Because her Scripture-based advice book Irreplaceable is aimed at women, author Katy Bennett uses several extended feminine metaphors. The reader has a “necklace” of personal qualities, a “handbag” of assets, and puts on the “lip gloss” of the word of God before venturing out each day. Her central message: “You are unique, you are irreplaceable” and you were “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139).
Bennett provides exercises to help the reader to discern her unique calling, following the Scriptural admonition to “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23). She lists 29 signs that the reader is getting her sense of validation from the wrong sources, including feeling inadequate, expecting the worst and being bored. She also offers solid suggestions for managing negative thoughts and confronting fears of failure, change and rejection. She suggests a thankfulness diary, a forgiveness journal, and a nightly practice of reflection on the day that focuses on achievements and positive experiences.
Bennett writes perceptively about the power of words to encourage and heal, as well as to limit and damage. She advises readers to avoid listening to negative people, to beware of gossip, and to learn how to take and give constructive criticism. Several chapters contain circle diagrams to illustrating how outlook shapes outcome, for example: “contents of heart — thoughts/feelings — beliefs/perspective — decisions — actions — outcomes — destiny — contents of heart” — and so on around the circle.
Bennett does not cite any authorities from religion or psychology to bolster her advice. The book’s few notes are amateurish citations of dictionary entries and Internet collections of famous quotations.
Even so, Irreplaceable is a useful guide to a happier, bolder life. God “wants you to enjoy life,” Bennett tells readers. She knows this, because Jesus said: “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10).
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