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Review: Unlikely Rebel

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Review: Unlikely Rebel

Unlikely Rebel by Kelli Gotthardtunlikelyrebel
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Christian Life/Women’s Issues
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: September 27, 2015

Kelli Gotthardt felt that to be a good pastor’s wife she needed to say yes to every ministry she was asked to help with. She did this until depression drove her overworked self to say, “ENOUGH!” Unlikely Rebel is the story of how she learned to lean into God, let go of being the perfect pastor’s wife, and live out the things that God taught her during her season of saying “NO” to church ministry.

At times funny, at other times raw, the book chronicles Kelli’s “journey out of should and shame.” It is told vignette by vignette, giving the reader glimpses into the ways God worked through others to bring Kelli to a wholeness of spirit she hadn’t felt before.  It was amazing to me how well she could hear God’s voice when she cleared her schedule, although it only makes sense that once her life quieted she could finally listen for that still, small voice.

This book was surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because I don’t usually enjoy non-fiction. Kelli’s stories were short, quick reads that showed a spiritual depth we all crave. It was refreshing to read about someone who has dealt with many of the same issues that crop up in my own church.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to anyone who feels they have to “do it all.” When Kelli finally learned to say no, she opened up the lines of communication between herself and the God who wanted her to live abundantly blessed. This book will make you think and analyze the tasks you have taken on. Do they glorify God or are you earning glory for yourself?

Rating PG: While most of the book would rate a G rating there are aspects of Kelli’s life experience that would be inappropriate for young readers.

I received this book from in exchange for my honest opinion.


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