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Tired of trying to measure up?
Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.
Many of us believe that in order to please God, we have to be perfect. It’s an easy lie to buy into. In a culture that emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals, we feel driven to do more, achieve more, be more. And we get caught up in the unforgiving treadmill of self-imposed rules, believing that we should, we need to, we must.
The result? Anger, frustration, and anxiety that keep us far away from the life of peace that Jesus promised.
For years, Sandra McCollom lived in this trap. Finally worn out from striving for perfection but constantly feeling like a failure, one day she prayed in desperation, begging God for help. God answered Sandra by setting her on a life-changing journey to discover the riches of His grace.
In I Tried Until I Almost Died, Sandra shares how she left behind her burden of anxiety and fear and shows you how to experience for yourself the freedom of trusting solely in the perfecting power of God’s grace.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Sandra McCollom has a passion to see others enter into the life of rest that Jesus offers. She lives in the St. Louis area with Steve, her husband of more than twenty years, and their twin daughters. Sandra thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading, writing, CrossFit training, and homeschooling her girls. Visit her website at www.SandraMccollom.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The title of this book got my attention right away. I’ve struggled a lot with perfectionism in my own life to have an idea what this was all about. Here’s what I liked the most about Sandra McCollom: her openness. That was something really special for me. You can see her mind-set in this book: “If there’s something in my life I can share for helping people know God’s mercy, I’ll do it”. She actually allows you to get in her house, in her marriage, in her entire life to let you know that God’s grace changed her forever and it can do the same for you. So, maybe If I were a person that has never heard or read this kind of teaching before, it would have been completely impacting; but, really, for me, it was more like a reminder of God’s love and grace and goodness, which I think we all need on regular basis. Here’s something I think it’s important: God has His way with each soul (as C.S. Lewis would say). I mention this because this book is a lot about Sandra’s journey with God and how He set her free from her perfectionism bondage. Then, she describes in detail how things could be for you if you embrace God’s grace, but it doesn’t mean that it will happen to you the same way as it was for her or that you will experience the same changes immediately just because it worked that way in her life. I could also say I felt a bit overwhelmed at times because there were chapters in the book packed with too much content. Lots of stories and ideas. Good stories and good ideas and thoughts but a lot of information to digest all at once. Nevertheless, you cannot doubt this woman of God is passionate about what she’s writing. You can almost see her excitement in each page. She was truly set free and I hope she keeps sharing with that passion and boldness the truth God began to show her that January 2. This amazing grace is what our christian life is all about. * I received this book from Blogging for Books and NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.
Can you put your finger on what it is that's holding you back from experiencing the kind of peace, rest, trust, and confidence that your Christian faith promises you? Things like anger, addictions, betrayal, broken relationships, and grief can become obstacles, blocking the believer from the abundant life that Jesus offers (see Matthew 11:28-30 in the New Testament). But are those the real problems? Author Sandra McCollom, daughter of the well-known Dave and Joyce Meyer, suggests in her book I TRIED UNTIL I ALMOST DIED that the problem goes deeper than just surface-level challenges and trials ... that the problem, indeed, has to do with our innate understanding, or lack thereof, of the gospel of grace. McCollom's Christian nonfiction work is partly a memoir, laced with her own personal experiences with a life defined by her vain attempts at perfection, control, and adherence to rules (what Jesus calls the law). With total honesty, transparency, and fearlessness, she paints a picture of the life she and her family had --- miserable, condemning, ashamed, pressured --- before they encountered God's grace in ways they'd never before imagined. If your struggle is with frustration, why not stop and ask yourself whether you're living under the freeing grace of God, or still trying to make it on your own according to your own or someone else's rules? If your obstacle is anxiety, perhaps debilitating enough to prevent you from taking any action at all, then you haven't yet met the God whose perfect love casts out all fear and gives you every reason to rest in Him and His promises, whether the world agrees or not. If you find yourself snapping unnecessarily, or your temper so often out of control that people have to walk on eggshells around you and still never quite feel safe with you, there is a pressure on you, a weight on your shoulders, that God didn't put there and never intended for you to carry. The boulders of control and perfectionism are two of the most crippling that a Christian will ever struggle, and ultimately fail, to carry. Don't be afraid to fail at carrying those boulders, McCollom says with compassion, patience, and tenderness. You're not designed to carry them at all, anyway. Her work is beautifully written, approachable, not at all preachy or dry. Readers looking to expand their connection to God and really experience His promises and His love will, perhaps for the first time in their lives, find the kind of eye-opening honesty and mercy that will lead them back to Him, from McCollom and her own failures and mistakes. If any of the aforementioned descriptors applies to you ... if you're empty, I invite you, with equal parts tenderness and excitement, to pick up a copy of I TRIED UNTIL I ALMOST DIED. There's only One who can fill you up again, and He's more than willing. # # # Author: Sandra McCollom Title: I TRIED UNTIL I ALMOST DIED ISBN: 978-1-60142-578-2 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.