In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence

In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence

Poignant, laugh-out-loud-funny, a must-read book for any woman who has ever felt like she just doesn't measure up.—Crystal Paine, New YorkTimes best-selling author   Every woman is intimately acquainted with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. Whether fueled by a culture of makeover shows, by the lingering memories of mean girls, or by events much more wounding to the soul, we can become so conditioned byYorkPaine, New...

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Title:In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence
Author:Kayla Aimee
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In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence Reviews

  • Stephanie Homburg

    Warning: reading this book in public may garner funny looks from strangers.

    I read most of Kayla Aimee’s new book, In Bloom, while on vacation. Because Kayla’s writing is funny and her daughter’s antics are hysterical, I laughed loudly on a quiet flight and startled the gentleman sitting next to me. Because Kayla’s writing is relatable to any woman who’s wondered “are these people really my friends? Is everyone just pretending to like me?” I nodded my head and muttered “preach!” on a

    Warning: reading this book in public may garner funny looks from strangers.

    I read most of Kayla Aimee’s new book, In Bloom, while on vacation. Because Kayla’s writing is funny and her daughter’s antics are hysterical, I laughed loudly on a quiet flight and startled the gentleman sitting next to me. Because Kayla’s writing is relatable to any woman who’s wondered “are these people really my friends? Is everyone just pretending to like me?” I nodded my head and muttered “preach!” on a shuttle bus to Disney World. And finally, because Kayla shares her heart vulnerably, I sniffled and thanked the good Lord I was wearing sunglasses at the pool. This book may best be read when you are free to laugh, cry, and blurt out agreement without an audience.

    Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book for the woman who wonders how the rest of the world seems to have it all together when she’s just barely hanging on. This book is for the woman who has found herself in the shame spiral, basing her identity on the expectations of others. This book is for the woman who desperately needs to hear “me too!” and to be reminded that the God of the Universe did not create us to be anyone but our very own selves. This book was written for me. And if you are reading this review, it was probably written for you too.

    With humor, sincerity, and a fair amount of 90s flashbacks, Kayla tackles insecurity, shame, friendships, social media, the mommy wars, and marriage. Kayla offers hope and healing by pointing readers to Scripture: reminding us that who we are in God matters most, and abiding in Him can change the script for our lives.

    The study guide included in the back of the book offers the opportunity to process this book in community, allowing us to shed light on our insecurities and speak truth into the lives of others. I am excited to share this book with my circle of friends and begin digging in together.

  • Faith

    Wow. That's literally what I thought every time I sat down to soak up some more of this book's goodness. While reading this beautiful book, I alternately laughed until I physically hurt and blinked to keep the tears at bay.

    I read the author's first book a few years ago, and having followed her blog ever since and falling for her way with words, I jumped at the chance to review her new book. And I'm so glad I did.

    With her signature southern charm, Kayla Aimee tackles the t

    Wow. That's literally what I thought every time I sat down to soak up some more of this book's goodness. While reading this beautiful book, I alternately laughed until I physically hurt and blinked to keep the tears at bay.

    I read the author's first book a few years ago, and having followed her blog ever since and falling for her way with words, I jumped at the chance to review her new book. And I'm so glad I did.

    With her signature southern charm, Kayla Aimee tackles the tough topics of shame, insecurity, self-doubt, and inadequacy. Instead, she encourages women of all ages to live with purpose, boldness, and unabashed confidence in who they are in Christ.

    She doesn't shy from the hard stuff, but rather lays it all bear, open and raw before a world of readers. Throughout the book, she even goes as far as to open up about vulnerable areas in her own life and past—mistakes she made and decisions she now regrets.

    One woman's story of embracing life and love in the way God meant it to be is full of twists and turns and heartache. It's real, it's raw, but it's so beautiful.

    In Bloom is 200 pages of confidence-building, grace-offering encouragement. I would recommend it to any woman or young lady who's ever felt like she didn't measure up, like she wasn't enough, like she didn't matter. <3

    **I received a free copy from B&H/Lifeway in exchange for my honest review.**

  • Cassey

    So here's something you should know, I've been reading KA for about 10 years now...and she is one of the few bloggers whose voice has always remained true to who she is. Yes, she's changed - life does that to one - but she has never written in a way that you didn't feel invited into her life. And it is the same with this book.

    While Anchored was the rawness of finding her way through one of the things I would never wish onto my worst enemy, In Bloom is the light of KA's humour and an

    So here's something you should know, I've been reading KA for about 10 years now...and she is one of the few bloggers whose voice has always remained true to who she is. Yes, she's changed - life does that to one - but she has never written in a way that you didn't feel invited into her life. And it is the same with this book.

    While Anchored was the rawness of finding her way through one of the things I would never wish onto my worst enemy, In Bloom is the light of KA's humour and an understanding that so many of us can relate to.

    In her introduction she mentions that you'll feel as if she has read your diary. And while I don't keep a diary, it certainly felt as if she was privy to my innermost thoughts...shame. During the process of reading this book I was struck by her words, and often had to share something she had said with many a friend. It speaks to the person that KA is that her words ring so true.

    I must mention that while I sit on the agnostic fence, this book does not. It is well and proudly a book by a Christian. But while there is plenty of mention of verses, they didn't feel as if they were pounding away at me for not being Christian. Those verses are part of KA and how she writes, so if she had used something else, this book would be something else.

    It is a book with a thread of looking at shame, and how often our desire to be perfect steams from shame...and feeling as we're not good enough or don't belong. The thread is part of what can have you feel as if you should read it in one go. But, I think it's important to read this slowly...and you're aided in reading it slowly by the way it's written as a series of vignettes. There is also a section at the back to facilitate discussion for those who enjoy book clubs. I can see this book working well for a close group of friends.

    All in all I enjoyed this. And quite happily recommend it to folks.

    *I am a lucky fish and on this author's launch team*

  • Megan Byrd

    I really loved this book. Kayla was very honest with her struggles with insecurity and finding confidence through her identity in Christ. She tackled a number of areas where women struggle with insecurity: our bodies, our pasts, our gifts, our relationships, and our parenting to name a few. I felt like we could be good friends who bond over Baby Sitters Club books and 90s nostalgia. The book spoke to me personally but I also think it would be a very helpful and encouraging read for teen girls as

    I really loved this book. Kayla was very honest with her struggles with insecurity and finding confidence through her identity in Christ. She tackled a number of areas where women struggle with insecurity: our bodies, our pasts, our gifts, our relationships, and our parenting to name a few. I felt like we could be good friends who bond over Baby Sitters Club books and 90s nostalgia. The book spoke to me personally but I also think it would be a very helpful and encouraging read for teen girls as well. A great book for women to remind them of the freedom and confidence we can have in Christ.

  • Lisa Hudson

    FREEING!

    Whether you’re the new girl in school, the awkward girl in braces/thick glasses (or both), all the teenage angst, the bride trying to impress her husband with her culinary skills and cook his favorite dish “just like his Mother made it,” the new mom who who isn’t quite sure she’s ready to be fully responsible for a new baby or someone struggling to “find yourself” - all women have suffered/are suffering/will suffer from the from the feelings of inadequacy and inferiority. Kay

    FREEING!

    Whether you’re the new girl in school, the awkward girl in braces/thick glasses (or both), all the teenage angst, the bride trying to impress her husband with her culinary skills and cook his favorite dish “just like his Mother made it,” the new mom who who isn’t quite sure she’s ready to be fully responsible for a new baby or someone struggling to “find yourself” - all women have suffered/are suffering/will suffer from the from the feelings of inadequacy and inferiority. Kayla Aimee’s fantastic new book, In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence gives an open an very honest look into some the causes and takes you to the Scriptures to find answers to help women regain their confidence. This book also comes with a Discussion Guide included in the back as a Bonus for Small Groups, Book Clubs, etc.

    Early on, Aimee talks about how often other people’s word’s have reduced us and made us feel invisible, inferior, inadequate or ashamed. Aimee wrote these beautiful words that are like a balm to those who have been wounded by words: “Shame is our captor, and we were never meant to be held captive. We were meant to be captivated.” ... “Our entire covenant is based on redemption. And the Bible holds the blueprint to interrupt our insecurity.”

    This book is filled with many deep concepts that will touch your soul. You will want to write them down in a journal. Print them on Post-Its to be reminded all throughout the day & night. Write them in the pages of your Bible.

    We are created for such a time as this! Be a “cut through the roof” friend! (Luke 5:17-19) This is YOUR moment!!

    I was provided an ARC of this book by the Publisher & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own and without influence.

  • Johnny

    I know what you are thinking. Why is a guy reading a book intended for women? Good question! I’m married to a woman. I’m the father of one. I pastor a slew of them. That is why I was glad to read the newest book from author Kayla Aimee entitled In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence published by B & H.

    As my daughter, who is now 19 and is attending college, was growing up I often wondered about the battles that were going on in the heart of a young girl. As she str

    I know what you are thinking. Why is a guy reading a book intended for women? Good question! I’m married to a woman. I’m the father of one. I pastor a slew of them. That is why I was glad to read the newest book from author Kayla Aimee entitled In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence published by B & H.

    As my daughter, who is now 19 and is attending college, was growing up I often wondered about the battles that were going on in the heart of a young girl. As she struggled with insecurity and life, I often thought to myself that what she needs to do is be resilient and strong. I don’t think that I quite understood the pain that she was facing.

    In this book Kayla Aimee chronicles her own life and struggles. Through the art of excellent storytelling, she takes us on a journey into her own life, a journey that she admits leaves her vulnerable and exposed. Her greatest fear is that her dad might read the chapter on sex. Through her journey you see the struggles of a teen, a young single adult, a wife, and a young mother. You also see her applying God’s Word to her life. You learn about mercy, grace, friendship, and empathy. This book has allowed me to appreciate the journey of ladies all around me.

    I think that the author is a great story teller who is able to bring you into her life. Once again I’m not a lady, but I have seen one after another speak of how they related to her struggles. I believe that this book is going to be a blessing to the women who read it.

    Since we are all better together, the author has given you discussion questions in the back of the book so that a group of ladies could journey through this book as a group. I’m thankful to be a part of the team who helped launch this book.

    I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  • Becca-Rae Weidel

    WOW! I had no idea I had a long-lost twin I never knew about! From her short stature (I'm 4'9"), to her fear of escalators (odd I know, but my brain holds the same logic), it's almost as if I've discovered my very own alter-ego. Although not for all the same reasons, I was picked on as a kid as well. As an adult I try to put on a brave face as if I'm not at all affected by it anymore, but the truth is the scars run deep. During my late teens and early twenties, I had a few friends that really wo

    WOW! I had no idea I had a long-lost twin I never knew about! From her short stature (I'm 4'9"), to her fear of escalators (odd I know, but my brain holds the same logic), it's almost as if I've discovered my very own alter-ego. Although not for all the same reasons, I was picked on as a kid as well. As an adult I try to put on a brave face as if I'm not at all affected by it anymore, but the truth is the scars run deep. During my late teens and early twenties, I had a few friends that really worked with me, speaking scripture and encouragement into my life to battle against the lies Satan had made me believe about myself. Kayla's book was such an encouragement on so many levels because she shared the very pieces of her life that people are afraid to reveal. In the age of social media, people feel an ever-growing need to portray a life of perfection. Unfortunately churches today don't help very much with this either. Instead of people feeling free to come and share their burdens, they are often led to feel guilty for the very pieces of their lives that weigh them down. I have spoken with people who have said that they don't share about their anxieties because the reactions they receive (although from well-intentioned people), only make them feel lower, and it causes them to "beat themselves up over beating themselves up." When you beat yourself up over not being able to "rest in the Lord" and someone tells you that all you need to do is "rest in the Lord," do you see how that can be a problem?

    Even if for the simple message of "you are not alone," this book is an amazing comfort for anyone struggling with anxiety, fear, insecurity, and/or feelings of inadequacy (So basically everyone). First, Kayla shares her own struggles so that you can understand that you are not alone. Then she shares the comforting truths from God's Word, and how we can apply those truths to our own lives. She shares both the words that help, along with those that really don't. This book can not only help the person struggling, but also the person trying to help.

    I laughed out loud more times than I can count while reading this book. Even while talking about the "tough stuff," Kayla was able to add humor that would make you laugh uncontrollably. Having said that, I also cried a few times. In fact, I cried while reading the introduction. So I guess that's a sign I needed this book! As someone who likes to underline and write notes, I personally recommend the print version of this book for that very reason. I cannot recommend this book enough, especially for women and teen girls today. Please read it! If you don't think you need it for yourself, read it anyways because it will help equip you to be able to encourage others.

    *I received a free copy from B&H Publishers and Kayla Aimee in hopes of an honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  • Kristin Bush

    received an ebook copy of this book as part of the launch team. I will say that it is very addictive in reading that I was able to relate to it in some aspects. That’s where it ends. The book is very relatable like yes me too, I too encountered this. But it doesn’t go beyond the "me too" feeling for me. It takes on experiences after experiences that encourage you to say me too. But it’s not quite the best for getting past the feelings of inadequacy that come with the revelation of me too. We ge

    received an ebook copy of this book as part of the launch team. I will say that it is very addictive in reading that I was able to relate to it in some aspects. That’s where it ends. The book is very relatable like yes me too, I too encountered this. But it doesn’t go beyond the "me too" feeling for me. It takes on experiences after experiences that encourage you to say me too. But it’s not quite the best for getting past the feelings of inadequacy that come with the revelation of me too. We get the gist that she has a relationship with God and her husband does too. But we don’t get the in-depth of how that relationship helps deal with the inadequacy she has felt throughout the years. I think that is what this book is lacking is the assistance to help readers get past what they feel beyond just saying have a relationship with Christ. More often than not they need practical advice to go with the point to Jesus.

  • Sarah

    Let me first start out by saying that I picked up In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence by Kayla Aimee because the premise seems to be one that most women can relate to– insecurities. You know, the struggle with the girl in the mirror, seemingly glaringly obvious personality defects, and all of those fun ways we’ve sensed from childhood that we just don’t belong with the “it crowd.”

    Given the insecurity struggle most women face, I was excited to dig into the pa

    Let me first start out by saying that I picked up In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence by Kayla Aimee because the premise seems to be one that most women can relate to– insecurities. You know, the struggle with the girl in the mirror, seemingly glaringly obvious personality defects, and all of those fun ways we’ve sensed from childhood that we just don’t belong with the “it crowd.”

    Given the insecurity struggle most women face, I was excited to dig into the pages of In Bloom because the book promised on its cover to “trade restless anxiety for abiding confidence.” The back of the book mentions that it will cover “identifying deep-seated sources of assumed inadequacy, replace our need for approval, and uncover our purpose.” Even though I found Kayla Aimee to be entertaining and immediately likable, I just felt like the main aim of the book wasn’t delivered.

    Most of the book, In Bloom is centered around Kayla Aimee’s story from childhood up until the present, chronicling her young encounters with “mean girls” and recounting awkward adolescent years when wearing the wrong shoes felt like you were a transplant from Mars. I enjoyed most of the stories, really, I did, but it felt more like a diary converted into a memoir instead of using these stories as illustrations to interweave within the primary mission of the book. You can read more of the review here:

    As a note: I received this book for free from B&H in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amanda

    First of all, Kayla Aimee is a very gifted storyteller. I knew of Kayla many years ago, as she was a big part of the scrapbooking community. I then followed her blog during her extremely difficult time after her daughter was born as a micro preemie. I’ve found everything that she writes to be very enjoyable and funny so I was eager to read this book that deals with the subject of insecurity.

    Kayla discusses her life and many times where she has felt excluded or rejected and I found my

    First of all, Kayla Aimee is a very gifted storyteller. I knew of Kayla many years ago, as she was a big part of the scrapbooking community. I then followed her blog during her extremely difficult time after her daughter was born as a micro preemie. I’ve found everything that she writes to be very enjoyable and funny so I was eager to read this book that deals with the subject of insecurity.

    Kayla discusses her life and many times where she has felt excluded or rejected and I found myself relating wholeheartedly to most of her experiences. I wish we could have known each other in our Junior High years, as I think we would have bonded over our love for The Babysitter’s Club.

    I highly enjoyed every moment of this book but did find that it felt much more like a memoir than a book for personal or spiritual growth. There were a few things thrown in that added to the “spiritual” aspect but for the most part, it really seemed mainly like a memoir that helps women realize that they’re not alone in their insecurities.

    Kayla has a witty and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor, which I enjoyed but by the end of the book, I grew a bit tired of. This is just a matter of personal taste but at times I felt like she was trying a bit too hard to be funny.

    Overall, this was a very fun book to read that I thoroughly enjoyed but there wasn’t a lot that I took from it.

    My Rating: 3 stars

    I received this book from the author/publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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