I was excited to hear that Jackie had released another book. While it took me quite a while to get around to reading it, it was a book worth the wait. Not only does this book make the author’s transformation through Christ all the more evident, but also demonstrates an incredible ability to make difficult theological concepts accessible. This is a book I would recommend ~ Bethel
Holiness is a concept that many Christians struggle to understand. While it’s something that the Bible speaks about often, we struggle to see its relevance to our lives because we struggle with our sinful nature. However, it doesn’t take one long while reading God’s Word to realize that God is holy. With our struggle to understand holiness, it makes us harder to understand God or even know how to trust Him. It makes us ask the question: how can we trust God when we have been hurt by those around us?
In her book Holier than Thou, bestselling author Jackie Hill Perry helps her readers understand that if they truly understand that God is holy, we can trust Him, and the reason why many of us don’t trust Him is because of our misunderstandings about His holiness. We are reminded that our struggle to understand holiness comes from our sin and the sin of those around us. These affect our ability to accept that God is holy, morally perfect, and transcendent, since we often project our experiences onto Him. Understanding this allows us to see God through new eyes and put aside many of our barriers to trusting Him fully. It also allows us to see ourselves as sinners that can only achieve personal holiness through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Walking through many different Scriptures and relying on the insights from many theologians, Perry walks through holiness in a way that is accessible to the average reader and with wisdom beyond her years. If you want to understand holiness in a whole new way, this book is definitely worth reading.
Personal Rating. My only criticism of the book is the lack of headings and structure in the chapters. While the material is great and her theology is solid, there are hardly any headings in the chapters to help the reader follow along with the subjects she is covering. I find headings help me process information, but not everyone sees this the same way. If you aren’t bothered by this, you should have no problem reading this book and would recommend that you do
To check my review of Jackie's first book, Gay Girl, Good God, click here
When I first heard that Jackie Hill Perry was coming out with a book, I was so excited. I had already been exposed to her testimony when I first read the book Messy Grace and researched some of the resources that went with it. I already knew that her story demonstrated the power of God’s redeeming grace and wanted to know more. When I finally got around to reading it, I could not put it down. I finished it in a single day. Even if you don’t struggle with same sex attraction, most of us can find ways to relate her story to our own. This is a book I highly recommend to practically anyone ~ Bethel
In her first book, Gay Girl, Good God, Jackie Hill Perry shares her incredible testimony of God’s redeeming grace as he helped her overcome her struggles with same sex attraction. A childhood including an inactive father and abuse at the hands of someone she trusted, brokenness was a theme of the early part of her life. This eventually result in her pursuing same sex relationships, embracing masculinity instead of womanhood, and drug abuse. But one night, while she was home alone watching TV, God got a hold of her heart. Without a church or a preacher, God revealed to her that her sin would be her death and that she needed to repent and change her ways. And that’s exactly what she did. She broke up with her girlfriend, slowly started to change her clothes, and started going to church. She eventually met and married Preston Perry, a man who also had brokenness in his past. They are now the parents of two little girls. Although Jackie knows that struggles with temptation will be an ongoing battle, she also knows that power of God’s grace in her life, if we choose to pursue. She also addresses working through same sex attraction from a biblical perspective. Jackie’s testimony is powerful and moving and her insights into living in victory over sin is something that everyone can relate to. Aside from its biblically grounded perspective on same sex attraction, the story of the redemption in Jackie’s life makes this a book that I would recommend to practically anyone. Get your copy today!
To read more about the subject of a Christian's response to same sex attraction, check out my review of the book Messy Grace by clicking here
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Bethel Grove is a Christian young woman who loves to read and write, eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards, and disciple teen girls as a youth leader. What started as a hobby of writing book reviews and doing deep biblical studies eventually led her down the path of self-publishing and helping other Christian authors launch their books. She hopes to someday be a vocational youth minister and well-known author.
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