My first real taste of Beth Moore was when I did one of her video bible studies in a friend’s house last year. It was one of her older teachings from the 80’s, but despite her thick Texan accent, over teased blond hair, and Samson sized shoulder pads, nothing could over shadow her enthusiasm for bringing God’s word into the lives and hearts of normal, everyday women.
So when I read her book Audacious, the quick, energetic patter from the video, resounded off the page. With the same no holds barred mix of candid storytelling and bible teaching, we are invited into an audacious relationship and life with Jesus. Her desire for us to know Jesus with the same depth as she does, for us to travel the bumpy road of life with Him at our side, and for us to grab hold of what He has called us to do, is contagious.
Despite being a world renowned bible teacher, prolific author and speaker, and absolutely NOTHING like me, I could tell that she got me – that she understands my fears, my failures and my desires. By the end of the book I was challenged and excited to love Jesus more boldly, live my life with Him with a new found confidence and step into my calling with “verve”.
I’ve got to dash, I’m off to be audacious …
If we stomp out every bit of spontaneity and edge out every inch of risk in our divine romance with Jesus, we are going to flatten what was meant to be the greatest thrill of our lives into the roadkill of religious routine.
Beth Moore, Audacious.
Amen to that y’all!