In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge. After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.
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I love to learn and have my neglected Bible visible in my room on the chance that I feel less of a sinner that day and want more of Christ. I wanted a guidebook. I needed to be serious about finding a church home. I needed more than just being a passerby into my faith.
I needed to go to school for it. I wanted to read this book because for the past few seasons, I really felt like I needed more than a push. I prayed about it. I distracted myself and wrote down things that I could do to change my ways or my life. I put everything in a box and tried to shove it in an invisible closet. I didn't think I needed to pray about it or have the patience to wait for an answer. I tried bargaining ways to get Him to talk to me about what to do next. I've always been a terribly inconsistent student: wanting to learn and find the ways to get the right answer and then wanting the short cuts because getting to the answer frustrated the heck out of me!
I thought I could sit through this book and finish in day, but it turns out that I can't. For a chapter at a time, Valerie lists our distractions, our worries, our own selfish desires and motivations and gives us a breakdown of a plan to breakdown those walls we built for ourselves away from God.
I need to really go back over this book and slow down on the parts that I know I could really use in my life. I love that we get "homework" and there are other book recommendations that I need to check out. I love that she puts personal anecdotes about her story, her faith and how she was as a student, a mom, a nerd. It's safe to say that we are all distracted but we all have a moment in our entire day to give to the Lord, we just choose to do something else instead of giving our day to Him. There are practical things that I want to start doing right now that I never even considered before.
So if you're like me: a worry-wart, a person who needs a to-do list, a guidebook or something resembling a plan of action; I highly recommend this book. But I do suggest you take your time with this book. Pray always for the changes that come. Never ever underestimate the power of God's timing. So from this book nerd who is still searching for the correct answers, I invite you to read another book nerd who began living what she learned in the Finishing School.
(I received this book in exchange for an honest review).