Book Review: Fiercehearted

I received a free Advanced Reader’s Copy of “Fiercehearted” as part of the launch team and in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included below. I may make a commission from purchases through those links, but there are no further costs to you.

Title: Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely
Author: Holley Gerth
Publisher: Revell (released October 3, 2017)
Synopsis: “Every day we struggle to find more freedom, joy, and purpose. What if the solution isn’t trying harder or being better but embracing the fiercehearted woman already inside us? A fiercehearted woman looks life in the face and says, “You can’t beat me.” She lives fully and loves bravely. She never gives in, never gives up, and never lets go. She dares to be who she is–imperfect and beloved.”

Holley bravely tells a story in every chapter of Fiercehearted that is honest and vulnerable. She takes readers into different parts of her story, shares lessons she learned, grace she received, and unexpected joys she experienced. She shares her journey to becoming a fiercehearted woman and invites readers to do the same.

I am surprised at Holley’s definition of a fiercehearted woman. Instead of, “I am woman, hear me roar,” I am challenged into come from a place of hurt, brokenness, and uncertainty. To consider the smallness, the ordinary, and the mundane. I am an Enneagram #4. I fear the mundane and run from the ordinary, but I learn that being fiercehearted means opening myself to the very things I fear and allowing Christ to change me. To live fully and love bravely from the rhythms of life I try to run from.

“I am slowly learning to be a woman who has the gumption (as we say in the South) to set things down so she may move forward, so she may be present.” (Holley Gerth, Fiercehearted).

This is also where I am at the moment. Throughout her book, Holley encourages us to view being fiercehearted as being in the state of slow learning, or showing up in pajamas, or fighting battles through counseling. We don’t have to be put together, big hair, flawless makeup, and making all the money to be fiercehearted. Holley shows us how to be fiercehearted just as we are.

Another thing I love about this book are the word art. Poignant reminders like:

Let’s make this our declaration: instead of trying to have it all together, we will dare to do real, messy, imperfect life all together.

I recommend Fiercehearted for your next read. Holley will encourage you and challenge you to look at being fiercehearted in a different light.

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