Life is messy. We are far from perfect, despite our attempts to show the world otherwise. Sometimes we let our fears and insecurities get the better of us. In a world insistent on pegging labels on everyone, we might struggle with our identity. Sometimes instead of taking risks for the amazing we are content with an average life because it would be safe. These are things that show we are not trusting or living with full faith in God.
In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For Sharon Jaynes seeks to guide the reader towards a stronger and more fulfilling faith, through relinquishing their insecurities and putting full trust in God, thereby becoming more fully the person God created them to be. Jaynes takes the reader on a journey to explore their own faith and ideas of self. She strengthens the reader by using scripture to show the promises of God and our own roles in the biblical story. Personal narrative also play a big part throughout her book to help enforce ideas and perhaps get the reader thinking more. I greatly appreciated many of these stories, because they give the reader a more intimate experience, something to relate to, rather than mere guidelines.
She begins by helping us to question beliefs about ourselves. Are the adjectives we use negative? Are we letting ourselves be defined by our pasts and hurts? These are some of the questions she will raise before asking you to relinquish them. To let God work through you and to accept the forgiveness you were graciously given. The book covers a range of topics that might be holding you back from embracing your faith to live with confidence and full of God’s love. There is even a Bible Study guide at the books end that correspond to each chapter to help the reader delve more deeply into understanding God’s word and plan for themselves.
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