It’s pretty bold to call a book “Everything,” unless it’s going to be about what we have to let go of and what we experience when we hold on to Jesus. Then “Everything” is the only right word.
The first pages of Mary DeMuth’s Everything caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect it to feel so … personal. I was surprised how much like Mary I found myself feeling, but then I realized that the rest of the Launch Group was feeling the same way. The words God used her to write about knowing Him through our life’s story resonated with all of us, all 100 of us. But what I knew was that it resonated with me. Chapters like “Let Go of the Giants” and “Set Aside Worry” and “Embrace Holy Inebriation” and “Lean into Brokenness” caught me off guard and called to me from my nightstand. I found myself sitting and highlighting and highlighting and highlighting and thinking and mulling. I mulled over “Everything.”
By the time I reached Chapter Fourteen, Mary prepared me for the moment when she would ask, “What if we feel empty-handed after a trial?” Because sometimes we do, and she took on the notion that obeying God gives us the right to expect success. “What if serving Him hurts?” she asked, but she knows it does, and a lot of us do too, and I do too. When I was reading Chapter Fourteen it was, but Mary assured me that “God works brilliantly in failures.”
The truth of Everything is that “When we suffer, God crucifies our ambition,” and “He uses everything in our lives to prepare us for the next wild step.”
Everything is not a book just for women, though it’s written by a woman. It’s not a book just for the abused, though it’s written by one who knows abuse. It’s not a book just for the struggling, though it’s written by one who has struggled. We all need to know that, “Failure is the crucible God uses to increase Jesus and decrease us,” and that means Everything is for everyone.
This latest book by author Mary DeMuth will stir the hearts and minds of all who read it, surprising them with familiar understanding and thirst-quenching truths. Don’t reserve this just for “grown ups.” Everything would be a welcome gift for a student, young adult, or “all grown up adult” in your life. It would be ideal for a couple to read together or for two girlfriends to journey through together. I’ve got my stack ready to share. After all, how often do you get the chance to give someone “Everything?”
Maybe you’ve never known what it feels like for Jesus to be your Everything. Has anything else other than Jesus been your reason for living?