I Tried Until I Almost Died by Sandra McCollom
In a culture that emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals, we feel driven to do more, achieve more, be more. And we get caught up in the unforgiving treadmill of self-imposed rules, believing that we should, we need to, we must. The result? Anger, frustration, and anxiety that keep us far away from the life of peace that Jesus promised. For years, Sandra McCollom lived in this trap. Finally worn out from striving for perfection but constantly feeling like a failure, one day she prayed in desperation, begging God for help. God answered Sandra by setting her on a life-changing journey to discover the riches of His grace. In I Tried Until I Almost Died, Sandra shares how she left behind her burden of anxiety and fear and shows you how to experience for yourself the freedom of trusting solely in the perfecting power of God’s grace.
I can really relate to this book. As a work-at-home mom, a school teacher, and a musician, I constantly feel pressure to live up to standards of parenting, of teaching, and of being in the spotlight. It can be very challenging, and nearly impossible to escape the pressure. However, I've managed to learn to let things go. This book was even more reinforcement of the freedom of trusting in God, and receiving His peace.
I have a chance to give away a copy of the book. To enter, leave a comment about what element of your life you feel you have the most pressure to achieve. Deadline is March 6th.