Friday, December 4, 2009

Blog Tour: The Relief of Imperfection by Joan C. Webb

Welcome to A Peek At My Bookshelf! Today, I'm privileged to introduce you to an author who's books have begun to set me free. As a minister's wife and a former deacon's kid, I've battled with the image of perfection my entire life.

I have moments where I'm just 'me', but they are few and far between these days. So I was thrilled to receive a copy of Joan's new devotional, "The Relief of Imperfection"!

Joan writes from experience and from wisdom. Her voice is authentic, and her compassion is rich and lavish. She truly has a heart for women...just take a look:

Clandestine Perfectionism

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32

"I don’t consider myself a perfectionist, so I needn’t worry about that,” said a likeable young mother. “Just look at my messy house. On second thought—don’t. I avoid inviting people over, because I’ve got unfinished projects scattered everywhere.”

If I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard the “I’m not a perfectionist” claim, I’d be rich. (Not really rich, but I could buy a lot of groceries!)

As you’ll notice from reading these devotions, striving too hard to make it just right (perfectionism) can impact many life areas: relationships, bodies, emotions, life-work, service, dreams, churches, faith. Yet some may not realize that procrastination lurks as a clandestine form of perfectionism. Covert perfectionists may not complete school, take that job, make a doctor’s appointment, or organize their kitchen. They may avoid creating new friendships, buying a house, singing in the choir, calling a counselor or teaching Sunday School, because they’re afraid of making a mistake, being laughed at, appearing inadequate, failing—or even succeeding. Pushed to the extreme, making nearly any decision paralyzes procrastinators and procrastination becomes a lifestyle. Although it may seem like a laid-back approach to life, it’s often painful and confining.

However, we can learn to believe a truth that will progressively free us from the procrastination trap: "I’m not perfect, yet Jesus loves me. His death set me free, and I’m valuable in God's eyes."

Lord, I want to live free. Please help me.

Make It Personal: Consider doing the hard thing first each morning—or, as an option, right after lunch.

See what I mean? So don't hesitate...pick up a copy of Joan's book today. And get one for a friend or two...or your sister...or your pastor's wife, even! I'm giving Joan's book, "The Relief of Imperfection", five out of five bookmarks, with a slighty imperfect Valentine heart...'cause I love the book, and I love Joan!

Happy Reading!



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