“…grace is a big hill to climb for a perfectionist like me.”
What comes to mind when you hear the word “perfectionist?”
Focused? Calm? Peaceful?
Driven? Excellence based? Absolutely perfect?
Well Amanda Jenkins’ description of perfectionist is more the latter than the former and she proves it with a new book published this month by Tyndale House Publishers, Confessions of A Raging Perfectionist.
It is a book that describes what I consider to be a common malady for both Christians and non-Christians alike – a drivenness to do everything well, no wait, perfect. It is a driveness that creates guilt, shame, and a relentness energy to show no weakness nor imperfection.
Divided into 12 chapters with subject titles such as Vanity, Parenthood, Recognition, Plans, Diet Coke, and Happiness, and sprinkled with self-effacing humor, Jenkins pulls back the curtain on her drivenness and why she is driven to perfection. Filled with stories about her life, parenting, and marriage, and those of her friends as well, she ultimately concludes that to live at peace with herself, others, and God, requires of her to “embrace my imperfection and to set my eyes on God’s perfection. Resolve to live free in Jesus.”
I have read several books about the issue of perfection written from both a faith and non-faith perspective. I have learned much about the issue from each of them but what Amanda brings to the topic is a fresh and personal perspective on the issue with a simple honesty. As a pastor who has wrestled with perfectionism myself and understand the spiritual drain it places on a person Jenkins’ work is personal and helpful and one that I will recommend to others.
I rate this book a ‘good’ read.
Finally, as part of the blog tour via Tyndale House I am happy to a offer a first chapter exerpt of the book by clicking on this link 978-1-4143-7870-1
and… a Q and A with Amanda herself by clicking on this link PerfectionistQ&A
Note: I received a copy of this book from the Tyndale House Blogger Review program in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.