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Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough

Ann Voskamp, Kristen Welch
Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough
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In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone "Jesus" pin to school every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was "that" girl.) But she didn't realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory, it would one d... Read More

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In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone "Jesus" pin to school every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was "that" girl.) But she didn't realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory, it would one day tarnish, no longer a true fit for who she was.

As real life catapulted Kristen into places and situations she'd never imagined, there came a day when she stood shocked in the slums of Africa and realized in one desperate moment that Jesus wasn't enough for her. At least ... she wasn't living like He was.

On the brink of a risk bigger than any she'd ever taken, Kristen knew she didn't stand a chance--unless she was willing to put aside the rhinestones and get branded by the real thing.

Rhinestone Jesus
is the story of one woman's journey from comfortably living a safe, "good-girl" faith that didn't cost much, to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a bolder, more authentic, more dangerous way.

This story of spiritual adventure throws the doors wide open for any woman who's ever thought of herself as "just a mom." Kristen will inspire and empower you to say yes to God right where you are--and stand amazed at how your life will shine.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Apr 11, 2014
  • UPC: 9781414389424
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Publish Date: May 1, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 100
  • Audience Age Minimum: 18
  • Audience Gender: Female
  • BISAC: "REL012130"
  • ISBN: 1414389426

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What's YOUR God-sized dream? by Tia on 4/30/2014

I highly recommend Rhinestone Jesus. It's a page turner from beginning to end. Some authors life stories can be hard to connect with, but NOT this one. Kristen tells the story that God has written of her life in a way that makes you feel like good friends. And like a good friend, Rhinestone Jesus challenges you to think about the story God can write with your life if you say YES. With every page, you'll sense Kristen encouraging you to utter your small yes right where you are. Every chapter captivates in a new way and each one ends with Unpinned Faith where Kristen shares thought-provoking questions and practical suggestions to dig deeper. It's that extra nudge to step out in faith, say YES and grab hold of that "God-sized dream" that's in your own heart! Rhinestone Jesus is like a good friend who tells you the truth you need to hear.

Say Yes in your mess! by Jennis on 4/30/2014

This book wrecked me in the best possible ways. When the book came I was in the midst my yes- well this one. I was planning and packing for a three month mission trip to Zambia, Africa with my husband and five year old daughter. I've followed Kristen's blog for years and "know" the story of Mercy House Kenya. In reading Kristin's story I feel like I lived it with her. From ministry, motherhood, marriage, and everything in between. The words resonated with me. It's a beautiful story of how Jesus is changing the world. Don't say no to God based on your circumstances! Say yes right there in your mess! Philippians 4:13. I can't wait to see how God continues this story! It's powerful stuff! Pray for your yes (even in the everyday) and follow hard after it. You're not alone in that.

Inspirtional & Beautiful! by Heather on 4/22/2014

Heartily recommended for anyone desiring to dip even a toe into the stream of possibility to dream of what God could do in and through them! With compassion, the written words allow one to glimpse into how God can show up in ones humanity and invade hardship and destitution for His glory.

Having first met Kristen in 1992, when we shared the same dormitory hall in undergraduate school, her character even then was graced with a sincere passion to write truth and make a profound difference. Having just finished the book, the pages encapsulate her faith in God and obedience in the midst of sincere humility and transparency. One can see the beautiful transformations take place in multiple situations where to the human eye, it resembles nothing more than a "mess". In obedience, the theme of "yeses" become a beautiful portrayal of humanity and God's redeeming transformation and provision in a God-sized task and the story of His work of drawing others with like-minded hearts to make an eternal and global difference.

It is practical embracing motherhood, marriage, family life, and reaching beyond the borders of home. It is profound in that Kristen's story, when given to God, becomes a glorified example of what He can do with a "yes," even when that yes comes with personal cost and undeniable joy.

Encouragement to Live Courageously for Christ by Heather B. on 4/21/2014

I've followed Kristen's blog, "We are THAT Family", for years and was so excited when she announced the upcoming release of her latest book, "Rhinestone Jesus". As a member of her launch team, I was able to read this amazing book before the official release, and I was so enthralled with its contents that I finished in no time at all. Kristen encourages us to live courageous, messy, bold lives for Christ and to be open to stretch our faith by being willing to say yes to God.

Kristen and her husband, Terrell, are so transparent in writing about the struggles they faced in their marriage and throughout the process of starting and continuing to run Mercy House, a maternity home in Kenya. She truly speaks what she feels God is calling her to share with her readers...

There is so much encouragement contained in the fourteen chapters and one of my favorite quotes is on page 152: "The bad in our lives gives God ample room to show up and prove His goodness. He doesn't promise we won't have hardships; He promises us we won't be alone in them."

Learning to Say "YES" to God Right Where You Are by LeeAnn Taylor on 4/20/2014

Rhinestone Jesus is a peak into Kristen's heart as she shares candidly how God turned her from a teenager on fire for God but content to live a "safe" Christian life, into a woman broken through life's challenges and unexpected experiences, now willing to say "yes" to God and trust Him in each moment, regardless of the outcome.

The book is a call to authenticity in the Christian walk. She challenges us to push through the fears of "what if" and instead to ask "what next God?" as we move forward one step at a time in faith.

Kristen shares her personal struggles in ministry, motherhood, and marriage and paints a picture of God's incredible redemption through it all.

Not just a memoir, the book walks the reader through his or her own journey of learning to say "yes" to God's call by providing thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter that beg for reflection and action.

She reminds us that "saying yes isn't really about doing it all, it's about saying yes right where you are."

This book is for you if:

You've ever wondered if your ordinary life can make a significant difference in God's kingdom
You're not sure if God can use your broken life for His glory
You need some encouragement and a reminder that world-changers have sticky floors & dirty laundry on the floor too
You want to be inspired by someone who said "yes" to God and it changed everything {in a good way!}

I received a complimentary pre-release copy of the book for review from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are my own & I'm proud to recommend this book, as it had a powerful effect on my own journey of learning to say "yes" to God.

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