I've been eyeing Stasi Eldredge's book Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You at the local book shop and online several times but always had too much other reading to accomplish first. I was finally able to read it this past month and wish I'd moved it to the top of my reading list a year ago. Alas, all things are providential and designed by God, so perhaps the timing really was perfect.
It's no secret that I have had a difficult year. First a broken leg, then a diagnosis of hypothyroid, followed by adrenal fatigue. Somewhere in there my tried-and-true foe anxiety raged and I even ended up in the clinic for ridiculously high blood pressure. Beyond health issues, it's been a year of changes because of health issues and because God was teaching me to let go, to be still and to change. So when I read the publisher's description of Eldredge's book, I knew this book was for me.
God has dreams--just for you
Becoming Myself is a hope-filled book for anyone who wonders if her life will ever change—if she will ever change.In Stasi Eldredge’s most intimate book yet, she shares her own struggles with self-worth, weight, and her past as she shows readers how God is faithfully unveiling who we truly are. Stasi urges you to lay down your past thoughts about yourself and receive God’s incredible dreams for you instead. We cannot heal ourselves. We cannot become ourselves by ourselves. But we are not by ourselves. The King of love wants to help us become. God desires to restore us—the real us. As he heals our inner life, he calls us to rise to the occasion of our lives. The most important journey any woman can take is the journey into becoming her true self through the love of God. It's a beautiful paradox. The more of God’s you become, the more yourself you become—the “self” he had in mind when he thought of you before the creation of the world. Discover your truest self—the woman God created you to be—in Becoming Myself.
I've laughed, I've cried, I've journaled until I ran out of ink. Becoming Myself has churned up long forgotten memories, dealt with old wounds and reinvigorated lost dreams.
Eldredge takes the reader back to her childhood where our dreams begin and sometimes end. Again and again she coaches you through hard memories, encourages you to remember good ones and reminds you that God was with you through it all and He still is. He has a dream for you and for your life. He created you with a purpose. The enemy may have ensnared you with bad body image, a difficult childhood, disappointing relationships or other past hurts, but those dreams? They're still there. They're still you. You just have to find them, remember them.
Becoming Myself, while perhaps watery in theology, is rich in encouragement and inspiration. Eldredge uses scripture to gently remind the reader she is beautiful, she is unique and she is His. And she repeatedly encourages the reader to give the hurts and the dreams back to the Creator. The healing that has taken place in my heart is immeasurable.
If you are struggling with who you are, or who you were or who you think you should be, you should definitely pick up this book. While you're at it, grab the 8-session study guide. Complete it with a friend, with a small group, or just during your own study time. Both are available at Amazon.
Go. Remember the dreams you had, the ones your Father created you to have and to fulfill.
As You See...
...I have an opinion on pretty much everything. Life is filtered through my rose colored glasses. It's just the way I see it.