Amanda Jenkins is a list-maker, and her book, Confessions of aPerfectionist: Learning To Be Free, spoke to me from the beginning. I relate to Amanda’s incessant standard-setting for herself, creating unrealistic and impossible expectations and then feeling like a failure when I fall flat on my face trying to attain perfection.
She gets as vulnerable as you can get, sharing whatever listed expectation she made for herself. and how she measures up to her goals. Her weight, her bank account, or how many Diet Cokes she’s had so far today, it’s all fair game in this book.
Her light-hearted and gut-honest storytelling walk you through authenticity and grace in areas of your life like obedience, vanity, coveting recognition, making plans and then having God change them, and depending on anything other than God to fill us each day.
She’s no perky, pasted-on-smile Christian, there to motivate you without being honest about the down-and-dirty problems in life. She gets honest about the down and dirty things that happen in our lives, how she found God, met with Him and was blessed to see Him even when life got ugly.
Ultimately, the book is about finding grace. It’s been an encouragement and challenge for me to read and get honest with myself.
The appendix includes Bible study notes that could work well for any women’s small group, as well.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.