When most people meet Jesus for the first time they are wild and free, passionate, and ready to embrace their Savior; which means also coming face to face with their brokenness. They are not ashamed to admit that they need Jesus to fix them. However, over time in their Christian walk they start to forget the simple fact that all people are shattered glass, and in constant need for Jesus to be the glue to hold them together. They start to play God and fashion themselves to being this perfect picture of what they think a Christian should look like in order to fit into the kingdom of God, and do His work.
The danger in this downward spiral is that not only does it cause the Christ follower to fall because they are trying to fix themselves, but it also keeps new people from coming into the Kingdom of God. The non-believer may feel like they are not good enough. Playing the perfect Christian or church is a dangerous playground. The Bride of Christ must embrace their constant need for the Savior so that more people will fall in love with Him; the One that seeks out the broken to heal them and set them free.
Do you find yourself running the hamster wheel of trying to be the perfect Christian? Are you exhausted and feel like if you let your foot slip up just once that you will disappoint Jesus and turn the church away from your side? Trust me when I say that you can be free from the vicious cycle of perfectionism. Are you ready to embrace your brokenness and your constant need for a Savior? Only by learning this truth will you truly be set free. Freedom is near. Can you feel it?
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
Love this book!!! It's an excellent read for adults and teens. I could relate her story to my childhood. I think I felt every emotion while reading it, crying, laughing!! Very inspriring and very real!
Great read...thank you for sharing your story! This is very inspiring and REAL. I completely agree with this view of some churches today. My family stopped attending church many years ago because we felt judged every week by the people. In the last year, I felt the need to start attending church again...I think I have found one where I don't feel judged...finally. They are out there...don't give up. Remember we are the church...be what you want the church to be.
Amazon Customer on September 20, 2016
I enjoyed every second of this book. Tiffany's raw honesty is very inspirational. This book was a great eye opener for me and how honest all Christians should be. Christianity isn't a competition like we sometimes make it out to be. It's about being raw and transparent with each other and supporting each other through our brokenness. Through this book, I discovered the true meaning of Galatians 6:2. The body of Christ only works as designed when members work together for the common good. My favorite passage was this:
"The church thinks that if it can just walk this tighrope of perfection, people will get saved. Church, we cannot save people. We cannot even save ourselves. We need Jesus more than the world needs mask wearing Christians."
Amanda, Posted on Amazon, August 14, 2016
If you’ve ever fallen into the pit of perfectionism, or if you currently find yourself trying to climb out of it, Tiffany Wasson will be the friend who cheers you on toward freedom.
In Running Mascara: Embracing the Beauty of an Imperfect Church, Wasson candidly shares her own journey of seeking perfection. She doesn’t shy away from admitting the path hasn’t been easy, but she also doesn’t hesitate to share the grace she found…or rather, the Grace that found her.
Even though Tiffany Wasson’s personal story is different from mine, it is still relatable. Because of her transparency, it’s easy to see pieces of myself in the book, and the reflection questions at the end of each chapter give readers a chance to think even more about their own lives. There’s even a discussion guide at the end of the book for deeper reflection or group discussion.
One of Running Mascara’s strengths is the use of Scripture throughout. It fits with the theme of learning we are all broken and Christ is the only One who can glue us together again. We need His Word to heal, and we need reminders that Scripture addresses all of our fears, inadequacies, and doubts if we just spend time meditating on them.
While the majority of the book is a look at Wasson’s personal journey to find freedom from perfectionism, she also talks about the need for the church to embrace the beauty found in knowing yes, believers are broken, but it’s beautiful when we allow Christ to shine His glory through our brokenness.
I recommend this book for older teens and adults who need a beautiful reminder that grace is here and freedom is possible.
aschae92, Posted to Amazon, June 29, 2016
This book has touched my life in ways I can't imagine. There is such truth spoken about the Christian church today. Ms. Wasson is completely open about her struggles and the correlation between her story and the Christian church is so eye opening. I would recommend this book to both believers and non-believers. It has inspired me as a Christian and as a person. Get your copy today!
Amazon Customer on June 21, 2016
A transparent sharing of the authors life in a way that is relatable and helpful to those who may be hurting. Would make a great small group study!
Twilli, Posted to Amazon March 29, 2016
Such a beautiful book. A book of Tiffany pouring her brokenness out for the world to see so that they can see Jesus through her life. A real book with real problems that prove God was in it all. Definitely an encouragement and a truth all Christians need to hear...
Amazon Customer on May 27, 2016
This book was interesting and relatable. The author was so open and honest. I think it would be a great study guide for a variety of groups within churches.
Amazon Customer, Posted March 21, 2016
This is one of the greatest books to read. Love it.
Mary R., Posted to Amazon March 11, 2016
Running Mascara made me want to be a better person all the way around. The transparency by Tiffany Wasson made me realize even more that "Everyone has a story." We so often walk right by people, make our judgement call and NEVER really ask how they are doing. It is so easy to take the "I'm fine' and keep walking. Tiffany's book caused me to look inside my own life...answer the challenging questions at the end of each chapter and PURPOSE to be a better friend and witness for Jesus! Thank you Tiffany Wasson for sharing your life with us through "Running Mascara!" I encourage everyone to read this book and then order more to share with other hurting people!! We ALL have a story....
Vickie H., Posted to Amazon May 9, 2016
This is an intriguing book. The author takes you along the journey of her life. Everyone can take something away from this. It is not just for women. It was so interesting that I couldn't put it down. I love the questions the author poses throughout the book and how it relates to the story. This book encourages me to love others and accept others where they are, and not expect them to have it together before I accept them. It also helps me to love myself with my brokenness, and shows me that Jesus loves me just the way I am. Thank you for writing this book!
Amazon Customer, Posted March 9, 2016