Are you a stressed out wife or mom tossing and turning in your bed at night writing out your menu plan or homeschool schedule in your head? Do you get upset when your schedule is not going as you planned and you feel no control over it? Do you simply want to learn how to come under the yoke of Jesus Christ and find rest in Him? Then the book Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson is for you. Hannah weaves biblical truths interlaced with personal insights from nature to encourage the reader to rely on God and not self-effort. Each chapter is illustrated with a botanical drawing by Michelle Berg Radford which adds a thoughtful touch to the book.
The first four chapters explore the humility of Jesus. Hannah writes:
So when Jesus calls us to learn of His own humility, He’s not calling us to adopt humble posturing or master a new skill. He intends to fundamentally change us. He intends to strip us of the pride that keeps us from experiencing rest. He intends to get to the root of the problem so that humility becomes natural to us.
From there, Hannah reveals different areas pride can manifest itself in our lives. The first one being to honor the physicality of our bodies. We are not to view our bodies with shame, focus on our imperfections or use our sexuality for gain.
What will free you from shame is humility…You are free to embrace your physical nature…You are free to reject the lies that have made you ashamed-whether they come from media, friends and family, or your own head. You are free to hear the voice of the only one whose opinion counts. You are free to her God declare your body “good.”
Next she discusses the importance of not letting our emotions rule and finally the importance of knowing we don’t need to know everything as long as we know the One who does.
How do we cultivate humility? In the last three chapters Hannah offers some ideas:
-Expressing gratitude to God for what He has given you.
-Trusting in God to bring our desires to pass or not.
-Godly sorrow: confessing our faults to God.
She concludes with whom she started with-Jesus. Reminding us to surrender to our Father and that when we humbly do so, He raises us up.
This book is one I will go to often when I find myself continuing to trust in my strength and not His.
Humble Roots is a follow-up conversation to Hannah’s first book Made for More.
I received this book from Moody Publishers as part of the Humble Roots book launch team.