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GIVING AWAY A BETH MOORE BOOK - FIRST CHAPTER & REVIEW OF SO LONG INSECURITY

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 2, 2010)
***Special thanks to Vicky Lynch of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Over the past decade, Beth Moore has become an internationally known and respected Bible teacher, teaching over 250,000 women annually in Living Proof Live Conferences and regularly sharing God’s Word with an interdenominational community at her church in Houston; teaching the Bible on the nationally syndicated Life Today with James Robison; and through her best-selling books and Living Proof radio program.

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Product Details:

List Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414334729
ISBN-13: 978-1414334721

SO LONG INSECURITY

By Beth Moore
Published by Tyndale
ISBN# 978-1-4143-3472-1
352 Pages


Back Cover: Prolific Bible teacher and women's ministry leader Moore (Get Out of That Pit) moves away from her characteristic dead-on expositions of scriptural principles in her newest; the topic is insecurity, and the content, she admits, is close to an autobiography. Moore, always transparent with her own personal struggles, is refreshingly so throughout this text. Readers will be chortling in laughter one moment and sucking air the next as Moore exposes the many faces of female insecurity. The author names and claims each one, then defuses every bit of power these nonsensical inner voices possess by countering their lies with God's truth. Women, no matter what their age, battle against advertising's siren call for unattainable physical perfection; the habit of making a man's love the ultimate validation; and the worldly definition of success as money, power, and status.


REVIEW: Beth Moore says our journey to authentic security can only be found in a relationship with Jesus as walk in who He says we are; not what we or others tell us we are. Beth Moore writes like she talks. Because of that it was fun to read this book on such a touchy subject. I didn’t realize the many faces of insecurity until she pointed them out. It’s staggering.


I enjoyed Beth Moore’s honest approach as she says, “Do you ever stop in your tracks and ask yourself out loud, “What am I doing?” Boy, I do. It’s a terrifically important question, but it needs a few others to follow it up, like, “Why am I doing what I am doing? What am I hoping to achieve?” (she continues)


“Human flesh and blood has no weakness so strong that God’s strength is made weak. He’s got what we need. It’s up to us whether or not we’re going to let the worst of us get the best of us. May the LORD answer you when you are in trouble; may the God of Jacob make you secure! Psalm 20:1, NET”

After pointing to several insecurities Beth Moore gives hope and practical ways to allow God to heal our chronic insecurities, especially the ones that cripple us from doing what God wants to do in our lives. It’s quite revealing. I’ve never read anything so intensive about being insecure. I’ve also never read anything that gives you practical ways to recognize and deal with insecurities. As the subtitle says “So Long; Insecurity you’ve been a BAD friend to us.” Thanks to Beth Moore for her gut honest approach to this matter and the hope it will give me and so many others. Thanks to Tyndale for the review copy. This is a book you’ll read over and over again.

Nora St.Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator

WINNER OF DRAWING KAREN LANGE - You''ve won a copy of Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore. I used Random Integer Generator.com to selection the winner. THANKS to everyone that stopped by and left your comments about how you felt about Beth Moore and how she has encouraged you. It was great to read.

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AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:


Mad Enough to Change

I’m seriously ticked. And I need to do something about it. Some people eat when they’re about to rupture with emotion. Others throw up. Or jog. Or go to bed. Some have a holy fit. Others stuff it and try to forget it. I can do all those things in sequential order, but I still don’t find relief.

When my soul is inflating until my skin feels like a balloon about to pop, I write. Never longhand, if I can help it. The more emotion I feel, the more I appreciate banging on the keys of a computer. I type by faith and not by sight. My keyboard can attest to the fact that I am a passionate person with an obsession for words: most of the vowels are worn off. The word ticked really should have more vowels. Maybe what I am is peeved. That’s a good one. How about irrationally irritated to oblivion? Let that one wear the vowels off a keyboard.

The thing is, I’m not even sure exactly who I’m ticked at. I’m hoping to find that out as I hack away at these chapters. One thing is for certain. Once I figure it out, I probably won’t keep it to myself. After all, you know how the saying goes: hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And I’m feeling scorned.

But not just for myself. I’m feeling ticked for the whole mess of us born with a pair of X chromosomes. My whole ministry life is lived out in the blessed chaos of a female cornucopia. I’ve been looking at our gender through the lens of Scripture for twenty-five solid years, and I have pondered over us, taken up for us, laid into us, deliberated over us, prayed about us, lost sleep because of us, cried for us, laughed my head off at us, and gotten offended for us—and by us—more times than I can count. And after a quarter of a century surrounded by girls ranging all the way from kindergarteners to those resting on pale pink liners inside caskets, I’ve come to this loving conclusion: we need help. I need help. Something more than what we’re getting.

The woman I passed a few days ago on the freeway who was bawling her eyes out at the steering wheel of her Nissan needs help. The girl lying about her age in order to get a job in a topless bar needs help. The divorcĂ©e who has loathed herself into fifty extra pounds needs help. For crying out loud, that female rock star I’ve disdained for years needs help. When I read something demeaning her ex said about her recently—something I know would cut any female to the quick—I jumped to her defense like a jackal on a field mouse and seriously wondered how I could contact her agent and offer to mentor her in Bible study.

Several days ago I sat in a tearoom across the table from a gorgeous woman I love dearly. She has been married for three months, and they did all the right things leading up to that sacred ceremony, heightening the anticipation considerably. After an hour or so of musing over marriage, she said to me, “Last weekend he seemed disinterested in me. I’ll be honest with you. It kind of shook me up. I wanted to ask him, ‘So, are you over me now? That quick? That’s it?’”

I’m pretty certain her husband will perk back up, but what a tragedy that she feels like she possesses the shelf life of a video game.

I flashed back to another recent communication with a magazine-cover-beautiful thirty-year-old woman who mentioned—almost in passing—that she has to dress up in costumes in order for her husband to want to make love to her. I’m not knocking her pink-feathered heels, but I wonder if she is paying too much for them. I’m just sad that she can’t feel desirable as herself.

Then yesterday I learned that a darling fifteen-year-old I keep in touch with slept with her boyfriend in a last-ditch effort to hold on to him. He broke up with her anyway. Then he told. It’s all over her high school now.

I’ve got a loved one going through her third divorce. She wants to find a good man in the worst way, and goodness knows they’re out there. The problem is, she keeps marrying the same kind of man.

I’m so ticked.

If these examples were exceptions to the rule, I wouldn’t bother writing, but you and I both know better than that. I hear echoes of fear and desperation from women day in and day out—even if they’re doing their best to muffle the sound with their Coach bags. Oh, who am I kidding? I hear reverberations from my own heart more times than I want to admit. I keep trying to stifle it, but it won’t shut up. Something’s wrong with us for us to value ourselves so little. Our culture has thrown us under the bus. We have a fissure down the spine of our souls and, boy, does it need fixing.

This morning while I was getting ready for church, my cell phone nearly vibrated off the bathroom counter with six incoming texts from a single friend who was having a crisis of heart. I answered her with what little I had to give, even as I grappled with my own issues. I decided that what I needed was a good sermon to keep me from crying off my eyeliner, so I flipped on the television to a terrific local preacher. Lo and behold, the sermon was about what a woman needs from a man.

Deep sigh.

Actually, it was a great message if anyone had a mind to do what he was recommending, but knowing human nature and feeling uncharacteristically cynical, I could feel my frustration mounting. The preacher had done his homework. He offered half a dozen Scripture-based PowerPoint slides with state-of-the-art graphics describing what men should do for women. “Women want to be told that they are captivating. That they’re beautiful. Desirable.”

I won’t deny that. What woman wouldn’t thrive under that kind of steady affirmation?

But here’s my question: What if no one tells us that? Can we still find a way to be okay? Or what if he says it because he’s supposed to, but to be honest, he’s not feeling it? Are we hopeless? What if a man is not captivated by us? What if he doesn’t think we’re particularly beautiful? Or, understandably, maybe just not every day? Are we only secure on his “on” days? What if he loves us but is not quite as captivated by us as he used to be? What if his computer is full of images of what he finds attractive, and we’re light-years from it? What if we’re seventy-five, and every ounce of desirability is long behind us? Can we still feel adequate in our media-driven society?



Adapted from So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore. Copyright © 2010 by Beth Moore. Used with permission from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

24 comments:

  1. I keep hearing good things about this book...please enter me!

    Blessings and Hugs,
    Molly
    Mollydawn1981ATaolDOTcom
    Book Reviews by Buuklvr81

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  2. I have read and done a few of Beth Moore's Bible studies and would love to get entered in the drawing to win "Get Out of the Pit". Please enter me

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. This is an awesome book! I haven't read "Get Out of That Pit", though, and would love to! Thanks for the giveaway. :-)

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

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  4. I have NOT read any of Beth's work and would love to do so!
    wolferock AT earthlink.net

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  5. I LOVE Beth Moore. She is such a gifted, annointed lady. I look forward to reading her new book.

    Rachel Walker

    P.s. Pick me, pick me. :)

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  6. Goodness, I keep hearing Beth Moore's name from friends over and over, but I have never read a Beth Moore book and I suppose it's time! Thanks for the chance to win one, Nora!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  7. I really enjoy Beth's Teaching and am leading her newest Bible Study (Breaking Free - Updated Version) right now. Powerful study!

    Please enter me in your drawing for Get Out of that Pit.... thanks! Barb C.

    ChristianHomes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I *heart* Beth Moore! I've been to one of her live Bible studies and met her in person. It was great! I would love to win this book by Beth!! I love, love her! :) Her new insecurity book sounds great. I'm always dealing with insecurity. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  9. I love Beth Moore's Bible studies, but can you believe I've never read one of her books? I'd love to start with this one. Thanks for the review, and the opp to win!

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  10. I would love a chance to win Beth's book. I have done a few of her Bible Studies and read and re-read some of her books. Thanks for the chance at this.

    Blessings,
    Deb
    dparker@englewoodgov.org

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  11. My mom loves Beth Moore, i think she would love this.
    Please enter me!

    Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I just finished Beth Moore's Jesus: The One and Only. I thought I knew the Scriptures but she opened up aspects to me I'd never thought of before.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    Blessings, Janet
    janet@janetdean.net

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  13. Beth is an amazing woman who has inspired so many. I'd love to win the book.

    Carla
    carlagade [at] gmail [dot]com

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  14. Beth's enthusiasm for the Word is contagious. Please enter me. Thanks and God bless.

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  15. I absolutely love Beth and her teachings. I agree with one of the commenters that she is definitely annointed of God. Thanks for the chance to win a book.

    Gail Mundy

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  16. Thanks for the review! I'd love to be entered.

    Blessings,
    Karen
    klange61(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Nora, please enter me too! I saw Beth Moore live in Woodstock, GA. She's really a preacher! Lots of vitality. I've only done one of her Bible Studies, but really enjoyed it.

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  18. Beth Moore sounds like an incredible Christian woman who has a wealth of information in her field. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thansk.
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  19. I would really like to read this book. I've read two of her books already and have watched some of her bible studies. Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you! gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

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  20. I've not read anything by Beth Moore, but I sure have been hearing a lot about her lately. Would love the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.

    bookstorylori{at}gmail{dot}com

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  21. I love Beth Moore bible studies, and her books. I would love to win a copy . thanks agreatdayin2003@yahoo.com

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  22. I'm doing my first Beth Moore bible study now. She's a remarkable speaker. Please enter me in the drawing.
    Sheryl

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  23. love, love, love beth. God has used her to minister to me greatly through the years. can't wait to read her insights on insecurity.

    angela r.

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  24. CONGRATS goes to Karen Lange who won Beth Moore's book Get Out of The Pit.

    Thanks to everyone else who stopped by and let me know how much you love and have been encouraged by Beth Moore. Wow!!

    I used Random Integer Generator.com to pick the lucky winner.

    Blessings

    Nroa :D

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