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The Appealing Prospect of Giving Everything to Christ

A Brief Review of

Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus

Mary DeMuth

Paperback: Thomas Nelson, 2012.
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Reviewed By Gina Dalfonzo


Many of Mary DeMuth’s books have been easy to categorize: novel, young adult fiction, memoir, self-help. Her newest book, Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus, is not quite so easily pigeonholed.


As its title suggests, Everything’s themes are wide-ranging and comprehensive. Is it a guide to Christian growth? Another self-help book? A spiritual autobiography in the vein of C. S. Lewis’s Surprised by Joy or Karen Swallow Prior’s more recent Booked?


In truth, it’s all of the above, and more.


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Brief Reviews of

Thin Places: A Memoir.
Mary DeMuth.

Paperback: Zondervan, 2010.
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We Get to Carry Each Other:
The Gospel According to U2
Greg Garrett.

Paperback: WJK Books, 2009.
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What is the purpose of pain? Why does God allow His beloved creatures to endure such intense suffering? How can our lives’ greatest tragedies produce anything of value? Reading Mary DeMuth’s captivating survivor memoir, answers to these questions emerge, bringing to life the truth of Genesis 50:20: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (NASB).

The premise of DeMuth’s memoirs is simple: to trace the fingerprints of God in the scars of her life, revealing for readers those “thin places” where she most tangibly experiences His presence. “The Celts define a thin place as a place where heaven and the physical world collide, one of those serendipitous territories where eternity and the mundane meet . . . snatches of holy ground, tucked into the corners of our world, where, if we pay very close attention, we might just catch a glimpse of eternity.”

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