Adam and Eve were made perfect in the image of God, joyously free to delight in life with Him and with one another. But this image was distorted and this freedom lost when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Ashamed, they fled to hide themselves from God and from each other, concealing themselves among the garden’s trees and covering themselves with fig leaves.
And we are still hiding today. In Losing the Fig Leaf, Nicki Copeland considers how we hide behind the six Ps of power and possessions, productivity and perfectionism, pretence and pastimes. Drawing on biblical wisdom and personal experience, she shows in practical ways how you can throw off your fig leaves, come out of hiding and embrace the abundant life God has planned for you!
[Nicki's] words ooze with hopefulness. Hopefulness grounded in the beauty of a God who lovingly crafted each one of us for intimacy and longingly searches for us. She paints a picture of God with her words which reverberates deeply within the human heart. We see in her words a Father who yearns for intimacy with us and who will stop at nothing to pursue us. Her invitation to vulnerability is offered out of a life that has learned the beauty and the transformation that flows from allowing God into every area of our lives. This book moved me, challenged me, inspired me and encouraged me, but most of all it reminded me that God is deeply, deeply committed to His people and longs to hear us say, "Yes" to His staggering invitation to intimacy. I cannot commend it highly enough.
Malcolm Duncan, author, Senior Pastor of Gold Hill Baptist Church and Chairman of Spring Harvest Planning Group
Nicki’s powerful vulnerability and insightful scriptural undergirding speaks so relevantly to us today. Her story, woven through the pages, enables us to be real with ourselves, find a way to lose the fig leaf and to live in the fullness of Christ’s freedom.
Anne Calver, Baptist minister and author
Spiritual growth comes from taking our identity from God rather than from any other source. In this powerful book, Nicki helps us understand the security we have in God's love so we can face Him, each other and ourselves… and grow into the people we were always meant to be!
Paul Harcourt, New Wine National Leader and Vicar of All Saints’ Woodford Wells
This is a scrupulously honest book, full of spiritual insight and wise advice. It will speak to many who are longing to know and understand more of their worth in God’s eyes.
Dr Lucy Peppiatt, Principal, Westminster Theological Centre
Within these pages Nicki offers her reader a compelling invitation to step away from the things they hide behind and discover the inheritance that we each have in God.
Lindsay Melluish, pastor, therapist, speaker, author
Personal and practical, thoughtful and thought-provoking, Losing the fig leaf shares the lessons learned from a life lived humbly, honestly and purposefully, in relationship with the God of salvation.
Freddy Hedley, Fountain School of Theology and author of The God of Page One
Reading her book is like having a loving friend lead you into God's presence so you can become who He created you to be … Nicki's book is a gentle, authentic companion through this faith journey.
Holly Sprink, author of Faith Postures and Spacious
This is a fascinating book. It takes the ancient story of Adam and Eve and shows how relevant it is for today. Nicki names the "fig leaves" we hide behind and brings fresh insight to the struggles we experience in living the abundant life Jesus offers.
Lin Button, author and founder of Healing Prayer School
Every one of us is born with great potential. Our life experiences, personality and self-opinions shape who we become, and what we do with that potential. Some seem to effortlessly soar, while others are left grounded and feeling distinctly 'less than ordinary'.
Having struggled for much of her life with low self-esteem and lack of confidence, Nicki Copeland shares her personal journey into self-acceptance and growing belief in herself. She talks openly and honestly about some of the highs and lows of her life, and how she has begun to blossom into the person she has been uniquely created to be. Springtime can be a long time in coming, but it is all the more welcome for the wait!
Nicki ... demonstrates her courage in facing some of the aspects of her personality that once hindered her and would have continued to do so had she not first faced them and then braved writing about them here.
Lindsay Melluish, Associate Pastor, St Paul's Ealing
Easy to read, honest and thoughtful … Many women will relate to Nicki's feelings, and this book is a real encouragement to all.
It will build up your heart and help you learn to love yourself.
Caroline, full-time mum
This book is refreshingly honest and offers practical advice and wisdom.
Helen, charity accountant
Nicki's story has deeply moved me.
Clare, church ministry leader
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