What Christian Leaders Say

It’s completely sweet and humbling that these leaders wrote such beautiful words about Everything. I’m grateful beyond words.
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“No one closes this book unchanged. It ennobles desires. It releases dreams.”

Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor at Drew University and George Fox University, and Chief Contributor to Sermons.com

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“More than ever, we crave spiritual leadership not from academics in ivory towers but from battle-tested disciples in the trenches. This is the trusted counselor we find in Mary DeMuth. With wisdom and experience and tenderness and beauty, she leads us closer to Jesus in Everything—through despair, past fear, beyond control, and all the way to surrender.“

—Jen Hatmaker, best-selling author of Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

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 “In Everything, Mary DeMuth gives an honest and touching account of the journey she has taken to bring her out of despair and into God’s glory. She embraces her vulnerabilities and flaws as stepping stones that have shaped her into a mighty woman of God. This book is an amazing testimony of the power of Jesus Christ to transform lives. I would highly recommend this book to believers new and old who are in need of a fresh perspective on their circumstances.”

—Pastor Matthew Barnett, cofounder of the Dream Center

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“Let’s be honest. Most of us who follow Christ are holding back. We want Christ but are convinced we’ll miss something if we surrender everything. In this challenging but tender book, Mary DeMuth invites us to give Him everything in order to experience Him as Everything. In the end, it is the only course that will satisfy our deepest longings.”

—Michael Hyatt, New York Times best-selling author and former CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers

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“Mary DeMuth asks us . . . to live fully vulnerable, honest and raw with head, heart, and hands as we give our lives to a God who takes our failures and creates successes, our mistakes and makes them into growth and our worries into capabilities. Mary welcomes us to live this ‘everything life’ by telling her stories in beautiful snapshots of a real and accessible life.”

—Sarah Markley, blogger, freelance writer, and speaker to women and couples

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“In Everything, Mary takes us back to the heart of our faith. She reminds us what it means to surrender everything in order to gain everything; in order to gain true freedom. Mary’s message is central to the life of a Jesus follower, and it’s a message we need not forget.”

—Sarah Mae, coauthor of Desperate

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“Mary DeMuth beautifully weaves theology with poetry, which makes this book hard to put down. I was struck by the brilliance of her thoughts and overwhelmed by the power of her words. Everything is an honest, passionate account of one soul’s thirst for God, and reading it will stir up your hunger—and then satisfy you.”

—Jeff Goins, author of Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life

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“Mary DeMuth has written a book about my life message: what it means to be a true follower of Jesus. With her great storytelling, personal vulnerability and scriptural insights she leads us to the paradox of life and eternity: Jesus asks us to give EVERYTHING to Him. And then He turns around and gives us EVERYTHING—and more—that we could ever need or desire. What a trade! I’ll take it.”

—Judy Douglass, author, speaker, encourager, Office of the President, Campus Crusade for Christ International (Cru)

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“I judge a book’s impact based on how much I underline as I read. Everything has something underlined on nearly every page. It is a book filled with wisdom, yet written from a vulnerable heart.”

—Marybeth Whalen, author of The Guest Book, She Makes It Look Easy and The Mailbox; founder of SheReads.org

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“Mary is a fresh and needed voice. She writes with clarity in an engaging style that draws you into the core of what life and faith are all about. Mary brings a fresh perspective to living out faith in the details of everyday life that is both challenging and inspiring. I highly recommend Everything. Your walk with Christ—and your life—may never be the same.

—Carey Nieuwhof, author of Leading Change Without Losing it and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, lead pastor of Connexus Church

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Everyone should read Everything. Well, anyone interested in deepening their relationship with and increasing their faith in Jesus Christ, at least. With razor-sharp storytelling and life-lived, Spirit-infused wisdom, DeMuth offers hope and encouragement and a path toward everything God intends for us.”

—Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Grumble Hallelujah

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Everything is refreshing, exciting, convicting, and encouraging. ‘The Gospel is much more than a progressive list of improvement tactics,’ says Mary DeMuth. Jesus meets us at those points in life where reality interrupts. So much of our self-talk is toxic and coming from others who are living in our heads—rent free! God accepts us and wants us to practice radical self-acceptance. Everything is life-changing at the very core of our being.”

—Mick Ukleja, Ph.D, consultant, speaker, coach, and author of several books, including Who Are You? What Do You Want? Four questions that will change your life, Managing The Millennials, and The Ethics Challenge. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center

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Everything is everything you could ask for in a personal primer on how to walk closely with Christ. Mary’s encouraging and thought-prompting words point us to the One who models how to think, who we are and how best to live. No cookie cutter spiritual answers here—just pure inspiration for forging a close walk with Jesus in the midst of the mess of life.”

—Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Speakers, author of six books, including Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith

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“I have no doubt that God will use Mary DeMuth to reach millions as she speaks the truth we so desperately need to keep our spirits sensitive to everything God is and our hearts thankful for everything God provides.”

—Allison Bottke, founder of SANITY Support and author of the Setting Boundaries book series, including the best-selling Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children and Setting Boundaries with Food

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“Everyone who knows Mary agrees on these two things: She’s real in her writing and relentless in the way she runs after her Savior. She’s exactly the person to write a book about an all-in relationship with Jesus. With raw honesty, Mary opens up her story and invites you in to learn what God has shown her. And with gritty grace she helps you embrace your own story, to believe it can be redeemed. Read and be reminded that God is abundantly able to set you free to be everything He intended you to be.”

—Susie Larson, radio host of Live the Promise and author of The Uncommon Woman and Your Beautiful Purpose

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“Mary DeMuth knows how to speak to women in the ways our souls desperately need. She has learned a valuable secret—that surrender is what truly leads to victory. By giving all we have, we gain more than we can even imagine. Mary’s voice, heart, and passion for Jesus will guide you into greater freedom and joy on these pages.”

—Holley Gerth, best-selling author of You’re Already Amazing

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“With an abundance of Scripture and excellent discussion questions, Mary DeMuth’s book Everything makes for a perfect small group book study. Mary’s storytelling style with a depth of life experiences kept me engaged throughout. Mary is gifted with much wisdom.”

—Mark Randall, chaplain of Athletes in Action and ordained minister at Evangelical Church Alliance

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“In her book, Everything, Mary DeMuth speaks with a strong voice and a sound theology. With every chapter, she simply points us to the fullness of Jesus in all things. She writes like a friend, like a fellow struggler and straggler and I find myself nodding the whole way through—a perfect book to put in the “truths I don’t want to forget” section of your library.

—Emily P. Freeman, author of Grace for the Good Girl

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“I always learn from a person who pulls the shades up on their life; shares the struggles, the growth, the lessons with courage. Mary DeMuth does this, in her book, Everything. There is so much truth in the pages . . . so much Jesus. I say with full confidence that for all her writing, this is Mary’s best non-fiction work yet.”

—Lisa Whittle, Compassion advocate, speaker, and author of {w}hole and Behind Those Eyes

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“As a fan of Mary DeMuth, I was hoping Everything would inspire and challenge me. It did that, but it went deeper. Mary’s words touched wounds in my heart I hadn’t realized were there and brought healing to ragged places. I read the whole book in less than a week, and I’m pretty sure 1/4 of every page is highlighted. The book went with me on an out-of-state retreat and I shared meaningful passages with friends. This is a book that will remain on my bookshelf—one I’ll refer to often. I’m so thankful to Mary for sharing her heart and reminding me of all the ways to allow Jesus to be my EVERYTHING. Loved this book!”

—Tricia Goyer, author of 32 books, including Blue Like Play Dough

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“Mary DeMuth knows both the cost and the joy of making Jesus her everything. With humility and transparency, she combines personal stories, practical suggestions, and solid biblical teaching to inspire readers to do the same. I highly recommend this book to anyone who longs for the adventure, the depth, and the fulfillment that wholehearted devotion to Christ brings.

—Grace Fox, international speaker, national codirector of International Messengers Canada, and author of Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation

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“When Mary DeMuth writes, we pay attention. Why? Because Mary writes about struggles that lie close to the heart of Everyman. She wrestles with the same things we wrestle with . . . things like ‘giving every part of our lives—everything—to Jesus.’ It is her vulnerability that woos us to come alongside her on this journey toward an everything kind of life.”

—Missy Buchanan, coauthor with Robin Roberts (Good Morning America), My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith

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“If you’re ready to live wholeheartedly for God, releasing all you have and all you are, Mary DeMuth is the doula whose wise and beautiful words will draw you into life that really is life.”

—Margot Starbuck, author of Small Things With Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor

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“Mary DeMuth writes, ‘Without a changed heart, our lives become elaborate stage productions, easily dismantled after the show.’ It’s such a common way to live. But living this way, our hearts rarely grow. In Everything, DeMuth weaves words, verses, and stories to show us how to grow and truly live, how to give and gain a wholehearted life in Christ.

—Rachel Olsen, author of It’s No Secret and coauthor of My One Word: Change Your Life with Just One Word

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“Mary DeMuth writes with a raw honesty that invites you to bring your own pain and secrets out of hiding and into the light so that you may be healed. Her words fall like healing balm on wounded hearts as she seeks to bring you to the freedom she knows herself. Everything needs to have a place in the library of every Christian I know. Read this book—it will change you for the better.”

—Shannon Primicerio, author & speaker

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“The message of Everything is both all-encompassing command and incomparable promise: If you want everything Jesus has to offer, release everything to Him. That is both the challenge and the beauty of the exchange. The beauty of Mary DeMuth is she doesn’t invite us to the Everything life without first living it herself.

—Michele Cushatt, speaker and author

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“Author Mary DeMuth has the uncanny ability to connect quickly and deeply with both the human side of our emotions and the Spirit side of the Truth. Everything gives readers the permission to have real conversations about a real faith. There is no sugar-coating of trials or pasting on the fake, church smile. Mary gives each of us license to admit when things are hard and follows it up with encouragement to keep walking. This book met me in brokenness and walked with me into healing. “

—Allison Johnston, speaker and life coach, allisonjohnston.org, @raisingthedead

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“Mary DeMuth writes with transparency and grace. She uncompromisingly shares her own difficulties and life experiences. Everything exposes the lies we believe about suffering. It is only through the crucible of pain that we grow and mature in our spiritual walk. This is a must read for every Christian.”

—Pilar Arsenec, writer at ordinaryservant.com

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“Have we really given everything to Jesus? In Everything, Mary DeMuth shows us how to be proactive in our own growth and learn to view everything we have been given as a gift. She helps us understand that self-awareness and learning to live more like Jesus every day is the path to remarkable growth. She illuminates the way to a life where He is our Everything.”

—Tammy Helfrich, blogger

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“A cascade of words rush into my mind when I think about this remarkable book: Real, motivating, insightful, powerful, encouraging. Mary writes with amazing grace and truth. I tend to measure a book’s value by how much I’ve highlighted. I went through two highlighters on this one! If you want to understand what it takes for Jesus to be your everything, then Everything is a must read.”

–Kurt Bubna, lead pastor of Eastpoint Church

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“Jesus is everything. In this upside down view of the Christian walk, Mary DeMuth dispels the myth that Christian growth results from a try harder life. To experience radical change, we need a relational transformation—of our head, heart, and hands. Every person longing for freedom from performance Christianity should read this book.”

—Shannon Milholland, author and speaker

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“In her latest release, Everything, Mary DeMuth graciously uncovers the mystery of giving God everything. According to Mary, when we give God our everything . . . our head, our heart, our hands, He then becomes our everything in what we think, who we are, and how we live. Our everything matters when our very lives become everything about Him!”

—Heidi Kreider, author of The Secret of Counting Gifts

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“Tear this book into thirds, to manage the process of giving EVERYTHING to Jesus: head, heart, and hands . . . you WILL need a highlighter! Mary fearlessly exposes herself, documenting her own emotional and spiritual weaknesses while she learned to let go. You can’t examine Mary’s stories without feeling introspective and contemplative about your own past, and hopeful for your future.”

—Lee Smith, naturopath, food safety expert, and author of Coffee: Friend or Enema?

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“Mary DeMuth challenges us to let go of everything that separates us from Christ in order to receive everything Christ longs to give us. Every Christian needs her insights on the way worry about money separates us from the joy of Christ’s rich provision. Readers will find they can’t wait for the next page, but they will nonetheless linger on the current one, savoring each word. This book is destined to become a classic for Christian study groups and individuals who want to nourish and energize their relationship with Christ.”

—Katherine Harms, author of Oceans of Love

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“Everything is a book that takes you places you may not have wanted to go, and leaves you grateful for having taken the trip. Mary DeMuth’s gentleness cushions the ride, but she doesn’t avoid the bumps along the road in leading us to understand true surrender. It’s not just a book to read. It’s a journey to live.”

—Christa Allan, author of Walking on Broken Glass, Edge of Grace, and Love Finds You in New Orleans Louisiana