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Monday, August 12, 2013

Christian Women Affiliate: GET REAL Stop Hiding Behind the Mask by Jamy Whitaker (Book Review)



About the Book:

As a wife and mother of five, Jamy knows all too well how destructive building a façade that everything is fine can be. Tearing down this wall and letting people see the real her-the pain, the struggles, the tears, and the triumphs has been difficult but rewarding. Get REAL: Stop Hiding Behind the Mask examines how to do just that. It delves into discovering a person’s true identity, centered on God’s view of each of us, letting go of the insecurities that so easily entangle our lives and finally, living with eternal perspective-keeping our focus heavenward instead of inward.

Where to Buy the Book: The book retails for $11.99 and can be purchased through these sites:
Amazon    Barnes and Noble     WestBow Press

About the Author: 

Jamy is married to a wonderful man, Mitch. He is truly a blessing from God. He works as a project manager for Interior Fixtures. He is also looking into starting a greenhouse this spring, to sell seedlings and produce. When he is not working, he can be found roaming the 100 acre wood known as Whit-Akers.

Jamy has 5 wonderful children. They range in age from 4 to almost 16. They are one of the greatest joys of her life.

Jamy is privileged to be a stay-at-home mom. This allows her to spend time with the younger children during the day, as well as, taking care of her home.

Find Jamy Online at: 
Website    Facebook   Twitter

My Thoughts and Review:

The title of the Book really caught my attention and that it why I felt the 'need" to read this book. I am OHHH soo glad that I did. The book was a REAL eye opener and super convicting. I know I tend to be a "quiet and reserved' person in public, but in the company of those I know well or in the privacy of my home I tend to be open and a different person. I believe that I tend to do so because I have never really been "accepted" by many, especially growing up. I also tend to get caught off in mid sentence when talking in a group, so I have learned just to not be open. I "pretend' to be shy and "locked up" in public due to many of the issues addressed in the book. The Bible Study Questions at the end of the book, for each chapter, are AMAZING!

I really like how Jamy Whitaker has broken the book up into 3 main sections: Identity, Insecurities, and Prespective. Jamy uses Scripture and Biblical Principles to guide us along in "Unveiling the Mask". One of my favorite parts of the book is when Jamy addressed the many places people wear Masks. The story aligned with the "Church Mask" is our family on soo many Sundays. It is very disheartening that many Sunday mornings we can't get out the door without the bickering and crabbiness. I hope that this "MASK" gets unveiled sooner then later.

I used to be a people pleaser but a few years ago I started to "unveil" that mask and stopped trying to please others and start pleasing God. I have many more "masks to Unveil" and with the encouragement from Jamy, spelled out in Getting REAL, I know I will be on my way to doing so!!

I HIGHLY recommend this book for those who are "hiding behind masks". I also think it would be GREAT for a group bible study! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!


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