Sunday, November 5, 2017

Walk It Out by Tricia Goyer - A Review

Walk It Out


Tricia Goyer

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (October 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434710998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434710994
Women often pack their lives with family, friends, and faithful service, yet still end up feeling empty and unfulfilled. In Walk It Out, Tricia Goyer demonstrates to women that walking out the mandates of Scripture allows God to spark passion and mission within them.

Whether believers realize it or not, God intended for them to do what the Bible says: adopt the orphan, take the gospel into all the world, and care for the needy. These are mandates that point believers down the path of true living and eternal life.

Sometimes those steps are easy, but many times they require a move outside of what feels safe or secure. When women stop focusing on their own dreams and purposes, and instead focus on God’s dreams and purposes, everything changes.

And now for the Review!

Non-fiction often is my nemesis. This says more about me, than it does about any book and its author. I just have a rough go of being able to read anything that approaches self-help, "you gotta do this" kinds of books. I have begun several books about helping your teen. None of them have I finished. I have purchased books about organizing, starting your own small business, and crafting. They have all made their way to the loneliest of shelves: the bottom where I can hardly see them anymore.

Having said that, I did make it through all but the last chapter of this book. What I read was well-thought out. I appreciate the message of this book. We are to live out the mandate set before us by the Creator of the Universe: care for the orphans and widows. And what a treasure they are, if only we take the time to care for them. It did make me reconsider a few life choices I made while still in my child bearing years. And it has set my mind on a path to considering the possibility of adoption. Life circumstances being what they are now, I don't believe that to be a viable choice. However, in the future, if I should remarry, it will be a topic of conversation.

I also appreciate Tricia's, easy going, writing style, as if you are sitting together on the couch and cradling a hot cup of coffee and chatting as girlfriends. Girlfriends who aren't afraid to go deep and talk about the tough stuff. The stuff that REALLY matters.

I know it has spoken to many readers because I have read the Amazon reviews and the testimonies of those who were part of the books launch team. The vast majority of readers have glowing things to say and anecdotes of how the book has changed their lives. I think that is wonderful. Honestly.

The only problem I had with the book was the fact that the author used The Message "Bible." You will notice that I used quotes. That was very intentional. The Message is not a Bible. It's someone's interpretation of what they think the Bible says. It is not inspired, nor God breathed. It is clearly fallible with many, many obvious mistakes and liberties to anyone that cares to pay attention. I am a translation snob, I readily admit. I try not to allow this to color my relationships with others and rarely, if ever, bring it up in conversation as it is particularly divisive. I try to remember to give grace because I so often need it myself. I was willing to do the same with this book when quotes were taken from The Message.

So, if you have ever considered what you can do about helping the needy and caring for widows and orphans . . . if you have wondered what the Bible has to say about the topic . . . if you would like to hear one obedient woman's perspective on the topic . . . Walk It Out is for you.

About the Author:

Using her own experiences as a teen mother, and leader of today’s generation, Tricia’s vision is to be a voice of hope and possibility for teenage girls, pregnant teen girls, mothers and wives through her educational and inspirational speaking, workshops and books. Her intention is to serve ordinary women by encouraging extraordinary things with God’s help. Tricia expresses real life, real hope, for real women.

As a part of her vision to reach real women about real life and real hope, Tricia hosts a weekly internet radio show, Living Inspired, where she interviews Christian authors and artists.

Tricia has written more than fifty books, including novels that delight and entertain readers and non-fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications.

Goyer’s fiction and non-fiction books have won awards from the American Christian Fiction Writers and Mt. Hermon Writers’ Conference. She is also a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee.

Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well as co-written with Max Lucado and Robin Jones Gunn. She collaborated with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges for Lead Your Family Like Jesus, published by Focus on the Family/Tyndale.

Housekeeping Notes:

You can find Walk It Out on Amazon, by clicking here. I do not get compensated in any way for any clicks that lead to a sale or a view. I'm just trying to make it easier for anyone interested to get to the book.  :)

I would like to mention a special thank you to Tricia and her team for sending along a pdf copy for my perusal. And, as always, I was in no way obligated when I was gifted with a copy of Walk It Out.

You may be interested in reading Tricia's guest post, Humbling Yourself Changes Everything. You can find it by clicking on the title or by clicking here.

Other books by Tricia that I have reviewed are The Swiss Courier and Blue Like Playdough. Check them out!

Until next time . . . Counting it all joy,

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