Our world is filled with fake facades, from the unrealistic filters used on social media to the “holier than thou” personas seen in certain hypocritical believers. To combat the fake trends, a new trend has emerged—one that fights the facade with transparency and vulnerability. Instead of being filtered or super-spiritual, we’re told to be real and honest. And rightly so. We should be getting real with each other about our junk. But should we stop there? Should we gather to simply commiserate about our current version of “me”? Is community about more than just feeling understood by one another in our hard places, or does God have actual change in store for us beyond brokenness In Sick of Me, Whitney Capps shows us that spiritual growth means being both honest and holy—that we can come to Jesus just as we are, but we cannot stay that way. While virtues like vulnerability, honesty, and humility are desperately needed, we should fight for more. After all, the gospel is a change-agent. Whitney calls us beyond trendy transparency and into something better: true transformation. If you want to be honest about all your junk, but are also sick of staying there—Sick of Me is for you.
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About the Author
Whitney Capps is a national speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and a writer for the new Bible app, First 5, reaching more than 1,000,000 people daily. As a Bible study geek, Whitney’s delight is to dig into God’s Word for profound yet practical truth. A communicator at heart, Whitney comes alive by sharing those truths with any gal who will give her even a few minutes. In her former life she served as a Talent Acquisitions professional at Chick-fil-A’s corporate office, which gave her a deep love for helping women connect their passion with their purpose for the glory of God. A girly-girl living with all boys, Whitney and her husband Chad are raising their four sons, Cooper, Dylan, Ryder, and Tate just outside Atlanta, Georgia. Her house is wild, loud and littered with Legos. Whitney is addicted to shoes, jewelry, and ice crunching. Additionally, Whitney served her community as her local Bible Study Fellowship Teaching Leader.
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Sick of Me
I'm sick of me."
I went to lunch with a girlfriend not long ago, and that's what I said. And I meant it. I'm so, so tired of thinking about me. I'd like to tell you that I'm not that self-absorbed, but the truth is, I am. And I'm sick of it.
A lot of it is superficial and temporal. What do people think of me? Why does she have friends and invitations I don't? Why can't I lose the squishiness that makes my favorite jeans feel like they are literally squeezing the life right out of me? What's so wrong with me that other women can create change or peace or joy or the perfect Pinterest-worthy life, but I can't? All of that surface stuff is there.
But honestly, more than some of my "me" preoccupation is spiritual. I'm tired of thinking about "my purpose." I'm worn out trying to live like "who I am in Christ." I'm exhausted by the endless pursuit to be "the best version of me," but stuck with the very ordinary, still struggling version of me. And when I double down my efforts and strive to be better than I am, live my best life and change, I'm met with books and sermons that deal with more "me-ness."
I am a victorious, daughter of the most High God, called to let go of her crippling anxiety and perfectionism. A woman who ought to live loved and accepted and whole.
These are good (some of them brilliant) lessons that are beneficial. They just aren't helping me. What is wrong with me? And there it is again. Me. Her. Self. And that's part of my problem, even my good, Bible-study girl intentions and efforts are kind of all about me. What did I get out of it? What is my takeaway? What does this passage say about me?
What I've been doing isn't working. I want to grow spiritually; in fact, I think I'm desperate to. I buy the books, do the Bible studies, listen to all the podcasts, and strive for biblical community; but it's just not making a difference. I'm trying. I really, really am.
And I bet you are too. I've met you. I've talked with you. I suspect your reading list looks like mine. I imagine you've tried all the same stuff I have. I imagine we read similar devotions, use some of the same apps, pin the same images, and share the same quotes. I suspect our friendships are made of similar stuff.
Now maybe you aren't sick of you, or perhaps you wouldn't put it that way. Maybe you're just discouraged. Or, do you wonder why your life doesn't feel easy and light? Perhaps you've sensed, like me that despite all your spiritual striving, something feels off in a way you can't quite describe. I get it. I really do. And I get the frustration. The inability to put into words what's wrong.
(Something isn't right, but I'm not sure what.)
If I had to sum it up, I'd say this. For all our best efforts, we don't look dramatically more like Jesus today than we did yesterday. We aren't growing more spiritually mature. We may know a bit more, but our lives don't bear the difference. I have countless lists and tips for better marriages, friendships, and finances. But do I really, truly look more like Jesus?
That day at lunch my friend reached across the table and said, "Then stop telling me about you. Tell me about Jesus."
Her words gutted me in the best possible way. Do you know that feeling? The sucker punch that takes your breath away, and kind of makes you want to puke? I usually get it when I'm listening to a sermon that I'm sure is for "everybody else" and then my pastor says something that is clearly — too clearly — meant for me. That's what her words felt like. I thought we were just having a nice, honest conversation, and she had to go and say something like that. And yet that one comment struck me in a way that awakened something soulful and sincere in me.
She was right, and it hurt. But she wasn't finished.
"Whit, you are the most sincere, real person I know. You are self-aware and transparent, maybe to a fault. Your problem isn't that you don't know or own what's broken about you. The problem is you don't seem to really want to do anything about it. It's like you think 'owning' it is enough."
And there it was.
Now if you are anything like me, the concept of "brokenness" may feel kind of played out. A cliché word Christian girls share like Starbucks selfies. We talk about it a lot in church circles. We toss it around with other Christiany buzzwords like authenticity, transparency, raw, and real. These virtues are added to ideals like "community" and "fellowship" to form a kind of modern petri dish for spiritual maturity.
If you get all of these elements together in one person or place, you've got yourself a greenhouse for spiritual growth. But what if, what if, talking about it isn't the same thing as actually doing it? And what if posting or sharing it doesn't actually change us? What if our greenhouses are just filled with gas?
My crazy-wise friend had summed me up just right. I was content to be broken, but not so concerned with being better. I can do transparent. Transformation? Not so much. My mind was spinning. I was thinking of a hundred ways to justify myself, offer up an excuse, or grab a Scripture that I could slap on this situation (likely out of context, because that usually happens when we try to use Scripture to suit us) that would make me sound spiritual. But when I looked at her face, I sensed that this conversation didn't need more conversation. I didn't need to talk my way out of this one. I needed to sit with that truth, and, to the best of my ability, get out of my own way and let truth work me over.
The result is what you hold in your hands.
Now to be completely transparent, because how could I not be: we can't totally diagnose what's wrong without considering ourselves just a little bit. A woman can't totally ignore her own habits, motivations, desires, or behaviors if she truly desires to change those things. But I hope you'll navigate this dangerous path with me. There are deadly traps ahead. Yes, transparency and brokenness are necessary for the believer. We do need to be honest with ourselves about our sin. But we can't, we must not, get stuck there. It's not that transparency is bad. It's that we often get stuck there and don't move forward to the whole point of confessing our brokenness in the first place — change. It sounds wild, but transparency really can be the trap that keeps us from getting to the gospel-centered goal of transformation.
We may think it starts with us, but, praise His Matchless Name, it was never meant to end with us.
What We Won't Admit You know when you buy or download a movie, there is often a feature where you can watch the film and hear the director's commentary over the movie dialogue? Well, my life has one of those. And if you could hear the director's cut swirling in my mind, you'd realize it is composed mostly of Friends lines and random song lyrics.
Today's accompaniment is the line from The Sound of Music, "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start." I was humming it as I was wrestling with my friend's comment. The next line of the song is, "When you read you begin with ABC. When you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi." (There it is again. Me. Or in this case "mi.")
I think we should start at the very beginning. So I started asking myself, "Why am I sick of me?"
The answer that kept coming to me was, "I'm sick of me because it's just not working."
But what's not working in my spiritual life? I needed to get specific. Here's the thing: we can't address what we won't admit. And we only make general progress when we pursue general solutions to fix general problems. Let me give you an example. I'm a little squishier than I'd like to be. So every year I make a New Year's resolution to lose weight. But that's a generic solution to a generic problem. Really, what does "squishier" even mean? This year I took the time to identify that the specific thing that was killing me (and my waistline) was my commitment to sweet things and regular soda. So I seriously cut back on them. I also resolved to run a 5K by March. For the first time in my life, I'm actually making progress, real progress, toward getting healthy. Specific problem. Specific solution. Specific progress in one area.
This is not new thinking. Steven Covey in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People famously identified healthy goals as those that are S.M.A.R.T. According to Covey, successful goal achievement starts with goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound, hence the acronym SMART. This advice isn't just good for the professional business person; it's good advice for the committed Christian, too. And for far too long, I've been a fairly half-hearted Christian.
So what isn't working? What is my problem? Honestly, it's that I don't feel like I'm making progress. So then I had to ask, "Progress toward what?" (Listen, I feel like I should beg you to hang with me. This seems kind of tedious, right? But I promise this is the process of getting where we really want to go. And for far too long I suspect we have rushed past this part — the part where we truly diagnose what's dysfunctional in our spiritual lives. So don't bail on me. We're headed somewhere!) When I think about my spiritual life, what is the endgame? The same question goes to you: What do you want out of your spiritual life? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Why are we even doing this?
Stop and think about that. It's cool. I'll wait. (Need some prompts? I usually do ...)
Why do you study God's Word?
Why do you drag yourself (and perhaps your household) out of bed and out the door to church?
Why do you want friendships or a community that affirm and build your faith?
If heaven is our sure and secure destination, why stress about what our life looks like here?
These are fair, and I'd argue important, questions for each of us to answer honestly and then rightly. For me, the honest answer isn't necessarily the right answer. And I think that's at least part of my problem.
You see, I can answer these questions in a good, church-girl, Sunday school way. You probably can too. I know what sounds right. But while I know the right answer, it's not the honest answer.
The honest answer is that I've spent most of my Christian life doing the right things so that other people will think the right thing about me. If I do this, you'll think that. If I show up at church and raise my hands at the right time, open my Bible to the right page (without too much lag time between the searching and the finding), if I serve and smile and have good Christian friends, you'll think I'm a good Christian.
While it's hardly comforting to be in the company of the Pharisees, I see myself in lots of the places they pop up in Scripture. Same song. Different verse. Same sin. Different generation.
When I read the New Testament, I can shake my head in disbelief and judgment at the Pharisees' arrogance. Their hubris never ceases to amaze. But those questions we answered earlier, the realization that I do the right things for all the wrong reasons, that I care too much what others think about my spiritual maturity. Hello, my name is "Pharisee."
Countless New Testament passages prove how Jesus frustrated the Pharisees and teachers of the law. Rarely did they come to Jesus to clarify truth or discern wisdom. Their primary goals were to maintain their control and image, limit Jesus' influence, and maintain the status quo.
For years the Jewish religious leaders had curated a system of rituals that let them appear holy without being holy. It's much easier to act holy than to be holy.
The Pharisees had stepped outside of their authority. God alone defines what is holy; He gave the Law to Moses. Its purpose wasn't to be a weapon against God's people, but an invitation to enter into relationship with Him. Over time the Law revealed that none of us can attain inward purity when sin is not addressed.
Jesus came to address this sin issue — for the Pharisees, for you, and for me. Were the Pharisees hands unclean? Sure. But no amount of washing before a meal, in between each course, and at bedtime would make them clean enough to stand before a holy God.
That's what Jesus was saying in Matthew 15:8–9: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules."
Because they missed the point of the law, they wrongly concluded that if they did enough good they could earn God's kindness. Jesus was clarifying that pleasing God isn't about ritual or performance; pleasing God is about obedience motivated by love and faith. He desires deep devotion, not shallow spirituality.
Now the Pharisees were deeply devoted, but their devotion was rooted in looking like they were without sin or guilt. Public opinion and control were their gods. They were devoted to the appearance of righteousness — to their reputation. I can be guilty of the same. How about you?
Like me, do you sometimes care if people see you doing spiritual things? Do we confess and turn from sins that people can see, all the while ignoring attitudes or actions that are still offensive to God but more easily hidden? Do we say the right thing with our lips while living the wrong things with our lives behind closed doors?
This may not be true of you, but it is all too true for me.
And that is kind of where it went off the rails, y'all. The Christian life is never meant to make people think more or better of me. The goal is for me to look more like Christ, and, should people happen to notice me in the process, for them to think more of Jesus. Can my life display the goodness, majesty, grace, righteousness, supremacy, and sweetness of Jesus? Sure. But it should all rest on and resolve with Jesus. Not me.
But that's not on many T-shirts or bookshelves. Instead, we are encouraged to "live your best life" or "you do you." In my best version of me, I decide what life ought to look like. But actually, what frames my best hopes and dreams for my life are my friends' opinions and expectations, television, culture, and of course social media. What I want, what I'm striving for, can be kind of hard to explain or define. Is that true for you?
I've found I can usually pinpoint my unmet expectations by looking at my very real frustrations. Life's disappointments usually expose us to our heart's expectations. It's hard to be disappointed by something we weren't hoping for. Expectations aren't bad. Hopes don't have to go unrealized. Expectation and hope can be the best kind of motivators. But when our expectations aren't anchored in the eternal or informed by Scripture, we end up running after things that are fleeting and ever-changing. Self-infused desires and the pursuit of the approval of others is like chasing the wind, ever-changing, difficult to pin down, and impossible to catch.
Our best lives can't be defined by social media or the culture at large. Our best life can't even be completely based on what we want or think we need. Friend, those pursuits are called group therapy or self-help. What we are called to is sanctification.
Sanctification is the progressive work of becoming more like Christ. It addresses the internal quality of our spiritual maturity and is evidenced in external actions. Sanctification then is only applicable for believers.
If we want to define it, we could say that sanctification is both a divine process and a human pursuit. It is something that the Holy Spirit does in and through us to make us become more like Christ — that's God's process in us. But at the same time, we also cooperate with His promptings to become more like Christ through obedience — that's our pursuit. This is what Paul is describing in 2 Corinthians 3:18 when he says we "are being transformed into [Christ's] image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
I'm a daddy's girl through and through. My dad is the most gentle, thoughtful, loving man. His tenderness of heart and strength of character are unquestionable. He helped me fall in love with Jesus with my heart and mind and modeled what it means to love God and others every day of my life. My life's ambition is to be more like him.
Now I'm fully aware that many (maybe most) people didn't have the joy of a dad like mine. If that's true for you, friend, I'm so, so sorry. Really. That's not fair, and you deserved better. But no matter your experience with your earthly father, our heavenly Father is infinitely more faithful, dependable, kind, loving, tender, gracious, and trustworthy. All of His children should say every day, "I want to be more like my Dad." And that is sanctification. Daily becoming more like Him. We want to be more like our Abba, our heavenly Father. (Abba is the Aramaic term of affection that means "Dad".)(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Sick of Me 1
Chapter 2 Happiness over Holiness 15
Chapter 3 Set Apart 31
Chapter 4 Separate Is Hard, Hard Is Good, God Is Best 49
Chapter 5 The Process Is the Point 75
Chapter 6 Pursuing the Process, Part 1: Confident and Unashamed 83
Chapter 7 Pursuing the Process, Part 2: Our Part 103
Chapter 8 Broken but Better 117
Chapter 9 Avoiding the Transparency Trap, Part 1: Beyond the Bad and Believing the Best 125
Chapter 10 Avoiding the Transparency Trap, Part 2: The Categories of Transparency 151
Chapter 11 Transformed 171
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Amidst its darkness, if a story of the kinds and Israel teaches us anything, it’s when our hearts turn from God, they always turn toward self.” Thoroughly impressed by Whitney Capps’ writing for the First 5 app, I jumped at the opportunity to enjoy an entire book! In my eagerness, I didn’t read the back cover description for Sick of Me. Had I read it, I would have realized I wasn’t the target market. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, it is packed with Biblical wisdom and well-written. At the outset, Whitney states the goal of the book “isn’t just to help us understand what sanctification is, but maybe as importantly, what it is not.” Now, don’t be put off by the church-lingo, this is written in a down-to-earth, easy-to-relate-to manner but it achieves it’s objective making sanctification understandable in a real-world way. “New growth rarely happens in old places. When God plucks us up, sets us apart, and transplants us elsewhere, it forces us out of comfort and into change. Partly said in humour but definitely true, Whitney says “a secondary goal of the book is to rescue verses that have been ripped out of context and slapped on situations that may not be fair.” Numerous Bible verses, and stories, are given context and new depth throughout the book. Having spent many hours reading the First 5 app, much of this wasn’t new to me but it’s worth isn’t diminished because of its familiarity! Each point made is substantiated by Biblical truth. “Scripture is the mirror that God uses to point out the blemishes in my life.” The spiritual journey Whitney takes the reader on is one I took with God years ago as I came to terms with my CRPS. It reminded me of important principles which I had to put into action and the way God teaches you to lean only on Him. This book is particularly relevant to those who are married with children and a part of a church family. It’s a four out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale for me.
This book presents a message that I felt was very timely in my life. I, like the author, am adept at being honest about my faults, but am not always willing to put in the effort to change. Whitney’s book focuses on how we can turn “trendy transparency into true transformation” by working daily to become more like Jesus. She takes difficult concepts such as justification and sanctification, and makes them understandable and relatable through personal stories and examples. Some quotes that stood out to me from the book include: “God calls His people to be separate. Separate is hard. Hard is good. God is best.” “Scripture doesn’t just reflect what’s wrong; it’s the medicine to heal what’s wrong.” “The first step in our part of sanctification is confessing the blemishes Scripture reveals. The second step in our part of sanctification is obeying scripture in order for the blemish to be healed.” “Overemphasizing our sin can have an unintended consequence: we diminish the cross.” “Our thorns are used by God for our humility, not our complacency.” I would recommend this book for anyone who is tired of being stuck in the rut of sin, and want to work on becoming more like Christ every day. I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher, through the B and H Blogger Program. All opinions are my own.
We live in a world yearning for authenticity yet we post on social media the carefully, and beautifully, crafted parts of our lives. In so doing, we often lose ourselves as we become self-absorbed, superficial, and worn out. In her book, Sick of Me, Whitney Capps explores spiritual growth and calls each reader to go beyond transparency to true transformation. “The Christian life is never meant to make people think more or better of me. The goal is for me to look more like Christ, and, should people happen to notice me in the process, for them to think more of Jesus.” (from page 9) We are called to become daily more like Him. The book reminds us that the process of sanctification is a life long pursuit. It is achieved as the Holy Spirit works in our lives yet we are to pursue sanctification, cooperating with the Holy Spirit. Obedience becomes our pursuit in the process, and to quote the author, “… holiness is the endgame”. As believers we are called to be set apart, to be different than this world, and this is hard. It will demand sacrifice and a laying down of ourselves, which will cause a struggle with our souls. We will come to discover: “All the hustle in the world can’t get us farther than the hand of God can take us or has appointed us to go.” (from page 38). The book is convicting and challenging in every good way. The author repeatedly brings the message: “Separate is hard, hard is good, God is best”, which helps us to see deep meaning in the difficulties we experience in life. Every hardship serves a purpose beyond our understanding. Jesus called those in His day to live in an upside-down way, contrary to the thinking of their day and of the religious leaders. There is a tension which builds inside of us as we strive to make ourselves happy while at the same time, pursuing Jesus. Sick of Me reminds us that this is what transformation brings about, we are meant to be uncomfortable in this world. Sick of Me brings a powerful challenge to us all: “Can you imagine what our lives might look like if we confessed what’s broken in us, and then chased the better version not of ourselves, but chased Christ? In the end, that’s what it’s about. God is best. Life with Christ and life like Christ.” (from page 177) Sick of Me is beautifully and powerfully written, each chapter pulling us to be less of ourselves and to pursue being more like Christ. **The publisher provided this book through the B & H/Lifeway Blogger Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
“Sick of Me From Transparency to Transformation” by Whitney Capps Right living in an upside-down world Whitney’s new book is all about Biblical thinking and living right in an upside-down world. She lays out for us that “if God is not in charge, we will scheme solutions to the problems that our selfishness created.” If we our hearts aren’t focused and turned toward God, they will be turned toward and focused on ourselves. Sick of Me speaks about how as fallen humans we tend to trust ourselves more than we trust God and even in our interactions we strategize how to get our way or fix things ourselves. This book is a wonderful reminder that “settling who occupies the throne of our heart matters if we want to be whole, peace-filled, and satisfied. Otherwise we will suffer the chaos of our own internal civil war.” Whitney speaks of the difference between placing our self at the center and Sanctification having God at the center. Sanctification allows scripture to define us and what is virtuous and worthy of pursuit, instead of allowing my selfishness to define those things. Sick of Me helps show us the path via Scripture to go beyond just transparency in our lives to sanctification and transformation as we allow God to be at the center, instead of self. A very thought provoking book that encourages us to go beyond self-focus to God focused lives. I received an ARC of this book in paperback format, as a member of the launch team. The opinions expressed above are my own and I have received no other renumeration than the aforementioned book. I have purchased a copy directly Amazon
This book is so well-written and straight to the point. Whitney sets out to bring some real Biblical truth that will bring conviction, grace and revival in the heart of the reader. I recommend this book to everyone who is in need of a true transformation. I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
I was lucky enough to receive this book prior to it's release and devoured its content in rapid fashion. If you are looking for a practical approach to understanding sanctification and its outworking in your life, then this is the book for you. Jump into the work of moving from status quo transparency to real, life changing transformation with Whitney as she uses the Word and her story of transformation to cheer you on.
I was very looking forward to reading this book due to Self-Help being one of our most popular areas and areas in need of some new material. I loved how this book took the modern world and used the latest trends and fads to help convey the message that your own personal persona should be what only matters and not to let the judgment and views of others define who you are. Basically, I wish this book was around when I was in high school because this was the ultimate message that I have learned from when I was a senior in high school until today. I can not wait for the release of this book for our next teen book club to share my story and to have backup that defines my experience such as Sick of Me. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
If you've ever heard Whitney teach you already know this will be a great read! Honestly, great is an understatement for this transforming book. She tackles a challenging topic in today's world, sanctification, to move from me centered thinking to Jesus centered thinking. This isn't a typical self help book but a book that has one goal for its reader, to become more like Jesus. A definite must read for 2019!
Sick of Me by Whitney Capps is an amazing book!! It is just what I have needed right now. My book is full of underlined, highlighted, and stared passages. This book will be reread again and again. Already looking for some friends to go back and read it again to be able to study it with them. She opens your eyes to be transformed into bring honest and holy.
If I asked you what you know about sanctification, how would you respond? Truth be told, sanctification is a big word with a lovely Sunday school answer but a concept most of us (myself included) don't really know how to practically walk out. I'm so thankful for Whitney Capps' approach to sanctification, justification and well, a whole lot less of myself through the pages of this book. Living a safe, comfortable Christian life is easy, but far less so to dig deep and do the work of an active faith. That's exactly what Whitney invites us into and if you accept the call, you'll never be the same.
I have followed Whitney Capps for several years through her Proverbs 31 devotions and teachings in the First 5 app. Her words are always Biblically based, honest, and down to earth. Her new book, Sick of Me, teaches about the process of sanctification—how believers in Jesus Christ become more like Him. Whitney takes a difficult and sometimes confusing concept and brings it down from a seminary level to a much more easily understood concept. Her examples from her own life are real, and most readers will be able to relate them to their own lives. This is not a book you can rush through; you need to read it slowly and deliberately, thinking through what you have read and how to apply it to your own life. I highly recommend this book. I will be reading it several times. I was privileged to be on the launch team and I received an ARC for my honest review.
Knowing Whitney's depth of knowledge in Scripture and her energetic personality, I expected to read an enjoyable and theologically sound book. She did truly deliver in both aspects. But she completely blew me away so much that I read it cover to cover in one sitting and then immediately began again with a notebook and pen in hand! It's power packed with honesty and Scripture. If I'm going to sit down with a faith based book, I don't want it so fluffy that I feel like I've watched a Hallmark movie, nor do I want it so finger pointing that I hang my head in shame. I want my toes stepped on, but I want to be empowered or encouraged to make a change. This book absolutely fits that! It's written in such a way that the Holy Spirit pricked my heart on many areas and her conversational style writing was such that it's like she's sitting beside me saying, "Let's do this together. Let's be the ones that move beyond words on a page to being transformed." It's also worth noting that one of her greatest gifts in speaking/ writing is her ability to tackle complex Biblical topics, such as sanctification in this case, and break it down to be very understandable and applicable. Whether you're new to the Bible or your pages are well worn, this is the perfect balance. It's not over your head, nor is it so simplified it's boring. It's simply beautifully written. "Sick of Me" quickly has made its way to my favorites shelf to be read and referenced again and again as I seek to be transformed into His likeness more and more. Well done, Whitney!
Highly recommend this book, “Sick of Me” by Whitney Capps! So convicting, thought-provoking, enlightening, and encouraging! It challenges me to examine my life and explore new options to make a difference in this life – God’s way. Two of my favorite quotes from this book: • “Sometimes the bravest thing a believer can do is choose to act on what she knows to be true about God, not what she feels about God. And that isn’t fake. It’s faith.” • “How can I show who I am so that they can see Christ in me?” She shares so much in a way that I can relate to. She explains big “theology words” in ways I can actually understand. She encourages to me to be free to “bring God glory no matter the circumstance” and that will be my aim to try to do just that!
Sick of Me: From Transparency to Transformation by Whitney Capps Don't let the title throw you off "Sick of Me", this is one book you WILL want to read. Whitney helps us see who we are for real, not our social media page. Her flow of writing is so smooth and easy to understand. It is not "churchy language". She uses real life experiences and scripture to take us from Transparency to Transformation in 177 pages. "The cure for my me-sickness is more and more of Him. Its a prescription I'm ready to take." Whitney Capps writes for First 5, Proverbs 31 and has a Simple Seminary course that she and her father teach for a nominal monthly fee. She is the "real deal" :) I was provided an ARC of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
When I heard that the theme of Whitney Capps’ new book was the doctrine of sanctification, my first thought was, “Whoa…probably too deep for me.” But….having been blessed by Whitney’s teachings through the Proverbs 31 ministry and through her and her dad’s Simple Seminary lessons, I knew that whatever Whitney does is Spirit-led and very well done…and that her book would be totally worth my time. Wow, was it ever!!! I am now reading it for the second time, taking notes and highlighting. The subject is deep, but Whitney’s easily readable style makes you want to keep reading without stopping. She breaks the doctrine of sanctification down into plain language that anyone could understand. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “All of His children should say every day, ‘I want to be more like my Dad.’” And that is sanctification…daily becoming more like Him. I highly recommend this book!
We have long needed a book like Sick of Me , and now it is here. Whitney Capps is a bold author that does not dance around the point, instead she directs it head on. This book is very rich in content and wise in words. The foundation on God and His word paves the way to leading us to become a better version of our self. I found this book to be very clear and easy to read. Every single page has been highlighted and underlined beyond recognition . So many strong and applicable points. I felt as if Whitney and I were sitting together and she was pouring accountability and love over me. I will not put this book on the shelf and forget about it. Instead, it will become one I refer back to over and over again. I have already told many friends about it, and I will continue to recommend it. It is by far one of the best written Christian books I have ever read.
I am still in the 'after glow' from reading this book! It is at all times educating, invigorating, encouraging, convicting, and ALWAYS pointing to God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. Run with abandon to your book seller of choice for your copy of Sick of Me, you will not be disappointed!