When my copy of Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus by Mary DeMuth arrived, the simplicity of the blue cover with a heart on it reminded me of the doodles of a school girl. Although the cover may be reminiscent of the young at heart, the subject of giving Christ everything and allowing Him to be our everything is anything but simple.
With grace, passion, and authenticity Mary shares her own personal journey in letting Christ be her everything. This book looks at what causes some believers to grow and others to stagnate. Through the pages of this book, readers are taken on a three part journey to examine their head (what we think), heart (who we are), and hands (how we live). These three areas encompasses the whole of ourselves. According to Mary, “what we think about God, His world, and ourselves determines our growth story,” and I’m inclined to agree with her statement.
As I read Everything, I sensed a commonality with the author not because our circumstances were the same but because I saw glimpses of myself. Her words challenged me and compelled me to dig deeper and surrender more freely. Mary does not tell her story from the standpoint of one who has arrived but one falls short on many occasions. And she does not present a list of rules to follow, in fact she implores you to see if you are following the AYDI (All You Do Is) Gospel. She urges us away from clinging to lists and striving for control to a life of wild surrender to God.
If you been around here for long, you know I love quotes and I have so many rich nuggets to take away from Everything. Here are a few of my favorites.
Control is the inner disease of those who need stability and order to function. It is the shiny little idol we worship without noticing.
God calls each of us to be an “am”. Still, we live caged by our past, by our I “was” statements…We’d rather live chained to our strange comfort zone.
No matter where one is in their spiritual walk, this book will leave you questioning are you giving God everything or just some things.
About the Author: Mary DeMuth is an author and speaker who loves to help people live uncaged, freedom-infused lives. She’s the author of fourteen books, including six novels and her critically acclaimed memoir Thin Places. After church planting in Southern France, Mary, her husband, and their three teenagers now live in a suburb of Dallas.
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