Life is hard. If you’ve been following this blog for the last couple of months, you know that life has been incredibly messy for my family as we are entering a new season of normal. Because of that, I’ve searched out books and resources to help keep my head on straight while I navigate these new waters. This latest book, I stumbled into after being accepted by Tyndale to read their books in exchange for reviews.
Honestly is incredibly honest
Honestly: Getting Real About Jesus and Our Messy Lives is an incredibly honest read. I was unfamiliar with the author, Daniel Fusco, before I started reading the book, but I love his writing style! It’s like we’re having a conversation with one another, and his sense of humor is spread throughout every page while still acknowledging the hard and messy moments in life and the truth we need from God in order to navigate those messy times.
There’s no sugar coating things or using fancy words that no one understands. Fusco takes you on a ‘melodious’ journey through Ephesians to look at how Jesus moves in and through our messy lives. I’ve never ready anything quite like it. Fusco breaks up the book into the four movements – Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance and Psalm. Each movement contains several sections that take you on a journey through Ephesians, building your understanding of how Jesus moves in your life.
My Take Away
We all need the gospel all the time. It needs to be a living, breathing, every moment kind of thing for us. Fusco reminds his readers gently that we need to be allowing the gospel to permeate every action, thought and moment of our day. He acknowledges the hard without being condescending, and for the first time ever, I felt like there was a book, and an author, who knew how I felt about life after cancer and the messiness that occurs because of it.
This book is for anyone, non-believer, new believer, lifelong believer. At times I would just sit and nod my head in agreement, thankful for the reminder and new perspective on the gospel. I finished the book, grateful for the truths, the acknowledgement that life is messy and it never really can get unmessy – just less messy with Jesus .
Honestly acknowledges that life can be tough and doesn’t give you a fake formula to try and fix it, it acknowledges the tough, gives you hope through Jesus, and reminds you of the amazing love of Jesus.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.