Michelle is one of those authors that when you hear she is publishing a new book you automatically want to read it. I’ve read Michelle’s books Spiritual Misfit and Katharina and Martin Luther and completely enjoyed both of them. Therefore, when given the opportunity to be a part of her book launch team I immediately signed up. I was not disappointed with True You, this book was one of those that you just don’t want to put down. Michelle writes to her audience in such a way that you feel as if she is speaking just to you–sharing her story and wisdom–like a friend.
True You is about finding whom God created one to be.
We live in a world that is constantly clamoring for our attention; is it any wonder that our lives, minds, and souls become cluttered with all the things that take us away from whom God created us to be?
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. –Psalm 39:6 NLT
Have we become addicted to busyness? How can this be?
As mindfulness expert Gillian Courts explains, “We can be as addicted to action as much as any other type of stimulant or habit.” Accomplishing even small, superfluous tasks delivers a rush of dopamine, which in turn, prompts the brain to desire another hit and then another in order to maintain a sense of gratification. Before long, we find ourselves caught in a cycle of addiction, except instead of needing alcohol, or nicotine, or a new pair of Uggs, we need to be constantly busy–moving, doing, and producing. –True You by Michelle DeRusha, page 33
All the many hats we wear make us the prime targets for living lives of constant busyness. It is subtle–the doing…the accomplishing the many tasks–that we don’t even realize how we got hooked. The accolades and praise for all this busyness is a reward in itself–we long to be valued.
Part of our need to be busy and productive comes from our desire to be valued and known. If we are busy, we must be needed, we must be important. –True You by Michelle DeRusha, page 33
How are we going to step away from the hustle and bustle of life and find who we are meant to be? Michelle uses the analogy of pruning–cutting away the masks–for us to become whom we were created to be. We need to learn to be silent. We need to give our brain time to rest so that it can reconnect to the true you.
In quieting ourselves, we allow what lies below our everday, ordinary thought process to begin to rise to the surface. We begin to hear what’s been there all along. –True you by Michelle DeRusha, page 45
Michelle takes one on a journey to discover one’s true self. There is much one can glean from this read…my copy is filled with underlined sentences. Truly, a book, you will want to have a highlighter beside you when reading.
I would give this book five stars.