When I saw that the book She Reads Truth was available for review, I was ecstatic! Having followed the movement on social media, I knew that the ministry of She Reads Truth was formed to encourage women in Bible study and getting deep into the word of God. I was guessing that the book might be about the creation of the app “She Reads Truth” and how the movement started. However…as soon as I opened to the first page, I was surprised to see that the book is actually a MEMOIR of both the CEO and Chief Content Officer of the ministry. Learn a bit more about this cool ministry here —>shereadstruth.com/about
The book itself is composed of two stories intertwined. First, there’s Raechel, who knew God from an early age but later grew in her understanding of grace. Raechel speaks of her struggles with understanding grace not dependent on human behavior. It was so easy to relate to her explanation of feeling like she needed both the Gospel AND something else (doing good things, not doing bad things, being a good daughter/wife/friend) in order to earn God’s favor. We need not do anything extra; believing that He sent His son to die for and redeem us is simply enough! Raechel is not hesitant to verbalize the emotional pain of miscarriage. I could feel her lament through the journey and I was inspired at how she rested in the faithfulness of God despite dire circumstances. Raechel shares with us:
Every day seems more fragile than the next. Every new wave slams into us, threatening to shake us loose, but because the Rock doesn’t move, neither do we. The Truth of God’s Word echoes in our ears and we go to sleep at night knowing whatever tomorrow holds–life or death or things present of things to come– nothing “will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Rom. 8:39) (p. 84)
Amanda is the other author; her story is one of relying on Jesus in less-than-optimal circumstances, through family and job changes and high pressure situations. She relates Bible stories to life today; Amanda has a way of showing how the Bible truly is living and active. Amanda is like most of us, working to understand the Gospel one day at a time. From her story, I was reminded that it is okay to be a work in progress. In fact, we will not be a finished and completed work until we are united with God in Heaven. Amanda explains:
I was a work in process, and I assumed the work was mine to complete. I was a well-intentioned mess, remember? I thought the mess was mine to clean up…God says the opposite. The Bible is full of in-process people, those whom Christ pursued and loved exactly as they were, well-intentioned messes like me. I am the woman at the well, taken aback that this man would dare to be seen with me…I am Peter, promising I would never deny Him and then turning around to do exactly that…I am a mess, in process, just like all of them. Looking through its pages, I see pieces of me all through God’s book. (P. 53)
Memoirs are my absolute favorite type of book; reading someone else’s story and being able to travel with them through the winding journey of a life dependent on Jesus is fellowship to my heart. Reading the stories of Raechel and Amanda, women who are older and wiser than myself, was very encouraging! This book is also completely SOAKED with scripture. It did not take me long to finish it…for a couple of weeks I would read sections of it in the morning and then be motivated throughout the day by God’s promises.I was reminded that God sees me as his daughter, that I cannot do anything to earn grace, and that God is absolutely faithful to the end. I encourage all women, young and old to check out this book!
On a side note, I could write forever about memoirs: two of the most influential to me being The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Eliot [read these after you finish this book! ;-)]