Rhinestone Jesus is the story to Kristen Welch's journey from comfortably living a safe, "good-girl" faith that didn't cost much, to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a bolder, more authentic, more dangerous way.
In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone Jesus pin to school every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was that girl.) But she didnt realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory, it would one day tarnish, no longer a true fit for who she was. As real life catapulted Kristen into places and situations shed never imagined, there came a day when she stood shocked in the slums of Africa and realized in one desperate moment that Jesus wasnt enough for her. At least... she wasnt living like He was.
On the brink of a risk bigger than any shed ever taken, Kristen knew she didnt stand a chanceunless she was willing to put aside the rhinestones and get branded by the real thing. Rhinestone Jesus is the story of one womans journey from comfortably living a safe, good-girl faith that didnt cost much, to realizing that God was daring her to say yes to a bolder, more authentic, more dangerous way.
This story of spiritual adventure throws the doors wide open for any woman who's ever thought of herself as "just a mom." Kristen will inspire and empower you to say yes to God right where you are - and stand amazed at how your life will shine. 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
About the Author:
Kristen Welch grew up in a suburb of Houston, Texas. In the 1990s she attended a small Bible college, where she met her husband and graduated with degrees in Christian education and English.
For the first ten years of marriage, she worked alongside her pastor-husband in youth and children's ministry in Arkansas, New Mexico, and Florida, often writing her own curriculum and resources.
In 2010, Kristen traveled with Compassion International to Kenya on a blogging trip to write about poverty in a huge slum. That experience turned her world upside down, and as a result, she and her family founded a non-profit called Mercy House Kenya. The organization funds a residential maternity center, operated by indigenous staff, that offers hope and a home to pregnant teens living in extreme poverty.
In 2011, Kristen wrote her first book, a devotional for moms called Don't Make Me Come Up There! She is also one of Dayspring's (in)Courage writers, a frequent speaker, and a regular contributor to Lifeway's HomeLife and ParentLife magazines.
Kristen's blog following continues to grow, and many of the readers financially support the work of Mercy House. When she and her family aren't traveling to Kenya, Kristen and her husband and their three children live in Texas, where they enjoy going to football games and flea markets and trying new restaurants.
Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch was published by Tyndale House in May 2014 and is our 39154th best seller. The ISBN for Rhinestone Jesus is 9781414389424.