September 1, 2010
About the Book:
Have you ever known a woman who always seems to be at peace and wondered: What does she know that I dont know? Whats her secret?
Meanwhile, your attempts at mastering life are hindered by an exhausting schedule, unpaid bills, relational conflicts, and a growing to-do list.
Rachel Olsens book Its No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know offers candid answers for the busy, fragmented, surface-level lives of women longing to live well and love deeply. What theyre longing for, Olsen insists, is life in Gods Kingdom. With a combination of wit and wisdom, Olsen reveals twelve truths in Its No Secret that will cultivate more meaningful relationships with others and a richer connection with God.
Olsen begins by uncovering the secret to understanding the teachings of Gods Worda personal relationship with Christ. Christ alone can open our eyes, ears, and hearts to Himself, and once we commit to following Him, He takes us on grand adventures we scarcely could imagine.
Intimately referring to her readers as her Yahweh Sisters, Olsen shows believers how to embody Gods hidden wisdom for vibrant life. Olsen helps readers:
· Find the key to the hidden truths of the Kingdom of GodHis sublime secrets.
· Experience the satisfaction of growing spiritually despite lifes setbacks.
· Push aside the tyranny of perfectionism to experience the relief of Gods grace.
· View rest not as a have-to but as a get-to.
· Learn to handle conflicts and criticisms with grace.
· Discover how to make what you give away ultimately come back to you.
· Dig into the Bible and understand whats found there.
Olsen boldly states that the secrets she reveals run counter to what our culture tells us about successful living. She assures, however, that even though our abandon to God is costly, selling out to God truly pays divinely.
God receives us as we are, washes us in Christs blood, fills us with living water, places a secret-decoder ring on our finger, promises us a future marriage to His own Son, and begins fashioning us into divine bling. Why? Because He created us to reflect His beautiful image, Olsen contends. We know where to find forgiveness, deliverance, sound counsel, comfort, security, and restoration. As Christ-followers, we get to be His secret-keepers and His secret-revealers to those around us still striving and still wondering, What am I missing?
Olsen answers, Its no secret.
This was a very enjoyable book and Bible study to read through, I found myself wanting to have a fellow Sister to go through it with me. Each chapter takes only a few minutes to read through but if you let the word sink in they’ll hopefully open you to truths that are found in the Word of God. At the end of each chapter are insightful study questions that you can complete on your own, with a Sister or even as part of a group study. While I couldn’t identify with the author’s love of shopping what she wrote I found to be Biblically sound.
You could read chapter a day and work through the study throughout the day or take more time to let God’s Word sink into your life and do a chapter a week and complete the questions over the course of that week. I love the options that you have with this study and I love it even more as the Truths of God’s Word were opened by reading this book. I’m not saying you have to read “It’s No Secret” to know what God says but with this study it’s almost like you have a best friend and Sister sitting next you discussing what it is that He reveals.
**I was provided a copy of this book from David C. Cook in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.