My word for the year is “Enough,” so I was excited to come across this title. And after reading it, all I can say is if you have ever wondered if you’re enough (pretty enough, smart enough, good enough, or whatever), you need to read this book!
Valentine has penned a book that is relatable and relevant to teens, young adults, and women everywhere. The author shares her own experiences, including her insecurities and struggles, and she mixes in Scripture verses and biblical truths along the way. This is an inspiring read, though some parts may challenge the reader to confront long-held (and possibly mistaken) beliefs. The book is designed to remind the reader that God made you just as you are, and you are enough! Nothing in the world can change that. You can learn to see yourself through God’s eyes.
The book addresses ten lies that many women are led to believe. Each chapter ends with “Real Talk,” where there are questions for reflection. Relevant bible verses and stories are referenced throughout. Valentine talks about the two races in life: chase the world or chase Jesus. It’s not possible to do both, and daily time with God will make the race a bit easier.
I love the end of the book, as well. Chapter thirty lists sixty-five tips to live the “I Am” life, and it’s something you may want to copy and place in a location where you can look at it on a regular basis. The conclusion included ten truths that the world doesn’t want you to know, but God does. Again, these reminders are worth reading daily. For instance:
· “You are beautiful because God created you in His image.”
· “Your weakness presents an opportunity for God to display His strength.”
· “You are enough. God says you are.”
A few of my favorite quotes from elsewhere in the book include:
· “God made you the way you are for a reason.”
· “Comparison is the thief of joy because it tends to highlight others’ best moments while reminding you of your worst.”
· “…the world does not define us. God does.”