In her second book to date, former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm shares her lessons to get rid of her orphan identity, and really get to know Jesus Christ, and become whole. In The Mystery: Finding True Love in a World of Broken Lovers, Lacey teaches herself and her intended audience of young female readers to unearth the mysteries of deception, suicide, being fatherless, rage, and unhealthy relationships. It took a long time, spiritual coaching by the trusted couple Eric & Sarah, and a deliberate choice to put faith in Christ again to start over, and learn what it means to be a daughter of God, love a person instead of love an idea. Your identity in Christ and your relationship with your heavenly Father should have #1 priority in all circumstances.
No boyfriend or partner, Nathan in Lacey’s case, can replace that. The mystery of marrying Jesus, prepare ourselves as believers as His bride is awesome, and should have spiritual and practical consequences. In Lacey’s life, this meant freedom to choose for singleness, to search wisdom in God’s word, and listen to His voice. The way Lacey found Joshua Sturm and ended up as his wife is a wonderful story unfolding in the second half of the book. The author invited friends and mentors to write notes to the reader. This gives an additional personal touch to the narrative.
Sturm is radical. The Mystery hopefully relates to many young women using romantic or sexual relationships as kind of painkiller, instead of finding their true human identity first. It’s a broken world, and we all need forgiveness, healing, and restoration.
About the author
Lacey Sturm (née Mosley) is a mother, wife, writer, speaker, and musician. Originally the voice behind the platinum-selling international rock band Flyleaf, she is now a solo artist. But most of all, she is one of God’s works of art, and she wants others to know and understand how special, how beautiful, how kaleidoscopically wonderful we are all made. Lacey speaks for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and its Rock the River events. She cofounded the Whosoever Movement and helped begin the RESET movement as one of their key speakers. Previously, she wrote The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living.
I received a free review copy from Baker Publishing Group through Netgalley in exchange for my personal, unbiased review.