I picked up this little book after hearing Marshman speak at a conference I was attending. She is an engaging speaker, and was the reason I wanted to attend the conference to begin with. She’s dynamic and hilarious and insightful and real. Just enough sarcasm to be relatable, and full of hilarious anecdotes from her real life to drive home the points she’s making. So I was happy to pick up this book, looking for more of what she has to offer.
The book itself is good. Marshman identifies our need to please others, resulting in trying to fill others from a place of emptiness. She talks about looking elsewhere for our source of identity (spoiler: God – this is a Christian book, so shouldn’t be surprising), and how to find freedom in that.
My problem (which wouldn’t be a problem for most), is that it was basically the same points, and the same stories that I had just heard her speak about. I’ve heard her speak a couple times now, and there was repetition in those talks, and then repetition again in the book. It was all still great content, I was just looking for something new. I recognize that this is maybe unique to me, and wouldn’t be the case for someone who has never heard her speak, but it just lead to me being personally a bit disappointed.
I’d still recommend it, again with the obvious disclaimer that this is a pretty Christian-centered book, so if that’s not your particular cup of tea, it’s likely not for you. 🙂