Human nature, along with social media and other cultural influences, urges people today to have their own truth, find and sustain their own strength and security, and so many other self-centered goals. People who succeed may seem to be soaring based on any or all of these. Even within the church, Christians can turn to a practical deism, pride, and legalism to “soar” with personal success, or at least to feel that they’re soaring. Holly shows through personal experience, Scripture, and the insights of others that when we are soaring based on any of these, God graciously sends humiliation and suffering to deflate, correct, shatter, and ground us. When we respond humbly to this shattering, we are set free to be joyful, loving, humble, effective servants of Jesus Christ.
Holly Stratton and her husband, Richard, have been involved in discipleship ministry in local church and Christian education settings for several decades. Holly describes herself as "a flawed woman waging war on her sin and her flesh amidst steady sovereign sanctification, falling before the throne of grace." She maintains a blog at lifehurts.us.