In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone “Jesus” pin to school every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was that girl.) But she didn’t realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory, it would one day tarnish, no longer a true fit for who she was. As real life catapulted Kristen into places and situations she’d never imagined, there came a day when she stood shocked in the slums of Africa and realized in one desperate moment that Jesus wasn’t enough for her. At least . . . she wasn’t living like He was. On the brink of a risk bigger than any she’d ever taken, Kristen knew she didn’t stand a chance—unless she was willing to put aside the rhinestones and get branded by the real thing. Rhinestone Jesus is the story of one woman’s journey from comfortably living a safe, “good-girl” faith that didn’t cost much, to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a bolder, more authentic, more dangerous way. This story of spiritual adventure throws the doors wide open for any woman who’s ever thought of herself as “just a mom.” Kristen will inspire and empower you to say yes to God right where you are—and stand amazed at how your life will shine.
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Endorsements for Rhinestone Jesus
Ann Voskamp, best-selling author of One Thousand Gifts
"Kristen and I have sat together several times. I’ve leaned forward to hear the heartbeat of Jesus in her quiet words. I’ve heard the tremble in her voice. I’ve listened to her honest laugh, her understated, brazen vulnerability. I’ve watched her face tell this story — this story of deciding that she didn’t want her life to be about just getting by, just getting through. That’s the thing: They say that life’s just about putting one step in front of the other. But the real truth is — sometimes there is no way through anymore, no more just one step in front of the other. Sometimes the only way through is to start taking wild leaps of faith."
Myquillyn Smith, The Nesting Place
"A delightfully honest read for anyone who ever wondered if their small yes matters. Kristen’s words will wake you up from the American Dream you never even knew you were sleeping through."
Deidra Riggs, Founder, Jumping Tandem; Managing Editor, The High Calling
"All of our excuses have met their match. Kristen tells the beautiful story of a God-sized dream called Mercy House; a story that began when Kristen and her family said, "Yes." Read this book and be inspired to stop second-guessing whether your God-sized dream can ever come true. It can. It absolutely can."
Arlene Pellicane, speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife
"Get ready to take a trip back to the time when you once dreamed big. Kristen Welch will introduce you to that girl once again. Her journey of faith and daily courage will inspire you. Who knows how this book will change the direction of your life! "