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Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist: Learning to Be Free

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"Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist (learning to be free

"Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist (learning to be free)" by Amanda Jenkins was a surprise hit for me! I honestly didn't think I'd enjoy or get much out of it, as I'm in no way a perfectionist, but I read it because it was a free eBook from one of my favor...
"Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist (learning to be free)" by Amanda Jenkins was a surprise hit for me! I honestly didn't think I'd enjoy or get much out of it, as I'm in no way a perfectionist, but I read it because it was a free eBook from one of my favorite publishers, and you can't go wrong with free, right? ;-) I'm very thankful I did go ahead and read it, as there is something for everyone in "Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist." Although we all may not be OCD or perfectionists across the board, each one of us lives in a culture that pressures us and gives us ridiculously unrealistic (and sometimes just unreal) standards to live up to, whether we fully realize it or not. And that's where I believe Mrs. Jenkins does an admirable job: sharing her story and making it relatable to us all. 

Just a glance at the chapter headings will give you a clue that "Confessions" is applicable to anyone: "Vanity", "Recognition", "Pride" and "Happiness", just to name a few. Even those chapters that didn't appear initially pertinent like "Diet Coke" ended up giving me great insight to areas of weakness and fleshliness in my own life. Essentially the entire point of "Confessions" is that we need not get caught up in man/self-made goals and standards that can change with a whim and the seasons, but rather look to Christ as our ultimate Standard and His Glory as our goal. 

I so appreciate the saturation of Scripture in this book. You cannot go wrong writing a book entitled "Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist (learning to be free)" when the foundation is the Source of true freedom: the very words of God. Although I wouldn't categorize this as a "self-help" or "fix-all" book, I do believe we Christian women could all learn a little (or a lot) from Mrs. Jenkins as she tackles so many of the hang-ups and strongholds in our lives that keep us from absolute freedom and peace in Christ. 

Oh, and one final note: there's a handy little discussion guide at the end of the book that you could use as you read chapter by chapter, either on your own or in a small group/Bible study setting. Definitely a very cool and helpful feature. 

And on that note, I give "Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist (learning to be free)" 5 stars!

posted by AlaskanTebowFan on August 28, 2013

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This would have been more aptly titled "Confessions of a Ra

This would have been more aptly titled "Confessions of a Raging Narcissist."

Seriously, this is worse than reading your most self-absorbed friend's Facebook page.... because, being a perfectionist, I made myself finish all 173 pages, and it was a struggle. Th...
This would have been more aptly titled "Confessions of a Raging Narcissist."

Seriously, this is worse than reading your most self-absorbed friend's Facebook page.... because, being a perfectionist, I made myself finish all 173 pages, and it was a struggle. The author makes a pretense of showing humility, but even in doing so it's clear that she is still trying to tell the world how perfect and awesome she is. It isn't cute.

Every chapter seemed repetitious and unnecessary... we get it, you're a perfectionist.  It gets to a point where she almost seems to be bragging about her perfectionism.

posted by KMEvans09 on July 11, 2013

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    Posted July 11, 2013

    This would have been more aptly titled "Confessions of a Ra

    This would have been more aptly titled "Confessions of a Raging Narcissist."

    Seriously, this is worse than reading your most self-absorbed friend's Facebook page.... because, being a perfectionist, I made myself finish all 173 pages, and it was a struggle. The author makes a pretense of showing humility, but even in doing so it's clear that she is still trying to tell the world how perfect and awesome she is. It isn't cute.

    Every chapter seemed repetitious and unnecessary... we get it, you're a perfectionist.  It gets to a point where she almost seems to be bragging about her perfectionism.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    Read as part of the Tyndale House Summer Reading Program. The ti

    Read as part of the Tyndale House Summer Reading Program. The title caught my eye right off and I couldn't wait to read this book, but I was disapointed. No new information was shared. It's the same old story of if I'd just see myself how God sees me then I won't need to be a perfectionist. The only connection I had with this book is the authors experience with adoption.

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