Last weekend I read Nothing To Prove by Jennie Allen.
Jennie Allen is the author of two other books, and is the founder of the million strong IF:Gathering (which to be honest, I had never heard of). I had really high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Nothing To Prove started out really good, and I loved the message behind the book: God is enough, so we don’t have to be.
I enjoyed reading her thoughts on Psalm 103:12 (as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us). She says that “the idea of God forgiving our sins is such a hard concept for us to embrace because we are grudge holders. We label and define people based on their sin. If someone cheats, then he is a cheater. If she lies, then she is a liar.”
I also found her discussion on the difference between vulnerability and transparency very eye-opening. She said vulnerability is the edited disclosure of personal feelings or parts of ourselves. Transparency is exposing the unedited, unfiltered, unflattering parts of our souls. She later points out how important it is to be transparent with the closest people in our lives, as well as God.
If I had to give this book a rating out of five stars, I would give it three. There’s a point in the book where things get repetitive. To put it simply, the book just doesn’t flow very well. I think Nothing To Prove would be much more successful as a daily devotional, or as a Bible study. If you’re reading a few pages everyday over a span of time, you wouldn’t realize how repetitive each chapter is.
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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, my opinions of this book are my own!