Cru is a Christian ministry that started on college campuses. Every year new college graduates join staff and serve the Lord in various capacities. As a result, we have college graduates performing a variety of jobs, often not related to their degree.
And then there is me.
I have been at Cru for a while working in the IT department. Even those in IT who are not supported staff have degrees. Except for me. (Did I say that already?)
I often feel inadequate for what I am doing. A computer programmer without formal education. I sometimes wonder if I would be better at what I do if I had the education the others I work with do. When people ask that inevitable question “what college did you graduate from” I have those waves of insecurity flow over me yet again.
The interesting thing about this is that no one else judges me for that. Often, instead, they are impressed that I am self-taught. Yet even knowing that, I have to fight off the lies in my head, telling me I’m not good enough.
So when I read the description of this book, I knew I had to read it. And not just because it made me laugh.
Almost Already: Insecurities, Failures, and Other Fun Things Nobody Likes to Talk About
by Jonathan Tony
Publication Date July 12, 2018
Genres: Christian Living
Written for: Adults
There are two things everyone has in common: we all love Tom Hanks, and we all have insecurities.
No one likes to admit it, but it’s hard to be confident in a world that seems eager to point out our failures. We’re impatient. We’re jealous. Some of us sit in our cars and cry while listening to Adele a little too often. If we all have insecurities, why is it still so embarrassing to admit them? We’re insecure about being insecure.
Almost Already discusses our real life issues in an open and honest way. There’s no hiding behind cliché catchphrases and cheap life hacks. Through all of our shortcomings and frustrations, we can become who we were meant to be by knowing who we already are.
I would like to thank Jonathan Tony for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Jonathan Tony shares real-life examples and Scriptural principles to help Christians with feelings of inadequacy with just the right touch of levity. Though I’m not sure my husband would agree it is just a touch, as he had to sit by and listen to me chortle, snort, and snarkle throughout.
I was impressed with the way the author wove his examples so masterfully. Once an example was introduced, it was snuck into other examples later on so that they would pop out and startle you like a jack-in-the-box. “Oh my! Is he mentioning the shame-dilier again? That is perfect here!”
You know how some people start in on the self-depreciating thing and it just rankles? You know what I mean, right? Though author Jonathan Tony pokes fun at himself, it isn’t like that. He is honest about his perceived shortcomings, not to make himself appear humble, but to encourage and exhort. And make you laugh.
The things that are shared here are very insightful and helpful. As I was reading, I was thinking of people I know who would be blessed by reading this book and making out a mental list of who I should buy a copy for. I can see myself picking this up again and again when I am discouraged or beating up on myself for not being “enough” so I can remember that I don’t have to be because Jesus always is.
The Scriptures used were very appropriate, in context, and taken from all over the Old and New Testaments. I was surprised he used Ahaziah as an example. Not only because it’s not often you hear someone mention him but also because my husband and I were just reading about him last week. So cool! If you aren’t familiar with much of the Bible, be prepared to learn about some of the people who aren’t quite as prominent as Paul. Or David. Or Jesus.
Mixed in with the author’s insights were obscure references to pop culture (yeah, I was glad I was reading on my Kindle so I could highlight names and phrases to see who they were), not-as-obscure references to pop culture, goofy quotes from movies and TV shows and even a reference to Dumbo that brought a tear to my eye.
In addition to the above, the author also debunked some popular Christian myths such as:
- “and now I am happy all the day”
- I’m too blessed to be stressed
- Joy means you are always smiling
- Chris Tomlin wrote all the hymns
Jonathan Tony, thank you for sharing this book with the world. I believe God is going to use it to touch many lives.
“Just you wait, little tree. Just you wait!”