I have done almost every one of Beth Moore's Bible studies and loved every one of them. I have mad respect and love for Miss Beth and have learned much from her. My Bible study small group wanted to do a little something while the main group we are a part of was on a break, so we all read this book and met to discuss. None of us loved the book, even tho we are all big fans of Beth's Bible studies.
First a minor point: the formatting is not great for readability. The text isn't black - it's GREEN! Which means it's harder to read. We're all over 50 and did not appreciate that challenge to our eyes. And the chapters aren't numbered in the body of the book, which is just weird.
The main issue we had with the book is that most of the chapters have long sections where we were all asking "what was the point of that multi page anecdote?!" For example, the discussion of Southernisms or the crazy birthday funeral someone staged for her. If you are used to "reading" a Beth Moore Bible study you know Beth is effusive and flowy in her writing, but this book just seemed to go on and on and on in spots. At one point one of our ladies said "it seems like her publisher forced her to write a book, and she just needed to fill pages with something."
To me it did seem like there was an excellent idea in there but Beth didn't have enough time to tighten up the text and really work the concept out. Beth's studies are very deep and intense. Every sentence has purpose - there's no "fluff". This book rambled in spots and was padded with a lot of "fluff" that didn't really move the teaching forward. Now that I think about it, there is such a vast difference in the writing between a Beth Moore study and this book that I'm wondering if a new editor worked on this book and didn't do their job well.
Nine of us read it, and while we had some good discussions and this book does bring up a few excellent points to think about and apply, none of us liked the book on the whole. As I said, we are all "fans" of Beth Moore and have done many, many of her studies and will continue to do so. However, if this was the first thing of hers that I ever read, I don't know that I would be eager to read/study with her again.