God never called us to be nice.
What happens when we replace courage with compromise?
What happens when we replace honesty with likability?
What happens when we replace conviction with clichés?
What happens when we replace discipleship to Christ with a devotion to nice?
We live in a culture that prizes niceness as one of its highest virtues. Niceness keeps the peace, wins friends, gains influence, and serves our reputations well, but it also takes the teeth out of our witness and the power out of our faith. When we choose to be nice instead of faithful, we bear fruits that are bland, bitter, empty, and rotten to the core.
In this life-changing book, Sharon Hodde Miller explores the seemingly innocent idol that has crept into our faith and quietly corrupted it, producing the bad fruits of cowardice, inauthenticity, shallowness, and more. Then she challenges readers to cultivate a better tree, providing practical steps to reclaim our credibility as followers of Christ, and bear better, richer, more life-giving fruits.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Sharon Hodde Miller is a pastor's wife, a mother to two small boys, and the author of Free of Me. In addition to earning her PhD, Sharon has blogged at SheWorships.com for nearly ten years, making God's Word accessible to women everywhere. She has been a regular contributor to Propel and Her.meneutics, and has written for Relevant, Christianity Today, (in)courage, She Reads Truth, and many other publications and blogs. She speaks regularly on topics ranging from leadership to body image to Scripture. She lives with her family in the Raleigh/Durham area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In a very personal and conversational style Sharon outlines the fruits of niceness: fake, rotten, bland, bitter, hard, and processed. Each of these fruits identifies a sinful root of why we choose niceness over the way of Jesus. She goes on to look at how we as Christians can grow healthier. Each chapter is like a mini sermon with illustrations and explanations that challenge Christians to a deeper way of being. What I liked most about this book was that it showed me where I could grow as a follower of Jesus. It didn’t pressure me to do more things, instead it challenged me to root and abide in Christ.
This book is AMAZING! It's convicting, relevant, and makes you truly look at how you present yourself in a whole new light. It's one thing to be 'nice' and a whole other thing to be truly 'kind' and being kind in the manner that God has called us to. It gives you the courage to do the hard things, but know that you're doing it because GOD. It's all about God in every aspect! I was challenged in this book to self examine, but it has made me come out stronger. Highly recommend, especially for a small group.
As a recovering people pleaser, I was eager to dig in and start reading. I expected to be encouraged, challenged, and learn some practical skills to move past my desire for everyone to like me. This book is so much more than that! I can't wait for my hard copy to arrive so I can read again with a highlighter in hand. Each chapter is like sitting through an amazing sermon message and Sharon's writing is grounded in Biblical truth. This book just became my new reference guide for those time in my life where I just don't feel like I'm enough.