Fleece Esther No More Faking Fine

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No More Faking Fine

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If you've ever been given empty cliches during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away. But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be. No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, "Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us." Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you've done the same. No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament-to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you've kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God's own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.

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How we grieve is directly related to how we heal. Esther Fleece introduces the language of lament and argues persuasively that this is a prayer God never ignores. No More Faking Fine is a book for anyone wrestling with the unavoidable tension created when the faithful suffer.--Andy Stanley, communicator, author, and pastor

For many of us, when someone asks how we're doing, our automatic response is "fine"---even when we aren't. Esther Fleece transparently shares her story of "faking fine" until she couldn't anymore---and how God has brought emotional healing as she learned to stop pretending. This is an encouraging and helpful book.--Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

No More Faking Fine deepened and solidified my understanding of bringing God into every part of my life, especially when it comes to difficulties and grief. I know this will help heal, challenge, and encourage people wherever they are in life. This is such a needed book for our time!--Rachel Cruze, #1 New York Times bestselling author and personal finance expert

In a culture full of facades, Esther Fleece unpacks the vital and overlooked role of honest lament in our complete healing from life's harshest storms. No More Faking Fine leads us on a biblical yet scarcely traveled road, where God meets us in the midst of our deepest pain, in ways unlike any we could possibly experience in our greatest victories.--Benjamin Watson, National Football League tight end and author

Esther Fleece exposes her personal pain to us in this book. She exposes what that pain did to distort her reality and shift her from truly trusting that God is near. Her pain forced her to the Scriptures, and the Scriptures exposed a way through the pain. This book is a gift to be led through the Word in this way---to be encouraged to give voice to our destructive thoughts and memories, to receive permission to let it all out to God. There is no judgment of our hurt or our painful experiences. All are worthy to be heard by God. Thank you, Esther, for sharing your story and teaching us to be free to lament.--Sarah and Matthew Hasselbeck, ESPN analyst and retired NFL quarterback

Many days, it just feels easier to fake being fine. Esther Fleece's powerful voice for lament, beautifully told through her splintered story, allures me into authenticity before God. She invites us to this ancient, yet out-of-fashion way and introduces another side of God to those of us who are hungry for more than those pat answers to what aches within our insides.--Sara Hagerty, author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Esther Fleece's powerful story encourages us to be honest to God and to each other. Life isn't easy in a world under the curse, nor does God intend it to be. The poison of prosperity theology has set up countless Christians for disillusionment because they've been told they're supposed to always be healthy, wealthy, successful, popular, and "just fine." As Esther demonstrates, we need the authenticity of David and the prophets and Paul and, above all, Jesus, recognizing that God will be with us when our hearts are broken. He can infuse us with joy even when we are suffering. One day, God's children will "live happily ever after." Until that day comes, let's give ourselves and each other permission to grieve and feel pain, loss, and discouragement. In other words, let's quit faking fine so we can gladly embrace together the comfort of Jesus.--Randy Alcorn, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries and author of Heaven and Happiness

Esther Fleece writes an authentic and vulnerable book that we all need to read. Esther helps us to recover the language and practice of lament. This is for anyone who has been disappointed in life but is determined to overcome and live honestly and sincerely.--Brady Boyd, pastor of New Life Church, Colorado Springs, and author of Speak Life and Addicted to Busy

I have walked with Jesus my entire adult life and never read anything so powerful calling us to lament. Esther Fleece is the real deal. Her life is a genuine lament of brokenness and celebration of God's redemption.--Dr. Juli Slattery, president of Authentic Intimacy

Esther Fleece is a gift to the church. No More Faking Fine is just the book many Christians need to understand the biblical call to lament. The only way out of the valley of sorrow is through the path of lament. Let Fleece be your guide on the journey to joy.--Phillip Bethancourt, executive vice president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)

About the Author:

Esther Fleece Allen loves to connect people around the world to practical, faith-centered tools for living through every season, good and bad. Esther believes in the cathartic power of shared personal stories to teach, to inspire and to comfort. Esther is a graduate of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics and current seminarian. When she's not traveling, speaking, or writing, she enjoys making a home with her husband and son. Learn more at estherfleeceallen.com, and share your own story with Esther at @EstherFleece.

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