Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Believing Out Loud by:Kimberly Wright

 Believing Out Loud: Trading Fear and Defeat for an Adventure with God
About the Book:
Fear and low self-worth can prevent people from answering God's call on their lives. But courage and dignity are found at the cross. When people accept God's invitation for an adventure, they will have great stories to tell. And who doesn't love a great story?

About the Author:
KIMBERLY WRIGHT was named the 2009 National Young Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc. and is the author of Bedtime Thoughts for the Christian Mom. She earned a BA in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and blogs weekly at believingoutloud. com. She travels across the U.S. speaking at women's church retreats and conferences sharing funny and encouraging stories of hope and God's endless grace. Kimberly and her husband John have four children and make their home in Overland Park, Kansas.

My Review:
 The author sheds a little light on her own experiences with fear. She had many bouts early on in her life from paralyzing fear so much so that it catapulted her into anxiety attacks and eventually ulcers. In Believing Out Loud, she shows you how you can take scripture and God's promises and use those to help you against the fear, doubts, and wrong thinking and get you into a place of freedom. When we as Christians respond to our fear by relying on God and stepping out of our comfort zones and say whatever it is God, I will do it for you! This statement along will cause your teeth to chatter with fear, but He is able to take us to extraordinary heights if we just allow Him to.

  My husband and I experience fear daily or minute by minute if you will, because we have been called into Pastoral ministry. My husband is done with seminary up to this point and will soon begin his 2 year internship and to be honest we are terrified. We have asked God to keep us as close to Him as possible through this transition and praying that prayer has helped us remain calm and unmoved on our quest of fulfilling the calling. We have learned what it is like to look fear in the face and remain unchanged on our course, simply because we want to please the Lord.

 This book is a good one to read and go through the lessons and to discuss the questions at the end of each chapter. Hopefully in doing so you will learn to come to gripes with what God has called you to do and grow from that fear that will cripple you if left unattended.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from ACU/Leafwood Press.