Remember playing ‘dress-up’ and ‘paper dolls’? Or getting fitted for a gown? “The Fitting Room” by Kelly Minter

An Irresistible Invitation to a Spiritual Makeover!

Author Kelly Minter offers readers an irresistible invitation to a spiritual makeover

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” –Colossians 3:12

That verse is God’s call to a spiritual makeover, says Kelly Minter, an invitation to take off undesirable character traits and entangling emotions and put on the character of Christ. But how does that work in real life? The key, according to Minter in The Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ, is to let the Master Designer do the fitting for you. This honest and relate-able book stitches together Bible study and personal stories with warm encouragement.

Writing with her trademark dry humor and sharp insight, Minter gives us more than just descriptions of what the Christian virtues are and moves us past the “try harder” guilt trips to show how Christ forms these virtues in us as we cooperate with Him. What does it mean to authentically forgive in the face of deep wounds? How can we wear humility apart from weakness? How can we discover deep peace in our hurried lives? The Fitting Room explores these questions and more as it calls you to a life of beautiful integrity and strong character—relying on the Master Designer to make that possible.

There are no gimmicks here, just an irresistible invitation to a spiritual makeover as Minter urges readers to put on the life that truly was meant for them, personally tailored by the One who knows and loves them best. “Our dress is an expression of ourselves, a statement of our personalities or moods. We dress up, we dress down, we dress for comfort, we kill ourselves in high heels to dress for style, we dress for the weather, we dress for others, we dress for ourselves. But what about the dress of our souls? What about the way our character clothes us? And our character does clothe us,” writes Minter.

The Fitting Room offers welcome hope to the reader who is weary of duty-bound religion when it comes to the Christian virtues. By honestly exploring the power of Christ to live these virtues through us, the reader will walk away relieved of legalism and hopeful for change. The Fitting Room calls the reader to a life defined by the Christian virtues, with an unrelenting emphasis on the grace of God to accomplish this in each of us.

About the Author: Kelly Minter is a singer/worship leader, a recording artist, a popular speaker, and the author of two books (Water into Wine and No Other Gods) and three Bible studies (No Other Gods, Ruth, and Hannah’s One Wish). Among her CDs is one based on insights from her Bible study on Ruth. Minter resides in Nashville, TN.

 

The Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ by Kelly Minter

David C Cook/April 2011

ISBN: 978-1434-79985-2/108 pages/paperback/$14.99

www.davidccook.com

My Review:

As little girls, it’s fun to play “dress-up” and with “paper dolls.”  As women, getting fitted for a prom dress, bridesmaid gown, or even a bridal gown.   Kelly Minter, in her book, The Fitting Room,  has provided a means for a spiritual makeover, one that lasts for eternity, by putting on the character of Christ.

Kelly’s book has a down-to-earth feel to it, but she’s truly concerned about our spiritual growth.  She feels like a friend sitting next to you and sharing spiritual truths while being transparent with her own walk with the Lord.  She doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but she has a way of  getting her points across that are easy to understand and peppered with her wit.

The power to walk this life is given by the Holy Spirit and God’s holiness when by faith in Christ we are we are chosen by God.  We are graciously chosen, loved by the Father, and called to live a holy life by putting off the old sinful nature.

The specific virtues that Kelly discusses are the following:

  • Forgiveness, part 1 and part 2–The perfect storm; Yes, you really can
  • Peace, part 1 and part 2–Not as the world gives; A soul at rest
  • Kindness–And then came the rains
  • Humility–Everything must die (to rise again)
  • Compassion–When the crowds keep marching by
  • Patience–More than a disposition
  • Joy–The crowning virtue

I was amazed at the wisdom set forth by Kelly in regards to these virtues.  Yes, the wisdom comes from God, but He used Kelly to crack open the meanings in a very personal way.  Again, she’s very transparent with her own life, which makes the book that much more meaningful and encouraging.

If you want to truly change and learn to put on the character of Christ, this is a great book to study.  Kelly explains how to take off the negative traits and emotional entanglements we grew up with.  But remember, it’s a process, not a one-step rule and everything’s fine.  God will work in you to produce His character in you if you are open for change.  Great for personal or group studies.

The cover of her book will bring back memories of childhood paper dolls and getting fitted for a gown.  Kelly’s book goes deeper and is a necessary part of our lives.

This book was provided by Karen Davis at The B & B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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