If you’ve ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.
But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.
No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”
Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you’ve done the same.
No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.
This is an extremely powerful book. It opens with a scene from Esther’s life that will break your heart.
I so appreciated Esther’s honesty and transparency throughout this book. For me non-fiction books are more powerful when it is linked to personal stories and this book definitely does that.
Something that really resonated with me was from page 30, the first paragraph. Esther writes: “I assumed God had healed my heart, because I couldn’t feel pain anymore. Instead, I had simply mastered suppressing every emotion I ever felt, and I gave God credit for a healing I had never experienced.”
Wow, I have been there and did that for years.
Esther talks about lamenting and the importance of it. I immediately thought of the song Lord, I Need You. I think that is why that song is so powerful, it’s a lament and we don’t have many of those. But that is a song I sing from my gut every time because I do need him.
If you are tired of faking fine and just want to get real with yourself, God and others I highly recommend this one.
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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.