Rashawn CopelandBaker Books / 2020 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$12.995 out of 5 stars for Start Where You Are: How God Meets You in Your Mess, Loves You Through It, and Leads You Out of It. View reviews of this product. 8 Reviews
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Examine This Moment5 Stars Out Of 5Start Where You AreJanuary 11, 2021Examine This MomentQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Start Where You Are is sincerely an excellent book. You want to keep reading through Rashawn Copelands story. It is written very well and has so many true heart provoking moments. You recognize where you may find yourself, God is there to meet you, love you and lead you all the way too. I definitely recommend this book. Be prepared to self-examine your life. Everything changes when you allow God to come into your life. I had to underline, star and fold pages that stood out to me personally as to go back again in order to re-read and have more time just to consider.
Denise Lee Branco5 Stars Out Of 5Admirable Vulnerability & Inspiration!January 6, 2021Denise Lee BrancoRashawn Copeland has a way of translating complex biblical verses into practical stories readers wherever they are in their faith journey can easily understand, retain, and cultivate. Start Where You Are has truly helped me learn more and grow in my own walk with God, and I'm sure it will for you. Start Where You Are by Rashawn Copeland will help people of all ages and situations around the world because of your willingness to be open and write about every aspect of your life. Thank you for your bravery!
Carol5 Stars Out Of 5Start Where You AreJanuary 5, 2021CarolA GREAT BOOK!!! Very Informative, Straightforward, Helpful, and Thought-Provoking!! Start Where You Are is an Inspiring Book for Those Exploring Faith and Those Who Do Believe! This book lays out the blueprint to Guide and Encourage a person thru his/her current situation (mess) with God's Help.
Rashawn Copeland allows himself to be vulnerable by using many personal experiences in order to Bless, Help, Encourage, and Strengthen his readers and guide them to become Better and Stronger individuals. It offers Useful Tools to Grow and Feedback when we stumble. Start Where You Are Blessed and Encouraged my Soul. I Highly Recommend it!!
Thank you for writing it, Rashawn! You Serve God and Others Very Well! God Bless You!
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5If you think your life is too messy for God to love and use youDecember 15, 2020bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Copeland was anticipating a career in the NFL when getting shot by a gang member shattered his dreams. Falling into despair and contemplating suicide, he was brought to salvation by the social media post of a friend, a Christian. He encourages us to know that God loves us in our messiness. God invites us up to new life, in to commune with Him, and out to share His love.
Copeland shares wisdom he has learned from his experiences. Don't follow your heart, he writes. Follow God's desire for your heart, reminding us of Prov. 19:21, that man plans what's in his heart but it is God's purposes that prevail. Another good lesson from his experiences is that in our faith walk we will always have questions. Every biblical character who knew, loved and obeyed God, Copeland writes, had questions. Some received answers but some did not. We must trust God because we will never have all the answers.
He also provides some wise suggestions for life, such as, "Yield to the Holy Spirit before you yell at a person." (75) Yes, there is righteous anger but there is also the command to turn the other cheek. Direction from the Spirit is needed before one acts. And my favorite, "Self control is not about managing ourselves but allowing God to manage us." (115) Wow. That made me stop and think for quite a while.
Copeland includes a good section at the end of each chapter to help incorporate that chapter's truth. He includes a statement to think about, a suggestion for prayer, and a practical suggestion to live out the truth. Copeland's writing style is great. He uses good stories to illustrate his teaching.
I really appreciate the teaching in this encouraging book. It's a good one for Christians who think they are so messed up God does not love them and will not use them. "God doesn't look for perfection," Copeland writes, "only a willingness to follow Him." (102) I highly recommend this book.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Chanelle5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!December 1, 2020ChanelleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Start Where You are is a must read. Whether you are a a new believer, a non-believer, or someone who has believed all of your life, you will relate to this book. I love the transparency and use of personal stories. The book is so well written, easy to follow and hard to put down. The rawness of it matched with the practical tips make me want to read it for a second time! I definitely recommend Start Where You are to everyone!