Why I Wrote Rhinestone Jesus

If you stood in front of my house and saw my family through our big dining room window, you might see us sitting down for dinner.

But don’t do that. Because creepy.

But let’s just say you saw us from the outside and saw us eating a meal together, in our cozy house and thought huh, that looks like a nice family.

You wouldn’t see that I burned dinner and my second attempt had my kids grumbling and complaining, which led to an argument with my husband. You might not know that a week’s worth of laundry was teetering dangerously in piles or that I’d stayed in my pajamas most of the day, feeling sorry for myself.


You wouldn’t know, because you weren’t inside.

It’s funny how easy it is to look at someone’s life and even their God-sized dream and think, “I could never do that, be that, have that sort of faith or courage or success  or fill in the blank.”

I wrote Rhinestone Jesus because I want you to know the whole story.

I’m pulling back the curtains, revealing the dirt under the rug, and I’m telling it all…the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the shattered and redeemed chapters of my life.

I want you to meet the awkward teen who wore a sparkly Jesus pin to high school because I was too afraid to do the talking myself. I want you to understand I was a dreamer. But instead of chasing dreams, I mostly ran from them.

I want you to identify with me as a mother –weary and overwhelmed and not always realizing I was seeing the face of God every time I wiped a small smudged one.


I want you to see just how damaged my marriage was and how we fought hell itself to love again.

I want to show you the ugly places, the unwilling heart, the times I said no–you must see this to get a clear picture of who is really telling this story.

I want you to see past these gorgeous faces full of hope and a future and understand how against all odds, a broken girl with a broken past said yes to God in a most unlikely place.


I want you to see that your small every day yes matters so much more than you think it does.

And most of all, when you read about my sometimes chaotic, troubled and imperfect life, I pray it inspires you to look at yours and instead of seeing a mess, you discover the perfect place for God’s glory.

I’ve spent the last year spilling my story onto the pages of this book. It’s not for “just moms” because there’s no such thing. It’s for everyone who has a yes inside them. It’s for women who would like to get their life just right before they feel like they can do something for God. It’s for those who are sick of stuff and the weight of the American Dream. It’s for those who wonder if Jesus is enough. It’s for those who have stopped dreaming. It’s for the broken.

But mostly, it’s for Jesus, not the sparkly one, but the one who rescued me, the Savior who urged me out of my comfort zone into wild obedience.

I wrote it for His glory and for all those brave enough to say yes with me.

Rhinestone Jesus.Coming May 2014

Coming May 1, 2014


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    Kristen, I look forward to reading your book. I love hearing the story that God is writing with your life, and I’m thankful for your transparency.

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    Hi Kristen! I can’t wait to read it! I so enjoy reading about the way God has used you and continues to do so. Your story is an inspiration and an encouragement to so many! Keep saying yes…the world needs more like you!!

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    I’m listening Kirsten to your beautifully written words. And am hearing that “I” need to keep (start) saying “yes” – because the world needs more of me. But really, Jesus needs more of me.

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    As one that is searching how to get started in my call from God, I admire you for writing and not waiting till everything was “just right”. Thank you for being transparent, it give other’s a sense that it’s ok to trust and risk that trust. Looking forward to reading this book. I think I had one of those sparkly Jesus Pins myself growing up . Blessings!

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    Heather says

    Through following your blog, I feel like you and I are doing life together. I am so excited to see what each of our “next chapters” will be and I’m anxious to read your book and to follow whatever plan God has for me. Thank you for being an inspiration!

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    Racheal says

    Looking forward to your book :). I love reading what God has and still is doing in and through you. You have an amazing story to tell. I am so happy that I found your blog a couple of years ago and have been reading since before your first trip to Africa. I cried and was changed as I followed along with your blog back then. I can only imagine what being there in person and seeing, feeling, touching and smelling the place was like. Your blog brought it to life for us back here reading though. Thank you for that. What big plans God had and still has for you and your family. Thank you for saying yes.

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    One of my favorite parenting books (that I thumb through repeatedly, several times a year) is Danny Silk’s Loving Our Kids on Purpose. I recently read something he said that really resounded with me: “Courage is being authentic and living the story from your heart. The real battle is, did I say ‘Yes’ enough today to why I am here on this earth?”

    Thank you for saying “Yes” to Jesus repeatedly, Kristen. I am blessed to be saying “Yes” with you!

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    I’m so looking forward to the book. I know it’s going to be one I’ll treasure for a long time. Thank you for your heart my friend. It shines so beautifully.

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    Guess I can just say DITTO DITTO to all the comments above! I too thank God for you, your blog, your founding Mercy House, and now your book. Yes, mine is also pre-ordered at Amazon. Maybe we can make it a best-seller by May 2!!! Blessings.

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    Brittany says

    Just got caught up on your blog during naptime. I am so excited to read your new book! Can May 1st come any sooner!? :) For the last few years your blog and devotional has caused me to think about how I can say “yes!” even when I truly just want to cover my ears and ignore the call. Thank you for sometimes being God’s voice in my crazy life even if you don’t realize you are! :)

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    Kate says

    I am in the UK and love your blog. You always seem to write just what I need to hear! Your honest tales of motherhood never fail to resonate with me and lift my spirits when I’m having an ‘awful Mum’ day.
    But I mainly wanted to comment today because I am so relieved that I am not the only one whose bed is constantly covered in laundry. You have no idea how much I smiled at that wonderful picture! Thank you so much x

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