No More Faking Fine {Book Review}

Copied from Amazon:  If you’ve ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.

But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.


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No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”

Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you’ve done the same.No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.

No More Faking Fine is a book on the importance of letting God into your struggles.  It talks about the need to get honest with God about the things that are troubling you.

“God meets us where we are, and not where we pretend to be”

Esther Fleece talks about how we need to stop just pushing through the pain and instead take the time to grieve it with God.

I loved this quote by D.A. Carson “There is no attempt in scripture to whitewash the anguish of God’s people when they undergo suffering. They argue with God, they complain to God, they weep before God. Theirs is not a faith that leads to dry-eyed stoicism, but to a faith so robust it wrestles with God.”

I have been “Fine” forever, even when I wasn’t.  Even in the midst of suicidal thoughts, I felt like I had to maintain the appearance of being “Fine”.  Lately, friends tease me because I question God so often.  I found this book to be a much-needed breath of fresh air as it gives us permission to get honest with God however that may look.  In that honesty, we invite God into the pain so that He can heal it completely and totally.

*Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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One thought on “No More Faking Fine {Book Review}

  1. I have this book but haven’t gotten past the first few pages. Sounds like I definitely need to pick it up for this season of my life.

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