Friday, September 6, 2013

Learning To Be Free

Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist

By Amanda Jenkins 

Change, real change, like real life, is hardly ever easy and almost always messy. The path to transformation can be costly, is rarely efficient, and like most renovations can take a lot longer than estimated. Curious? Just ask Amanda Jenkins’ about her own crazy journey to perfection and what she learned along the way.

If you’re stuck replaying a past filled with personal failures or have too many goals on your to-do-list you might enjoy reading the confessions of an avowed list maker and stat keeper. Ms. Jenkins has found a better path by questioning her own goals and seeking God's advice.

A dozen worthwhile themes are addressed in here (goals need to be both flexible and thoughtful).  The book is divided into chapters (Vanity, Money, Recognition, Pride are a few titles) and is based on her own experiences and journal entries. Written from with a Christian viewpoint (she is the daughter-in-law of multimillionaire and New York Times Best Selling Author Jerry Jenkins ) the book contains page after page of long biblical passages from a number of different translations. While not my favorite approach perhaps some readers will find the answers they are looking for among the different voices.

The final chapter, New Chapter, contains questions for Bible Study groups, book clubs, private reflection and offers real tools to help the active participant embrace growth.


Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for the review copy.

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