Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Musings - Move On book review

When I chose my latest (free in exchange for an honest review) book from Booklook Bloggers, I figured it would be a quick read because it really didn't pertain to me right now. The book, Move On: When Mercy Meets Your Mess by Vicki Courtney, is about processing our struggles, imperfections, doubts, and fears. It also addresses issues like the need for approval, shame, legalism, Christian snobbery and idols. I feel very comfortable in my life right now and figured this book might contain information that would be useful in the future as I minister to women and/or possibly write another ladies' retreat.


However, I found that the book spoke directly to me and caused me to question my fears of sharing about my past sins (we all have them, right!), my tendency toward legalistic thinking, and my need for approval. I found myself nodding my head in agreement as the author shared her own struggles with these issues while striving to break free and experience the grace and freedom God intends for each of us. I highly recommend this book!

Here are a few thought provoking quotes from the book:

We as believers cannot be effective in offering others hope and forgiveness when we're not living in the light of that hope.

I know the truth - I know that I am supposed to perform for an audience of One. . . But my eyes are often on the wrong audience.

If we're not performing for the sole goal of bringing glory to God, no amount of applause, pats on the back, Facebook friends, or Twitter followers will quell the silent ache in our souls for something more.

I was thrilled to discover that there is a video-based Bible study curriculum that goes along with this book, and I've added it to the list of studies that I want to lead when God opens that door of opportunity.

Have you ever picked up a motivational or self-help book thinking the information might help you minister to someone else, but instead found out that it spoke directly to you?

4 comments:

Barbara Eads said...

I don't read too many self-help books, but based on your review, I'm adding this one to my list!

Ellyn said...

oh yes, happens to me all the time. I'm adding this to my list too (unless you want to share?). My latest read, Let's all be brave, by Annie F Downs is an example of this happening to me

Susanne said...

This one sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Fiona Kennedy said...

This one sounds interesting, like the quotes from it.