Oct 22, 2017
Every Piece of Me by Jerusha Clark
Throughout Scripture, God reveals himself as the great I Am. He does not define himself with reference to any thing, person, or trait. He is, and that is enough. Women find themselves in a far different situation. When we introduce ourselves, we typically describe ourselves in terms of our relationships (the wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend of someone else) or in terms of our accomplishments (our title, position, education, or accolades). When our identity is wrapped up in these external things, we inevitably (and exhaustingly!) strive to prove ourselves worthy of love, attention, or affirmation.
God never meant for us to focus on whether we are "enough," whether we measure up. He made us--every piece of us--to be just as he is.
Jerusha Clark discovered this while exploring Jesus's seven powerful "I am" statements recorded in the Gospel of John. She invites women to join her in embracing the life and truth of these words, relishing the freedom of an identity fixed on Christ alone while leaving behind fear, bitterness, busyness, and toxic thoughts that steal our joy and limit our power.
Every Piece of Me is a comprehensive journey through the seven "I Am" statements of Jesus from the New Testament. The author examines everyday thoughts and habits that are most likely stripping our focus and attention away from living a Christ centered life.
Jerusha Clark shares her thoughts in an extremely detailed format, and it's overwhelming to read quickly through from cover to cover. I could only read small portions at a time, and had to step back and let the truths sink in. There are also personal questions at the end of each chapter that encourage the reader to examine their own hearts. Every Piece of Me would be a good choice for a small group or ladies Bible study. There is unlimited material in each chapter that would encourage group discussion and personal reflection.
Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.