Counterfeit Comforts by Robia Scott Review

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Description: How do we overcome what we are being overcome by–whether depression, anxiety, overeating, a negative view of ourselves or any other stronghold–in order to experience the freedom that is available to us in Christ?

When the pressures of life become overwhelming, we often find ourselves turning to food, shopping, alcohol, television or whatever our “counterfeit” might be in search of the relief, release and peace we are longing for. These choices are not necessarily bad, but the satisfaction is merely temporary. Before we know it, we can find ourselves enslaved by addictive and destructive behaviors, but there is a way out.
With grace and warmth, author Robia Scott shows how true healing and lasting satisfaction can be found only as we learn to transfer our dependence from counterfeit comforts onto our one true Comforter: the Holy Spirit. Drawing from the experience of battling her own counterfeits–primarily her tumultuous relationship with food and obsession with dieting, weight and body image–Robia leads you step by step through the process of transformation. It is through learning how to experience and connect with the Person, the presence and the power of God that we discover who we truly are, and acquire freedom to live the life of purpose that we were created for.

My Thoughts: I don’t read a lot of non-fiction because it’s not something I find as enjoyable as fiction but this book really appealed to me. The idea of finding comfort in the wrong places is something I’ve personally struggled with for as long as I can remember. As a Christian, I am called to look to God as my source of comfort but there are so many times that I avoid His open arms. There’s so much out there in the world to distract us and bring that temporary comfort that it’s easy to go for the quick rush instead of seeking the never ending rich fulfillment that is only found in God.

This book covers many important areas for Christians and with each point the author uses scripture to back what she’s saying. I found this book to be extremely helpful and relateable and is one that I will revisit in the future. The writing style was very easy and it was very quick to get through.

My favorite chapter is about pitfalls and how the enemy uses them to keep us from God.

Overall, I thought this book was great, it was extremely relevant and definitely worth a read!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

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