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Kelly Minter explores what it means—in real life—to "clothe" ourselves (Col. 3:12) in Christian virtues like forgiveness, joy, patience, compassion, and more. Can we really "dress up" in the character of Christ? Kelly Minter says the answer is yes—if we let the Master Designer do the fitting. This relatable book offers insightful Scripture study with real-life stories and simple, down-to-earth explanations of tricky concepts such as justification and sanctification—stitching it all together with dry humor and ...
Kelly Minter explores what it means—in real life—to "clothe" ourselves (Col. 3:12) in Christian virtues like forgiveness, joy, patience, compassion, and more. Can we really "dress up" in the character of Christ? Kelly Minter says the answer is yes—if we let the Master Designer do the fitting. This relatable book offers insightful Scripture study with real-life stories and simple, down-to-earth explanations of tricky concepts such as justification and sanctification—stitching it all together with dry humor and down-to-earth honesty. There are no gimmicks, no guilt trips, just an irresistible invitation for women to enjoy a spiritual makeover—to put on a life that's personally tailored by the One who knows and loves them best.
1 Where Are They When You Need Them? 15
2 Pick Me, Pick Me 23
3 Pointy Sticks and Behavior Management 37
4 Father Loves You 53
5 The Angel in the Stone 65
Taking Off the Old
6 The Perfect Storm 75
Forgiveness, Part 1
7 Yes, You Really Can 87
Forgiveness, Part 2
8 Not as the World Gives 105
Peace, Part 1
9 A Soul at Rest 119
Peace, Part 2
10 And Then Came the Rains 129
11 Everything Must Die (To Rise Again) 143
12 When the Crowds Keep Marching 157
13 More Than a Disposition 171
14 The Crowning Virtue 183
Discussion Questions 193
Posted June 17, 2011
The Fitting Room teaches us about Putting On The Character Of Christ. The book is based on Colossians 3:12 that says "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience".
Kelly Minter uses the analogy of fashion as a way of relating how we wear the 'virtues'... but she is quick to point out that "The Christian virtues are not something we can slap on ourselves like cutout paper dolls. They come as a result of heart change that is accomplished through the supernatural love of Jesus."
I thought this was a great book, well written in a personal way. I could relate to much of what Kelly was sharing... because I have experienced it myself. She points out how our we become focused more on managing our behavior rather than promoting inward transformation.
After the first few pages, I was hooked. When she says that we can never separate the qualities of God from God Himself, I felt the conviction. She talks of how we view godly character as something we can obtain if we just try harder. Oh... how often I've been there! The way we tell ourselves that we'll do better next time, be more patient, hold our tongue, or just use the virtues at will... as if it's something we can do on our own.
So much to learn in this book... I think it could be used in a small group as well. Kelly Minter makes it easy to read and enjoyable as well. I think you'll enjoy it.
*I received this book for free from The B&B Media Group for my honest review.
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Posted May 8, 2011
Minter puts a different spin on "clothing ourselves" with the virtues listed in the Bible: kindness, humility, compassion, patience and joy. Yet sometimes it's easier said than done to extend these virtues. When you're really busy, having patience can seem impossible. Or when you're going through a dark time, finding joy can be like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Minter also tackles the themes of living a life that's holy, understanding God's love for us and the need, as women, to feel chosen. She talks about how God can bring good from any situation. She talks about the story of Joseph and makes the point: "Joseph's brothers sold him, but God sent him.He [God] was present when his brothers mocked him, when his coat was stripped, when he was sold to merchants. He was present when someone lied about him and someone else forgot him. God never left him. And He has never left us." When we can "wear" the virtues as God intends, we're able to experience true joy.
I loved Minter's humor and honesty. She exposes her own flaws and failures and allows you to connect with her. She sprinkles her humor throughout the book, causing me to laugh out loud at times. I want to take the time to read this book again when I can carefully go through it instead of having to rush through it to finish it in time. She makes so many good points and has a very easy writing style. Her words seem to flow and made this book a good read.
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Posted August 19, 2013
This is really a very good bible study and read! It brings a better understanding on the character of Christ and what he wants and expects from all of his followers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 24, 2011
It's soon midsummer here, and sadly in Finland that means a lot of boozing for a lot of people.
What is interesting about boozing is that people often say things that they wouldn't normally say when they are drunk. It's a time when your real thoughts and feelings can get exposed. And sometimes that's ugly. Not because you or I are ugly on the outside, but because of sin we have ugly spots and stains on the inside. They tend to manifest when we let down our guard - some, admittedly, with more devastating consequences than others.
What really matters is what's on the inside - the real you and me. Am I mean spirited? Is that what comes out when I let down my guard, or do I manifest the true nature of a Christian? As Paul puts it to the Galatians . where is the
and the self-control?
I've just finished reading a rather interesting book called The Fitting Room.
On the cover is a tailor's dummy.
In his letter to the Collosians, Paul writes
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12)
It's where the author, Kelly Minter, gets the theme for her book.
It's an interesting picture isn't it?
As followers of Jesus, do we chose to clothe oursleves with the character and nature of God?
And are we willing to allow ourselves to have a fitting for that clothing?
It's there the fashion metaphor falters a little bit. After all it's not the clothing that is pared down (or expanded) in order that the clothing called compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience fits us is it? It is us who need to be changed, moulded and made to fit the clothing i.e. the character of Christ.
Kelly Minter gets this.
Her book tries to move us beyond the striving of trying to make ourselves more compassionate, kinder and more loving.
And its a tool which can help you and me be clothed by Christ.
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Posted June 13, 2011
As little girls, it's fun to play "dress-up" and with "paper dolls." As women, getting fitted for a prom dress, bridesmaid gown, or even a bridal gown. Kelly Minter, in her book, The Fitting Room, has provided a means for a spiritual makeover, one that lasts for eternity, by putting on the character of Christ.
Kelly's book has a down-to-earth feel to it, but she's truly concerned about our spiritual growth. She feels like a friend sitting next to you and sharing spiritual truths while being transparent with her own walk with the Lord. She doesn't claim to have all the answers, but she has a way of getting her points across that are easy to understand and peppered with her wit.
The power to walk this life is given by the Holy Spirit and God's holiness when by faith in Christ we are we are chosen by God. We are graciously chosen, loved by the Father, and called to live a holy life by putting off the old sinful nature.
The specific virtues that Kelly discusses are the following:
Forgiveness, part 1 and part 2-The perfect storm; Yes, you really can
Peace, part 1 and part 2-Not as the world gives; A soul at rest
Kindness-And then came the rains
Humility-Everything must die (to rise again)
Compassion-When the crowds keep marching by
Patience-More than a disposition
Joy-The crowning virtue
I was amazed at the wisdom set forth by Kelly in regards to these virtues. Yes, the wisdom comes from God, but He used Kelly to crack open the meanings in a very personal way. Again, she's very transparent with her own life, which makes the book that much more meaningful and encouraging.
If you want to truly change and learn to put on the character of Christ, this is a great book to study. Kelly explains how to take off the negative traits and emotional entanglements we grew up with. But remember, it's a process, not a one-step rule and everything's fine. God will work in you to produce His character in you if you are open for change. Great for personal or group studies.
The cover of her book will bring back memories of childhood paper dolls and getting fitted for a gown. Kelly's book goes deeper and is a necessary part of our lives.
This book was provided by Karen Davis at The B & B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Posted June 9, 2011
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." -Colossians 3:12
Today I would like to share with you a wonderful book called The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter. ?
In this book Kelly Minter breaks down the verse Colossians 3:12. Chapter by chapter she explains how we can put on the virtues of peace, kindness, humility, compassion, patience, and joy. We have to realize that these aren't just things that we can suddenly be. They are all things to work on; they don't come naturally to us in our own self. They come from Christ living in us.
I appreciate her writing style and how the book has the feel of a conversation with a friend. Her honesty in sharing real life stories as well as her humor really add to this book. There were so many little "nuggets" in this book that made me stop and think as I was reading.
One part that really stood out to me was in one of the chapters on peace. She talked about Jonah and his running from God and how sometimes it's our own choices that hinder us from having peace.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this book and recommend it to you. It has study questions in the back and I could see it being very appropriate for a group study with friends or a church group.
Thank you to Audra at The B & B Media Group for providing this book for my honest review.
Posted April 1, 2011
This book was based on Colossians 3:1, where God tells us to clothing ourselves with virtures. In this day it is very hard to show that we are a Christian and to do all the things that God tells us we should do and act. Kelly talks about the way in which we can help ourselves to be what God wants us to be and she tell that we really need to do the best we can. Other people see us different that we see ourselves as we all are compared to this world of TV and the media. God looks at us from the inside, not the outside, but we should try our best to dress and act as a Christian so that others can see that we are different that the ways of the world.
We should try to take off the things that are not pleasing to God and put on the things that are, that is what The Fitting Room is based on. This book has fourteen chapters that can be used as a learning tool on their own or the book can be read and studied with as many chapters as you wish. It is a little hard to tell about this book in a review as you need to read it for yourself to see how Kelly tells us how to change our life to be more pleasing to God.
I found Kelly and her words in "The Fitting Room" to be uplifting and am so thankful to "The B and B Media Group for sending me this copy for my own review.
Posted June 5, 2011
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