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The back cover of Audacious by Beth Moore* definitely piques your interest …
“Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. … What was missing? Well, let’s just say, it’s audacious and it’s for all of us. And it’s the path to the life you were born to live.”
If you are hoping that I will give away the answer to that question, you can go ahead move on to the laundry. I’m not going to give it away, because I want you to read this book! But I will divulge a couple of things that I underlined – and believe me, it was hard to narrow it down to just two!
First, she has a great discussion on this paradox …
“Even when we land with both feet securely on the sidewalk-square of our calling, we will still stumble around with it more often than we hoped. A work of God cannot be mastered by man, no matter how gifted we are. One day we’ll think we’ve got the thing down. The next day we’ll wonder what on the ever-loving earth we were smoking. The paradox is that it takes God to actually serve God. In the terminology of Zechariah 4:6, it’s “Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of Hosts. We have to trust Someone we cannot see, be empowered by a Holy Spirit we often cannot feel, and go with Someone somewhere we have never been. It’s much easier to have the depth of a pair of pink floaties than to take the real plunge.”
Second, this book has lots of good stuff on the subject of wants and needs and thriving …
“The fact is, we don’t always do what we need to do. And here is the primary reason: because we don’t want to. Generally speaking, when it comes to humankind, want trumps need except in matters of survival. We eat and sleep and call 911 in emergencies because we need to stay alive, but we mortal-sorts are compulsively resistant to what we need to do to thrive. We know it’s a poor trait. We’ve gotten into terrible trouble over it – as early as the Garden – but something in us bristles at the thought of doing what we need to do for need’s sake alone. … We need need. Need is what saves our scrawny necks when our wants go awry. … So, need is good. Desperation is even better, because desperation can change what we need into what we want.”
Read that last sentence again. Something to think about next time we’re in desperation mode. And God knows what we need better than we do.
This book* is full of Scripture references – which I love – using five different Bible versions. It has 178 pages and is printed with dark evergreen ink on ivory pages. Green is my favorite color, so that was fun for me! It’s a fairly quick read – although thought-provoking at times. My final conclusion: Recommended – definitely.