Find Hope and Help for Trials and Testing
When you realize there's nowhere to go but into the arms of Jesus, you're in good company. Stacey Thacker, author of Fresh Out of Amazing, knows what it's like to feel like quitting. She invites you to join her in exploring the refreshment awaiting every weary soul in the book of Hebrews. Through these pages, you will...
- understand how Jesus is the heart, help, and hope we need so you can endure through suffering
- learn how to take God at his word to overcome fear with faith
- examine stories of faithful followers so you can look forward with great hope
When life is hard, your heart might ask, "Is Jesus worth it?" Come hear the responding yes ringing through every verse of Hebrews.
* * *
The Girlfriends' Guide to the Bible series offers fresh, friendly, and faith-renewing wisdom on specific books of the Bible—perfect for individuals and women's groups alike.
About the Author
Stacey Thacker is a wife and the mother of four girls. The author of five books, she is a Bible teacher with a passion to connect with women and encourage them in their walks with God. You can find her blogging at staceythacker.com and hanging out on Instagram and Twitter @staceythacker—usually with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book 13
Part 1 The Heart, Hope, and Help We Have in Jesus
1 Start with Worship 17
2 Fear(less) 33
3 Abraham to Anchors 45
4 The Word 61
5 Your Great High Priest 77
Part 2 Our Response
6 Unshakable 97
7 The Cease to Do 113
8 Faithful 129
9 The One Thing You're Really Going to Need 145
10 Looking Forward 161
A Small Guide for Small Groups 175
A Note from Stacey 189
#JesusIsWorthIt Challenge 199
About the Author 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Is JESUS Worth It? It is very interesting book. The author talks about what made you Decide to take on this subject and this book. She then goes on to tell us that everyone questions that question about 98%of each and everyone of us do not ask that question and that 2% of us ask that specific question. I have to do for free with that. I do not ever question if Jesus is worth it - 100% of me has no doubt. Other than that she concentrates on Hebrews because they question the same thing. She did a good job if you were questioning that question. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; my opinions in this review are all my own.
In "Is Jesus Worth it?", Stacey Thacker goes through the book of Hebrews. With many examples from her personal experience, she illustrates the words form Hebrews and wants to encourage and excitewomen to study scripture and ignite their faith. Overall, I liked this book and also really appreciated the study guide at the end of the book. However, there were a few things that hindered me from completely enjoying it. Her explanations of Scripture were very understandable and not too far-fetched, but some of the examples felt a little too trivial compared to the experiences of the people in the Bible. For example, "Hold onto Jesus like my kids hold onto my hand in the shopping mall so they don't get lost", in my opinion, is an unfortunate comparison that does not communicate the importance of holding onto faith. Her style also was a little too much for me. She always calls the reader "sweet girlfriend" and often assumes that the reader shares her interests and values as well as repeatedly saying things like "since we are now girlfriends". She assumes a familiarity that simply wasn't there for me. I would have liked it better if the author hadn't come so uncomfortably close. But this is only my personal opinion. If you're okay with the style, you might really like it. So I would recommend this book if you don't mind that the style is very personal. If you can, I would definitely recommend reading an excerpt before buying it.
Stacey digs into the book of Hebrews while weaving in her own personal real life stories into it to make it more relatable to our lives today. She writes in such a way that it makes you feel as though you are sitting across from her at the table having an intimate conversation about God and how we should strive to be Christ like in all things. So much of Stacey's story parallels with mine and it was wonderful seeing how God's truth and Word helped her overcome her own struggles. It gives me hope that I, too, can overcome things like being a people pleaser and a "busy keeper." The "Cease to Do" chapter is one I will refer back to over and over again for sure. I honestly don't know how to fully rest, but know that God designed the Sabbath so that we would all come to know and have rest, so I am really work hard at trying to find a way to make this a part of my life, but boy is it hard! Stacey says "All our keeping and doing and pretending is not needed to achieve a level where we can give ourselves permission to rest." She also said "From the beginning of the world God's plan for us was that we would first rest." In today's busy society, how many of us can honestly say that we truly rest and center ourselves deeply in the Sabbath God intended for each of us? It is by our faith, rest, intimate relationship with God, His Word and in our desire to help, pray for, encourage and love those around us in our community that we will come to a place of peace and following Jesus in all things. I can't wait for the next book in this series and a chance to gather my girlfriends to discuss these deep truths. I was given an advanced reader digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.