stepping down with Everything…

As I promised yesterday… here’s my review of
Everything: What You Give and What You Gain To Become Like Jesus
by Mary DeMuth.

Honestly, I feel very inadequate reviewing this book. I’ve written several book reviews and I don’t know how to review this one. I’m still working through it… being changed by God in ways I never anticipated. Here are a few thoughts of the journey….

I asked myself, why is it that some people can know
Jesus for forty years and be stingy and untransformed?
Why is it that others can exude Jesus four months after shaking hands with Him?

The answer? It has to do with what those people do with everything.
They either hoard their “everything” as a means to coddle
and control their lives, or they joyfully relinquish everything to Jesus.
And when that second group gives up everything,
they gain Jesus, who is our everything.
(Everything preface, p. xv-xvi)

…thus began Jesus’ work in my heart over the past few months. He took Mary’s words and spoke them directly to me. He settled in… moving and shaking… Mary’s words resonating deep… drawing to light things that I’ve buried.

In this book, Mary examines three areas of our lives… our heads, our hearts, and our hands. Thankfully she gives bite-sized pieces to ponder. And, in my case, to question…

Section One: Head–What We Think

… am I astonished by God or have I grown complacent?
… do I live the gospel~that six-letter word that changed everything?
… do I vow to do it myself rather than surrender to Him?
… have I let people grow bigger than God in my life?
… when will I surrender the mighty monster of worry?
… do I let embrace the lessons and pain that lead to resilience?

Section Two: Heart–Who We Are

… do I live in the moment rather than the past or future?
… will I forsake control, that seven letter word that demolishes everything?
… am I willing to allow the Holy Spirit to fill me with a holy inebriation?
… will I chose to heal even though healing brings about its own kind of pain?
… when will I lean into brokenness?
… will I ever be kind to myself?

Section Three: Hands–How We Live

… will I ever truly relinquish money that’s not even mine to begin with?
… will I ever reconcile the paradox of failure?
… have I learned that I grow better in community rather than in bed with the covers over my head?
… am I willing to follow unconditionally?
… how can I become an irresistible reflexion of Him?
… am I willing to do my growing in secret where it’s just Him and me?

Here is the secret of growing right now–
holding Jesus’ hand as we walk the path He stretches before us.
How we choose to live in each moment
is actually the manner we live our lives.
(Everything, epilogue p. 196)

I’ve written an endorsement for Mary and a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and CBD. Quite honestly, I feel as though my words there are empty and shallow. I don’t know how to put into words how much God is using Mary DeMuth’s words in Everything to challenge my thinking… I just know He is.

More than anything, I want Him to be my everything. I’m undergoing heart surgery. I can’t say that I like any of it. I only know I love Him enough to be willing to let Him change me.

I’d challenge you to pick up a copy of Everything. If you order it this week, Mary has some great incentives for you here. You may find yourself being changed in ways that excite you and terrify you all at the same time. If you do, let me know… I’d like to know I’m in good company.

***disclaimer… I was given a pre-release copy of Everything: What You Give and What You Gain To Become Like Jesus by Mary DeMuth for my honest review. I received no other compensation.

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