Throughout our lives we might do things of which we are not proud. Hard as we might try, our lives are not perfect. In our culture, especially within the church, there has been a tendency to try and cover up the messiness of life. We want to portray ourselves as perfect to people. We want them to think that we have it all together. We find our own messiness shameful and act like it doesn’t exist.
The great news is that God loves us despite our mess. It is not something that we have to hide because God loves us entirely through it and in spite of it. This is what Kim Crandall shares in her book Beloved Mess. Her book takes you on a journey of recognizing and accepting our own messiness. Crandall shares her own story to help readers look into themselves and be honest. Then she shows how sin is wrapped up in our messiness, and how the law exposes that. This leads us to the great news of the gospel, that through Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. We will not be submitted to judgement.
Crandall is never judging about people’s lives. Instead, she constantly reminds people that they are beloved, and how that changes everything about how we live. To help her readers in delving deeper through each of the chapters, she ends them with some questions for reflection. This book is an enjoyable, quick, and insightful read.
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