Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Fiercehearted by Holley Gerth

About the Book

Every day we struggle to find more freedom, joy, and purpose. What if the solution isn't trying harder or being better but embracing the fiercehearted woman already inside us? A fiercehearted woman looks life in the face and says, "You can't beat me." She lives fully and loves bravely. She never gives in, never gives up, and never lets go. She dares to be who she is-imperfect and beloved.

In her most powerful and personal book yet, bestselling author, counselor, and life coach Holley Gerth empowers and encourages women not simply through "how to" but by life-changing, heart-freeing "me too." Join Holley on this journey to becoming a fiercehearted woman and discover what she did: the freedom and courage to embrace life, love, and faith to the fullest because your struggles can no longer hold you back.

My Thoughts

I was soooo excited when I found out that Holley Gerth was releasing Fiercehearted. I was a little nervous when I saw the cover. It didn't have the same style as the covers of her other books and I LOVE the covers of her other books. But you can't judge a book by the cover, right? Then I started reading it. It's different from the other books of hers that I've read. At first, I didn't like it. There are very short chapters in which she relates something from her life with an application point. I kept reading and it didn't take long before I LOVED IT! The style of this book is a wonderful way to touch on topics and reminders that we all need to hear. Not only did I soak in all of the wonderful advice Holley gave in the book, but with every chapter I read, I felt a little less alone in some of my own thoughts (and embarrassing moments). 

One of the things that Holley reminds us throughout Fiercehearted is to embrace who God made us to be and that we should not waste time or energy trying to be someone else. This brought me great comfort as I recently attended a networking event for my job. I was in a room filled with people and had already talked to everyone I knew but it was too early to leave. I got a plate and ended up standing by myself to eat and started thinking about how if I was like so and so, I would be swapping business cards and adding names to my contacts list. But then I remembered, that's not how God made me and that's okay. 

In another chapter in the book, Holley talks about her struggle with a form of depression. That chapter stuck with me. I think it's wonderful that she would be so open with such a personal struggle so that others could be encouraged. 

The last thing I'll mention that I took away from Fiercehearted is the desire to be obedient. We don't need to do everything or be everything to everyone. We need to do what God is calling us to do. This book has inspired me to ask Him what He wants me to do and listen for the answer.

I highly recommend this book as an addition to your quiet time or to read if you just need some encouragement and a cheerleader.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What is one thing thing about yourself that you should embrace as being uniquely you rather than try to compensate for it or change?

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