Publisher: Baker Books (May 3, 2016)
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction
From the Back Cover: Start living the confident, joyful life you were made for
In a world of comparison and competition, it’s hard to remember that our true worth lies not in our circumstances, our achievements, or our failures. It doesn’t even lie in how we react to those things. Our worth lies in God’s unending love for us.
With deep compassion, Mary DeMuth dares you to believe that the God who started a good work in you is faithful to bring it to glorious completion. That the God who redeems you also loves you–right now and always–with a beautiful love. That you are a daughter of the King, always welcomed in his presence.
Discover here a future of strength and security, knowing that you are wildly loved and destined to have a great impact on the world around you.
About the Author: Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than thirty books, including The Day I Met Jesus. A sought-after speaker and longtime blogger, she has overcome (through Jesus’s healing) a difficult past to become an authentic example of what it means to live a brand new story. She lives in Texas with her family. Learn more at www.marydemuth.com.
I found this book particularly difficult to read. Not because of the writing or even the content. The writing is beautiful and easily readable. I found it difficult to read because I see myself in so much of the shame and worthless feelings that Mary DeMuth discusses throughout the book.
I grew up in a dysfunctional family and have always struggled with my self-worth. After I asked Jesus into my heart 7 years ago, I learned about God and His all-encompassing love. I loved the thought of a Father that loves unconditionally, but because of my own experiences in life, just could not wrap my head around the idea. How could an all-Powerful God care about me? Why would He?
And then, one day during a Bible Study, the instructor said to me: “Just think how you feel about your children. You would love them no matter what. That’s how God feels about everyone of us!” and it finally clicked. Now I understood how He felt about me, but still held onto the performance-based love idea that had been instilled in me.
I volunteered with the church in many different ministries and areas: Women’s ministry, food pantry, worship team, Bible study group leader, Leadership in women’s events, helped to start a Christian based 12-step program in the church, and on and on. All to show just how good a Christian I was. This was the Achievement-based love idea that I tried to use to win His approval.
But inside, I tiptoed around, afraid to do anything wrong because I might lose God’s love for me. I tried to be perfect, and we all know how well that works out. I became anxious and soon became depressed because I could never reach that perfection that I wrongfully felt God was looking for in me.
“Our worth is based not on our intrinsic value per se but on the invaluable work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. If only we could grasp that! Simply put: it’s not about you or me conjuring our worth. It’s about Jesus settling it. Once and for all. No matter how you feel at this very moment, reading words plain on the page. It is not dependent on you. – Mary DeMuth from Worth Living”
I forgot about His Grace.
If you struggle with your self-worth, Mary’s book Worth Living is just the book for you. She reminds us through Scripture just how much God values us. And it shows that by denying our own worth, we criticize His greatest creation: US!
This breaks His heart and stunts our spiritual and emotional growth.
In this book, Mary takes a look at 10 lies that kill our worth and refutes them with the 10 beautiful truths that come straight from scripture. The truths such as: I am wildly loved, I am more than a to-do list, I am chosen and I am a redemptive story, to counteract the lies that we tell ourselves.
This is a practical book, filled with arguments taken from the scriptures that will help us to understand our worth and to help us see ourselves as God sees us. Each chapter ends with a set of discussion questions, questions that would be particularly useful to journal about and really dig deep to pull those lies out by the roots. It would also make for a very compelling Bible study, especially for a small women’s group.
If you have ever struggled with feelings of worthlessness or shame, I highly recommend this beautifully written work by Mary DeMuth, who has lived the life and experiences she writes about. She has a mission to share her struggles to help others deal with their own struggles.
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