Guest Author - Kitten Kristine Jackson
New York Times bestseller, So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore, is a must-read for anyone who suffers from insecurity. And for those who donít know, that includes us all! The book is written specifically for women, but the principles could just as easily apply to men, as well.
I received this book as a gift from a friend who had asked me to speak to his youth group about some traumatic events in my life which had caused great insecurities in me. He couldn't have known how positively it would affect me.
In So Long, Insecurity, Moore gives us a look into her own struggles as a child, a young woman, and into maturity. She reveals that abuse in her childhood set her on a path of insecurity that affected her for decades.
Moore shares comments from other women about their own struggles with insecurity. There are also comments from men about their insecurities, and how they view womenís insecurities. Seeing the male view of womenís insecurities was very interesting, though since these comments were left on her blog, which is a Christian blog, I think they might not be typical of all men.
So Long, Insecurity gives common sense, easy-to-understand examples of how and why we develop insecurities, and how to combat them. We all suffer from many types of pains and disappointments that affect our security levels, all throughout life. She discusses how many of these issues such as abuse, rejection, instability in the home, dramatic life changes, and personal limitations affect our view of the world, ourselves, and our lives, many times resulting in insecurity.
An important point that Moore makes is that sometimes the people we admire most because of their fame, physical beauty, financial success, etc., are some of the most insecure people of all. So just remember that the pretty girl you hated in school because you thought she had it made, was very likely suffering through her own battle with insecurity.
Moore uses Bible scriptures sprinkled throughout the book as her guide to how to work through issues. She also includes prayers to help you get on your own path to healing. She reminds us that we are all worthy of respect and our own dignity, because we are all children of God.
Moore proclaims that as she researched before writing, and while she wrote the book, she worked on healing herself from her own insecurities, using the information in the book as her guide.
I really enjoyed this book because of Mooreís personality that jumps off the page at you. Itís almost as if youíre sitting on her couch, drinking a cup of coffee with her. She has an endearing way of talking with you, rather than at you. As a long-time resident of Texas, she has that cute southern charm that makes her warm and likeable. After reading So Long, Insecurity, I almost feel as if weíre good friends! I also think that by using her advice as my guide, Iím already feeling better about myself.
I would highly recommend Beth Mooreís So Long, Insecurity to anyone who would like to not feel inferior or insecure when faced with successful, wealthy, and/or beautiful people. And letís be honest... Don't we all need a little help with that?