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Kelly R Smith4 Stars Out Of 5Sick of MeJune 14, 2019Kelly R SmithQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I read a lot of books, and many of them written by Christian women for Christian women. Female authors are applauded for their transparencykeeping it real. In her book, Sick of Me: From Transparency to Transformation, Whitney Capps takes this trend head on helping readers see it's not enough to be transparent. She dives into the importance of sanctification.
This is not a light, fluffy, feel-good kind of book. I read it slowly, taking time to digest the deep truths. I think I would have struggled through it if I were a new believer as a foundation of Bible understanding is assumed/necessary. Sick of Me comes at just the right time in our social media-saturated world. With popular authors tearing down the church and others sending out motivational "I did it and so can you" messages, Capps brings us back to Scripture.
Academy2524 Stars Out Of 5Theologically sound teaching on SanctificationMay 18, 2019Academy252Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sick of Me is a book written to teach us more about a theological term we should all know sanctification. Whitney lays out the reason and definition for sanctification and the role we play in this ongoing process. She lovingly addresses a troubling trend in many Christian books being published recently. Many books published under "christian nonfiction" tend to focus on self and bad theology. We have to have a right focus and stay in God's word to grow in Christ. She uses scripture to show us how complete surrender to Christ's will is truly the way to build a relationship with Him and to become more like Him each day.
The role of sanctification is to set us apart from the world. We are not to look like the world. We are to seek to look more like Christ each day. Whitney does a beautiful job of showing us that living like Christ may not be easy but in the end it brings us real joy in a way the world never could. She shares with us the "why" and then takes a few chapters to lay out the "how" in chapters 6 through 10. Chapter 11 wraps it all up for us to show us that transformation is not only possible but is the best plan for our lives
Helianthus5 Stars Out Of 5Written in a girlfriend's caring voiceMay 3, 2019HelianthusQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had the pleasure of hearing Whitney Capps speak at She Speaks in both 2017 and 2018. I like her speaking style because she has no pretense. Her same self-effacing, yet cheerful and real, voice speaks to us in Sick of Me, a great book about sanctification.
Whitney asserts that many of us have settled into the Christian life rather comfortably. Yet we are dissatisfied, tempted by worldly pleasures, and discouraged with our spiritual progress. She tells us that the only way to overcome these restless feelings is through the pursuit of holiness, otherwise known as sanctification.
I underlined many of Whitney's teachings. She writes in such a friendly style that you truly feel like you are hearing from your favorite girlfriend. Yet she is passionate about God's Word and doesn't mince her words when she needs to offer correction. I respect her for striking the balance between truth and grace in this much-needed book.
If you feel stuck in your journey of spiritual growth, Sick of Me will help you get moving. It's not enough to own the fact that you are stuck and sick of who you are. You must move forward with God's help. Whitney will lead you onward with kindness, understanding and even humor.
I received a preview copy of Sick of Me from B&H Publishers.
Rebekah Hargraves5 Stars Out Of 5Must-REad in Today's Self-Help Culture!May 3, 2019Rebekah HargravesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My first introduction to Whitney Capps' new book "Sick of Me: From Transparency to Transformation" came when I heard her being interviewed on Alli Worthington's podcast. From that moment, I knew I needed to read it! So, you can imagine my excitement when the opportunity arose to receive a complimentary review copy of this book!
I love this book for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the timeliness of its message. We are living in a culture wherein it is increasingly popular whether in secular circles or Christian! to turn to self-help and motivational speakers for the answers, help, advice, and wisdom we seek. This is to be expected in the world, where folks don't believe in the absolute authority of God's Word, but it's shameful when it happens in Christian circles. It's time we wake up to the detrimental nature of the self-help movement, and "Sick of Me" is a fantastic tool to help us do just that!
There are two main themes woven throughout this book, each very important. I would call them "Sanctification vs. Self-Help" and "Transformation vs. Transparency".
First, Whitney expertly, candidly, and boldly shows us the unBiblical nature of the self-help movement and the many ways in which it is hindering our true growth in Christ. Far from producing lasting change as only God's sanctification of us can, the self-help movement is exhausting us more as we believe the lies that we have to hustle, be the hero of our own story, take control of our lives, make our dreams come true, and be the best version of ourselves. I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty overwhelming and stressful to me! I don't want the whole of my world to be on my shoulders, amen?
Second, Whitney points out a new trend happening on social media right now. We have all become so fed up with the perfectly curated highlight reels of people's Instagram feeds (and rightfully so!) that we have per the unfortunate norm swung in the far opposite direction where we emphasize being transparent about how stressed and overwhelmed we are, how we just can't get our acts together, how we haven't showered in a week, haven't had a clean house since the kids came along, and haven't had a moment to ourselves in a month. It's not that these things may not, in fact, be true for some people. Life is hard sometimes, after all. And it's good to be real, open, honest, and vulnerable. But the problem comes when we remain in our slough of despond, as it were (any Pilgrim's Progress fans out there? ), become complacent, lazy, and happy in our struggles, and lash out at anyone who seeks to help us up out of them. This is why transparency is important, yes, but it is ultimately transformation more and more into the image of Christ that we should be after.
For all these reasons and more, I am so grateful to Whitney for penning these words. I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Sick of Me and begin to equip yourself to battle some of the lies found in today's self-help movement. You will be glad you did!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Moonglotexas4 Stars Out Of 5packed with biblical truthApril 9, 2019MoonglotexasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Amidst its darkness, if a story of the kinds and Israel teaches us anything, it's when our hearts turn from God, they always turn toward self."
Thoroughly impressed by Whitney Capps' writing for the First 5 app, I jumped at the opportunity to enjoy an entire book! In my eagerness, I didn't read the back cover description for Sick of Me. Had I read it, I would have realized I wasn't the target market. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, it is packed with Biblical wisdom and well-written.
At the outset, Whitney states the goal of the book "isn't just to help us understand what sanctification is, but maybe as importantly, what it is not." Now, don't be put off by the church-lingo, this is written in a down-to-earth, easy-to-relate-to manner but it achieves it's objective making sanctification understandable in a real-world way.
"New growth rarely happens in old places. When God plucks us up, sets us apart, and transplants us elsewhere, it forces us out of comfort and into change.
Partly said in humour but definitely true, Whitney says "a secondary goal of the book is to rescue verses that have been ripped out of context and slapped on situations that may not be fair." Numerous Bible verses, and stories, are given context and new depth throughout the book. Having spent many hours reading the First 5 app, much of this wasn't new to me but it's worth isn't diminished because of its familiarity! Each point made is substantiated by Biblical truth.
"Scripture is the mirror that God uses to point out the blemishes in my life."
The spiritual journey Whitney takes the reader on is one I took with God years ago as I came to terms with my CRPS. It reminded me of important principles which I had to put into action and the way God teaches you to lean only on Him. This book is particularly relevant to those who are married with children and a part of a church family. It's a four out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale for me.