Friday, March 27, 2015

Litfuse Review: Enough Already:Winning Your Uglr Struggle With Beauty by:Barbara L. Roose

Enough Already: Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty
About the Book:
Most women know that God loves them, but might he love them more if they finally lost that last ten pounds, or got their hair to lay right, or finally found a pair of jeans that looked good and let them breathe? Well, maybe God doesn't care about jeans, but women do, and all the talk about inner beauty hasn't kept all of us from staring into a mirror and taking an inventory that never quite measures up. Enough Already will: Elevate the soul-freeing, spiritual truth that God is the Creator of beauty and that women are called to appreciate and care for themselves as his own. Enable women to accept God-given beauty so that when they look in the mirror they see his handiwork, not their flaws. Equip women to win the ugly struggle with beauty once and for all.  

About the Author:
Barbara Roose is an African-American, wife, mother, and pastor with a passion for creatively communicating God’s truths in a manner that is relevant and easy for people to apply to their lives. In February 2002, she joined the staff at Cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Currently, she is the Directional Leader and Pastor of Spiritual Formation. For the past eight years, she has had the privilege to serve as periodic teaching pastor to 10,000 (average) weekly attendees. Since 2010, she has spoken at various women’s conferences in the U.S. and Honduras. In October 2012, she was a guest speaker for best-selling author and former Women of Faith speaker, Nicole Johnson’s Seasons Weekend Experience. Barbara and her husband, Matt, have been married 21 years and live in Toledo, Ohio.
 
My Review:
 It's hard looking into the mirror each day and seeing the beautiful creation He has made in us. We fight our own criticisms and those of everyone around us whether its family, friends, or our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. I personally have huge issues as of late with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It seems that I fail to measure up to their expectations and seeing their stares or hearing their whispers makes it harder and harder to return and to worship God like I need to each week. I try praying to the Lord about this so that I am able to worship like I need to, but almost every week I go home in tears from the weight of it all. I just want to shake these people back to reality so that they see what they do to everyone's self esteem when they act as they do.

 Some people will say that it's the battle inside themselves they are fighting when they treat others this way. I say maybe, but they definitely paint themselves in a terrible light. If they just knew what they do to people when they treat them this way, I wonder if they would still do it. One resounding fact that comes to mind each day when I fret over my value in the eyes of others is that I'm God's child. I have been chosen for a journey that is so incredibly beyond my imagination that it can NOT be put into words and if I spent my whole life trying to figure out I could never fathom the vastness of it. I try to face each day with a sense of newness of what is to come and I will even admit I feel defeated on most of them. But God has called me just like He has called you to rise above all insecurities and live the life He has called you to live.

 He wants us to take each new hit, with a smile and faith knowing that we too will reach a higher place by saying to the devil, "not today, devil--I don't have time for it. When we rebuke the evil one and his efforts it is then that we see the power that God has given us over the enemy. Instead of feeling defeated, we need to dive into the Word and let Him refresh our soul so that when those hits come, and they will, then we will be stronger than we ever thought we could be.

In Enough Already, the author uses God's renewing truth to shed some light on matters such as these, to give us ladies a new found freedom to be the one that God created us to me--no apologies. She encourages and inspires us to look inside ourselves and take in a deeper sense of self. God doesn't make mistakes and she shows us in Enough Already how to overcome this bad thinking. This book comes complete with group discussion questions and personal journaling questions. The author provides with a lot of encouragement to win the struggle!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.