About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth by Carrie Stephens

Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable WorthABOUT THE BOOK

Have you ever felt on the edge, alone, down and out,
or maybe wondered what in the world God can do with someone like you?

Sometimes you wake up feeling less than great about your life. Or your relationships. Or your job. Or your whatever.

Sometimes you even feel pushed to the side, put on the shelf, overlooked, and not particularly important to, well, anything.

Sometimes, you feel even less important. . .than a side of rice and beans. (You know, kind of like that stuff served on the side that no one really asked for?)

What if you found out you were something more like tableside guacamole—that fancy kind they wheel up to the table and make right on the spot?

What if you were made on purpose,
for a purpose that can release God’s glorious colors and flavors in the world?

You didn’t arrive here by accident, nor have you been served up as an unwanted side dish. The God of creation has created you, and He isn't waiting for you to become some better version of yourself so He can finally love you. . .or use you. . .or delight in you.

Generously seasoned with humor and empathy, with stories of triumph, failure, heartbreak, and redemption, Holy Guacamole will connect your heart to the unchanging truths of God’s Word and the unfailing power of God’s call to live a life full of His love for you and for the world.

God longs to reveal to you all the ways you are His beautiful, flavorful, colorful creation. Let Him show you all the ways you are Holy Guacamole—His masterpiece, His signature offering to a world in need of His love.


I was certain that I was going to like this book when the introduction said "Hello, my name is Carrie and I'm a secret donut hoarder" and I was right! As I continued to read this new book by Carrie Stephens, I couldn't dismiss the fact that even though she was talking about her own life, she was describing what I've often experienced and sharing feelings that I have sometimes hidden. She was also Making Me Laugh Out Loud! Holy Guacamole is filled with accounts of household disasters and personal blunders but it is also full of encouragement, assurance, and the Word of God. Yes, Stephens uses an abundance of Bible scripture as she recounts her failures and victories but she repeatedly shows us that none of us are losers when we claim Jesus Christ as our Savior. We can all claim undeniable worth!

I especially like that Holy Guacamole has a section at the end that helps us sum up what we've just read. "How to Think, Feel, and Act---Chapter by Chapter" is a short guide for each of the twelve chapters and there are suggestions to help us think, feel, and act. I found this very useful personally but I also think that it would be very helpful for the leader of a book club or women's Bible study.

This is a book to read and enjoy, and then, a book to read again and savor for its undeniable biblical insight. Holy Guacamole will inspire you, encourage you, and help you discover just how special you are---His masterpiece!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Carrie Stephens is a writer, speaker, and pastor's wife. She loves Jesus and His church more than she loves good coffee and Tex Mex, which is really saying something. Carrie and her husband, Morgan, have four children and are the lead pastors of Mosaic Church Austin, a richly diverse community of faith, in Austin, Texas.

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