It’s a Rhinestone Jesus Giveaway!

… I carried heavy sadness with me, the kind of sorrow that comes when you stop dreaming. Curled up next to Terrell one night, I thought about staying in bed forever.
I’ll never forget what he said to me: “What happened to the girl I married? The one who was going to change the world?”
My words hammered in my chest. “I don’t even dream of changing the world anymore. I just want to survive it.”
His response filled our bedroom. “We used to be dreamers. What happened to us?”Life happened. (Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch)

She couldn’t say when things began to change. She couldn’t say when staying in the comfort zone became their religion. Maybe it was when the work he had loved and done for years dried up. Maybe it was all that trouble at the church. Worries about finances, that milestone birthday, parenting mistakes, unexpected hospitalizations, depression, worrisome choices from a teenager, and anger … so much anger.

How do you dream when every day is a battle? How do you keep your eyes on Jesus when all those little foxes distract and scratch and claw at your attention?

One small yes at a time.That’s what Kristen Welch says in her book Rhinestone Jesus:Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith is No Longer Enough. It’s the story of how she and her family founded The Mercy House, a home for pregnant mothers in Kenya.

Maybe you’re thinking: That’s not a small yes!You are right about that. But in the book, Kristen chronicles the many small yeses that led to this big one. And it starts there—in the comfort zone. That place where we can’t figure out why we aren’t happy. That safe place, the place where nothing changes and people don’t grow. Because we were made to always be being transformed. Until we reflect Christ’s image, we cannot be happy unless we allow ourselves to be stretched and experience new life in resurrection moment after resurrection moment.

Kristen’s story reminded her of this. So she’s been trying on some yeses of her own. Trusting God with it all. It sure isn’t very comfortable.

My sweet spot wasn’t exactly a success story. I think we often confuse glory with something glorious. Nothing really changed, not for a long time. But I had changed. I was pursuing my passion. I was living an authentic life. I was satisfied, and that changed everything. (Kristen Welch, Rhinestone Jesus).

Maybe you don’t want everything to change. Maybe you don’t yearn for the burn of transformation … but if you do, read Kristen’s story. It will set the heart churning in ways undescribable.

And that’s not comfortable. But it’s good.

Tyndale has graciously provide me with two copies of Rhinestone Jesus to give away in this space. Just leave a comment by Sunday evening, May 4, to be entered for a chance to win. I’ll announce the winners on Monday’s Playdates with God post. Good luck!


  1. Shannon Coe says

    I would like to read this book! I am in a sweet spot of ‘yes’ to God and it looks anything but glorious. I hope I win!

  2. says

    Beautiful review! Please don’t enter me as I also have already read it & loved it! And you are so right…this book leaves us uncomfortable in the best way possible! So grateful to have read this one.

  3. Lori Sammartino says

    I’d love to read her story. I’m always so encouraged to hear how God is active, alive, and on the move in real lives of women. Gives me sustained hope that he is those 3 and more for me too! Thanks for the chance to win and own a copy.

  4. says

    I had never before had a word for the new year… but this year… it was not a word… but more a directive… yield and go… no more quick no’s…saying more yes. So my flesh might not want to read this book… but my spirit … Yes!!! thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  5. Douglas Jenkins says

    A group of my seminary classmates had a “cry-fest” one evening after we realized we could not save the world.
    We were reflecting upon a class discussion on the life and struggle of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (His “Cost of Discipleship” is worth the read)
    Of course, we were also freed to realize that even though our own world-wide hopes were futile, if it hadn’t been for Jesus’ work for us, we wouldn’t even have any local impact!

  6. ChristaZ says

    Totally would love to win this book! I love Kristen’s blog and we actually started sponsoring a Compassion child because of her posts. Saying “yes” IN my mess is the perfect message for me right now!


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