Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Fitting Room: Putting On the Character of Christ by Kelly Minter

Book Description: Kelly Minter explores what it means—in real life—to “clothe” ourselves (Col. 3:12) in Christian virtues like forgiveness, joy, patience, compassion, and more.
Colossians 3:12 tells us to “clothe” ourselves in Christian virtues like forgiveness, joy, patience, compassion. But how does that work in real life? Can we really “dress up” in the character of Christ? Kelly Minter says the answer is yes—if we let the Master Designer do the fitting. This relatable book offers insightful Scripture study with real-life stories and simple, down-to-earth explanations of tricky concepts as justification and sanctification—stitching it all together with dry humor and down-to-earth honesty. There are no gimmicks, no guilt trips, just an irresistible invitation for women to enjoy a spiritual makeover—to put on a life that’s personally tailored by the One who knows and loves them best.

My Review:  We all struggle with our self image.  Some feel they're too fat, some too thin, some feel they aren't worthy and the list.goes.on.and.on and we try to either dress up by spending lots of money on our clothing or we dress down, maybe, hoping no one will notice us !  But how are we to truly clothe ourselves?  Kelly brings a fresh approach to dressing up:  Let the Master Designer "dress" us with the clothing of His Word.
This down-to-earth laced with dry humor read brings us the honest way to a spiritual makeover.
Using this key verse from Colossians 3:12 Kelly centers a spiritual makeover around the following words, "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." 
On pages 180-181, Kelly writes Jesus shows it (patience) more than He explains it, " of the reasons I find patience difficult to nail down is because it's so closely interwoven with with all the other virtues."
Are you clothed in His apparel?  Are you seeking to live as a patient, kind, gentle with humility type of woman?  If so, this is the read for you!  
Kelly also writes of Joseph's life in the chapter entitled Forgiveness, Part 2.  To me Joseph is a great example of one who allowed God, The Master Designer, to clothe him and therefore, Joseph was able to show great forgiveness to those brothers who had so greatly wronged him.  
This is an excellent book for men and women---not gender focused!  For we are all seeking to find God's best for our lives!
*This book was provided for review by The B & B Media Group, Inc*

About the Author:
Kelly Minter is passionate about women coming to know Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture while discovering Him in their everyday lives. She enjoys encouraging women in this process through speaking,writing and singing, all of which keep her traveling throughout the country on a regular basis. Her roots as the oldest of four and daughter of a godly mother and incredible pastor, Mike Minter, have given Kelly a love for Scripture ever since she was a child.??Kelly's most recent Bible study is on the book of Ruth, aptly entitled "Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy". This study follows up her first work "No Other Gods", which many were introduced to through Beth Moore's summer Bible study when she took women from her online community through "No Other Gods".??Kelly's most recent record ??"Loss, Love & Legacy" is a collection of songs based on the themes from the book of Ruth. This record follows up "Finer Day", which is Kelly's first worship record for KingsWay Music.?? Kelly resides in Nashville, TN where she has found a home in the uniquely artistic town where many create for the glory of God.

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