A Perfect Mess: Why You Don't Have to Worry About Being Good Enough for God

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Crown Publishing Group, 2009 - Religion - 224 pages
On those days when French fries litter the floor of your minivan, when you think bad words about other drivers, when your smile hides an anxious heart–in those moments when you fall short of all you'd hoped to be–what does God see when He looks at you?

In your less-than-lovely moments,
God sees a precious daughter in need of His perfect love.

In this liberating look at how God adores and transforms imperfect people, Bible teacher Lisa Harper weaves poignant stories of her own personal foibles with a fresh take on selected Psalms to reveal a loving Father who remains your greatest champion even when you don't feel anywhere close to holy.

Join Lisa in discovering what happens when we stop trying to hide our inadequacies and doubts and instead trust God with our anger, frustrations, flaws, and regrets. As you accept God's loving invitation to exchange your junk for His joy, you'll find the imperfect pieces of your life shaped into a glorious pattern of divine grace.
 

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great thoughts to meditate on

User Review  - Lena Mc Dermott - Christianbook.com

This book is more than I expected. Well written and insightful. I find myself relating to a lot of what the author is saying. I have only gotten through about three chapters and I don't want to put ... Read full review

User Review  - Christy Lockstein - Christianbook.com

A Perfect Mess by Lisa Harper is a refreshing look at the Psalms. Harper chooses 13 Psalms that are fairly representative of the different types: laments, praise, royal, etc and covers them in twelve ... Read full review

Contents

Our Biggest and Best Invisible Friend
1
Thunder Bay 2001 s v imprecate
7
Leaping over Legalism
23
Tumbling Toward Approval
39
This Love Story Means Having to Say Im Sorry
55
When Gods People Lose Their Groove
73
Faithful Fury
89
Were in Great Hands
105
The Art of Appreciation
135
Frantic Isnt a Spiritual Fruit
153
God Doesnt Stutter
169
Stop Watching Your Feet Just Dance
185
One Final Thought
201
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Lisa Harper is a master storyteller whose lively approach connects the dots between the Bible era and modern life. She is a sought-after Bible teacher and speaker whose upcoming appearances include the national Women of Faith Conferences. A veteran of numerous radio and television programs and the author of several books, she also is a regular columnist for Today's Christian Woman magazine. Lisa recently completed a master's of theological studies from Covenant Theological Seminary. She makes her home outside Nashville.

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