when sparkly, safe faith
is no longer enough…
For the first ten years of marriage, she worked alongside her pastor-husband in youth and children’s ministry in Arkansas, New Mexico, and Florida, often writing her own curriculum and resources. During this decade, she endured the ups and downs of life. It wasn’t until she became a busy mother of three that she began to blog about her life on http://wearethatfamily.com. Over the years, Kristen has grown a vast following of moms who identify with her real, often funny, and always inspiring writing.
In 2010, Kristen traveled with Compassion International to Kenya on a blogging trip to write about poverty in a huge slum. That experience turned her world upside down, and as a result, she and her family founded a non-profit called Mercy House Kenya (http://mercyhousekenya.org). The organization funds a residential maternity center, operated by indigenous staff, that offers hope and a home to pregnant teens living in extreme poverty.
In 2011, Kristen wrote her first book, a devotional for moms called Don’t Make Me Come Up There! She is also one of Dayspring’s (in)Courage writers, a frequent speaker, and a regular contributor to Lifeway’s HomeLife and ParentLife magazines.
Kristen’s blog following continues to grow, and many of the readers financially support the work of Mercy House. When she and her family aren’t traveling to Kenya, Kristen and her husband and their three children live in Texas, where they enjoy going to football games and flea markets and trying new restaurants.
In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone “Jesus” pin to school every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was that girl.) But she didn’t realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory, it would one day tarnish, no longer a true fit for who she was. As real life catapulted Kristen into places and situations she’d never imagined, there came a day when she stood shocked in the slums of Africa and realized in one desperate moment that Jesus wasn’t enough for her. At least . . . she wasn’t living like He was. On the brink of a risk bigger than any she’d ever taken, Kristen knew she didn’t stand a chance—unless she was willing to put aside the rhinestones and get branded by the real thing. Rhinestone Jesus is the story of one woman’s journey from comfortably living a safe, “good-girl” faith that didn’t cost much, to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a bolder, more authentic, more dangerous way. This story of spiritual adventure throws the doors wide open for any woman who’s ever thought of herself as “just a mom.” Kristen will inspire and empower you to say yes to God right where you are—and stand amazed at how your life will shine.
This is absolutely one of my favorite nonfiction reads this year!
I really felt I was able to go on a faith journey with the author as she shared her own experiences. I love that she isn’t afraid to be real and authentic with readers about what living for Jesus really looks like and the fact that our excuses and reasons to say “No” to whatever He is calling us to do- just don’t hold water!
I was so delighted that she included photos throughout the book and the “Unpinned Faith” sections at the end of the chapters really put what I was learning into applicable steps.
Rhinestone Jesus will inspire, challenge and encourage readers to step out of their comfort zones into an active, exciting, adventure with Christ!!!
*****5/5 STARS- LOVE IT; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****