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If you've ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up or pray it away.

But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.

No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, "Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God and with those around us."

Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you've done the same.

No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament - to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you've kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God's own language to draw closer to him as he leads us through any darkness into his marvelous light.

©2017 Esther Fleece (P)2017 Zondervan

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This Book Is A Huge Gift from God

It's been a Long time since a book has so deeply moved me and No More Faking Fine changed me. Esther Fleece's story, and her experiences with Lamentations-- a forgotten and therapeutic gift from God--moved me to try it myself. To look up Lamentations in holy scripture, and to shift in ways that no healing techniques could ever take me to. I am a different , better, freer soul because of this book. I'm so Thankful my sister shared this with me! I am so Grateful the author took the time to write her real experiences and thoughts on Lamentations power to transform pain into new visions. I'm sharing this book with everyone I feel called to share it with! Transforming !!!

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  • Robyn
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  • 04-26-17

Life changing book - if we let it be!

The way I came to have this book was not a purposeful act on my part. I had recently tried to recommend a different book to a friend, but i initially botched the title. I guess in trying to find my recommendation, she found this and graciously gifted me a copy of "No More Faking Fine." What a gift it was. I honestly thought I had worked through and forgiven all the pain and trauma I experienced in my life. Little did I know that I was still clinging to some of those experiences and they were manifesting as fear in my current walk! THANK GOD for Esther Fleece and her willingness to share her story and to be transparent and vulnerable to help others. I have gifted this book to SEVERAL people, with others on my list as God guides me. Thank you Esther!

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  • JJ
  • 05-20-17

From pain to purpose

This is a touching story - one that gently guided a young women to know true love from Her true Father. Keep sharing Esther. This is a message we all need to hear.

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the content was so relevant to the bad habits we develop in today world because we think it is expected in the Christian walk. Book explains why and how to have a healthy lament. Narrator was great.

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Soul-stirring!

Wonderful book, filled with raw emotion and powerful insight. Esther’s story has prompted me to take a deeper look into myself and the areas I haven’t “lamented” or given over completely to God. It is so true how so many of us “fake fine.” The narration for this is also excellent!

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I needed this

This book made me realize that its okay yo question God, but also to draw near to him. Faking fine has always been me. I always kept things in, but no more. It's exhausting. I needed this book so much. I'm so glad I Read it, because now I will be able to fully heal from all the hurtful things I've gone through.

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Finally a Christian book without the fluff

I have searched for books on spiritual warfare and stories that lay bare the ferocity of grief, tragedy and recovery and the havoc it can wreak on our faith. Typically you get tales of woe and how prayer fixed it all or somehow magically allowed the person to wrap their head around the 'why' of it all. The underlying message of such tales is that resignation or powering through will lead to actual healing. All it really does is delude us into believing we've grown beyond the pain and matured in faith and worse, that we are now in a position to guide others through recovery. Thankfully this book deviates into a significant set of truths that are so inconvenient and uncomfortable for the traditional church that they are rarely, if ever, addressed honestly even in small group settings. It's truly a one of a kind in Christian self-help. The myth that self-help in Christianity means waiting on God is tragically short-sighted and stunts spiritual growth. I was glad to hear the author challenge that with the darker side of lament without sugar coating what lament itself will put you through. The guidance of the author's scripture based prayers peppered throughout the chapters provides the words to pray when all you can do is cry in silence or question God's love and faithfulness. Her honestly allows you to feel supported, in community and (probably most importantly), whole when you allow yourself to lament.

Side note: The narration always gets high marks from me when I forget that the narrator is not the author. Such was the case with this piece.

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Great Encouraging Read

Enjoyed her engagement through story, reflection and the use of scripture with the over arching theme, no need to pretend or fake it till you make it.

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wonderful book

This books is for anyone who's tired of trying to hold it all together, or anyone who has been devasted by circumstances. Esther Fleece gives comfort to the reader, whatever they're going through, because God has so comforted her. would highly recommend.

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Learning to Lament<br />

Who would have ever dreamed that the pretending I learned as a child would nearly kill me as an adult. I had lived so long in the land of make-believe that I could not deal with the actual realities of my own life. God called me out of that pretense almost 6 years ago now and has loved my heart back to life. I only wish He had done it earlier. Maybe He tried to. I'm just so thankful that Esther was brave enough to put her journey of lament into writing or speaking as it is. I never want to fake fine- ever again.
With a grateful heart! Laura S.