She looked familiar. It was just last May. She was one of the students registering for the SCORRE Conference – a public speaking conference I have had the privilege of coaching at for the last 10 years.
I introduced myself. She did the same. Apparently, I looked familiar to her too. Makes sense, since about three minutes later we discovered that we went to college together. Turns out, Mary DeMuth has gone on to get married, have three kids, plant a church overseas, and write a whole stack of books – fiction and non.
Her latest book releases today. Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus
Sometimes you read a book that makes you think for a day. Others can linger for a week. She gave me a pre-release copy a couple months ago and I can’t stop thinking about it.
Mary has a way of disarming you with her transparency regarding her own weaknesses and struggles. She inspires you with her down-to-earth, biblical insight. She delights you with her mastery of the written word.
And mostly…Mary’s book makes me want to be more like Jesus.
First, a quote from page 17:
The gospel isn’t a life management program. It shouldn’t merely be the crutch we fall on when life gets ugly. It should be the legs we walk on, the air we breathe.
In a word? Everything.
Take a look at the trailer for the book:
One last quote:
Though we may say we want to grow, many of us also want a painless Christianity. A convenient one. Which is why we bend toward lists, gravitating toward messages about our best lives, seven steps to a meaningful you, how to find daily victory. We equate the benefits of living in our culture (fame, status, a comfortable life) with Christianity. I’m not saying we can’t live blessed lives if we follow Jesus. But we often neglect the hard places of obedience in favor of the blessings only.
I found each page challenging me and inspiring me at the same time.
I guess the best thing I can say about Everything is that I have already loaned out my copy, recommended it to a bunch of people, and it is one of the few books I know I will be returning to.