Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Monday, January 23, 2017

Nothing To Prove by Jennie Allen

In her newest book Nothing to Prove Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard, Jennie Allen takes a look at the very real problem and lie so many of us buy into - the belief that we are not enough - that we do not measure up to those around us.

I know I struggle with questions like Am I a good enough mother? Am I the wife I need to be for my husband? Are my children truly getting a good education at home? and the list could go on and on....

Ms. Allen suggests that freedom is found in recognizing that no, on our own we are not enough. But Jesus is. We need to stop living FOR God and start living WITH God. (This same idea is the subject of another book I've read and enjoyed With by Skye Jethani).

In a world where we can easily entertain ourselves through social media, we often begin engaging in a game of comparison which can quickly turn destructive. If we truly believe Jesus is enough, then we need to spend our time accordingly. Instead of hanging out on the internet, perhaps we should spend time with our neighbors. Instead of checking our most recent post for comments and likes, perhaps we should spend that time in God's word or in prayer. If Jesus is enough, then we can let go of the cheap entertainment that takes up the majority of our time (I'm finding this idea easier said than done).

I liked the format of this book, particularly the second part. Each chapter focuses on an area of weakness and Ms. Allen's prescription for treatment.
  • no longer thirsty - the stream of fulfillment
  • no longer lonely - the stream of connection
  • no longer tired - the stream of rest
  • no longer passive - the stream of risk
  • no longer afraid - the stream of hope
  • no longer ashamed - the stream of grace
  • no longer empty - the stream of calling
If you are tired of feeling like you don't measure up, I recommend this book. It's given me quite a bit to think about.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.


  1. What an empowering an important topic!

  2. I just put this on my Amazon wish list and requested my local library. This is definitely an area I always have to work on!