Becky's Book Reviews

You're Already Amazing
Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be
By Holley Gerth

It was all Holley’s idea from the start when she said to me (on the back of her book) “Psst…pull up a chair and I’ll tell you a secret.”

So I sat, notepad in hand, ready for a business lunch.  You see I had received a copy of You’re Already Amazing in exchange for an objective review and I was here and ready to get the facts and “just the facts ma’am”. Was it well written? (Yes) Was it engaging? (Yes) Does it apply to the deep heart issues and just regular kind of living issues that we as women have? (Yes and yes)

But it wasn’t long (page 16 in fact) that we (and I quote) “… settle into a quiet corner. Order our favorite drinks. Swap small talk over mochas or tea. Sip by sip we go deeper, until we land at the level of the heart…that place it’s hard to go in the middle of the busy and the broken.”

I put away my notepad, took out my highlighter, and began marking into golden the truths nestled in those words; precious treasures for my heart.

“Most people don’t do what you do, love what you love, feel the kind of passion you feel about that thing…if most people don’t do what you do, and you’re passionately pursing Jesus with your life, then it’s probably not just a human plan. The heartbeat of God is probably somewhere within it.  We need you, just you, to fulfill that purpose, complete that project, bring that gift to the world in a way no one else can. “(page 18)

“Our divinely created strengths (fueled by God’s power) are actually supported by our weakness, because if we were good at everything, we wouldn’t focus on much of anything.” (pg 27)

“God will use you in a lot of different ways throughout your life.” (pg 32)

“The road He’s carved out for you is yours alone.  It’s always the road less traveled because you’re the only one who is ever going to walk it” (pg 79)

“God knows we’re human.  He knows we get worn out. Sometimes He simply says, ‘Take a break, child.’” (pg 84)

“God promises that when you trust Him, He’ll take care of you wherever you are and get you to where He wants you to go.” (pg 98)

This was not some clinical discussion – not a one-sided expert talking to a needy one. This book is a heart to heart with Holley.  Throughout her words of wisdom and ideals she adds (in parentheses, a lot!) her own reactions, doubts, and struggles.  It truly is like having coffee with a good honest friend who has found the most incredible way of living a life of faith and cannot wait to let you in on the secret.