Introducing something new…Freebie Friday! What’s the fun of working in publishing if I can’t tell you about the books that have most impacted my own life plus give you the chance to win one?

This week it’s So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore. To enter the contest, leave a comment right here on the blog about why you want to win a copy. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the next Freebie Friday.

Some of you know I had the pleasure this past February of traveling with Beth when the book released. Here’s the link to a little video greeting we did for the women of my home church who were doing one of her Bible studies:

But knowing and highly esteeming Beth doesn’t explain why I have read her newest book three times, or why I chose to lead a group of college women through a discussion of So Long, Insecurity this past winter and spring.

I have wrestled with people-pleasing my entire life, and frankly, my dear (apologies to Rhett Butler), I am sick to death of it. I am 57 years old, for goodness sake – it’s time to get over it. Many years ago the Lord spoke straight to my heart when he told me there is  a huge difference between being eager to serve and being eager to please. The first is biblical; the second is idol-worship.

When I was speaking to our Tuesday Morning Tapestry leaders this past week I had them read a verse from the book of Jonah that has pierced my heart of late: “Those who cling to worthless idols  forfeit the grace that could be theirs” (Jonah 2:8). When we think we can meet everyone else’s expectations, and our own sense of self-worth is determined by their approval (or lack of it), that is idol-worship, brothers and sisters!

Beth was speaking straight to me when she writes: “You and I are going to have to come to a place where we stop handing people the kind of power only God should wield over us. Change will not come easy. Old habits die hard. But we can make the radical decision to rewire our security systems.”

I’ve put dozens of my favorite quotes from So Long, Insecurity on the Facebook page for the book; if you’re interested you can find them there. And if you haven’t read this New York Times bestselling hardcover yet and want a chance to win a copy, leave a comment below.

God is installing a new security system in my heart; how about yours?