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‘Confessions of a raging perfectionist: learning to be free’ by Amanda Jenkins

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In “Confessions of a raging perfectionist: Learning to be free” Amanda Jenkins talks candidly to Christian women about the areas of her life that struggle for attention and thus redirect her focus from God to other things.  She is a self-proclaimed perfectionist who is not happy when things get out-of-order.  She is also gaining freedom through God.  This book documents her journey with God.  Jenkins shares how God helped her realize the ways her perfectionism was causing her harm.  She discovered that she was holding to an underlying desire to be viewed by others as being perfectly put together.

Some of the issues addressed in “Confessions of a raging perfectionist” involve vanity, money, recognition, relationships and parenthood.  In the chapter about vanity, Jenkins talks about how destructive it is to compare ourselves with anyone else.  We are beautiful in God’s eyes and miss this truth when we spend our time looking around to see how we look in comparison with other women.

In the chapter about money, she talks about materialism and how easy it is to succumb to the false sense of security and comfort it claims to provide.  Jenkins says:

“If I chase after money to bring me security or comfort, no amount of it will suffice.  God wants me to rest in Him, so I’m wired by Him to rest only in Him.  He’s smart like that. (author’s emphasis)”

Jenkins shows her vulnerability and shares candidly about her struggles to face and relinquish control of her addiction to perfectionism.  Her style is very conversational and she’s real in her confessions – no ‘thou shalt not’ attitude found here.  Jenkins admits that she’s still in process.  This admission is likely to encourage readers who are also still in process.  Her hope is that God will use her journey to help other women on their own spiritual journeys.  This book includes a small group discussion guide.

This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.  The links below are not affiliate links.  They are included for your convenience.

“Confessions of a raging perfectionist: Learning to be free” is available for purchase online in paperback from The Book Club Network, Kindle format from Amazon, Nook Book format from B&N and ePub format from Christian Book Network.  This title is also available in fine brick-and-mortar bookstores.

For more information, visit the author’s website, read Chapter One and explore the Author Q & A available from Tyndale House Publishers.

Jenkins, Amanda. Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist: Learning to be Free. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2013. ISBN: 978-1414378701 (pbk.)

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