Kevin Malarkey, in his book, A Beautiful Defeat: Find true freedom and purpose in total surrender to God, handles a tough subject: surrender. It’s not one many people (myself included) want to even think about, let alone apply to their own personal walk with God. But it’s something that God calls us to – and something we need to be doing on a daily basis, if we truly want to live lives that are totally sold out to Him.
In this book, Malarkey provides 10 actionable steps anyone can take to move toward surrendering to the One who is worthy of all our devotion, love, trust, and service. I understand that this book is going to make some people uncomfortable, but that’s just what it’s meant to do. If we’re truly surrendered to God, that’s going to make us uncomfortable. I don’t have a problem with that at all.
Yeshua said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23, NASB).
See that? We must deny ourselves. We have to, if we’re really going to live in a way that is pleasing to God. Malarkey makes this point in a number of different ways, using scripture, his own personal experiences, and the experiences of others. The writing is engaging, and the message is powerful.
This was another instance of God putting the exact book I needed in my hands at the exact right time. No big surprise, since God’s timing is always perfect. He’s been dealing with me for a while now about faith and surrender, and this book is just one of the many tools He has used to draw me closer to Him. It’s a fabulous, life-changing book, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to go deeper with God by getting rid of the parts of themselves that don’t honor Him.
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