Title: All My Knotted-Up Life: A Memoir
Author: Beth Moore
Genre: Religion / Christian Living / Personal Memoirs
Date Read: March 2023
“It’s a peculiar thing, this having lived long enough to take a good look back. We go from knowing each other better than we know ourselves to barely sure if we know each other at all, to precisely sure that we don’t. All my knotted-up life I’ve longed for the sanity and simplicity of knowing who’s good and who’s bad. I’ve wanted to know this about myself as much as anyone. This was not theological. It was strictly relational. God could do what he wanted with eternity. I was just trying to make it here in the meantime. As benevolent as he has been in a myriad of ways, God has remained aloof on this uncomplicated request.” – Beth Moore
New York Times best-selling author, speaker, visionary, and founder of Living Proof Ministries Beth Moore has devoted her whole life to helping women across the globe come to know the transforming power of Jesus. An established writer of many acclaimed books and Bible studies for women on spiritual growth and personal development, Beth now unveils her own story in a much-anticipated debut memoir.
Review: This book. This book left me in puddles many a time, but it was well worth the read (and in my case, the listen). I highly recommend checking out the audiobook on this one as Beth Moore reads her own words and as hard as it must have been to experience some of these things for her, I imagine it was equally difficult to recount them years later.
For someone who has struggled with the authority of the church compared to what Jesus intended it to be in Scripture, this book resonated with me. I have grown up with Beth Moore's Bible Studies as her words have helped mold me into the person I am. Seeing her shift away from the destructive diatribes that the SBC has to offer has shown me that I, too, can separate my faith from this faltering voice of the legalistic members of an organization that I committed my time to.
While this resonated with me deeply, it wasn't the bulk of the book...reminding all of us that the hurt we've felt by the church isn't the only piece of us. Beth Moore experienced many a hardship before she ever got into ministry and many long after her ministry was solid. She reminds us that while living a life of faith is hard, pressing on toward the goal is what we must do for our reward. And press on she does.
Rating: 5 cups of tea on the backporch of her little cottage <3
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