Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough is the story of a girl who was always a good girl. Kristen Welch was a follower of Jesus throughout her teen years and has always been proud to tell others that she followed him. In fact, she was so proud of her faith that she would wear a sparkly rhinestone Jesus pin to school each day. That was her way of telling others about Jesus when she was too shy to step out and actually talk about him.
Later, she married, had children and found herself feeling like “just a Mom.” She began blogging, as an outlet, and she soon found a new love in the world of writing. In fact, she’s still a blogger today at We Are THAT Family. You can find out more about Welch, her blog and the reasons why she’s writing Rhinestone Jesus in this question and answer session.
Writing and working on a blog gave her something to do and a connection to other people as her readers all around the world. As her readership grew, Compassion International approached her, and she went on what would be a life-changing trip to Kenya.
In Kenya, she saw a need and realized that she needed to be the answer to that need. She didn’t know how she was going to help. After all, she was just a Mom and a writer, and she didn’t know what to do. So, she and her husband prayed. They prayed with a willing heart, and when the time was right, God connected them with the right people and resources to do what he would have them to do.
I found this story personally meaningful to me. Welch’s writing style is engaging and I feel like she gets it. It’s hard to imagine how God can use you as you’re in the middle of the regular daily routine of loving and raising children and managing a household. She reminds us that, even if we’re not all called to Africa, we’re all called to give of ourselves and our resources, generously and often.
I love that she says yes to God, even when she doesn’t know what the next step is or how she could do what she feels like God has called her too. This is when you can really see faith because if you could do it on your own, it wouldn’t be God doing it through you. This is where I think so many of us fail. We limit God to simply blessing the things that we can do on our own without allowing him power over our lives.
In that, I find Welch’s book to be an encouragement and a blessing, and I believe that by telling others of what God has done through her, that she will be able to be a blessing to even more people who become acquainted with the idea of saying yes to God, even in the middle of their mess, through this book.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through Tyndale House Bloggers Network. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.