Even This: Getting to the Place Where You Can Trust God with Anything by Emily Belle Freeman (Review)

I've heard this author speak at an event called Time Out for Women and she was a favorite,
so I was thrilled to grab her newest for review from the publisher. Read my thoughts below...

Even This:
Getting to the Place Where You Can Trust God with Anything
by Emily Belle Freeman
Christian Nonfiction
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 176 Pages
September 5th 2017 by Shadow Mountain


In Even This, Emily Belle Freeman shares her own deeply personal experiences of feeling forgotten by God—from the fear of abandonment in a dark hospital room to the desperation that followed months of unanswered prayers. In a moment of honesty, she found herself asking the question she had been afraid to consider: "Where is God in this?"

Through biblical insight, genuine realness, and beautiful prose, Emily will help you discover how to:
  • Diminish the power of doubt by coming to understand why the place of deepest asking is where the believing begins.
  • Stop letting fear dictate the depth of your belief through daily reflections that will restore your confidence in God.
  • Let go of your need to control by discovering what is holding you back from being completely vulnerable with God.
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My Review

EVEN THIS is a candid, inspiring book about looking for God's goodness, letting go of our fears and giving control over to the One who is exactly what we need in our lives. Based on personal experience and scriptures from the Bible, it is easy to relate to what the author shares about what she has learned and is still learning, and also find a basis for her beliefs. The somewhat lyrical style is beautiful to read and the short chapters that also flowed well from one to the other makes it perfect to read in short pieces or all at once. Each chapter asks questions that give the reader a chance to ponder, and it includes a journaling section at the end that is quite helpful. It's a perfect book for some self reflection or as a gift. Highly recommended!

I can't share all the pieces of spiritual wisdom that are in this book. There are so many I related to and loved! One would be:

"[A]t what point does the learning part transition into the living part? When does what you believe turn into who you will become?"

I've been trying to get my kids to understand this for the past year. We always ask what they learned at church, but I had switched to asking what can you apply to your life and how will you do it? I want them to live their beliefs and to see those beliefs in action.

Another part I loved would be:

"I want to discover Him in the hard things, because a belief in a God that only provides happy things isn't real. And I want it to be real, this relationship I have with God. There, in the dirt, it is there that I will discover how an infinite God can also be intimate. When I find Him there in the mess, when I gather the memory of His goodness, it leads to one truth that cannot be ignored: Someone who is willing to be there for you, walk through fire for you, dig through the dirt with you, fix the damage, enter the dark places, and the questioning places, and the aching places—the One who meets you in the most intimate places must love you."

We've all dealt with hardship, struggle, inadequacy, and loss. Finding God among all that can be tough. I love how she works through that and admits her own struggles and doubt, but also finds the good that is there and develops her trust in God. It inspires me to do more and to document and talk about what I witness each day as God works in my life.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved reading this and taking some time to reflect on my own life. I loved the experiences and reflections she shares and am looking forward to implementing some of the things I learned from this book. Recommended to Christian readers regardless of denomination.

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Emily Belle Freeman is a best-selling author, popular inspirational speaker, and cofounder of Multiply Goodness. Her greatest joy comes from spending time with her husband, Greg, her children, and her grandchildren. For a few minutes every day she leaves the dishes in the sink and writes about the ever-present goodness of God in the ordinary details of her life.

Have you heard Emily speak or read any of her other books?

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