Every once in a while you read a book which not only delights you in unexpected ways but impacts you, touching you deeply in your soul. Such was the case recently when I read, Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee.
I knew I would enjoy the book as I have read her blog posts, being challenged by each one. But this was different.
Love Idol is Jennifer’s personal journey to break free from the addiction of approval of others – at home, at work and at church. She shares deeply personal stories and experiences which I found myself quickly able to relate. But it is more. As Jennifer shared openly and vulnerably, she gently revealed that same journey was ongoing in my own life. With each chapter I read, I was letting go of more and finding peace in this profound truth – I am loved. God approves of me. I am significant to Him.
Jennifer weaves her story with such transparency, inviting you in, not only into her life, but into the lives of her family. I found myself loving her children and wanting to applaud Lydia as she let go of perfectionism and received a “B” in school. I wanted to hug Anna for her warmth and love as she encourages and affirms her sister. I have an appreciation for a farmer who lives by the mantra, “God’s got it!”. And I wanted to attend her church as she shares of the laypeople in the congregation and the community which lies therein.
Jennifer drew me in and in the safety of her words, I found myself fully embracing the truth that God already loves me. In fact, I have been pre-approved by God and nothing will change my approval rating. We say we know this truth but to truly believe it and live it, well, therein is often the challenge.
I read much of this book with tears streaming as my soul was awakened by truth – God’s truth. But here’s the deal about the love of Jesus ….
He has a race marked out for you. And He will run alongside you until the last light of your life fades. You can never outrun Jesus. And Jesus’ love will never, ever run out. (page 235)
Love Idol is the story of Jennifer’s journey to run her race. It is the story of letting go of the chains which once bound her and odds are real good, they bind each of us as well. You will not only enjoy Love Idol, you will find that your life will truly never be quite the same. I know this to be true because I have been changed and am grateful to have read this book.
There is a movement which is going to happen – a laying down of sorts. If you listen closely, you will hear the sound of idols being smashed and chains dropping off. And if you dare to read the book, the sound you hear may be the sound of your very own freedom.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This book releases April 1st but you can pre-order it now here or on Amazon. You can also join the Love Idol Movement on Facebook. You will also want to visit Jennifer on her blog.