To me, the goal of every Christian should be to live like Jesus. In the book, Everything, author Mary DeMuth writes about exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him.
I have to warn you, while DeMuth claims that she didn’t intend for the book to read as a condemnation or sermon – it kind of does. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t really enjoy it. I really, really did. I’ve been a fan of hers, for a while now, and I was really excited to read (and review) Everything.
But it was just enough to bring her to a place of surrender, piece by precious piece. In that surrender, she found the freedom of giving everything to God. And through Scripture, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit, she gives it all over again, every day.
In this gentle and challenging book, DeMuth describes the process and the nuances that shape us to be more like Christ. Her words are clear, vulnerable, and thought provoking, and every chapter is infused with Scripture.
Most of all, DeMuth provides personal and practical evidence that there is no greater pursuit than Christ. We must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the Everything He is, the Everything He gives.
Here’s my review – in bullets:
- The book is very well structured. The way she broke it into three sections makes for a very easy read.
- I really like how DeMuth takes her readers from the head (what we think about God), to the heart (how we feel about God), then to the hands (how we’re going to live out truth).
- As someone who is still a “baby” in my faith, Everything was very challenging, thought-provoking and educational. I can imagine that it would make some “hardcore Christians” stop and question their faith.
In a nutshell, I really enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it.
I’ll leave you with this quote from DeMuth’s website, “…we must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the Everything He is, the Everything He gives.”
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