“Here, in the middle of arguably the greatest sermon ever, Jesus talks about our daily worries, whatever they may be. He talks about how we stress over food and clothing and how we obsess over our physical bodies. At the same time, He doesn’t shame us for worrying about them. He doesn’t tell us to just be grateful, to remember how much better we have it than other people. He doesn’t tell us that we simply need to be more productive or to work harder. Instead, He asks us whether our worry is actually accomplishing anything.” ~Hannah Anderson
Humble Roots is a book I found very personal, relatable, and real. Hannah uses a down to earth approach that kept me from wiggling out from under necessary confrontation by way of heady theology or intellectual disconnect. This book stopped me dead in my self-sufficient tracks, showed me that my britches are often far too big, and turned me back toward God before I even had a chance to argue with myself.
As I read Hannah’s stories of sowing, reaping, and harvesting I returned to my own bramble bushes of success, failure, blackberries, and tomatoes. Her everyday examples and honest transparency churned up the rocky and hard places in my heart by showing me a crystal clear picture of myself. As I read, I could feel my inconsistencies being challenged and corrected from the inside out. I felt her words changing me even before I was able to put my pride-soaked finger on why or how it happened. Humble Roots is truly a book I hope everyone I know has a chance to read. If you plan to pick up this book, prepare to grow.
“And here is how humility brings rest to our internal life: Humility teaches us that ‘God is greater than our heart.’ Humility teaches us that we don’t have to obey our emotions because the only version of reality that matters is God’s.” ~Hannah Anderson