“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” –Colossians 3:12
That verse is God’s call to a spiritual makeover, says Kelly Minter, an invitation to take off undesirable character traits and entangling emotions and put on the character of Christ. But how does that work in real life? The key, according to Minter in The Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ, is to let the Master Designer do the fitting for you. This honest and relatable book stitches together Bible study and personal stories with warm encouragement.
Writing with her trademark dry humor and sharp insight, Minter gives us more than just descriptions of what the Christian virtues are and moves us past the “try harder” guilt trips to show how Christ forms these virtues in us as we cooperate with Him. What does it mean to authentically forgive in the face of deep wounds? How can we wear humility apart from weakness? How can we discover deep peace in our hurried lives? The Fitting Room explores these questions and more as it calls you to a life of beautiful integrity and strong character—relying on the Master Designer to make that possible.
There are no gimmicks here, just an irresistible invitation to a spiritual makeover as Minter urges readers to put on the life that truly was meant for them, personally tailored by the One who knows and loves them best. “Our dress is an expression of ourselves, a statement of our personalities or moods. We dress up, we dress down, we dress for comfort, we kill ourselves in high heels to dress for style, we dress for the weather, we dress for others, we dress for ourselves. But what about the dress of our souls? What about the way our character clothes us? And our character does clothe us,” writes Minter.
The Fitting Room offers welcome hope to the reader who is weary of duty-bound religion when it comes to the Christian virtues. By honestly exploring the power of Christ to live these virtues through us, the reader will walk away relieved of legalism and hopeful for change. The Fitting Room calls the reader to a life defined by the Christian virtues, with an unrelenting emphasis on the grace of God to accomplish this in each of us.
About the Author: Kelly Minter is a singer/worship leader, a recording artist, a popular speaker, and the author of two books (Water into Wine and No Other Gods) and three Bible studies (No Other Gods, Ruth, and Hannah’s One Wish). Among her CDs is one based on insights from her Bible study on Ruth. Minter resides in Nashville, TN.