Jennifer Dukes Lee
This is hands-down one of the BEST books I have ever read. I’m pretty sure the last time I did this much underlining in a book I was in college. We’ll not talk about how long ago that was….haha.
All of us, men and women alike, are striving for approval in our lives – approval from spouses, peers, family, friends, even strangers. This desperate search for approval often leaves us battered and bruised, falling apart on the inside while trying to hold up a facade of being fine and having it all together. It’s exhausting! Throughout the course of her life, Jennifer Dukes Lee has faced this same struggle. She’s put up a facade and wondered what people would think if they knew the real her, who she really was at home, and how not perfect her life really was. She’s been right where we are, searching for human love and acceptance when all along we’re loved and unconditionally accepted by the God who made us! It seems like such a simple concept realizing that we have been pre-approved by God, there’s no need to strive for approval, it’s right there waiting for us to take hold of it – such a simple concept, yet somewhat hard to conceive of. But a life fully lived in this unconditional acceptance and authentic love is one that shines bright, one that is free and unhindered by the world’s opinion. If we can truly grasp this our lives will be forever changed and fuller than we could have ever imagined possible.
In Love Idol, Jennifer tells her story and takes us on her journey to this realization of joy and freedom found in God’s unconditional love. Her story is inspiring and her words encouraging, speaking life and truth into the reader. There is so much in this book that even after finishing it a few days ago, I’m still processing it all and trying to take hold of all the truth and wisdom it holds. The words it holds make me want to live my life free and unhindered – not connected to anyone’s opinion but God’s, the one who made me, loves me and in whom I am already pre approved.
To give you just a taste of what you’ll find in Love Idol, here are a few of my favorite quotes:
“Eyes cannot look in two different directions. I want mine on Jesus – not on yesterday’s failures or successes, not on today’s agenda, and definitely not on the world’s scorecards. Eyes. On. Jesus”
“I have been preapproved. Already approved. Already accepted. I have nothing to prove.”
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