Author Jennie Allen calls herself a “recovering achiever” and her latest book— Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard—delves into the freedom of grace.

In a world that often struggles to understand grace, Allen’s words remind us that God’s grace is “unmerited favor.”

 “We don’t have to perform for a God who already adores us as His adopted children,” writes Allen.

She doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want, but emphasizes that we can stop striving to impress God.

“That reality pressed deep into us produces anything but apathy. Being wholly, relentless loved never makes someone apathetic,” says Allen.

In the first part (“Our Desert of Striving”), she looks at the aimless pursuit toward perfection. The second part (“God’s Streams of Enoughness”) emphasizes that God is enough to quench our thirst and includes devotional thoughts taken from stories in John’s Gospel.

I appreciate the candor with which Allen writes and her restorative approach to grace. From an evangelistic perspective I do, however, wish she had made the gospel a little clearer.

At one point, she writes, “For those of us who have named and turned from our sin and have trusted Him alone for salvation, we know not only measure up before a perfect God, but we are beloved by Him.”

The language of “name and turn” is at best ambiguous. Naming our sin could mean so many different things. At worst (depending on her meaning), it’s poor theology. Yes, we do acknowledge that we are sinners in need of a Savior, but salvation is about trusting in Christ alone to save us. We first trust Christ as Savior, and He then helps us have victory over sin.

I am so thankful that I have nothing to prove before God because I have been declared righteous!


(Disclaimer: This book was provided by Blogging for Books  in exchange for an honest review.)