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Readers discover exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him. "I don't write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a 'how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps' guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, Readers discover exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him. "I don't write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a 'how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps' guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, and how we obey Him in the moment matters. It "all" matters. Everything." Author and speaker Mary DeMuth has been abused, foreclosed, abandoned, and betrayed. She has been pressed and drained till it was too much . . . But it was just enough to bring her to a place of surrender, piece by precious piece. In that surrender, she found the freedom of giving "everything" to God. And through Scripture, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit, she gives it all over again, every day. In this gentle "and" challenging book, DeMuth describes the process and the nuances that shape us to be more like Christ. Her words are clear, vulnerable, and thought provoking, and every chapter is infused with Scripture. Most of all, DeMuth provides personal and practical evidence that there is no greater pursuit than Christ. We must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the "Everything" He is, the "Everything" He gives.


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Readers discover exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him. "I don't write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a 'how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps' guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, Readers discover exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him. "I don't write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a 'how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps' guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, and how we obey Him in the moment matters. It "all" matters. Everything." Author and speaker Mary DeMuth has been abused, foreclosed, abandoned, and betrayed. She has been pressed and drained till it was too much . . . But it was just enough to bring her to a place of surrender, piece by precious piece. In that surrender, she found the freedom of giving "everything" to God. And through Scripture, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit, she gives it all over again, every day. In this gentle "and" challenging book, DeMuth describes the process and the nuances that shape us to be more like Christ. Her words are clear, vulnerable, and thought provoking, and every chapter is infused with Scripture. Most of all, DeMuth provides personal and practical evidence that there is no greater pursuit than Christ. We must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the "Everything" He is, the "Everything" He gives.

30 review for Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I thought I knew exactly what this book would be about. Having grown up a good girl in a denominational church my entire life long only to suffer tragic loss and betrayal as an adult (hence making my life one many would deem "ruined forever"), I've learned a gut-wrenching lesson or two about the difference between religion and relationship. I've just finished Everything, though, and I'm stunned. I'm not sure I can find a way to articulate just what this book did to me, but suffice it to say that I thought I knew exactly what this book would be about. Having grown up a good girl in a denominational church my entire life long only to suffer tragic loss and betrayal as an adult (hence making my life one many would deem "ruined forever"), I've learned a gut-wrenching lesson or two about the difference between religion and relationship. I've just finished Everything, though, and I'm stunned. I'm not sure I can find a way to articulate just what this book did to me, but suffice it to say that Mary DeMuth's inspired words left me with more hope than I've had in a long, long time, as well as a resolve to let go of the chains holding me to my past once and for all. I thought Jesus was my Everything already--I really did--but oh, how this book has challenged me in ways I never imagined. I've read several of the author's books, and she never, ever disappoints. You won't find a better writer in the world than Mary DeMuth, and her amazing craft combined with a power behind her words that can only come from God Almighty Himself make the message of this book a force to be reckoned with. Read it and get ready for a life transformed. Amen.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Michelle Planton

    This book will challenge what you think about following Jesus.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    Great read putting the focus back on Christ. Looking forward to reading more of DeMuth's books. Great read putting the focus back on Christ. Looking forward to reading more of DeMuth's books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Anne Morrow

    I can't say enough about this book! I love any book that Mary DeMuth writes, but this is one of my favorites. DeMuth urges us to completely surrender to Christ in EVERYTHING. Just get it and read it! It's definitely a book I will re-read! I can't say enough about this book! I love any book that Mary DeMuth writes, but this is one of my favorites. DeMuth urges us to completely surrender to Christ in EVERYTHING. Just get it and read it! It's definitely a book I will re-read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alycia Morales

    If you follow me on Twitter, then you've noticed I keep tweeting about #everythingbook. This is because I am super excited to share with you that my favorite non-fiction book, Everything, by Mary DeMuth, is finally available for you to get your hands on and your hearts wrapped around! Forgive me if I start writing in exclamatory sentences!!! I'm really that excited about sharing this book with you!!! Okay, I'll calm down now. But only so that you'll keep reading... Everything is all about what you If you follow me on Twitter, then you've noticed I keep tweeting about #everythingbook. This is because I am super excited to share with you that my favorite non-fiction book, Everything, by Mary DeMuth, is finally available for you to get your hands on and your hearts wrapped around! Forgive me if I start writing in exclamatory sentences!!! I'm really that excited about sharing this book with you!!! Okay, I'll calm down now. But only so that you'll keep reading... Everything is all about what you give and what you gain to become like Jesus. In Luke 14:25-33, Jesus tells us there's a price we must all pay in order to be His disciple. We must count the cost before we jump into that relationship. We need to be ready to give our everything so that Jesus becomes our Everything. This book is all about that. It is a challenge. It is a heart-invader. It is a smack on the spiritual behind. It is filled with love. It is filled with compassion. It is filled with hope. I was blessed to become a member of Mary's launch team a few months ago. As I opened the PDF file containing the book, I expected life-changing words and fresh revelation of God's will for my life. I wasn't disappointed. As I read word after word, God poured wave after wave of His conviction over me. I've read Psalm 19:13 multiple times over. "Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression." As I read Everything, my heart fell to the floor and broke into a million pieces. Those presumptuous sins add up after awhile and total great transgression - transgression that the saint isn't even aware of. It's been said that after we've walked with the Lord for a measure of time, leading others, ministering, and working for His kingdom that we tend to get into a groove. One day, rather suddenly, we find ourselves broken again, as we were the first time we came to the Lord. That would be me as I read this incredibly wise woman's words. Words like, "Dare to be brave today, and trust that when you extend your wings, you will fly." {AND} "Restoration blooms after deconstruction." {and} "...the grass isn't greener on your friend's property; it's greener where you water it." I believe more of my copy is highlighted than not. My copy of Everything has dog ears and notes in the margin. It has been my Bible's companion and will be for a very long time. I have attempted to read it slowly, enjoying the crumbs and gobbling every nugget left on the page. There's too much to take in the first time through. I will need to wrap it up and save it for later and return to partake of it again and again. Mary shared her thoughts, her stories, her struggles, her successes, and God's word in such a way that caused me to laugh, cry, and fall humbly to my knees as I read. I feel like I have a twin sister. I feel like she sat across from me, sharing, laughing, crying, and reaching out to hold my hand through the book. I've honestly never read something that drew me in like that - other than the Bible. What a read! What a change I'm going through because of her obedience in writing it! If you read it, you won't be disappointed. You'll be forever changed as you allow God to move in your heart and your life. If you don't read it, you'll be missing another opportunity to grow closer to Jesus and to take a good look in the mirror of God's word and compassionately shared truths.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lyndie Blevins

    Mary DeMuthEverything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus I was attracted to this book because... I’ve found anything written by Mary DeMuth will be intriguing and challenge my thinking. I was also intrigued by the concept of Jesus being my everything. This book was about... Mary DeMuth uses experiences from her life to develop the concept of what it means for Jesus to become our ‘everything.‘ Most of us understand Jesus should be our everything and we even say it out loud, Mary DeMuthEverything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus I was attracted to this book because... I’ve found anything written by Mary DeMuth will be intriguing and challenge my thinking. I was also intrigued by the concept of Jesus being my everything. This book was about... Mary DeMuth uses experiences from her life to develop the concept of what it means for Jesus to become our ‘everything.‘ Most of us understand Jesus should be our everything and we even say it out loud, “Jesus is my everything.’ But, the reality of what we have to surrender for this to become truth in our life is overwhelming. Mary follows three truths to help us discover how we all Jesus to become our Everything. 1. Our head contains what we think about God. What we think about God matters. 2. Our heart is where we allow Jesus to reign in our lives. The heart is the place Jesus wants to revolutionize, where He can become our “Everything.’ 3. Our hands are the evidence of our obedience. Through our hands we live out Jesus’ internal transformation. Things I liked about this book... Mary’s writing is full of encouraging descriptions of God’s love and transformation. She clearly proclaims God’s truth in a way that convicts you in love and encourages you to seek Jesus in a deeper and more intimate relationship. Why you should read this book... If you are thirsty for more of Jesus, this is the book for you. It will provide practical steps for you to walk into more and more of God’s glory. This book lived up to the back cover copy... What we think about God matters becomes an important thesis of the book. It is a critical concept for us to remember moment by moment in our day. Mary provides a refreshing look at how we think about God and where we can surrender our thinking to tighten our thinking.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Paoletta

    Everything What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus By Mary DeMuth Published by Thomas Nelson I applaud Mary Demuth's candid and honest sharing in Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus. Although Mary has written a number of other books, this was the first time I read her writing. I felt as though I was sitting in the presence of a wonderfully honest sister in Christ who was not afraid to tell it as it is and boldly go in those places many fear to tread. Mary t Everything What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus By Mary DeMuth Published by Thomas Nelson I applaud Mary Demuth's candid and honest sharing in Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus. Although Mary has written a number of other books, this was the first time I read her writing. I felt as though I was sitting in the presence of a wonderfully honest sister in Christ who was not afraid to tell it as it is and boldly go in those places many fear to tread. Mary takes us through her own journey through discouragement leading us into understanding why that path is a place that ultimately brings joy and intimacy with the Lord when we allow it. Mary asks us to consider our options in difficult times. We can turn to the Lord in our brokenness and pain, growing in intimacy and relationship with God or we can hang onto our dismal position, growing in bitterness, anger and resentment toward God and others. She does not make light of trials but beckons us to lean into the One who longs us to lean hard on Himself. She advises us in three realms our head, heart and hands. In each of these parts of the book she tackles how we can best live out our faith instead of leaning on our own understanding. She directs us to the deep tenets of our own Christian view through questions for reflection and discussion. The goal is radical obedience and trust. Transformation by grace has never been an easy path. Challenging the easy, breezy gospel of success and happily-ever-after with truth is what shines through in Everything. If you are ready to stop accepting the superficial Christian life and want to feel affirmed in God's will for you as a real life believer, right now, then read on and be sharpened , friends. Practical and challenging. If you are ready for Jesus to be your Everything, you are ready to read this book! I received this book from Booksneeze for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are completely my own! http://beneaththesurface-dawn.blogspo...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Blount

    I read this book as part of my morning devotional time and I. LOVED. IT. It challenged me--and Mary Demuth's ruthless honesty and excellent, natural writing style kept me engaged. I will definitely be reading more books by this author. I read this book as part of my morning devotional time and I. LOVED. IT. It challenged me--and Mary Demuth's ruthless honesty and excellent, natural writing style kept me engaged. I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This book was amazing! It is very inspirational and life changing. I recommend this to anyone wanting to read Christian non-fic.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roger Lowther

    Wonderful!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    I've been grappling with writing this review for a few days now. I've been fortunate to be part of Mary's "Launch Team" for the book and so received an advance copy of the PDF. I've been blessed by participating in a closed group on FB with the other 100 or so members of that team. I so wanted to be praising this book from the rooftops. All the other reviews (at present) are overwhelmingly positive which is fantastic. I worry that I've missed something significant. But I must write what's in my he I've been grappling with writing this review for a few days now. I've been fortunate to be part of Mary's "Launch Team" for the book and so received an advance copy of the PDF. I've been blessed by participating in a closed group on FB with the other 100 or so members of that team. I so wanted to be praising this book from the rooftops. All the other reviews (at present) are overwhelmingly positive which is fantastic. I worry that I've missed something significant. But I must write what's in my heart. This book has so much going for it. Let me list some of them: 1. Mary is a passionate lover of Jesus and pours herself into everything she writes. This is no different. We see Mary so wanting to share her journey, warts and all. 2. It's cleverly structured into 3 parts: What we Think, Who we are, and How we Live. 3. The writing is excellent using lots of great Scriptures as well as other appropriate references from people such as Oswald Chambers, who lived a life of giving "everything" to Jesus. As a result it is easy to read, not getting bogged down in over-complicated theology. 4. There are lots of super soundbites. I love soundbites, little takeaways that you can store to memory and draw out when chatting with others. 5. Mary's messages challenge you to stop, think and lean into Jesus some more. Which at the end of the day is a great outcome. Mary's lived a rich life of experience. Some really tough times that have chiselled her character and strength in Jesus. What I've grappled with is I felt as the book progressed we had less of this experience from the perspective of taking me inside her story. I'm a huge fan of Ann Voskamp's "1000 Gifts", which Mary also refers to. What was so compelling about that book was I felt Ann's story. I was present folding the laundry with her as she grappled with her faith, or sitting in the passenger seat as she went on her travels. Reading "Everything" I felt I was in the dressing sheds being encouraged, at times exhorted, by Mary, my coach. Let me illustrate with two examples. The chapter titled, "Follow the Leader", is all about surrendering control of the daily happenings in our life to Jesus. This is one of those areas we all struggle with. We have the head knowledge, but how do you actually do it with all there is to get through each day. I would have loved Mary to take me inside her daily life, beyond list making, and shown me, how she may have done it in those days when everything insider of her is yelling, "trust yourself Mary, you're in control here." Similarly, the last chapter that contains 10 disciplines that she has benefited from in her spiritual growth. These could easily fill an entire book itself and I'd encourage Mary to consider doing that. Once again, I didn't feel I was brought into her journey of self-discovery, rather told doing such and such would help you. But I'd suggest this was more to do with the need for brevity. I loved how Mary summed the book up in her Epilogue by describing her two selves: the "Everything Mary" and the "Reality Mary". I feel this book would linger longer in my heart if we experienced first hand Mary grappling with her "twin selves" as many of us share this similar frustration. Do read this book as you will learn a lot and be better equipped on your own journey.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mara Kim

    What I enjoy the most about Mary’s books is that she is transparent. I feel a kindred spirit to her because she speaks out loud what her innermost feelings might be. I have felt those same raw emotions and have dealt with what life has handed me growing up in an unchristian home and I’ve seen, heard, and felt things no-one should ever bear. Mary has too. When she writes certain passages it resonates me to the core. My core (at times) represents shame, fear, worry, and then guilty for feeling all What I enjoy the most about Mary’s books is that she is transparent. I feel a kindred spirit to her because she speaks out loud what her innermost feelings might be. I have felt those same raw emotions and have dealt with what life has handed me growing up in an unchristian home and I’ve seen, heard, and felt things no-one should ever bear. Mary has too. When she writes certain passages it resonates me to the core. My core (at times) represents shame, fear, worry, and then guilty for feeling all of those things knowing that I should be more faithful. She has some powerful paragraphs and sentences that stop you in your tracks. Everything is divided into three parts: *Head – What We Think *Heart – Who We Are *Hands – How We Live Part of section one includes the topic of worry. This is what Mary says about worry and it shook me to the core. Worry is a weighty monster with poisoned tentacles. It clutches at us, grabs our mind, steals our breath, our will. It lurks. It pounces. It colors how we perceive the world. But God whispers peace in the midst. At the heart of the matter, we know with our heads that worry will leads to no sleep and stress. It doesn’t change what’s going to happen. We need to be able to hand our worries over to God. I like the image of a box. Write all your worries on a piece of paper and place them in the box. Then picture Jesus and him coming up to you and reaching his hand out to you and requesting that you give him the worry box. And then he wraps you in his embrace and tells you it’s all mine now. I already know the future and it’s good. It’s Jeremiah 29:11 – you’ve read it. You’ve memorized it. Now, live it. You have the future at your hands and I’m right beside you. Mary DeMuth touches on much more such as choosing forgiveness and healing. Sometimes it’s easier to wallow in our woes rather than face our challenge head on. Forgiving the other person (easier said than done – I know!) is actually releasing you not them. It’s releasing you to move on with your life and live it abundantly. And I learned a long time ago that forgiveness doesn’t mean that you forget what happened or that you have to be their friend. It just means letting go. After all, God has forgiven us. Why is it so hard to forgive others? Finally, Mary gives you 10 disciplines that if you apply them you will find great growth. One such is the discipline of gratitude and she refers to Ann Voskamp’s book called, “One Thousand Gifts.” Focus on what you do have in life. If you live in America, you have much more than you realize that we so easily take for granted such as running water. We rarely go without it. Or electricity. Oh, how we moan if either is out for even a few hours. It’s all over Facebook that our power is out. Poor Me! We happily post it from our IPhones and get the attention that we all so deserve! I recommend this book for others who want to tackle that weighty monster of our lives such as worry, letting go of the giants, choosing to heal, and tackling the disciplines. I was given this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    "Sometimes our obedience to Jesus Christ costs others." I know if you're a Christian, most of us can agree with that statement. Simply put following Jesus can cost us the lives of people who were once in our lives or often times keep people from truly getting to know us. Sometimes just the label of the term "Christian" is enough to steer people in the opposite direction. So just how do we keep on the path we are intended, while the world around us falls apart and points the fingers in our directi "Sometimes our obedience to Jesus Christ costs others." I know if you're a Christian, most of us can agree with that statement. Simply put following Jesus can cost us the lives of people who were once in our lives or often times keep people from truly getting to know us. Sometimes just the label of the term "Christian" is enough to steer people in the opposite direction. So just how do we keep on the path we are intended, while the world around us falls apart and points the fingers in our direction often times? Jesus said it Himself, that persecution would follow those of us that take us the cross and follow Him. He never promised that the path would be smooth and beautiful along the way there, but there would be a cost involved. Is it one you have considered taking? Is it one you have questioned whether the effort is truly worth it in the end? In the book, Everything by Mary Demuth, she illustrates some of those changes believers face on their walk of trying to be the best we can in virtually everything we do as Christians. She writes this book as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, and how we obey Him in the moment matters. It all matters. Everything. Author and speaker, Mary DeMuth has been abused, foreclosed, abandoned, and betrayed. She has been pressed and drained till it was too much and it was enough to bring her to surrender piece by piece. In this book, she illustrates how she did it and hopes to encourage you wherever you are at in your walk right now. Each chapter in this book includes a timeless quote or scripture reference from the Bible, a personal story from Mary's life, how she incorporates that into the Christian walk and what the Bible has to say about that situation, along with some discussion questions to draw you deeper into your own personal study or perhaps in a small Bible study group. There are chapters dedicated to worry, healing, dealing with your own thoughts, money issues and growing as a Christian. There are countless pieces of wisdom contained with these pages and ones that you will want to capture, notate and highlight to help encourage you when the storms of life come calling. I received Everything by Mary DeMuth compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and TLC Book Tours for my honest review. Even great running cars need a tune up every now and then to keep it in the best shape it can be and to help keep it running smooth. As a believer in Christ, I truly believe that books like this one, are designed to encourage us and keep us running smooth and to keep up in the best possible shape we can be in our personal walk of faith in Jesus Christ. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Mary's book today and even use it for personal study or more importantly in a small church group Bible Study! I personally rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    What I Loved: Everything was a super insightful book, and a fast paced read, which delved into the surrender-everything life of Mary DeMuth. I really enjoyed reading about Mary's life story, her heart and of course gaining some wonderful wisdom from her own journey to declare Jesus her everything. The whole time I was reading through this book I kept on thinking two very distinct things: (1) God I so needed to hear these words today! (2) Um, I thought I was already living an everything-for-Jesus What I Loved: Everything was a super insightful book, and a fast paced read, which delved into the surrender-everything life of Mary DeMuth. I really enjoyed reading about Mary's life story, her heart and of course gaining some wonderful wisdom from her own journey to declare Jesus her everything. The whole time I was reading through this book I kept on thinking two very distinct things: (1) God I so needed to hear these words today! (2) Um, I thought I was already living an everything-for-Jesus kinda life in all areas of my life? Reading through Everything was like I was discovering how to live an all-out for Jesus life for the very first time alongside Mary DeMuth herself, over coffee. This book is also totally highlight-able, as in almost every other page in my copy of Everything is highlighted up. I absolutely can't wait to thumb back through this book over and over again! The book itself is split into three different sections: head, heart and hands. And I loved this about the book, that it was divided in such a unique way, mainly because it really brought forth fresh new perspectives on how to get our heads, hearts and hands aligned just right so we can learn to live an everything-for-Jesus life in our everyday lives. The chapters that really spoke to me, and even somewhat confronted me on how I'm not always fully living an "everything life," were the chapters on the six letter word {gospel} (ch. 2), worry (ch. 5), healing (ch. 10), being kind to yourself (ch. 12) and discipline (ch.18). Honestly, these were some of the most challenging, sucker-punch chapters, in my opinion, to my own self and my faith-walk. For example, in the chapter on worry, we discover alongside Mary that worry can become an idol, a go-to mode that can control us if we let it. Worry can also cause us to lose belief in just how BIG our God really is. It's really all a faith and trust issue after all. And Mary DeMuth's Worry Wart Prayer that she includes in the book is such a wonderful resource. I'm so glad she included the prayer! Everything's message is simple, really: Give Jesus EVERYTHING and gain EVERYTHING He offers. What I Didn't Like So Much: There was nothing I didn't like, really. Honestly, I liked everything about Everything. I'm Recommending This Book... If you are struggling to live your life for Christ in every single area, large or small in your life, then Everything: What You Give & What You Gain To Become Like Jesus is a wonderful place to learn how to start. Grab your Bible, a highlighter, a cup of coffee or tea and dive into Everything so you can learn alongside Mary DeMuth how you too can fully surrender to living a life like Jesus. You will gain something from reading this book, rest assured.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tia Bach

    In the journey to giving Jesus everything so that we may know the depth of his love, the author breaks the book down into three sections... Head - What We Think Heart - Who We Are Hands - How We Live Each section touched me. The author seemed to know me, but more than that, I think her honesty finds a similar place in all of us. The struggles she describes are struggles we all face in some way or another. Then, to strengthen each section, the author provides a list of questions for reflection and di In the journey to giving Jesus everything so that we may know the depth of his love, the author breaks the book down into three sections... Head - What We Think Heart - Who We Are Hands - How We Live Each section touched me. The author seemed to know me, but more than that, I think her honesty finds a similar place in all of us. The struggles she describes are struggles we all face in some way or another. Then, to strengthen each section, the author provides a list of questions for reflection and discussion. I found this helped me focus on the intent of her messages. The progression between sections made a lot of sense... what we think becomes who we are and ultimately affects how we live. The author emphasizes how we try to control our lives, focusing on our to-do lists and feelings of success versus failure. She describes control as, "that thing we crave, grab at, sacrifice much of our hearts to have ... Control is the inner disease of those who need stability and order to function." As control diverts us from our everything, so does worry. My favorite line from the entire book, the one that hit me between the eyes... "Worry is a weighty monster with poisoned tentacles. It clutches at us, grabs our minds, steals our breath, our will. It lurks. It pounces. It colors how we perceive the world." Throughout these lessons, the author shares how she falters and stumbles along the way. It never seems preachy or from someone who doesn't understand, who can't relate. The author has clearly had tough times, and times where she couldn't see past her own circumstances. When she talks about pursuing relationships and community even after pain and a broken heart, you believe her and feel empowered to do the same. This book will touch each reader in different ways, but I can't imagine the reader it won't touch. The only thing I thought was missing was a little more insight into the author's life. She hinted at details at times, but I wanted more. However, I understand that her life story is more detailed in her novel, Thin Places. I assume reading that in conjunction with this would only add to this novel's power. If you are looking for encouragement on your religious journey, I believe this book will take your hand and help you on your path. Or, if you know a friend struggling with finding their everything through Jesus, it would make a great gift... especially with the holidays fast approaching. Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson as a part of their BookSneeze program. Also, I attempted to write this review while trying to watch my children at the local public library, so if you find it lacking and full of errors, you know why. I'd been seeing a lot about Everything by Mary DeMuth around the time of its release, and so was glad to be able to select it to review. First, ignore the cover. The cutesy font used for the title in a heart gives the impression that it is kind of a " I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson as a part of their BookSneeze program. Also, I attempted to write this review while trying to watch my children at the local public library, so if you find it lacking and full of errors, you know why. I'd been seeing a lot about Everything by Mary DeMuth around the time of its release, and so was glad to be able to select it to review. First, ignore the cover. The cutesy font used for the title in a heart gives the impression that it is kind of a "girly" book without much depth. Had I known nothing about the book and only seen the cover, I would have been less than impressed. However, the content goes so much deeper and is worthwhile to those who are looking for guidance in deepening their faith. I was especially impressed by DeMuth's scholarship with certain Biblical texts, explaining how they are often ripped out of context and giving the context for them (i.e. Jeremiah 29:11). She also explains how we tend to follow a popular version of a Christianity that tells us God won't give us more than we can handle or that requires little commitment, or that it is all about our comfort and happiness when that is actually not representative of what Jesus asks of us. Some of the great lessons DeMuth teaches in Everything: Let God convict people, not you Be yourself Give up control Allow the Spirit to work in us Everything is a book that you will want to read slowly and think about, as well as spend time doing the discussion questions included at the end of each chapter. It's not a book to rush through, but one to savor.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Smith

    Are you broken? Confused? Worried? In a destructive relationship? There is a way out – one beautiful amazing, glorious way out – trusting in Jesus enough to let Him become your EVERYTHING. Because when you let Him take over, let Him mend the cracks, let Him figure out the solutions, trust in Him enough not to worry about the outcomes, allow Him to love you and for the relationship with Him to be what fills your heart. Then there will be happiness, joy, comforting and peace. I promise. Mary De Mut Are you broken? Confused? Worried? In a destructive relationship? There is a way out – one beautiful amazing, glorious way out – trusting in Jesus enough to let Him become your EVERYTHING. Because when you let Him take over, let Him mend the cracks, let Him figure out the solutions, trust in Him enough not to worry about the outcomes, allow Him to love you and for the relationship with Him to be what fills your heart. Then there will be happiness, joy, comforting and peace. I promise. Mary De Muth’s newest book, Everything, delves into all of the above. The thing is, truly surrendering EVERYTHING to Jesus isn’t easy. There is so much I want to control. So much I want to hold onto. De Muth’s book challenged me every time I picked it up. It dared me to surrender. It begged me to find enough courage to let go of all the stuff I love to hold onto. Some of the sections were straightforward or basic. Some didn’t directly apply to me today, and those I could breeze through. But some pulled at my heart, were difficult to digest. I advise reading this book a little at a time. Read until you need to stop and actually answer the questions that are running through your head, or call someone you need to apologize to, or RSVP “no” to something that’s burdening you, or get down on your knees and pray. A page here. Flip through three chapters another day. A section there – whatever makes sense to you where you are on your own personal journey. But do read it, and do consider letting Jesus be your EVERYTHING.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    I have been impacted by everything Mary DeMuth has written. Her novels evoke such a range of emotion while reading them and her nonfiction writing turned out to be just as impactful. Everything is Mary's coaching book. Using her own life as the blueprint, she helps us explore what we give and what we gain to becoming like Jesus. Right off the bat you will discover that things were not so wonderful for Mary as she and her husband were obedient to the ministry of God. In fact, things were awful. Mary I have been impacted by everything Mary DeMuth has written. Her novels evoke such a range of emotion while reading them and her nonfiction writing turned out to be just as impactful. Everything is Mary's coaching book. Using her own life as the blueprint, she helps us explore what we give and what we gain to becoming like Jesus. Right off the bat you will discover that things were not so wonderful for Mary as she and her husband were obedient to the ministry of God. In fact, things were awful. Mary explains the fear and the level of depression that seemed to surround her home while they worked overseas. She then jumps into three sections. First she writes about our head and what we think about God and the challenges that brings. Second, she writes about the heart and who we are. This section is the home-run for Mary. She is terrific and poetically expression this aspect of our lives and how it connects with God. Third is the hands and how we live. She gives us many things to think about when it comes to our finances and our relationships and just being irresistible. Her epilogue is the perfect way to sign off from this adventure. It's the bookend that needs to happen when you read anything by her. There are questions to explore and discuss after each chapter. And these are your typical churchy cookie-cutter questions. You will absolutely go deep with them. Terrific book for any individual or small group. This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Corona

    This book has forever changed me. Mary DeMuth is raw, real and totally honest about her failures and how we can change to become the best we can be. This book isn't a sermon like the description says. Instead it is a step by step set up on how to evolve into the best Christian possible. What I really enjoyed was Mary's style of writing. She's not one of those Christian authors that are 'holier than thou art', she's so surprisingly down to earth, you think you're reading something your best friend This book has forever changed me. Mary DeMuth is raw, real and totally honest about her failures and how we can change to become the best we can be. This book isn't a sermon like the description says. Instead it is a step by step set up on how to evolve into the best Christian possible. What I really enjoyed was Mary's style of writing. She's not one of those Christian authors that are 'holier than thou art', she's so surprisingly down to earth, you think you're reading something your best friend wrote. You can tell that Mary is a passionate Christian, that her life revolves around her faith and it really shows that her main purpose is to preach her ministry to others and to show just how wonderful Jesus is and can be for the rest of us. Everything is a great detailed account on how we can change our lives and truly live for Jesus and the way He wants us to. Mary is a talented writer and I would recommend this to all my friends!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    ” The more you dare to obey , the more you experience God.” (Page 177) . I believe that this sentence greatly displays the theme and message of this book. If we truly desire to experience the effect, satisfaction, peace , and joy of being a sold-out follower of Christ we much totally surrender EVERY aspect of our lives to him. We must relinquish control and allow him to lead our lives. Mary DeMuth honestly, yet humbly discusses this point in her book. She does not claim to provide steps towards ” The more you dare to obey , the more you experience God.” (Page 177) . I believe that this sentence greatly displays the theme and message of this book. If we truly desire to experience the effect, satisfaction, peace , and joy of being a sold-out follower of Christ we much totally surrender EVERY aspect of our lives to him. We must relinquish control and allow him to lead our lives. Mary DeMuth honestly, yet humbly discusses this point in her book. She does not claim to provide steps towards perfect Christianity, or even pretend to perfectly exhibit these things in her own daily life. She admits it is a daily, constant struggle to hand control over to God. However, it is profitable, and worthwhile. I highly recommend this book as a recourse on complete surrender. I loved Mary’s humble, yet honest nature. A great resource! Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Mary DeMuth has been through the ringer. She knows what she's talking about when she points out that trials are to help us grow and that we need to surrender everything to God. In return, Jesus will become our everything. The first section asks us what we think about God and ourselves. The second section looks at our hearts. Have we let Jesus in to change our hearts or are we living with unforgiveness, control, or other things that impede our growth? The third section looks at our actions. How d Mary DeMuth has been through the ringer. She knows what she's talking about when she points out that trials are to help us grow and that we need to surrender everything to God. In return, Jesus will become our everything. The first section asks us what we think about God and ourselves. The second section looks at our hearts. Have we let Jesus in to change our hearts or are we living with unforgiveness, control, or other things that impede our growth? The third section looks at our actions. How do we spend our money, live in community, or show Jesus to others? These are just some of the topics she has in each section. This is an important and challenging book. Some of the topics really spoke to me, especially the issue of control. I appreciated Mary's stories to illustrate her own struggles with these topics and that she doesn't feel as... see the rest here: http://shopgirl152ny.blogspot.com/201...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    What a book to devour, and I've underlined a lot of it...sometimes twice! Question? How do we know what God thinks? Gets your mind going! Thank you Mary for this down to earth book, that makes you feel closer to God. I loved how you related the story of your daughter. How she asked Jesus into her heart and the evil voices stopped. There are Eighteen Chapters that are divided into three sections: Head - What We Think, Heart - Who We Are, and Heads - How We Live. There is even an Epilogue: The Every What a book to devour, and I've underlined a lot of it...sometimes twice! Question? How do we know what God thinks? Gets your mind going! Thank you Mary for this down to earth book, that makes you feel closer to God. I loved how you related the story of your daughter. How she asked Jesus into her heart and the evil voices stopped. There are Eighteen Chapters that are divided into three sections: Head - What We Think, Heart - Who We Are, and Heads - How We Live. There is even an Epilogue: The Everything Life. I loved the Six lettered word that changes everything...Gospel...oh how true! At the end of each chapter there are Questions for Reflection and Discussion. This book will be kept and reused and reused. I received this book from TLC Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna McBroom-Theriot

    I was so excited when I was notified of being on the Everything Launch Team. Mary DeMuth is such an astounding author. She reveals so much of herself in her books so that she can help others through the trials in their own lives. Mary has learned much through the trials in her own life and when she prays for you, she offers hope you didn’t have before. She offers wisdom on being a child of God through her own personal stories. It is a book that you’ll bend the pages down to come back to, you will I was so excited when I was notified of being on the Everything Launch Team. Mary DeMuth is such an astounding author. She reveals so much of herself in her books so that she can help others through the trials in their own lives. Mary has learned much through the trials in her own life and when she prays for you, she offers hope you didn’t have before. She offers wisdom on being a child of God through her own personal stories. It is a book that you’ll bend the pages down to come back to, you will highlight passages, and you will write notes in the margins to share with friends. We learn that we are called to be like Christ and by our actions, we will bring others closer to Him. Everything is a book that will leave you pondering life. I hope you are one of the lucky ones who will read this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Albrecht

    Everything is packed full of truth, deep truth - and Mary found a way to say it simply, for everyone. While some books are written more for the new or mature follower, this book is for ALL Christians who want to know how to become more like Jesus. 18 Chapters are divided into 3 sections: Head-What We Think; Heart-Who We Are; Hands-How We Live I've highlighted my copy like crazy, and one of my favorite chapters is - Become Irresistible - letting ourselves being drawn and refreshed by the irresisti Everything is packed full of truth, deep truth - and Mary found a way to say it simply, for everyone. While some books are written more for the new or mature follower, this book is for ALL Christians who want to know how to become more like Jesus. 18 Chapters are divided into 3 sections: Head-What We Think; Heart-Who We Are; Hands-How We Live I've highlighted my copy like crazy, and one of my favorite chapters is - Become Irresistible - letting ourselves being drawn and refreshed by the irresistible Jesus, and leading others to the well of Jesus through loving like He did. I love that even though I've read the entire book, it's soooo rich - that each time I've picked it up again, I find even more truths and encouragement in it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pilar

    I received an advanced copy of "Everything" to review. I also had the privilege of endorsing this beautiful book. I read this book on my week off from vacation back in July. God spoke to me that week through "Everything". I was beyond blessed. While I was reading about Mary DeMuth's life and experiences. I was able to put myself in her shoes. At times, I even felt we lived parallel lives. I laughed and cried throughout this book. "Everything" made me think; it convicted me as well as challenged my I received an advanced copy of "Everything" to review. I also had the privilege of endorsing this beautiful book. I read this book on my week off from vacation back in July. God spoke to me that week through "Everything". I was beyond blessed. While I was reading about Mary DeMuth's life and experiences. I was able to put myself in her shoes. At times, I even felt we lived parallel lives. I laughed and cried throughout this book. "Everything" made me think; it convicted me as well as challenged my walk with Jesus. I had to ask myself the same question many times while reading this book, is Jesus my everything? If I say He is my everything, do I live as though He is? I loved "Everything". I believe in the message and believe every Christian should read this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Autum (Escape between the Covers)

    I received the book Everything by Mary Demuth to review from Booksneeze.com. The author takes you on a journey on how to be a better christian. She does not just give scripture she gives views from her own experiences. She is taking the journey with you. She writes touching and startling moments when she learned to let go. To open herself to everything the lord has for her. Whether that be a lesson she needed to learn, or an obstacle she needed to overcome. It is a touching/revealing book that I received the book Everything by Mary Demuth to review from Booksneeze.com. The author takes you on a journey on how to be a better christian. She does not just give scripture she gives views from her own experiences. She is taking the journey with you. She writes touching and startling moments when she learned to let go. To open herself to everything the lord has for her. Whether that be a lesson she needed to learn, or an obstacle she needed to overcome. It is a touching/revealing book that helps you become or helps get you on the road to giving everything to the lord.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Rose

    Having grown up in church, I have been handed many a “How to be a better Christian” type books. I’ve read a few. However, this is not a step-by-step book. DeMuth does not try to be THE expert. She writes from her personal experience—what has worked for her and what hasn’t. She writes from observations of Christians she has admired through her life. It is a relatively short book, yet even as a voracious reader, DeMuth’s words made me read slowly and think. I wouldn’t say this book completely trans Having grown up in church, I have been handed many a “How to be a better Christian” type books. I’ve read a few. However, this is not a step-by-step book. DeMuth does not try to be THE expert. She writes from her personal experience—what has worked for her and what hasn’t. She writes from observations of Christians she has admired through her life. It is a relatively short book, yet even as a voracious reader, DeMuth’s words made me read slowly and think. I wouldn’t say this book completely transformed my life, but it was definitely worth the time to read and gave me some things to noodle.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Darren Sapp

    The Christian living genre frequently produces books ripe with platitudes or comes across as a self-help book. Everything is free of those elements and presents a heartfelt look at our walk with Christ. DeMuth doesn’t shy away from her experiences, some of them tough to read, and most certainly difficult to write. This is a solid, biblical work worthy for devotional reading, accountability groups, or bible fellowships. These teachings appeal to men and women from the teen years and up. Jesus is The Christian living genre frequently produces books ripe with platitudes or comes across as a self-help book. Everything is free of those elements and presents a heartfelt look at our walk with Christ. DeMuth doesn’t shy away from her experiences, some of them tough to read, and most certainly difficult to write. This is a solid, biblical work worthy for devotional reading, accountability groups, or bible fellowships. These teachings appeal to men and women from the teen years and up. Jesus is everything and deserves everything from us.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maralee McKee

    Mary DeMuth has done it again...she's touched my heart and strengthened my faith. She also got me thinking about how easy it is to forgot that Christ gave His all, and as His follower, it should be (It's not always, but I'm a work in progress.) my mind's goal and heart's intent to give my all to Him in return. If you're feeling like Christ is further away from you than you would like, read this book. You'll find yourself drawing nearer to HIm page-by-page. Mary DeMuth has done it again...she's touched my heart and strengthened my faith. She also got me thinking about how easy it is to forgot that Christ gave His all, and as His follower, it should be (It's not always, but I'm a work in progress.) my mind's goal and heart's intent to give my all to Him in return. If you're feeling like Christ is further away from you than you would like, read this book. You'll find yourself drawing nearer to HIm page-by-page.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Hudson

    Mary challenged me throughout the book to focus my head, heart and hands on letting Jesus be my Everything. She doesn't shrink back from the difficult things. This book isn't about making you feel good about your great Christian life. It's convicting without shaming. Everything helped me see the dusty corners of my soul left hidden that Jesus wants to invade and heal. So He can be my Everything. Mary challenged me throughout the book to focus my head, heart and hands on letting Jesus be my Everything. She doesn't shrink back from the difficult things. This book isn't about making you feel good about your great Christian life. It's convicting without shaming. Everything helped me see the dusty corners of my soul left hidden that Jesus wants to invade and heal. So He can be my Everything.

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