“Nothing to Prove.” “Why We Can’t Stop Trying So Hard.”
Well… The title AND subtitle hooked me, just a dead fish in the water. Why, yes I am tired of feeling like I have to prove myself to everyone, all of the time — thank you for noticing! I thought.
If you’re like me, you also feel pulled in a million directions. If you have a job, if it’s not your boss it’s your employees (in my case, it’s students). If you’re a parent, it’s the consistent need and want of any and every age, even from great, loving kids. If you’re in a relationship, it’s the constant worry and concern over someone else; do they need anything? …can I help them in some way?
Life is hard. But Jennie Allen’s Nothing to Prove is definitely the book for Christian women* (even fallen away and non-believers) to reconnect with life, love, and Jesus.
For more on Nothing to Prove, set to be published by WaterBrook (an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House) on Jan. 31st, 2017, please continue.
This book is the first I’ve received from Blogging for Books, and it did not disappoint. I selected a few books on the site before realizing that once I clicked on one and ordered it—unlike NetGalley—I would receive one book via snail mail, then needed to review it before I could receive another.
But…but…I’ve been so spoiled with NetGalley. 😉
I actually very much enjoyed this process because I got to write in the book (sacrilege!) and annotate important sections. In fact, the book is made for that purpose. In part one of the book, Allen sets up a review of her and our “desert of striving,” detailing how we’re all working so hard for a mirage of accomplishment.
‘Enough’ is a mirage that cannot be caught. You and I can keep chasing it, or we can quit the childish game the enemy has taught us young.
Part two then invites readers to reflect on various areas of life—loneliness and fear, for instance—and reflect and meditate on a couple of questions after each reading. Allen walks readers through the gospel of John, rewritten to be more relatable to readers, and then offers a reflection over each reading. After, readers are asked only a couple of questions to apply the concepts to their lives.
The most relatable aspects of the book to me, however, were Allen’s personal anecdotes. She aptly reminds readers that this concept of “enough” is blanketed over our lives by Satan. She doesn’t dress the devil up to be some horned, wicked being in the basement, but rather the quiet whisper of self-deprecating insults we feed ourselves, the persistent striving for unattainable success, the insistent desire for approval, and so on. She makes the devil’s work very real and visible for readers, then relates back to how we can use God to move away from this ache to prove.
I very much would suggest this book to others, Christian and non-Christian, current church members, or the fallen away. *I would, however, suggest it more for women. It could easily be read by a man, but most of the anecdotes and information details female experiences. I’m all for men expanding their horizons and learning more about us females though, so I recommend it to all!
I received an advanced reader copy of this text via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.