Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Review - Rhinestone Jesus


In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone “Jesus” pin to school every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was that girl.) But she didn’t realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory, it would one day tarnish, no longer a true fit for who she was. As real life catapulted Kristen into places and situations she’d never imagined, there came a day when she stood shocked in the slums of Africa and realized in one desperate moment that Jesus wasn’t enough for her. At least . . . she wasn’t living like He was. On the brink of a risk bigger than any she’d ever taken, Kristen knew she didn’t stand a chance—unless she was willing to put aside the rhinestones and get branded by the real thing. Rhinestone Jesus is the story of one woman’s journey from comfortably living a safe, “good-girl” faith that didn’t cost much, to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a bolder, more authentic, more dangerous way. This story of spiritual adventure throws the doors wide open for any woman who’s ever thought of herself as “just a mom.” Kristen will inspire and empower you to say yes to God right where you are—and stand amazed at how your life will shine.


This is such a great book! It's one of my most favorite books I've read! It's a definite must read again because there was so much in it that inspired me and convicted me at the same time, but in a gentle and loving way.

As with any of my favorite authors (which Kristen is now in that category!), she is open, honest and shares her heart. She takes us from her shiny, looking good to the world, good girl Christianity and brings us down into the muck and mire of really serving our Lord and being a light in a dark place.

She inspires us to serve the Lord in the dark places right where we are. She is serving the Lord in Kenya, but there are areas where we can serve and help others around us now. Like me, Kristen started out as a blogger and God called her to do something different. The key was, would she say "yes"?

This book takes us on her journey from being a Christian who is a wife and mom to a woman who is taken half way around the world to serve the Lord in a way she never even imagined.

If you want to grow in your faith and have your relationship with Jesus grow from a shiny thing to a deep, meaningful thing, you will definitely want to read this book!You will laugh, you will cry and you will be so inspired by this wonderful book! It's a definite 5 out of 5 star book that will remain in my library forever!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Tyndale Blog Network

Blessings - Julie

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