If you’ve ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.
But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.
No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”
Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you’ve done the same.
No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.
Esther Fleece is an international speaker and writer on Millennials and faith, leadership, and family, recognized among Christianity Today’s “Top 50 Women Shaping the Church and Culture” and CNN’s “Five Women in Religion to Watch.” As founder and CEO of L&L Consulting, she works to connect influential individuals and organizations to their mutual benefit. You can follow Esther’s global adventures on Twitter @EstherFleece and at www.estherfleece.com.
This book is seriously life changing for me. I have felt that I had to fake that I'm fine, when I not. This has really been true for me as struggle with the hardships of life that bring pain and suffering.
As we go through life's hardships, how many of us try and hide the fact that we aren't fine? In fact, we're falling apart but we don't think anyone wants to know or we don't want to show our true pain. It's easier to pretend, we tell ourselves, but it really isn't.
I really love how real and honest Esther is in this book. Page after page in my book is highlighted because I could relate so completely with how she felt and what she shared. The Biblical truths she shares that got her through her own pain helped me so much to realize that God is truly with us and cares about us in our pain. We need to let Him in, though, to meet us in every aspect of our life. We have to realize that He wants to be a part of it all.
To be authentic with others and with God can be a frightening thought but the blessings of doing so will far outweigh the downfall. We will be much more happy and at peace when we are authentic instead of faking the fine. Our faith will be strengthened and, hopefully, our relationships will be deeper.
I really loved this book. I have highlighted and made notes in this book because it spoke so deeply to my heart. I am definitely keeping this book where I can re-read it or refer to it because there is so much wonderful truth and help in it. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the author
Blessings - Julie