July 22, 2011

Freedom from Performing by Becky Harling

Freedom from Performing: Grace in an Applause-Driven WorldWe live in a performance-based world.  There is constant pressure to “do more” and “do better”. In Freedom from PerformingHarling talks about the world’s standards of people pleasing compared to what is pleasing to God.  Each chapter is scripturally based and focuses on a specific issue, such as allowing ourselves time to rest or getting out of the grip of perfectionism.   

The length and content of the chapters are very manageable for the busy woman, with most having less than 20 pages.  Harling ends each chapter with a prayer to internalize the message of the chapter and follows with six days of questions.  Each day could be completed in 20 minutes, but are in depth enough for those who want to spend more time digging deeper.

I read through this book rather quickly for the purpose of writing my review and plan to go back through it at a much slower pace.  It’s very practical and applicable for areas of all women’s lives, whether she is a stay-at-home mom or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Personally, I admire authors who are willing to share their personal experiences when teaching others.  It makes me respect them that much more.

Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from the publisher.

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