A message from Beth about this book…
Why I chose this book…
A number of years ago a girlfriend invited me to attend a women’s daytime bible study. At this point in our lives, my husband was deployed and I was a stay at home mom to our young son. Fairly new to the area, I had few friends and very little interaction with other adults. I followed Mandie into my first ever women’s bible study – To Live is Christ by Beth Moore. 7 studies, 1 retreat, and 1 Living Proof Live event later, I feel like Beth is a long time friend. So, I didn’t hesitate when the opportunity to review Audacious came my way.
Audacious, the audiobook, is narrated by Beth herself, which adds nicely to the listening enjoyment. When I moved to the South people used to accuse me of speaking too fast, but Beth is from here (Arkansas) and when she gets fired up, she can “talk a blue streak” (that’s really fast, with no breath). There is no way to listen to her without visualizing her big smile and the animated hand movements you see in her bible study videos. As always, Beth delivers lessons of faith and wild (but not unbelievable) tales of God’s greatness with an ample amount of self-deprecating humor.
Unfortunately, this book didn’t hold the same appeal for me as her studies have. She chased a lot of squirrels, getting sidetracked with stories, to the point that I had trouble understanding the message of some chapters until she summarized them at the end. While thoroughly entertaining, I feel like I only had a few take-aways from this book:
- The need to ask myself “What am I most compelled by the love of Christ to do?” and “What would it take to do it?”
- It’s also important to reconcile what I need to do with what I want to do. To explain it further, I can say, “I need to read my bible.” However, “I need” is not going to lead to sustained bible reading.
- All women do battle with desire and deceit. The way to ensure victory is to draw near to Christ, only He can exchange our wants and desires for His own.
Every reader will be different and I believe God can use even the simplest message to draw us closer to Himself. If you have been the victim of abuse, experienced a teenage pregnancy, or been deceived by your own heart – Chapter 9 is for you. Had intimate dealings with mental illness? – Chapter 10 may help you reconcile with your past. Audacious wasn’t my favorite book by Beth Moore, but I’ll return for future books and studies because I know Beth is a gifted teacher and orator.
I received this book for free as a member of the christianaudio reviewers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”