You're the Worst Person in the World
Why It's the Best News Ever that You Don't Have it Together, You Aren't Enough, and You Can't Fix It on Your Own
by Scarlet Hiltibidal
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Pub Date 05 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 27 Jun 2022
For Scarlet, attempting to be the best at pretty much everything—whether that be the best wife or the best sub-sandwich maker or the best Christian—was her life story. But in the midst of all her striving and reaching to hit the mark, she somehow still couldn’t grab hold of the joy and freedom and life-change that’s supposed to come with the gospel’s good news. That is, until she realized something revolutionary—instead of the best, she might actually be…the worst. The “chief of sinners.” Poor in spirit and gone astray.
In her much-anticipated follow-up to Afraid of All the Things (and in her humorous and relatable style), Scarlet tells plenty of stories of her own “worstness” to help you see your own and rejoice in the reality that our goodness and badness aren’t what make God smile at us.
Instead of hiding from our brokenness, this book will help us stare that broken reality straight in the face, along with a laugh or two, as we feel the weight of just how absurdly and glaringly off the mark we all are! What’s more—this book will also help us embrace our status as “sinners” and “sheep” and “worst people on earth” who have been mercifully rescued and impossibly loved by the best person who has ever lived: Jesus. And the unbelievable part? As we admit our worstness, stop trying to be perfect on our own, and simply walk with the One who really is perfect, we’ll find along the way that we are actually changing for the better!
If you’re tired of hustling to be the best, take a load off with Scarlet and say the honest and laughable truth along with her: we’re the worst people in the world!
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While I didn't think I would enjoy a book that called me "The Worst Person In The World", I finished it all in one sitting. Like the author, I am guilty of comparing myself to others and thinking "I'm pretty okay compared to this person." In this book, Scarlet tackles the many ways we like to think highly of ourselves and shows us how, despite our best efforts, we won't measure up on our own. We can never be enough outside of God and his protection and love. Scarlet uses stories of her own experiences to explain the various points throughout the book. As you read her tales of being "the worst", it is easy to see yourself in the same way. Scarlet brings God's love and protection down to an easy level of understanding for even the newest of Christians. She doesn't use a lot of big "Christian" words like sanctification or propitiation, yet conveys their message easily. If you ever feel like you just can't get it together, I recommend giving this book a read. It's not super long and is easy to understand when you feel like life keeps throwing you curveballs.