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Unlikely Rebel A Church Girl's Journey out of Shoulds and Shame by Kelli Gotthardt

Updated on October 12, 2015

Disclaimer

I was sent a free copy of Unlikely Rebel A Church Girl's Journey out of Shoulds and Shame by Kelli Gotthardt for free in exchange only for my honest review of Unlikely Rebel A Church Girl's Journey out of Shoulds and Shame by Kelli Gotthardt.

Unlikely Rebel A Church Girl's Journey out of Shoulds and Shame by Kelli Gotthardt

Unlikely Rebel A Church Girl's Journey out of Shoulds and Shame by Kelli Gotthardtis a book on Kelli Gotthardt's journey from being the good girl who always days yet to everything to the confident woman who learned to say no when she was drowning in self-doubt and shame. Kelli Gotthardt learns to love God and herself for who God created her to be; she sheds her shame and self-doubt and finds her true self. Many Christians condemned her, responding with fear or anger to her greater intimacy with God s calling when it didn't match their own vision. While others were inspired by her path.

Kelli Gotthardt

Kelli Gotthardt is known for many things, but she is well known by her readers as:

  • A pastor's wife
  • An international speaker
  • A leadership consultant in Santa Cruz, California.
  • For having a master's degree in spiritual formation
  • Her work as a ministry consultant with Missio

Review

As I wrote in the disclaimer "I was sent a free copy of Unlikely Rebel A Church Girl's Journey out of Shoulds and Shame by Kelli Gotthardt for free in exchange only for my honest review of Unlikely Rebel A Church Girl's Journey out of Shoulds and Shame by Kelli Gotthardt."

The prologue of Unlikely Rebel A Church Girl's Journey out of Shoulds and Shame by Kelli Gotthardt notes that this book is a journal on Kelli's rebellion not a guide book. This book will not teach you how to break the rules to become closer to God and Jesus, but it will tell you Kelli's story as she broke the rules to become closer to God and Jesus.

Chapter 1 begins with Kelli telling her husband Richard that she was leaving his ministry for a year that she was letting go of her volunteer roles to take some time to regroup. Kelli goes into great details about her feeling and the feelings she observed in Richard. She wrote the situation as if it was happening just as the reader was reading it.

This is not my typical genre, I personally tend to prefer fiction, but as I continued to read the book I found myself connecting with Kelli. I am not nearly as religious as she is; I do not attend church or read the bible daily, but I am a Christian and I believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I found myself liking this book because it was not the typical Christian book that told me that I would need to be second to any future husband or that I needed to go to church and read the bible in order to be a good Christian. Instead this book is about strengthening your connection to God your own way. The book talks about marriage in a sense were interdependence is a good thing.

Overall I enjoyed reading this book. I really understood the whole "good girl" attitude and Kelli's difficulties in learning that she did not always have to be the good girl. That she could follow her own desires without being a bad person and that there was no reason she should have to feel guilty for saying no to commitments.

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