Angela Thomas, author of the best seller Do You Think I’m Beautiful?, offers another look at God at work in the lives of women with the book, A Beautiful Offering. Thomas addresses how we women can make our lives a beautiful offering to God despite our imperfections, weaknesses, and hurts. As she walks through the Beatitudes and the rest of the Sermon on the Mount, sharing stories of her life experiences, she reveals her unique viewpoint on what God can do with us “when we are” and “as we go.”
In the first half of this book, Thomas describes the Beatitudes not as a list of things we must be, but as blessings we receive when we are poor in spirit, mourning, merciful, or persecuted for righteousness. The second half is a description of what we should be as we go through life. These ideas are written in a friendly and open style, which made me feel like I was having an extended conversation with the author. Thomas’ words are that of a “recovering church lady,” rediscovering the love and grace of God through divorce and single-parenthood.
She next moves quickly through the Sermon on the Mount, drawing support from other Scripture verses and from her personal experiences to share her passion that other women should learn to live their lives as beautiful offerings to God. She writes, “Jesus wants us to learn to live in a way that reflects the kingdom of God to the world, to live as a woman with a kingdom heart. I truly want to be that woman. And Jesus says that when you are, it’s beautiful and blessed.”
This book is a story of a journey, and to read it is to participate in the journey. It is an encouragement to any woman who has ever reached the point of being totally broken and has wondered how God could ever use her. This book will not appeal to everyone, but will be a great encouragement to those who are looking for a way to let God use them, even in their broken state. -- Jill Dykehouse, Christian Book Previews.com
Drawing wisdom from the Beatitudes, A Beautiful Offering is a call for women to live their lives as grateful offerings to the Father.
For many years Angela Thomas thought of the Beatitudes as a list of “Gotta Be’s,” as in: Gotta be meek. Gotta be merciful. And when she compared her life to the standard they set, she always felt that she came up short. But through God’s great mercy, she has come to see this passage instead as a roster of “When You Are’s.” When you are meek, there is a spiritual inheritance. When you are merciful, you will be shown mercy.
This shift in thinking has led Thomas to understand that God does not require perfection, but rather our gracious obedience. In His eyes, our lives—complete with mistakes, blemishes, and imperfections—are A Beautiful Offering.