There are many books written with a goal to help women overcome something in their life. It is often overwhelming looking for the right one, but with her new book Freedom! The Gutsy Pursuit of Breakthrough and the Life Beyond It, Jennifer Renee Watson offers an excellent resource to making it through life's hardships and hurts. Watson informs readers of a way to "break through your brokenness and press forward to freedom."
This very easy-to-read book from Bethany House is divided into two parts (twelve chapters) that provides real life stories and examples, questions for reflection, prayers, and many biblical references to aid one on their journey to break free. The writing style of Watson makes Freedom! enjoyable to read even while it tugs at its reader's heart. The phrases Watson uses at various times made me really like reviewing this book. Such as calling out the devil as "punk-faced" thoroughly reminds us to not believe the lies.
Watson reminds us in Freedom! that it is not important to keep running lists of all our errors and mistakes. We will fail and falter but we need to "extend kindness and grace to others and ourselves" (80).
Because Satan wants us twisted, we tend to get caught up in old hurts and listen to negative thoughts but Watson helps readers to remember in a variety of ways that we are the hero of our own story and "the Lord Almighty is my source of strength and my portion" (134). Mistakes happen, but Jesus is with us. We have the freedom to break through and change our lives.
I think Freedom! is a profoundly useful book for many women who may be suffering silently from a variety of broken ways and thoughts. From those in abusive relationships to those suffering from anxiety and depression, Freedom! offers the hope that we can look to Jesus and move forward even if it hurts. Find a tribe to help you and use your scars to show others the way after you break free.
I recommend Watson's book to individuals interested in Christian non-fiction and those seeking to find a new life beyond brokenness. I am really glad I had the chance to review Freedom! by Jennifer Renee Watson.