As soon as I got my hands on a copy of “Uncompromising: A Heart Claimed by Radical Love” by Hannah Farver, I didn’t want to put it down! In fact, I read ¾ of it in one day and finished it the next. I highly recommend this book for young ladies, or older ones, too!
What struck me the most about this book wasn’t the fact that it was written by a 20 yo, or that it was full of both wit and sincerity, or that she quoted some great heralds of the faith like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.J. Mahaney, John Piper, Elisabeth Elliot, Voddie Baucham, Charles Spurgeon (I could go on…), but rather the fact that it wasn’t another book about being “a pure girl”, or “a feminine girl”, or even just “a good girl”. Those are great qualities, and there are many great books for those topics, but Hannah nailed it right on–it’s about being “a Jesus girl”.
The point of her book is so much more than a beauty check, or a modesty check, rather it’s a heart check. She lays forth the gospel unashamedly, which should either leave you converted or convicted! Through Christ, we learn the true, untarnished definition of love and beauty.
She starts out by addressing the many “causes” in our life that we often attach ourselves to, and why our purpose really should be to live passionately for the Cause–the Cause of Christ. His love radically changes us, so we should show a life of radical outward change. I love how the focus was not herself, nor was it her readers–it was Christ. We shouldn’t define ourselves (or beauty) based on what the culture says, or what our friends say, or what our feelings tell us, but rather by God’s standard. True beauty can only be found in Christ. True love can only be found in Christ. True purity, modesty, friendship, you name it, can only be found in Christ.
“Occupations, husbands, children–all these are accessories to life. God is life itself.” (Uncompromising, pg 156)
She closes her book with a challenge to be a heart claimed by a radical love. Live passionately for the Cause. Let it change you from the inside out today, and tomorrow, and every day after.
And don’t let it just be an emotional passion that will pass, but rather practical, godly, day-to-day living. A few things she suggests are to
Seek godly friendships
Get involved with your family
Desire mentorship from your mom and/or other godly women
Respect guys through your behavior and dress
Ultimately, live for Christ.
“The more I see who Jesus is, the more I glimpse the wise womanhood He’s called us to, the more I see how the whole story of history revolves around Him–the more I realize how ridiculous it is to allow any inch of my life to escape His dominion.” (Uncompromising, pg 229)
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.