How to Be a Moon

I finished Carry Burr’s newest book over the weekend.  The topic of the book is one we’re all familiar with: our need to make a difference and to know we matter. But this isn’t a book about learning how to build your self-esteem, gain a massive following, or improve your life with positive thinking. Instead, Carrye shows us how to embrace our worth, reflect God, and light up our generation.

In fact, it’s in the title of the book. How to Be a Moon: Embrace Your Worth. Reflect God. Light Up Your Generation has a serious message, but Carrye delivers it in an insightful conversational style using the moon as an analogy of how we reflect God.

She grabbed my attention from the start with her self-deprecating humor and relatable stories. The writing is funny and authentic. Sometimes I felt I was sitting across from Carrye in a cozy coffee house sipping our favorites lattes listening to her shenanigans.

She shares her own struggle to embrace her worth and lets us in on what she was thinking and feeling during some of those most intense moments. I appreciate Carrye’s vulnerability as I relate to her embarrassing, and sometimes painful search for significance. She points out many of the lies we tend to believe about our worth. Carrye says, “One of the greatest barriers to experiencing the full life God intends for us is believing that our significance is directly tied into our roles and actions.”

But she doesn’t leave us there. She then reminds us of the truth. “Our worth is never dependent on who WE are but on who GOD is and the way He sees us.” 

The next part of the book helps us understand God’s way of shining. His way is not our way. “Our frenzied desire to find purpose makes us live like multitasking, crazy people, insecure and distracted from God’s heart.” Carrye teaches us how not to be glory grabbers, which, if we’re honest, we tend to be.

She ends the book compelling us to light up our generation by living out God’s purpose right where we are and reminding us of our ultimate goal: Jesus Christ. “May we not be driven to know success or fame, but to know Jesus Himself.” 

Each of the ten chapters has thought provoking questions at the end called “Moon University.” The book is a great tool for a solo study but the benefits are multiplied within a study group. Carry’s hope is by the end of the book, every reader will feel equipped to turn around and help others know their value and identity in God.

Every How to Be a Moon reader will gain a better understanding of reflecting the glory of God and will laugh while doing it.

And that’s always a good thing.

Order the book from Amazon here.

 

 

Desperate for Hope: A Review

Desperate for Hope by Bruce W. Martin is beautiful.  It’s the honest story of how he learned to trust God during terrible pain and hardship.  Bruce is my brother-in-law and though I remember his and my sister’s perfect storm, the book reveals some of the deep emotions that can’t be spoken or explained in the midst of suffering.  We benefit from his trials because Bruce puts into words the pain and questions, and shares his struggle as he learned to grieve and hope.  He reminds us that God is not the “Great Protector from Bad Things.”  In fact, “God is more intent on perfecting us through trouble than on protecting us from trouble.”  P. 21

Bruce tells the ancient story of Job in a fresh, relevant way to challenge us to rethink what we believe about suffering.  The heavy topic is easy to read because of Bruce’s conversational style and just right humor.  The book made me laugh, cry, and reflect on my own trials.  It made me ask this question:  “Do I love God or do I love that He makes everything okay in my life?”  Hard question, but one I think all of us have to ask.

This book has an important message that we all need to hear.  No matter what happens, God loves us, God delights in us, and He is for us.

I believe this book is going to give a lot of people permission to finally be honest with God and those around them. They will finally be free to say LIFE SUCKS sometimes!  But deep change happens during deep suffering.  God wants our souls to prosper so He makes us desperate.

“But there is a nobler desire that transcends our desire for circumstantial happiness. And this desire is only birthed through suffering. It’s the desire for God. Not the desire for God to take care of me. Not the desire for God to fix it. Not the desire for what God does at all. The desire for HIM.” page 131

I finished the book with a renewed sense of hope and trust in the One that loves me the most!  I can’t wait to see what Bruce writes next.