Encouraging Letter from Reader

One of the most encouraging parts of being a Christian writer is the e-mails I receive from all over the world, telling me that something I've written or said has been helpful to someone. The following came last week from an American living in Spain, who struggles with an eating disorder

".....I hate my struggles, but know it is a necessary thing. Paul had his thorns in the flesh so that in his weakness The Lord would be glorified. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

I just still am trying to get to the point of boasting in my infirmities and relying on Christ more. And I do see that the food is an idol in my life and that is the main problem, so I just have to put that idol where it belongs (in the trash) and draw near to The Lord. These things easier said than done.

You showed me the book and I bought it, already in Chapter three and loving it. It is such an insight and a help. I have been making sure that when I wake up, the first thing in my morning is 5 minutes with The Lord instead of 5 minutes with my food. And then when I struggle, I am taking your advice, walking away from the kitchen and talking with God, praying, reading and knowing that he has been through what I am going through and through Him I can overcome.

Of course, I am only a few days in, and the road isn't going to get any easier, but I thank you for your encouragement and your help. I will keep you posted on the progress (not because you necessarily want to know, but because I want you to know the impact that you are having on other's lives.)

Keep throwing and planting your seeds in the lives of others and working for His kingdom.
His beloved,
[Name removed]"


Review: Body Image Lies Women Believe...and the Truth of Christ that Sets them Free

Ladies, (I know I have male readers, but this great book is written with the ladies in mind!), do I have a find for you! "Body Image Lies Women Believe" by Shelley Hitz shares testimonies from many women and how they found their identity in Christ - not in this world's system of beauty.

Today and tomorrow on Amazon, this gem of a book is available FREE on Kindle. After tomorrow (5/10/13), the price goes back up to $2.99 (and the book is available in hardcover as well.)

I love to be able to recommend resources and devotionals that give real hope and solid biblical exhortation to the reader, who may indeed struggle with the lie that she is not beautiful. Whether you are dealing with an eating disorder, weight is an idol in your life, or just a woman who bases her worth on what she sees in the mirror (rather than Christ's work on the Cross), this book will be a blessing to you. Hitz cites Scripture and lays down a biblical principal at the end of every chapter, pulling the message from each woman's testimony together nicely. I am happy to recommend "Body Image Lies Women Believe - And the Truth of Christ that Sets them Free" as inspirational and encouraging reading.