Book Review: A Beautiful Defeat

A Beautiful Defeat
Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God
By Kevin Malarkey with Matthew L. Jacobson

Total surrender to God. The surprising key to experiencing the sense of peace and purpose you crave. There is a gnawing feeling inside all of us that says we could be better. If we would just be more organized or work a little harder, we'd finally have the rich and fulfilling life we want. But the message of the cross is different. The message is not one of God saying "I died for your sins to work as a consultant to help you achieve the live you're determined to have" Jesus died to reconcile us to God so that we can die and give our lives to him and to others, a total surrender that is truly a beautiful defeat. 

With  God it is all or nothing. Kevin Malarkey author of the New York Times best seller The Boy Who Came Back From heaven returns to share once again the most personal parts of his life to help people face their most difficult struggles and live in total surrender to God. Delving into the most pertinent challenges that Crhistians face- challenges rarely talked about openly he shows that our path to God is through and with our struggles not by sidestepping or hiding. 

Kevin Malarkey is a  New York Times best-selling author and sought after speaker. Before his transition to writer and speaker, he owned for many years a Christian psychotherapy practice which included counseling with individuals as well as married couples and working in prisons group homes and residential treatment facilities. He has an undergraduate degree in sociology and religion and a graduate degree in clinical counseling and lives with his wife and four children in Huntsville, Ohio. 

I absolutely love the cover of A Beautiful Defeat both the artwork and the rough texture it has, but I'm not a fan of the book. I think the attitude of surrendering to God sounds great, but it won't get you anywhere. God gave you that drive so that you can serve him, and places things upon you naturally. You should pray, but don't look for some huge sign out of the sky before you're willing to do something. 

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