautiful story of how Jesus is changing the world. Don't say no to God based on your circumstances! Say yes right there in your mess! Philippians 4:13. I can't wait to see how God continues this story! It's powerful stuff! Pray for your yes (even in the everyday) and follow hard after it. You're not alone in that.
Rhinestone Jesus, written by Kristen Welch, shares the story of what the Lord has done with one ordinary woman's "yes" and how He brought about the extraordinary work of a maternity home in Kenya. This book is about to hit store shelves, and you will want it. Ever since I finished reading it, I've been contemplating its message. This idea of being willing to say "yes" to Jesus, no matter what that means. In the big, in the small, and in the not so pretty. You see, I'm just an ordinary mama, with no major ministries going on or maternity homes across the ocean that I'm trying to build, and that means I could easily dismiss Kristen's story in this book because it's not mine.
But I'd be missing the point of the entire book. You see, no matter where we are in life, we are being called. Called to offer our "yes" to a Father who knows what is best for His children when we don't have a clue what tomorrow may bring. And that's a really scary thing sometimes. Kristen's "down to earth", honest voice throughout the book will help take away those fears, and encourage you that it's God who is waiting to do the work, and He will do it in ways we can't even imagine if we are just willing to offer Him our "yes."
Much easier said than done, isn't it? That's why I needed this book, and I believe every other woman does too. I am one weak woman, fully dependent on the Lord and always needing to rely on His grace and strength to help me in my mess each and every day. But when you read someone else's story of saying "yes" and it's presented as beautifully as Kristen's, doesn't it make you long to say "yes" more often? And don't you feel a little braver when you know that others around you have been willing to say "yes" too?
I've followed Kristen's blog, "We are THAT Family", for years and was so excited when she announced the upcoming release of her latest book, "Rhinestone Jesus". As a member of her launch team, I received a complimentary copy and was able to read this amazing book before the official release, and I was so enthralled with its contents that I finished in no time at all. Kristen encourages us to live courageous, messy, bold lives for Christ and to be open to stretch our faith by being willing to say yes to God.
Kristen and her husband, Terrell, are so transparent in writing about the struggles they faced in their marriage and throughout the process of starting and continuing to run Mercy House, a maternity home in Kenya. She truly speaks what she feels God is calling her to share with her readers...
There is so much encouragement contained in the fourteen chapters and one of my favorite quotes is on page 152: "The bad in our lives gives God ample room to show up and prove His goodness. He doesn't promise we won't have hardships; He promises us we won't be alone in them."
I'm reading Rhinestone Jesus as part of Kristen's launch team, and I haven't been this excited to share my thoughts on a book in a long time. As Kristen shares her story, she allows us a glimpse into her life---the good, the bad, and the ugly. Along the way, she encourages us to turn to God and to make our own families a priority so that we can see what God has planned for us and what our own YES will look like. We may not start a non-profit overseas, but God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us and for our families. As we choose to live counterculturally and to look to Him for direction and guidance, He will show us the way.
Be sure to read with tissues in hand! I have cried almost every time I have picked up this book, and I have prayed all the way through, as I read. I want to know God more deeply and to see what His absolute best is for me and for my family. I am excited to see what He has in store for us as we pursue authentic faith accompanied by action.
If you're interested in seeing what authentic faith looks like in the lives of one average American family and how God can turn ordinary into extraordinary, and if you want to be challenged to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ and to surrender everything to Him once and for all, then read this book!