Book Review: Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard

Jennie Allen reveals healing aspects of God's grace in her book Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard. Allen wrote the book after becoming exhausted trying to measure up. Two women helped her understand God's unconditional love for her. The dedication sums up God's grace at work:

You two show me unconditional,

Through thick and thin
we've tested that this year,
and God through you was solid
Forever grateful for you. 

What kind of love is this? Unconditional love that sees faults and mistakes, yet forgives; that knows everything and loves, that encourages and accepts and endures, going the distance and beyond, never leaving us.

As believers in the living God, we have this love through Jesus, working in us and through us. God in us is enough. We have nothing to prove to the one who loves us and who lavishes his good gifts and grace on us.

When we can remember, recognize and believe God at work within us and for us, we can find rest.

Allen structures her book in Part 2 with a closer look at needs met by God's streams of Enoughness.
No Longer Thirsty ... fulfillment 
No Longer Lonely ... connection
No Longer Tired ... rest
No Longer Passive ... risk
No Longer Afraid ... hope
No Longer Ashamed ... grace
No Longer Empty ... calling.

When I read this book, I felt like I was soaking in gentle lapping streams of God's healing grace. At times, I wanted to jump out of the sea of words and get going, refreshed, ready to serve others with this love and its freeing truths. These words heal and free.

These are truths worth sharing in a hurting world in need of a fresh look at a God who loves deeply and generously. Allen reflects God's "never-going-anywhere, no-matter-what, never-have-to-prove-a-thing love" in this book with candor, authenticity, knowledge and compassion.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes with the understanding I would write an honest review.


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