A dear friend recently suggested that I start doing book reviews on this blog. I thought that was an excellent idea because I have read many books and often times I am asked is there a book for that. "That" being a situation someone is going through. I normally have a book come to mind right away but I do not recommend simply living on words of others. My first suggestion to anyone would be to first go to the Bible and if you are not sure where to begin go to www.biblegateway.com. It is a great website that allows you to search for specific scriptures or specific topics.
Today, I've chosen a book to share with you called So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore. If you don't know already, Beth Moore is one of my favorite authors. I read this book because a friend recommended it to me simply as a good book to read. At that time in my life was traveling for my job a good bit and I always kept something to read while sitting and waiting in the airport or on the plane.
I purchased this book because of the author, not because of the title. I say that because I didn't give the title a second thought until I started reading it in public and was insecure about people looking at what I was reading. I would find myself with the book opened flat on my lap because I was so insecure about someone thinking that I was insecure that I didn't want anyone to see the title, So Long, Insecurity. (LOL! Yes, I really did that.) I can tell you by the time I was finished reading it, I didn't care what anyone thought about the title of the book I was holding. I wanted to go tell every woman to go read this book because women can be fierce...to each other.
As women, we are insecure creatures. Even the most confident person you know has something she is insecure about and our actions or reactions are a result of our insecurity. How we treat others and how we are allowed ourselves to be treated are a result of our insecurity. This book is filled with real-life stories from anonymous women that you can relate to. At least one of the stories, will make you gasp in a revelation saying "That's me!" or "I didn't realize why I felt that way!". Here are just a few of the items the author lists that insecurity can make us do:
So why are we insecure? There are number of contributors some of which include instability in the home, rejection, a significant loss, and pride. But the biggest one, in my opinion, is our culture. Wouldn't you agree? We use the wrong measuring stick for ourselves. Romans 12:2 says, "And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
We need proof that who we are is who were are supposed to be. When we find that proof, then we find confidence and acceptance. Once you accept who you are through God's eyes, it can be the most peaceful feeling in the world. You prove God, yourself and others by accepting who you are. You discard the insecurity in what the world thinks of you. When you find peace with God and yourself, your humble confidence will allow others to be at peace with you as well.
I recommend this book to ALL women, regardless of where you are in your life right now. If you have already read this book, please comment on this post and share the difference it made in your life.
Rebecca Debter is the Ministries Coordinator at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Women's Bible Study beginning January 17, 2017 with an online Calling All Women group using the book Redeemed by Angela Thomas-Pharr.