The New Book at the Top of My Recommendations List

by Michelle Acker on March 29, 2012

in Living is Learning

Life changers


I have a very short list of books which have touched my life so deeply that I recommend them to everyone I know.  To be honest, until now, that list only contained two titles.  I’m pretty choosy about what I recommend to my readers and to friends and family.

You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth has now taken residence at the top of my exclusive list of “life changers”, and it absolutely earned that top spot.

I had high expectations for You’re Already Amazing.  After all, Holley Gerth’s Dayspring Cards have moved me to tears and touched my heart in ways that would put ordinary Hallmark cards to shame. She is a licensed counselor,  life coach, and speaker. A whole book of encouragement by Holley Gerth?  I couldn’t wait to start reading!

The confession

I had high expectations.  I was crazy excited to read Holley Gerth’s book.  I knew her words would be full of good advice, encouragement and truth.  But I also expected to not believe any of it applied to me.  ‘Cause that’s just how I am.  I believe good things for other people, but when I try to apply them to me, I just have a hard time buying it.

What I didn’t expect

I didn’t expect for God to use this book to truly heal my heart and start changing those negative thoughts. I didn’t expect to believe her words, soul deep.   In Chapter 3 (Why is it so hard to believe I’m amazing?),  I was not expecting to be shocked to my very core.  Reading Holley’s words about lies, and realizing that my heart still sometimes hears many of those lies I thought I’d overcome years ago….Well, it took me two days to get over that realization.  I just couldn’t believe that those lies (no one likes me, I don’t fit in, etc…) were still there haunting my heart.  I thought I’d taken care of them long ago.  Learning to replace those lies with God’s truth has been unbelievably soothing and healing for wounds I’d thought long healed over.

How she does it

From the very beginning, Holley Gerth invites you in for a cup of coffee, and starts telling you:

“It’s time you knew you’re amazing…..I mean it’s time you really knew.  And there’s more:

  • You’re not only amazing.
  • Youre enough.
  • You’re beautiful
  • You’re wanted.
  • You’re chosen.
  • You’re called.
  • You’ve got what it takes…not just to survive but to change the world.”

–Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing, pg. 16

There are so many good words that every woman needs to hear inside this book.  I’ve started using crayons for highlighters (it’s more fun, and there are more color options), and my copy is marked up like a rainbow:

You need to read this book

From finding your strengths and skills, to uncovering the lies your heart still hears.  From learning why you feel the way you do, to understanding how you connect with others, You’re Already Amazing is filled with wisdom, truth, and fabulous ways to start believing that you really ARE amazing.  You won’t want to miss these chapters at the end either:

  • What Does God Want Me to Do with My Life?
  • What Are My Next Steps?
  • Is it Okay to Take Care of Myself?
  • What God Really Wants Your Heart to Remember

There is also a “Go Deeper” guide for individuals and groups at the end.  I’ve already talked my small group at church into reading You’re Already Amazing next.  🙂

Can’t wait to read it yourself?  Click here to buy your own copy to color like a rainbow.  It’s available on Kindle too.

Thank you, Holley Gerth, for the healing, encouraging book, and thank you to Revell for offering a copy for me to review.  I have been truly blessed.  Thank you.


Note: I recieved a copy of You’re Already Amazing for this review, and this post contains affliate links.   All opinions are strictly my own. Disclosure policy.

Also, I am still on hiatus.  However, I committed to this review before giving up posting for Lent, and feel it’s important to keep that committment.

Regular posts will still resume April 8.


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Holley Gerth March 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Wow, Michelle, so humbled, honored and touched by your words! So glad we can share this journey together. Thank you!!

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