Today I want to review the book “Honestly: Getting Real About Jesus And Our Messy Lives” by Daniel Fusco. This book centers around the overall thesis that our lives are messy, yet Jesus wants to be involved in the midst of our mess. The book focuses on selected verses in the book of Ephesians to emphasize the points made. “Honestly” is broke down into 4 sections: acknowledgment, resolution, pursuance, and psalm. Acknowledgement focuses on being upfront and honest about the mess in our lives. Resolution brings Jesus to the forefront of our mess with Him as the solution. In the resolution section, we are also reminded of how amazing it is that Jesus entered this messy world and continues to walk with us today through the Holy Spirit. Pursuance focuses on walking through the mess of our lives with the presence of Jesus Christ being with us. The section on pursuance also challenges us to deepen our personal relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer. Lastly, the section on psalm celebrates God’s love for us in spite of our messy lives.
As someone going through a rather stormy season of my life, this book encouraged me to be honest about what’s going on. We live in a society where the norm is to fake it until we make it. It is encouraging to know that we do not have to fake the storm we’re in. I enjoyed the fact that the author used the scriptures from Ephesians to verify and support his points. I personally would have loved for him to go from chapter to chapter, but nevertheless, he used scripture as the means of encouraging us. I would recommend this book to anyone going through a messy time in their lives (whether it is beyond their control or not). I would also encourage everyone to read this book in a small group context or with other people. One of the best ways to get through the storms of our lives is through the power of community. Go out and get this book. Invite Jesus into the midst of your mess and watch God do a work in and through you!
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complementary copy of this book.