Silencing Insecurity

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 21 Dec 2018

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I'm going to be honest with you all, I did not finish this book.
I think Donna brought up a lot of good points, and there were definitely some encouraging insights, but this book it wasn't... I don't want to say bad, I guess it was too boring. Plain.
Maybe I'm just too young to enjoy it. Now don't get me wrong. That is one of the things I hate the most, being looked down upon for my age. One of my favorite Bible verses is,
  "Let no man despise you for your youth; but be thou an example of the Believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in Faith, in purity."

Jesus taught in the temple at age twelve. Now, I'm in no way saying I'm anything near Jesus, but you get my drift. Hopefully.

Anyway, now that I've veered quite a distance, let's get back to the book.

This book had some good parts, just too business like. Too technical. (I can't think of the word I'm looking for right now XD)

It had great reminders that other people's opinions can't define us. Maybe people have told you their negative opinions of you, and you've let that define you. (Guilty)
Or maybe they haven't told you. You just think you know what their saying. (Guilty of that too.)
You see their silent stares and wonder, "Are they judging me?"
You compare yourself to them, and you let yourself believe they are better. You feel inferior, but you let it slide because it's better than feeling superior. You'd never want to make someone feel the way you feel.
That inferiority then leads to sadness, hurt and even depression. Well guess what? That doesn't define you. Not. At. All.

    I will probably finish this book at another time, just not right now.
  I apologize if this post is too long. I get carried away because fighting insecurity and not letting things like opinions and mean words define us is what I'm passionate about. Thank you if you stuck it out to the end ❤️

As always I was asked for an honest review, all thoughts expressed are purely my own. Thank you to Revell for a free copy of Silencing Insecurity.
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Silencing Insecurity
Believing God's Truth about You
by Donna Gibbs
Pub Date 18 Sep 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Silencing Insecurity Through Revell and Netgalley:

Insecurity is essily the most prevalent struggle facing women im America today.  With media and social media giving e Of today ways to compare themselves to others, we have more ways than ever to look for whose prettier, whose smarter, whose more sucessful or more put together than we are causing our sense of self worth to take a beating on an almost daily basis.  We have become tired of simply listening to writers or bloggers say about their struggles instead we want workable solutions.

Professional Christian Counselor Donna Gibbs gives women workable solutions in Silencing Insecurity.  She exposes the many lies that causes insecurities starting from an early age.  If you are one of the many who are tired of letting Insecurity take away your joy then our will find Silencing Insecurity to be just the freeing book you need.

I give Silencing Insecurity five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!
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Silencing Insecurity by Donna Gibbs is expertly written and touches on those insecurities we hold so very dear. Thoughts such as, “If only I were thinner”, “if only I were smarter”, “I feel worthless.”  Like a woman who bares the scars of physical abuse, we are battered and bruised from feelings of insecurity we slap on to ourselves. The comparison trap has gotten even worse with the explosion of social media.

Donna starts off Silencing Insecurity by helping the reader to understand what might be taking a stab at their identity. Could it be past trauma or experiences, or perhaps just our perceived appearance of ourselves. The author helps us to dig through the “nitty gritty” with end of chapter discussion questions to help with soul searching and identifying our identity thieves.

If your identity isn’t secure, they will likely cause problems in your life and create unnecessary problems in our relationships, spirituality and personal life. But there is hope at the end of the tunnel as the author points us to scripture and shows readers how God truly sees us.

What I particularly liked about this book were the discussion questions that allowed be to really hone in on the areas in my life where I am struggling with insecurity. Also, the author didn’t just talk about insecurity but provided biblical references and examples pointing us to the word. I especially liked that at the end of the book she provided scripture truths for a secure identity. Think of these as scripture affirmations, which you can repeat whenever you are feeling insecure, such as feelings of rejection or unworthiness. The author also outlines a framework for wholeness which you can use to embrace your identity and find true freedom from insecurity.Donna provides practical, encouraging, biblical guidance on receiving freedom from insecurity.
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I am very impressed with this book. It is packed with practical information and workable strategies. I had no idea of the great influence insecurities have on our lives. Gibbs does an excellent job of identifying those things that impact our sense of identity, exploring the problems insecurities cause, and then giving great ideas to lead us to accept our identity in Christ.

I like how Gibbs identifies the many things that can hijack our identity. I was surprisingly shocked when she wrote that it was not the things that are the problems but it is when they are given control in our lives that they become problems. Suppose there has been a traumatic event. It becomes a problem when we form an attachment to that event, when we let it define us. We must separate our identity from the event. We are encouraged to understand that what God says about us is much more powerful than the negative impact of life experiences. Those events do not define us in God's eyes so we are not to let them define us in our own eyes. (532/2493) Easier said than done, perhaps, but Gibbs gives good strategies for identifying toxic thought patterns. She advocates an aggressive and persistent pursuit of the truth about us, leading to wholeness.

I was particularly struck by the importance of our growing to spiritual maturity. “And when we come to maturity in fully believing that God is who He says He is, we also mature in accepting that we are who He says we are.” (1519/2493 Italics in original.)

There are questions at the end of each chapter for personal reflection. This book could be used as a group study but it should be with trusted friends as the questions delve deep into sensitive areas of life. There is also a great Appendix, filled with Scripture to help you as you work to wholeness.

I highly recommend this book to readers who struggle with insecurities or have trouble believing what God says is true about you. You'll find excellent information and a practical strategy for growth. You'll be encouraged to live for an Audience of One.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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I thought this book did a lot in suggesting ways that people can break free from the insecurity that keeps so many women in bondage…including me :). The book discussed many relevant topics and did an excellent job discussing how each can influence insecurity. I especially related to the chapters on comparisons, life experiences, and how developmentally, we can become insecure over time from infant to adulthood. I really liked the “Audience of One” concept. How we need to focus on how God thinks of us, not so much as to what the world says or thinks about us because the world is often wrong! Things that are so popular in society these days really play into the insecurities that many of us battle.
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