Author, Kim Hyland shares that all the perfectly crafted Bible studies and better parenting techniques in the world could not do for her what only came about through walking in family hardships and struggle. God revealed to her his heart for his children, and it had a whole lot less to do with things that sounded “right” and “holy” and a whole lot more to do with willing to lay down her version of what life should look like, and being loving to the ones putting dents in her “perfectly planned out life.”
Putting into words what so many of us face on a daily basis, Kim says, “My futile efforts to “do the good I want” and my consistency in doing “the evil I do not want” were the very things that brought me face to face with grace.”
“Like many Christians, I relied on the law and on my own strength to live a life that would be pleasing to God.”
An Imperfect Woman Book Review
The Imperfect Woman is like a hot meal for a starving soul…
If the truths in the Bible which remind me I am not what I do but Whose I am, could be put in a blender and smoothified, poured on a hot cast iron skillet and flipped like a flapjack only to be gulped down by yours truly, I think it would taste like Kim’s testimony.
Most mysteries are page-turners, but I found this one to do just the same.
Because Kim tells her story the way most of us probably want to. She shares the parts many may skirt around for fear of not being held as respectable leader in authority as if leaders are perfect. *Big Eyes*
Of all the stories within the pages, the story of her teenage daughter and the battles she faced probably spoke to me the most. It didn’t matter that Kim taught Bible study, her husband was a deacon, or that they homeschooled. All the godly activities and attempts to hedge her family could never have prepared her for what she was about to find out. Through this family’s walk through trials, God got her attention and helped her heart to soften and accept grace for their lives.
She found out a shiny outside surface doesn’t mean we will skip through life unscathed, without ugly tension, or broken hearts.
Through many seasons God opened Kim’s eyes to see that it’s not when we are appearing whole and hopping along happily he can now use us for his glory, but that in our cracked-tea-pot state — He can love on us all the more, and allow his light to shine through.
Are You An Imperfect Woman Yoo? Join the club.
I had taken another handful of days away from fast-paced to-dos in order to abide. The Reboot Mini Course for faith bloggers had just went live and I wanted to back away and not only hear from Father but just enjoy him. This book came in the mail in the middle of my abiding.
I can’t tell you how much Kim sharing personal stories in here is going to help someone in need of some freeing.
If you feel overwhelmed by the world’s messages of try-harder, not enough, get slimmer, get trimmer, create the perfect life message, or whatever else you can think of, read her book. If you are a Christian who needs to learn The Burden Is Light (as in, not heavy and burdensome) — read her book.
I am so glad God became human, rode on a donkey, got his feet dirty, felt sweat drip down his face, and experienced the scortching sun on his skin. He knows what real Earthy life down here is like. That brings me to one of my favorite chapters: The Gospel, A Perfect Fit For Your Reality. Seriously, you’ll probably want to read this book.<——
Quote Love ♥
In a dialogue with God, Kim writes a lengthy poem but I want to share a part that jumped out…
>>>>”…Meet me here where I’m strong in mind, spirit, and speech.
I’ll meet you here where weakness mutes words and my strength is increased.
Meet me here where joy is abundant and life is worth living.
I’ll meet you here where despair overwhelms and you meet me in thanksgiving…”
>>>>”I will reject spiritual perfectionism and embrace gospel grace.”
>>>> “I began to equate pleasing with love…” (this jumped out at me because I think she put into words something I’ve dealt with, whoa!)
>>>>”We should not surprised at how frequently we fail but rather that we walk at all in righteousness!”
And my favorite which reminds me of this blog post, >>>>”The gospel enables me to live in joy and freedom here with these people and in these circumstances.”
>>>> “Body broken, for broken body.” (This short line says a lot)
If you are a Christian who is tired of trying to become perfect on your own strength instead of letting God take your mess and mold it his way, I encourage you to release the urge to control and craft a holy-looking life and just embrace the one you’ve been given. You’ll start to see the people who annoy you with new eyes. You’ll start to actually love them. You’ll begin to hurt for and have mercy on those you may have previously judged. A lot of our targets we aim our “Live like this” at, are really only people just like us, but each with different trials and only God knows our innermost parts and where we are with Him.
This book was provided by Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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