Only a fool learns from his own mistakes, but the wise seeks wisdom from the experiences of others. I found Ms. Taylor to be a brave and courageous soul, sharing with readers her past, failures and present desires. Most of us don’t even have the nerve to be honest with ourselves, instead we painfully cover our flaws and suffer in silence. On the other hand, she is a woman of strength who wasn’t afraid to expose her good, bad and ugly. Not to be pitied or judged, but to edify and to encourage all and every generation.
Many of us sit and bear the labour of unspoken pains and hurts. Afraid that we will be mocked or treated as outcast. So concerned about the world’s view that we fail to see our shattered image. This book seeks to wrap its readers in truth. Truth about identity, truth about mistakes, truth about our source of strength. Ms. Taylor took us into her personal journey. Along the way she revealed her bruises, her scars but most importantly she introduced us to her healer, her restorer, Christ Jesus.
She encourages us to speak out when we are in pain, to put an end to our silent, torturous internal death. The storms come but not to stay, not to last, only to pass over.
During the final pages of my read a question popped into my head, “Who am I?” I was first asked this question in my tenth grade English class. Not knowing truly who I was, I began to heave thoughtless words unto a paper. All I needed at the time were enough words that would equal a decent short essay. So I rambled on about my short list of academic achievements and I babbled about my family, and I ensured I squeezed in a line or two about my religion. Essay completed but the question still remained unanswered. I am proud to say that this book has brought out some meaning of my identity and I am happy to share the revelation:
Who am I?
I am loved, prized and valued. I am beautiful, superior to no one, inferior to none. I am a woman of passion and purpose. Fearfully (made to respect God) and wonderfully made by my creator, the author of LOVE. I am destined for greatness. My steps are ordered and set in the will of God. I am a woman of favor, grace and mercy. With confidence and elegance in my stride, I face the world without fear, but with optimism. I am love in the flesh. I am hope. I am forgiven so to my offenders I am able to offer forgiveness. I am who I am. Healed from my pains and made strong by my insecurities. No approval needed. No need for apologies. I am a child of the most High. Who am I? I am Chantol Aspinall. Nice to meet you. Now I ask, “Who do you say you are?”
Get ready for an awakening, get ready for transformation. Get ready to experience newness and the touch of God. It’s a new season. Your season. Embrace it, without fear. Happy Reading!
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