Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Get Lost, by Dannah Gresh

The title of this book is based in part on the popular quote, "A girl should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him to find her." The content is an invitation to begin that journey of losing oneself in God and His love, complete with a ten-day challenge (called the "Love Feast") that assists the reader in taking the first few steps. It begins with the story of the author's own young romance and her realization that all was not as it should be in her relationship with God, discusses what it looks like to be truly consumed by the Creator, then moves into the "Love Feast" challenge. Each day of the feast explores a different aspect of being surrendered to the love of Christ, beginning with a simple acknowledgement of and basking in His presence and ending with complete and total submission to His desires and plans. The challenge is followed by a deeper discussion of what it looks like when a girl - and a guy - are lost in God, and how they can work together for His glory as a representation of the relationship between Christ and the Church.

What I loved most about this book was that it never claimed to have "ten simple steps to making your life perfect", and the author made a point of stating that following the advice she gave would not necessarily lead you to ending up with the perfect man. Rather, she explains that the entire purpose is to get lost in God, regardless of where He leads you and when (or even if) He decides to bring a relationship into your life. Because it did not raise my expectations or present me with unrealistic promises, I found myself free to read the book with an acceptance of what I received from it rather than a desire for what I wanted to get, which could lead to disappointment.

While it did start out a bit slowly, this is the first book I have ever read that caused as much revolutionary change and emotional reconciliation as a full week at a Christian camp. So often I love going to camp for that "mountaintop experience" which quickly wears off when I come back to the struggles and responsibilities of "real life". However, reading this book has been like a mountaintop experience in the midst of real life... I still lived out my normal routine every day after reading my allotted chapter for the morning, but it changed the way that I experienced God throughout and within my day. Through this book I have come to an unprecedented fullness of relationship with Jesus in my everyday life that I treasure above all else. Receiving this book was an incredible blessing, and I would definitely recommend it to any girl who seeks a closer communion with Jesus.


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