1. No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending
    Esther Fleece
    Zondervan / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. HomeschoolingMomma100
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must-read for ALL (Whether Saved or Lost)
    March 2, 2021
    HomeschoolingMomma100
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I didn't even know how much I needed this. This book and the Scriptures that Esther Fleece Allen refers to in here have opened my eyes! I now see God in a whole new, richer, deeper, and personable way than before reading this. We are doing a book study of NMFF in our Bible study at church and it is giving us a way to experience our God-given emotions in a gut-honest manner with God, ourselves, and one another. No more faking, running, suffering-in-silence, and hiding. We can face it ALL -past, present, and future- with God listening to our pain and sadness when life hurts us. Until we learn to stop telling ourselves to "suck it up" and move on, we will never stop telling others to either. In this book, we see how not only does God NEVER tell us to "suck it up" and move on, He meets us right here where we are and He is inviting us to be REAL with Him. Only then will we stop pretending to be fine (when we are actually suffering) and allow God to heal us from the pain we have been trying to avoid for so long.
  2. natasha
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    it's ok to not be ok
    October 26, 2017
    natasha
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This book couldn't have been better timing in a very difficult season, it truly helped me so much. I have recommended it so many times and am so very thankful for Esther's raw open way of sharing her story. She is helping so many by being faithful to God...we are so prone to just tell the world we are ok and hide our wounds. She nails it w/lamenting and how it truly does grow us closer to God. Thank you thank you thank you, Esther Fleece!!
  3. Kris Bush
    Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good, relatable Book
    April 17, 2017
    Kris Bush
    Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    She hits raw parts, the vulnerable parts that I dare not show to the outside world of how things can look fine and not really be fine.

    The book starts off with Esther's life story, helping the reader to get some context for what she states and how raw she really is in sharing that you don't need to fake being ok.

    Esther then goes on to share what lamenting really is. It's giving yourself time to hurt and feel the pain. It's a prayer to God to share the depths of your heart's cry. As author Esther Fleece says, Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.

    When we can be honest with our feelings in prayer, we can get an honest type of comfort from the Holy Spirit, which can then lead to healing and wholeness. And that is more important than the facade we put up to say we're okay when we really aren't.

    I think this is book best read when you're in this place of drowning and faking fine. Because that's when you're best to understand and relate. (my opinion).

    I did receive this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  4. Bethany
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Embracing Your Laments
    March 20, 2017
    Bethany
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We all know the drill. When you get asked how you are doing the common answer is, "I'm fine." Our society has become numb to the feelings of others and a current problem in the church, while not in all churches, is that we don't want to address anyone else's lamenting.

    In No More Faking Fine Esther Fleece embraces the fact that to really move on past certain things in our lives, we must take the time to lament about them. If we don't address them, we can never fully move past and move on. No more shutting down how we feel. It's time to embrace our emotions.

    What I loved about this book is that she encourages the reader to feel how we truly feel. Literally, there is no more faking fine because we all know this is just a facade. Fleece gives you permission to really dig deep into how you really are, how you are really feeling at this point in time. She even talks about the fact that there is a book in the bible titled, Lamentations, but yet we continue to pretend we are ok. We especially have this problem when we are in church because we don't want others to see our flaws and chinks.

    If there is one book I would suggest that every. single. woman reads, it would be No More Faking Fine. Because...let's be honest...women are the ones who have perfected faking fine and almost created an art of it. It's time for that to be done. It's time for us to be who we really are and embrace our real feelings.

    This is the best book I have read so far this year!

    (Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Being honest with God, others, ourselves
    February 7, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Many feel they need to fake feeling fine at church. Fleece says it's time to set aside that performance. She gives us permission to grieve and lament, something often deliberately missing from our Christian life. Rather than hiding our pain, we have permission to feel it all and express it honestly to God through prayer. (41)

    Fleece shares her own story with the aim of encouraging us to be honest in our story too. Being told to suck it up at a young age, she did that and was successful at faking fine. She climbed the corporate ladder. At age 30, however, she walked away from it all and spent two years facing her relationship with God. Having hit rock bottom, she discovered lament. We can lament something in the past to receive healing in the present. (59)

    I am impressed with Fleece's book. She shows that thinking we should have a fine life is really unbiblical. It is an unrealistic expectation that ended up making me feel disengaged from God and disappointed in Him, she writes. (34) God wants to hear about our pain.

    I like Fleece sharing the difficulty of making herself vulnerable to God, being unsure of His thoughts toward her. She thought He might be withholding good things from her. Her honesty is amazing. I've gone through times, she writes, when it seemed as if God's plans were not prospering me at all; in fact, it felt like they were hurting me. (100)

    I highly recommend this book to anyone ready to quite faking it, quit pretending that all is fine. You'll get great encouragement by instruction and by example. I also recommend this book to church leaders. Fleece encourages leaders to make time for lament in church services, noting it is the pathway to real healing.

    Here are a few quotes to give the idea of the depth of Fleece's book.

    When we fake fine, we fake our way out of authentic relationship with God, others, and ourselves. (37)

    The greatest gift that has come from my suffering is a deeper understanding of the character of God and His thoughts toward me. (103)

    Lament gives us the language to name the weight of our own sins and the wounds from others, so we might look to Jesus to transform our hearts. (170)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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