Title: Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul
Author: Hannah Anderson
Published: October 4, 2016
Genres: Nonfiction, Christian Living, Women’s Self-Help
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I received a free book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!). All thoughts are 100% my own.
Beautiful, insightful, and theologically rich. This is exactly the book I needed right now! I took my time reading it and treated it more like a devotional than a novel.
Blessed beyond measure, but exhausted, anxious, and uncertain. Hannah Anderson began writing Humble Roots after struggling with her restlessness that kept her up at night. In her book, Anderson elegantly explores humility in such a unique way, and shows us the truth— We have a desperate need for God, and we will not be at peace until we rest in Him.
Anderson begins by saying that no place in our lives is immune to worry, and no place is untouched by the burdens around us. She refers to Scripture (Matthew chapter 6) and shows us that Jesus understood that the small things in life can unsettle us more than the big things. He doesn’t shame us for worrying, or tell us to be more productive; He asks us if our worrying is actually accomplishing anything.
Anderson then says that when we believe we are responsible for our own existence, we will have nothing but stress and anxiety. Since our pride infects our everyday life and the choices we make, we’re constantly pressured to live perfect lives and never step out of line in fear of judgement from those around us. Because of our pride, we will never heal or be at peace.
Throughout the rest of the book, Hannah Anderson reminds us that humility begins by remember where we come from. It’s not until we realize how little we control that we begin to face our limitations. It’s calling upon Jesus that frees us from our burdens, and calls us into humility by relying less on ourselves and more on Him. Humility is understanding that without God, we are nothing but dust, and it teaches us that we don’t have to obey our emotions because the only version of reality that matters is God’s.
I truly adored this book. I will be checking out Hannah Anderson’s other books in the future. Thank you again Moody Publishers.