You're Going to Be Okay by Holley Gerth
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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Sometimes it feels like life's falling apart at the seams. Sometimes you're completely worn out by stresses that never seem to end. For every woman who has been disappointed, who has watched a dream die, whose life isn't what she imagined it would be, bestselling author Holley Gerth has a heartfelt message of hope--you really "are" going to be okay. And it "is" possible to live with joy, resilience, and strength in both the good times and the bad. In fact, she says, that's what God desires for us.I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Find this book on Amazon for Kindle for $9.99 today (3/13/14).
With her trademark positive encouragement and probing questions for self-reflection, Holley encourages women to spend less of their lives regretting and more of their lives truly living. She shows them how to guard their hearts against despair and look to the future with confidence, remembering that they are part of a greater plan and "nothing "can stop God's purposes for them.
Ever have a bad day? A bad life season? Didn't you just want to know it was all going to be okay? Perhaps you have great friends, but they don't handle the bad so well. Ever feel the crushing weight of imperfection or lonliness? Maybe you tell your spouse about your problem and all he does is offer you advice and ways to fix it, and you just want a hug and "You will be okay" whispered in your ear. If you don't have that in your life, or just need more of it, Holley Gerth's new book is for you.
The full title of this book is "You're Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days", and that is exactly what you are going to get. Gerth gently guides the reader through situations that all women face at one time or another - lack of confidence, questions of self worth, needs for knowing what we are doing is right, by using her own stories and those of others.
Reading this book is like having coffee in a cozy, warm cafe with a smiling, compassionate friend across from you. A friend who perhaps, isn't going to hold back the punches. Right from the get-go Gerth jumps in deep, diving to the very root of us and they way we think of ourselves. Gerth also has worked as a counselor and that really shows in the way she explains how our brains work and resist change. This was probably one of the more eye-opening parts of the book for me. To know there is a scientific reason as to why change is so hard for me and that I am not the only one who gets stuck in negative thinking.
"You're Going to Be Okay" was exactly what you would expect, and I set the book down comforted, happy, and feeling normal. I felt I had refreshed myself and was ready to tackle life's mountains and molehills. God was a big piece of this book as well and Gerth wrote words that drew me back to Him and His Love in ways that were just...so...awesome.
I want to recommend this book to all my Christian lady friends who need that comforting voice, that pat on the shoulder. It is a fantastic reminder of who we are in Christ, what we can accomplish with Him by our sides, and that we really are more than enough. I am easily rating this book with 5 Stars and can't wait to come back and read it again and again.
Have you read any other books by Holley Gerth?? What encourages you most when you are stressed or upset??