5 Stars Out Of 5
Overcoming our "Serial Sins"
April 4, 2014
Back cover: "Through captivating stories, edgy humor, and shocking confessions, Ginger Hubbard drops the act and gets real in this brutally honest look at the seldom admitted, rarely talked about sins of the heart. Removing her 'good Christian' mask, Ginger opens the dark chapters of her heart in order to share about the glorious Grace of God toward repentant sinners. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready for a deeper, more authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what real Christianity is all about."
There are seven confessions or chapters (whichever way you want to think about it) in this 120-page book. I don't believe there is anyone who does not struggle to a certain extent with these seven "serial sins": being critical, proud, controlling, impatient, miserly, selfish, and being overly religious.
Ms. Hubbard's introduction on pages 11-13 sets the tone and explains the purpose for this book.
"In reading some of my confessions, you may find me unlikable at times. But I will not sugarcoat the wickedness of my heart. When sin rears its head, there is nothing likable about it. It's ugly, dark, shocking, and offensive, especially when we are willing to search our hearts and be fully honest about what is there. I hope that an honest, transparent revelation of what sin looks like will provoke deep thought and self-evaluation in the hearts of my readers. The Bible states, 'Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy' (Proverbs 28:13)."
The author, Ginger Hubbard, in frank transparency, shares some of her life experiences and stories with her readers that will resonate with many of us. They were certainly easy for me to relate to. Some of these stories are downright hilarious; it wasn't unusual for me to laugh with tears spilling over. However, Ms. Hubbard makes it clear that while we can laugh at the ridiculous way sin manifests itself in us, and with the laughter commiserate together the sad truth that we hold so many of these problems in common, sin is no laughing matter. "The things that God sent His Son to die for are not funny." Yet humor is a useful way for us to relieve the tension we usually experience once we start digging around in our hearts, rooting out sinful tendencies.
So the purpose of this book can be stated this way, "Through searching comes revelation, which leads to confession, which leads to repentance, which leads to forgiveness, which leads to sanctification, which leads to a deeper, more real relationship with God." And I, for one, want a deeper relationship with God.
Each chapter begins with the often humorous ways that chapter's focal point "serial sin" has manifested itself in the author's life. In stark contrast, Ms. Hubbard points out just how different Jesus, the Savior of the world, is from those of us who are "serial sinners." In the final segment, each chapter teaches us how to allow God's grace to work outward through us in spite of our natural bent to do and say the wrong things. There are study and discussion questions for each chapter in the index at the end of the book, appropriate for personal Bible study or group study. You can simply read through this book or take time to dig into it deeply, although I would recommend it as a Bible study in your personal devotions.
The author's storytelling skills make this book fun to read. Her teaching ability creates a painless path for readers to apply the truth of God's Word to our lives. Her wit and wisdom makes these truths simple for us to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and highly recommend this for both personal Bible study or a women's Bible study group.
More about the author: "Ginger Hubbard, author of Don't Make Me Count to Three! and Wise Words for Moms, is the founder of Preparing the Way Ministries for which she speaks at women's events and parenting conferences Across the country."
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC)on behalf of Shepherd Press. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."