Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist: Learning to Be Free
by Amanda Jenkins
Amanda Jenkins is a list-maker, so she had my attention from page one of this book, Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist: Learning to Be Free. I’ve never really considered myself a perfectionist. I’m more of a pragmatist, more focused on getting things done than doing it perfectly. But I can totally relate to Amanda’s incessant standard-setting for herself, creating unrealistic and impossible expectations and then feeling like a failure when I fall flat on my face trying to attain perfection.
She starts each section being as vulnerable as you can get, sharing whatever listed expectation she made for herself. and how she measures up to her goals. Her weight, her bank account, or how many Diet Cokes she’s had so far today, it’s all fair game in this book. Ultimately, her light-hearted and gut-honest storytelling walk you through authenticity and grace in areas of your life like obedience, vanity, coveting recognition, making plans and then having God change them, and depending on anything other than God to fill us each day.
She’s no perky, pasted-on-smile Christian, there to motivate you without being honest about the down-and-dirty problems in life. She talks about her family’s international adoption and dares to tell the hard things and how God transformed her in the process. She talks about the shocking death of a friend’s young husband and the financial struggles of loved ones and other times that she found God, met with Him and was blessed to see Him even when life got ugly.
Ultimately, the book is about finding grace. It’d be an encouragement and challenge for any woman (whether she thinks she’s a perfectionist or not) and even perhaps teen girls. The appendix includes Bible study notes that could work well for any women’s small group, as well.
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