Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist, Book Review

Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist: Learning to Be Free
by Amanda Jenkins

Amanda Jenkins is a list-maker, so she had my attention from page one of this book, Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist: Learning to Be Free.  I’ve never really considered myself a perfectionist.  I’m more of a pragmatist, more focused on getting things done than doing it perfectly.  But I can totally relate to Amanda’s incessant standard-setting for herself, creating unrealistic and impossible expectations and then feeling like a failure when I fall flat on my face trying to attain perfection.perfectionist

She starts each section being as vulnerable as you can get, sharing whatever listed expectation she made for herself. and how she measures up to her goals.  Her weight, her bank account, or how many Diet Cokes she’s had so far today, it’s all fair game in this book.  Ultimately, her light-hearted and gut-honest storytelling walk you through authenticity and grace in areas of your life like obedience, vanity, coveting recognition, making plans and then having God change them, and depending on anything other than God to fill us each day.

She’s no perky, pasted-on-smile Christian, there to motivate you without being honest about the down-and-dirty problems in life.  She talks about her family’s international adoption and dares to tell the hard things and how God transformed her in the process.  She talks about the shocking death of a friend’s young husband and the financial struggles of loved ones and other times that she found God, met with Him and was blessed to see Him even when life got ugly.

Ultimately, the book is about finding grace.  It’d be an encouragement and challenge for any woman (whether she thinks she’s a perfectionist or not) and even perhaps teen girls.  The appendix includes Bible study notes that could work well for any women’s small group, as well.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

To read a sample chapter, you can click here!

For a Q&A with Amanda Jenkins, you can click here!

About the Author . . .
Amanda Jenkins attended Northwestern Bible College and graduated with a degree in biblical studies and communications. She has worked in sales and marketing for a number of Christian retailers, as well as in visual communications and advertising. For the past 14 years she has taught Bible studies for women of all ages and is passionate about communicating truth in a culturally relevant and humorous way.  She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, Dallas, and their four young children, including their newly adopted son.

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  • Dorci says:

    Now see my mistakes in that comment are about ready to do me in. lol. Oh for an edit button!! ;O)

  • Dorci says:

    Now this sounds like a book right up my perfectionistic alley. There’s no wondering for me. I am faced with my need to be perfect, and my failure to achieve it, every day. The funny thing about perfectionists is that they’re also often procrastiners. We procrastinate for fear of not being perfect, but then our procrastination brings failure to life. We didn’t get here overnight, and I’d guess we don’t lose our perfectionistic tendencies as overnight either. I’m thankful there’s someone who’s willing to share how to find God in the process.

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