When Danise Jurado asked me to be a part of her book launch team, I was honored. After I cracked open the pages of Fulfilled and read the Introduction, I was down right grateful.
“One by one, we come to God, young and old, wealthy and homeless; none of us is alike. Yet we are the same, we’re all learning to live the life God promised and longing to be fulfilled.” — Danise Jurado
I believe there is true danger in faith complacency. When we find ourselves in a place where we are no longer seeking, when we feel we have quenched our thirst, we are traveling a slippery slope. God wants us to crave more of Him, everyday. To be full, but not satisfied. And through the pages of her debut work, Danise walks alongside us on this journey towards a rich and deep walk with Christ.
It would be a great book if Danise simply demonstrated the how and why of some of the most challenging components of our faith: forgiveness, identity, hope, and courage (just to name a few). But what sets this book apart is the author herself. In its pages, she lays herself bare before us. She has seen God move in her own life in mighty ways and with authenticity and transparency, Danise welcomes you to share in what God has done for her, with her, and through her.
“I believed in God, but my belief was in the image of who I thought God was. Looking back, there was a lot I didn’t understand, but that didn’t matter to God. His love and mercy collided with my ignorance and pride, and I was changed forever.” — Forgiveness (Ch.1)
In my own walk with Christ, I’ve known incredible blessing and joy. But I’ve also known what it’s it like to mask burden behind them. I’ve intimately known the misguided belief that “real” women of God don’t let the world see their truth. I was raised up within a community of believers who taught a great deal of biblical faith — right faith, true faith — but mingled within those proper lessons was the subtext that weakness wasn’t allowed. Verbalizing hurt, confusion, and struggle simply meant that we weren’t truly engaging our faith OR maybe we weren’t relying on it enough.
But that is not truth.
More so, those lies undermine the gospel of grace. And even more so, they diminish the sacrifice of Christ who gave His very life so that we could be restored and made righteous. If we have nothing to be delivered from (weakness, sin, hurt) then why such a costly gift?
“No one can stand in the presence of a holy God without something being uncovered. The condition of our mind, the burdens of our heart, and the motives of our behavior are exposed. In these precious moments with God, don’t hold anything back. Don’t try to cover up things that are embarrassing, shameful, and sinful. God never uncovers with the intention of harming us. His purpose is always to restore, heal, and fill us to overflowing with His hope.” — Truth (Ch.3)
I could walk you through the pages of this book and spill out its truth, but then you’d miss the beautiful experience of God meeting you within it. What you will find nestled inside it’s cover are words that are honest, real, and simple. Danise doesn’t want to speak over you – she wants to speak into you. And her heart for Christ to be the pressing power behind that is evident on every single page.
Danise’s words are applicable and relevant – which is fitting because so are God’s. His truth remains unchanged, just as His character does and throughout the pages of Fulfilled you, dear reader, will meet more of Him. Danise so genuinely captures God’s heart for His kids and then she very simply points us toward Him. (<=== Tweet that!)
“I have come to realize and truly believe that the only way we can live completely fulfilled lives is to allow God to define and outline our lives and then lead us in them. Believing that we really are God’s children and that He genuinely desires to fill our lives to overflowing completeness is only the beginning. We must be willing to face the limits we have placed on ourselves, and then, with God’s strength, run straight through them.” — Living Fulfilled (Ch. 13)
Run out and get yourself a copy of Fulfilled – or better yet, leave a comment below and take a stab at winning an autographed copy, which Danise has so graciously provided for one of my readers.
However you come by this book, I know that you will be as grateful as I am to uncover the truth and life within it. Living fulfilled isn’t some prosperity promise or money-back guarantee from an unreachable source. It is God’s heart for each and every one of His children – and a journey He travels beside us every step of the way.
I’ll be choosing one (random) lucky winner of a copy of Fulfilled. Simply leave a comment below and tell me what has peaked your interest. Contest closes at midnight on September 9, 2015 and the winner will be notified via email.
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