A cross between a self-help book, a call to action and a sermon, Gwaltney’s Christian-themed book recounts how she turned her life around through her acceptance of Jesus Christ.
In this slim volume full of advice, Gwaltney targets those who come from poor backgrounds. She does not believe that one has to be a victim of modest means; the disadvantaged can find fulfillment by turning to the church and God. Gwaltney states, “If he cleaned me up, I know that God can do the same for you, because he is the potter and we are the clay.” Despite the conversational tone of the book, at times it sounds a bit preachy. The spiritual advice ultimately centers on one common, conventional concept: become surrounded by God. The author suggests reading the Bible daily, choosing entertainment that has substance, turning to God during confusing times and becoming a soldier for the Lord. Gwaltney is most compelling when she tells her own story. For the first 27 years of her life, she says, “I devoted 85 percent of my time enjoying the things in the world and 15 percent in recognizing God as the source of my life.” She lived for the night life of discos. Two major events changed her trajectory: a foot injury that landed her in the hospital and a robbery. During her time in the hospital, Gwaltney realized the depths of her sins, but it wasn’t until she was robbed that she recognized that God had always been with her. From there, Gwaltney submitted to her true calling, began ministering to others and entered Bible school. In more practical ways, Gwaltney offers faith-based tips on jobs and marriage. Using her own failed marriage as an example, the author notes that God should be at the center of every marriage if it’s to be successful. For those open to instilling God more fully in their lives, Gwaltney’s book may give some inspiration.
Offers general, timeworn advice.