I Tried Until I Almost Died: Stop Chasing Perfection and Enjoy Your Life  -     By: Sandra McCollom
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I Tried Until I Almost Died: Stop Chasing Perfection and Enjoy Your Life

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Are you worn out from trying to live up to high expectations? Maybe it's time to question whether those lofty standards come from God or the world! In this grace-filled volume, McCollom---daughter of best-selling author Joyce Meyer---shares her transformational journey from anxiety, frustration, and stress to grace, trust, and peace.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1601425775
ISBN-13: 9781601425775

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Publisher's Description

Tired of trying to measure up?
Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.

Many of us believe that in order to please God, we have to be perfect. It’s an easy lie to buy into. In a culture that emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals, we feel driven to do more, achieve more, be more. And we get caught up in the unforgiving treadmill of self-imposed rules, believing that we should, we need to, we must.
The result? Anger, frustration, and anxiety that keep us far away from the life of peace that Jesus promised.
For years, Sandra McCollom lived in this trap. Finally worn out from striving for perfection but constantly feeling like a failure, one day she prayed in desperation, begging God for help. God answered Sandra by setting her on a life-changing journey to discover the riches of His grace.
In I Tried Until I Almost Died, Sandra shares how she left behind her burden of anxiety and fear and shows you how to experience for yourself the freedom of trusting solely in the perfecting power of God’s grace.

Author Bio

Sandra McCollom has a passion to see others enter into the life of rest that Jesus offers. She lives in the St. Louis area with Steve, her husband of more than twenty years, and their twin daughters. Sandra thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading, writing, CrossFit training, and homeschooling her girls. Visit her website at www.SandraMccollom.com.

Editorial Reviews

What People are Saying About I Tried Until I Almost Died:

"We’ve known Sandra McCollom for over half of her life, and she is the real deal—devoted Christian, wife, and mother. In this book, she shares with honesty and openness how she learned to appropriate God’s grace into her life and experience more joy. . . . Sandra’s story helps us lay aside weights and encumbrances in order to be more effective in the challenges of life (Hebrews 12:1). Pondering these pages will remind you that it was for freedom that Christ set us free (Galatians 5:1). Her words will help you break away from unreasonable perfectionism and begin to excel in the mercy and love of God."
- Pastors Jeff and Patsy Perry, St. Louis Family Church (Sandra’s pastors)

"I had the privilege of personally hearing Sandra share her journey of being completely liberated by God’s amazing grace. I am thrilled that you, too, can now hear her story. I have no doubt that you will experience the transformative power of knowing our wonderful Lord Jesus as you see what He has done for Sandra in her own life."
- Joseph Prince international best-selling author of The Power of Right Believing and senior pastor of New Creation Church

 "In this book, Sandra shares her journey of learning to walk daily in God’s grace and live for His pleasure. When we discover what a wonderful, loving Father we have in God, we can experience a life filled with joy and peace. Our loving Father said, ’My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness’ (2 Corinthians 12:9). Whatever your heavy load is today, bring it to the Lord. You are His child, and He delights to care for you. May Sandra’s story inspire you to draw near and trust Him today."
-James and Betty Robison, co-hosts of LIFE Today television

"I love Sandra McCollom and have watched the message of this book literally transform her life. As she has discovered her own belovedness, she now wants to help you discover yours. You will learn that you are already thoroughly loved and approved of by Jesus."
-Christine Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign and best-selling author of Unstoppable.

"Sandra McCollom offers her readers the ultimate encouragement: God does not expect us to be perfect, and His love and grace extend to us right where we are. In a world that so often pushes us to be as close to perfect as we can, this message promising the relaxation and peace of God’s unyielding grace and love cannot be missed! Sandra is truly a great woman of God with something to say. This book is a must-read."
-Tommy Barnett, co-pastor of Phoenix First and founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center

"Rest is a state of being where we maintain peace. Resting in God is complete peace with assurance that we can place our faith in Him. It sounds so simple. Why then do we struggle and take on unneeded anxiety and frustrations? Sandra McCollom’s book is an honest depiction of personal struggles on the matter and victories found."
-Dr. Marilyn Hickey, president and founder of Marilyn Hickey Ministries


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  1. Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Much needed for the perfectionist at heart
    August 11, 2015
    Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I received this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. I didn't realize I had such a "perfectionist" problem until I chose this book to read and review. It helped me understand God's grace, and to know He accepts me just as I am and I do not have to try and "measure up" to what I think will make Him love me more. Actually, it has tremendously helped in my relationship with God ,which I assumed was good, but now it is even better. I can actually rest in His presence now and not worry in His presence as I previously did without even realizing it. I always had an underlying guilt feeling, but now I am much more free and am aware of God's grace and mercy. I really recommend this book to those who struggle with feelings of guilt, condemnation, and feeling like they don't do enough to please, so they try and try and try....
  2. Penn Hills, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Stop Trying...You Can't Do It!
    July 31, 2015
    Karen N Craig
    Penn Hills, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a good book for people who have a tendency of being perfect and controlling. Sandra uses her personal struggle on how to find rest in the power of Gods grace. I think a lot of people would benefit from this book to truly understand Gods grace and how to let go of believing that there is always something they can do to earn His unmerited favor.

    I like how she begins with learning to break from our legalism and not knowing what grace is to learning to live under the grace of God. Sandras sharing of her personal journey can be very helpful to those who feel like they are wearing the same shoes.

    If you are feeling frustrated and stressed out about how to please God, then this book is for you. Remember, the gospel is not about how much we do for God, but about what He has already done for us.

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group
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