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

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Readers discover exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him.

"I don't write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a 'how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps' guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters,
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Sep 29, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I thought I knew exactly what this book would be about. Having grown up a good girl in a denominational church my entire life long only to suffer tragic loss and betrayal as an adult (hence making my life one many would deem "ruined forever"), I've learned a gut-wrenching lesson or two about the difference between religion and relationship. I've just finished Everything, though, and I'm stunned. I'm not sure I can find a way to articulate just what this book did to me, but suffice it to say that ...more
Alycia Morales
Nov 02, 2012 Alycia Morales rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
If you follow me on Twitter, then you've noticed I keep tweeting about #everythingbook. This is because I am super excited to share with you that my favorite non-fiction book, Everything, by Mary DeMuth, is finally available for you to get your hands on and your hearts wrapped around! Forgive me if I start writing in exclamatory sentences!!! I'm really that excited about sharing this book with you!!!

Okay, I'll calm down now. But only so that you'll keep reading...

Everything is all about what you
Nov 24, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing
What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus
By Mary DeMuth
Published by Thomas Nelson

I applaud Mary Demuth's candid and honest sharing in Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus. Although Mary has written a number of other books, this was the first time I read her writing. I felt as though I was sitting in the presence of a wonderfully honest sister in Christ who was not afraid to tell it as it is and boldly go in those places many fear to tread.

Mary t
Lyndie Blevins
Nov 03, 2012 Lyndie Blevins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone seeking spiritual growth
Mary DeMuthEverything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus
I was attracted to this book because...

I’ve found anything written by Mary DeMuth will be intriguing and challenge my thinking. I was also intrigued by the concept of Jesus being my everything.

This book was about...

Mary DeMuth uses experiences from her life to develop the concept of what it means for Jesus to become our ‘everything.‘ Most of us understand Jesus should be our everything and we even say it out loud, “
Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
Oct 29, 2012 Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf) rated it it was amazing
I was inspired by Mary Demuth's transparency throughout this book. As a child she suffered unimaginable horrors and neglect. It was often difficult to even read some of her story. However, in this vulnerable state, Mary Demuth gained a lot of credibility in my eyes. From the depths of her life, she has created a book that points Christians back to Jesus. Through her pain, she reminds others to give "Everything" to Him.

This book could quite possibly change your life, especially if you are a Chris
May 05, 2016 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Great read putting the focus back on Christ. Looking forward to reading more of DeMuth's books.
Oct 05, 2012 Ian rated it liked it
I've been grappling with writing this review for a few days now. I've been fortunate to be part of Mary's "Launch Team" for the book and so received an advance copy of the PDF. I've been blessed by participating in a closed group on FB with the other 100 or so members of that team.

I so wanted to be praising this book from the rooftops. All the other reviews (at present) are overwhelmingly positive which is fantastic. I worry that I've missed something significant.

But I must write what's in my he
Mara Kim
Feb 09, 2013 Mara Kim rated it it was amazing
What I enjoy the most about Mary’s books is that she is transparent. I feel a kindred spirit to her because she speaks out loud what her innermost feelings might be. I have felt those same raw emotions and have dealt with what life has handed me growing up in an unchristian home and I’ve seen, heard, and felt things no-one should ever bear. Mary has too. When she writes certain passages it resonates me to the core. My core (at times) represents shame, fear, worry, and then guilty for feeling all ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Sometimes our obedience to Jesus Christ costs others."

I know if you're a Christian, most of us can agree with that statement. Simply put following Jesus can cost us the lives of people who were once in our lives or often times keep people from truly getting to know us. Sometimes just the label of the term "Christian" is enough to steer people in the opposite direction. So just how do we keep on the path we are intended, while the world around us falls apart and points the fingers in our directi
Sep 19, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
What I Loved: Everything was a super insightful book, and a fast paced read, which delved into the surrender-everything life of Mary DeMuth. I really enjoyed reading about Mary's life story, her heart and of course gaining some wonderful wisdom from her own journey to declare Jesus her everything. The whole time I was reading through this book I kept on thinking two very distinct things: (1) God I so needed to hear these words today! (2) Um, I thought I was already living an everything-for-Jesus ...more
Tia Bach
Oct 29, 2012 Tia Bach rated it really liked it
In the journey to giving Jesus everything so that we may know the depth of his love, the author breaks the book down into three sections...

Head - What We Think
Heart - Who We Are
Hands - How We Live

Each section touched me. The author seemed to know me, but more than that, I think her honesty finds a similar place in all of us. The struggles she describes are struggles we all face in some way or another. Then, to strengthen each section, the author provides a list of questions for reflection and di
Jan 18, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson as a part of their BookSneeze program. Also, I attempted to write this review while trying to watch my children at the local public library, so if you find it lacking and full of errors, you know why.

I'd been seeing a lot about Everything by Mary DeMuth around the time of its release, and so was glad to be able to select it to review. First, ignore the cover. The cutesy font used for the title in a heart gives the impression that it is kind of a "
Laura Smith
Oct 14, 2012 Laura Smith rated it really liked it
Are you broken? Confused? Worried? In a destructive relationship? There is a way out – one beautiful amazing, glorious way out – trusting in Jesus enough to let Him become your EVERYTHING. Because when you let Him take over, let Him mend the cracks, let Him figure out the solutions, trust in Him enough not to worry about the outcomes, allow Him to love you and for the relationship with Him to be what fills your heart. Then there will be happiness, joy, comforting and peace. I promise.

Mary De Mut
Oct 09, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing

I have been impacted by everything Mary DeMuth has written.

Her novels evoke such a range of emotion while reading them and her nonfiction writing turned out to be just as impactful.

Everything is Mary's coaching book. Using her own life as the blueprint, she helps us explore what we give and what we gain to becoming like Jesus.

Right off the bat you will discover that things were not so wonderful for Mary as she and her husband were obedient to the ministry of God. In fact, things were awful. Mary
Nov 08, 2012 Shelby rated it it was amazing
” The more you dare to obey , the more you experience God.” (Page 177) . I believe that this sentence greatly displays the theme and message of this book. If we truly desire to experience the effect, satisfaction, peace , and joy of being a sold-out follower of Christ we much totally surrender EVERY aspect of our lives to him. We must relinquish control and allow him to lead our lives.

Mary DeMuth honestly, yet humbly discusses this point in her book. She does not claim to provide steps towards p
Brandy Corona
Nov 02, 2012 Brandy Corona rated it really liked it
This book has forever changed me. Mary DeMuth is raw, real and totally honest about her failures and how we can change to become the best we can be. This book isn't a sermon like the description says. Instead it is a step by step set up on how to evolve into the best Christian possible.

What I really enjoyed was Mary's style of writing. She's not one of those Christian authors that are 'holier than thou art', she's so surprisingly down to earth, you think you're reading something your best friend
Jan 24, 2013 Veronica rated it it was amazing
Mary DeMuth has been through the ringer. She knows what she's talking about when she points out that trials are to help us grow and that we need to surrender everything to God. In return, Jesus will become our everything. The first section asks us what we think about God and ourselves. The second section looks at our hearts. Have we let Jesus in to change our hearts or are we living with unforgiveness, control, or other things that impede our growth? The third section looks at our actions. How d ...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Oct 21, 2012 Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when I was notified of being on the Everything Launch Team. Mary DeMuth is such an astounding author. She reveals so much of herself in her books so that she can help others through the trials in their own lives. Mary has learned much through the trials in her own life and when she prays for you, she offers hope you didn’t have before.

She offers wisdom on being a child of God through her own personal stories. It is a book that you’ll bend the pages down to come back to, you will
Maureen Timerman
Oct 21, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
What a book to devour, and I've underlined a lot of it...sometimes twice!
Question? How do we know what God thinks? Gets your mind going!
Thank you Mary for this down to earth book, that makes you feel closer to God. I loved how you related the story of your daughter. How she asked Jesus into her heart and the evil voices stopped.
There are Eighteen Chapters that are divided into three sections: Head - What We Think, Heart - Who We Are, and Heads - How We Live. There is even an Epilogue: The Every
Oct 21, 2012 Pilar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thomas-nelson
I received an advanced copy of "Everything" to review. I also had the privilege of endorsing this beautiful book.

I read this book on my week off from vacation back in July. God spoke to me that week through "Everything". I was beyond blessed.

While I was reading about Mary DeMuth's life and experiences. I was able to put myself in her shoes. At times, I even felt we lived parallel lives.

I laughed and cried throughout this book. "Everything" made me think; it convicted me as well as challenged my
Deanna  Albrecht
Aug 24, 2012 Deanna Albrecht rated it it was amazing
Everything is packed full of truth, deep truth - and Mary found a way to say it simply, for everyone. While some books are written more for the new or mature follower, this book is for ALL Christians who want to know how to become more like Jesus.

18 Chapters are divided into 3 sections: Head-What We Think; Heart-Who We Are; Hands-How We Live

I've highlighted my copy like crazy, and one of my favorite chapters is - Become Irresistible - letting ourselves being drawn and refreshed by the irresisti
Jenny Rose
Dec 12, 2012 Jenny Rose rated it really liked it
Having grown up in church, I have been handed many a “How to be a better Christian” type books. I’ve read a few. However, this is not a step-by-step book. DeMuth does not try to be THE expert. She writes from her personal experience—what has worked for her and what hasn’t. She writes from observations of Christians she has admired through her life.

It is a relatively short book, yet even as a voracious reader, DeMuth’s words made me read slowly and think. I wouldn’t say this book completely trans
Darren Sapp
Feb 09, 2013 Darren Sapp rated it really liked it
The Christian living genre frequently produces books ripe with platitudes or comes across as a self-help book. Everything is free of those elements and presents a heartfelt look at our walk with Christ. DeMuth doesn’t shy away from her experiences, some of them tough to read, and most certainly difficult to write. This is a solid, biblical work worthy for devotional reading, accountability groups, or bible fellowships. These teachings appeal to men and women from the teen years and up. Jesus is ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Autum rated it it was amazing
I received the book Everything by Mary Demuth to review from The author takes you on a journey on how to be a better christian. She does not just give scripture she gives views from her own experiences. She is taking the journey with you. She writes touching and startling moments when she learned to let go. To open herself to everything the lord has for her. Whether that be a lesson she needed to learn, or an obstacle she needed to overcome. It is a touching/revealing book that ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Mary DeMuth's heart is authentic and beautiful in Everything.

God became her Everything even through trials and she encourages readers to do the same.

I was challenged by the chapter about being kind to yourself and not worrying about money. The chapter Holy Inebriation is so unique and made me think deeply about being full of the Spirit of Christ.

Mary is the real deal and her words inspire.
Dec 15, 2012 Keri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
I chose this book because of its curious title. My book is marked up with comments and thoughts. This book is definitely one I'll be coming back to again and again because it really made me think about my life and what it will take for me to truly grow as a person. The answer: to surrender EVERYTHING to Christ. Sounds simple but for a type-A person like me, control is so hard to relinquish. A great book that I highly recommend, especially to other control freaks.
Leigh Hudson
Aug 15, 2012 Leigh Hudson rated it it was amazing
Mary challenged me throughout the book to focus my head, heart and hands on letting Jesus be my Everything. She doesn't shrink back from the difficult things. This book isn't about making you feel good about your great Christian life. It's convicting without shaming.

Everything helped me see the dusty corners of my soul left hidden that Jesus wants to invade and heal.

So He can be my Everything.
Robert D. Cornwall
This is a nice evangelical book, with Pentecostal tints. The author has an interesting story of growing up in a dysfunctional, abusive family, but finding healing in Christ. If you're on the liberal side of the line, you'll probably not like it. If you're evangelical you might.

The Title describes the book -- her belief that we will have more abundant and grace filled lives if we give everything to Jesus.

I'll post a fuller review as part of the TLC Book Tour in November (2012).
Maralee McKee
Aug 12, 2012 Maralee McKee rated it really liked it
Mary DeMuth has done it again...she's touched my heart and strengthened my faith. She also got me thinking about how easy it is to forgot that Christ gave His all, and as His follower, it should be (It's not always, but I'm a work in progress.) my mind's goal and heart's intent to give my all to Him in return.

If you're feeling like Christ is further away from you than you would like, read this book. You'll find yourself drawing nearer to HIm page-by-page.
Shannon Milholland
Jul 30, 2012 Shannon Milholland rated it it was amazing
Are you tired of a try-hard life? Do you want Jesus to be your everything but just don't know how? This upcoming book by Mary DeMuth calls your heart to know Him intimately with your head, heart and hands and live radically - like He actually is our everything.
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Mary E. DeMuth loves to help readers turn their trials into triumphs. Her books include Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), Watching the Tree Limbs, Wishing on Dandelions (NavPress, 2006), and Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House 2007). A mother of three, Mary lives with her husband Patrick and ...more
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