“Amidst its darkness, if a story of the kings and Israel teaches us anything, it’s when our hearts turn from God, they always turn toward self.”Sick of me by Whitney Capps
Thoroughly impressed by Whitney Capps’ writing for the First 5 app, I jumped at the opportunity to enjoy an entire book! In my eagerness, I didn’t read the back cover description for Sick of Me. Had I read it, I would have realized I wasn’t the target market. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, it is packed with Biblical wisdom and well-written.
At the outset, Whitney states the goal of the book “isn’t just to help us understand what sanctification is, but maybe as importantly, what it is not.” Now, don’t be put off by the church-lingo, this is written in a down-to-earth, easy-to-relate-to manner but it achieves it’s objective making sanctification understandable in a real-world way.
“New growth rarely happens in old places. When God plucks us up, sets us apart, and transplants us elsewhere, it forces us out of comfort and into change.Sick of me by Whitney Capps
Partly said in humour but definitely true, Whitney says “a secondary goal of the book is to rescue verses that have been ripped out of context and slapped on situations that may not be fair.” Numerous Bible verses, and stories, are given context and new depth throughout the book. Having spent many hours reading the First 5 app, much of this wasn’t new to me but it’s worth isn’t diminished because of its familiarity! Each point made is substantiated by Biblical truth.
“Scripture is the mirror that God uses to point out the blemishes in my life.”Sick of me by Whitney Capps
The spiritual journey Whitney takes the reader on is one I took with God years ago as I came to terms with my CRPS. It reminded me of important principles which I had to put into action and the way God teaches you to lean only on Him. This book is particularly relevant to those who are married with children and a part of a church family. It’s a four out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale for me.
From the back cover:
Our world is filled with fake facades, from the unrealistic filters used on social media to the “holier than thou” personas seen in certain hypocritical believers.
To combat the fake trends, a new trend has emerged—one that fights the facade with transparency and vulnerability. Instead of being filtered or super-spiritual, we’re told to be real and honest. And rightly so. We should be getting real with each other about our junk.
But should we stop there? Should we gather to simply commiserate about our current version of “me”? Is community about more than just feeling understood by one another in our hard places, or does God have actual change in store for us beyond brokenness
In Sick of Me, Whitney Capps shows us that spiritual growth means being both honest and holy—that we can come to Jesus just as we are, but we cannot stay that way. While virtues like vulnerability, honesty, and humility are desperately needed, we should fight for more. After all, the gospel is a change-agent.
Whitney calls us beyond trendy transparency and into something better: true transformation. If you want to be honest about all your junk, but are also sick of staying there—Sick of Me is for you.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from B&H Publishing Group through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.