Ladies, we all share the same desires… to be loved and called lovely. But chances are, true love and true beauty can't be perceived or experienced from your current point of view. The dangers of a poor or false self-image are serious. Many young ladies are driven to the brink of self-destruction by their impaired judgment, desire to be loved, and longing for true security.
Katie Messer knows all too well about such toxic thoughts, about how it felt being trapped in her own "plastic prison," and about the dark roads she traveled in hopes of finding a love that seemed too good to be true. Yet all the while, a True Love was waiting for her to return.
In Mirrors to Windows, Katie demonstrates a simple but dynamic change of viewpoint. Stop fixating on the internal (Mirrors): self-image, perceived needs, insatiable longing for acceptance and love. Instead, steer your eyes outward (Windows), and you'll see with clarity that the best life and the truest love have been waiting for you all along.
God is waiting to blow the roof off your expectations and desires. It is God who saves, God who redeems, and God who takes all demented attempts of our own searching and striving for happiness and belonging-and turns it into something truly beautiful as we embrace the Cross of Christ and His divine calling.
|Publisher:||Deep River Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Katie Messer holds a B.A. in international relations, a B.A. in Latin American studies, and a minor in Spanish from California State University at Chico. She is a passionate speaker and writer of God's hope and healing in the lives of those from every culture, country, and walk of life. She and her husband, Phil, enjoy taking their two children to feed the resident turtles. They currently live in the Middle East. Depending on the time zone she and her beloved family are in, you might find her enjoying an extra-sugary cup of mint tea (chai b'naana in Arabic), or dill pickles. Messer is pursuing an M.A. in professional counseling.
Table of ContentsPreface
Prologue: The Contented Conch
Part 1: The Skewed Logic and Results of Rebellion
1. With Tears in His Eyes
2. Getting Right with My Father God
3. Battling the Dragons
4. ARISE: Seeing Your Own Potential
5. Mr. Fear, May I . . .?
6. Mirrors and Motives
7. Thy Perfect Timing: A Short Story
Part 2: Awaken My Soul: Finding All I’ve Ever Wanted
9. Into the Wilderness
10. Raising Money for Asia
11. I Will Lead You Out
12. Spiritual Boot Camp!
13. A Declaration of Purpose
14. God Calls to Intimacy
15. “Christ Is the Answer”
16. Giving Up Control
17. Meeting in the Desert
18. Covered Discoveries
19. Saving the Sent
20. Getting Warmer
21. Crashing Realizations
22. 32 oz. of H2O
23. True Love for a Skeptic
24. God’s Timing Is Everything
25. Daring to Love
26. From Shiny Things to Foreign Bling
27. Divine Romance CallingAre You Going to Answer?
What People are Saying About This
“Mirrors to Windows will challenge you to move past your complacency into a life of faith and trusting the Lord in all things. Just as I had to search my heart to see if I was allowing fear to hinder the Lord’s work in my life, you, also, will be challenged to put fear aside to pursue whatever the Lord is calling you to do. As Katie Messer demonstrates, God is such a gentlemanso patient and kind, so lovingalways working every detail of our lives for His glory and for our good. Take the brakes off, and trust God to begin something new and fresh in you.”
-Rhonda B. Mann, ministry leader, East Leesville Baptist Church, Leesville LA
“From the opening pages, you will curl up on the couch with Katie and engage in intimate conversation about life, love, and what it means to be complete in Christ.”
-Marsha Harvell, author of The Covenant Maker and co-author of The Watchman on the Wall
“Katie Messer’s story gives words to the heart of our great King. Not only do we live in the power of His resurrection, but we are a part of the greatest love story ever told, both on Earth and in Heaven.”
-Susan Hanson, Youth With a Mission
"Mirrors to Windows is a refreshing read. Katie’s words clearly communicate her depth of intimacy with the Lord, which makes one long for an equally deep walk with the Lord. Ladies, young and old, will be reminded that the way we find ourselves and keep on doing so is through fellowship with the Lord, not in the world’s definition of beauty or success. Read about Katie’s personal journey, and be inspired to sit at the Lord’s feet."
-EloClaire Odogbo, author of Learning to Learn
"Katie Messer’s life is a beautiful testimony to the intimacy God wants to have with all of us. Her writing is transparent and at times very raw, allowing readers to feel they know her. I was blown away by the clarity with which she hears God and by her stories. An amazing, encouraging, inspiring, and God-glorifying read. I couldn't put it down."
- Erin Skazalski, wife and church staffer
"Mirrors to Windows is beautifully honest. The wisdom it contains is some I wish I had received as a teen. What a great, godly resource this is for girls everywhere trying to find their way in this big world."
-Kimberly Remedies, mom; teacher; business owner of Loving Motherhood