Losing the Fig Leaf

“Power, Possessions, Productivity, Perfectionism, Pretence, Pastimes... Where are you hiding?”

Nicki Copeland

ISBN: 9781909728325

166 Pages

Published Oct 2015

Christian Life

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Do you ever yearn to be free? Do you ever feel as if you’re hiding your true self? Do you long to throw off the covers and live life in glorious fullness?

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 by their desire for independence when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Ashamed, they fled to veil themselves from God and from each other, hiding among the garden’s trees and covering themselves with fig leaves.

And we are still hiding today, though some of the things we veil ourselves with may look a little different. In Losing the Fig Leaf, Nicki Copeland considers how we hide ourselves 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 from among the trees and embrace the abundant life God has planned for you!

  • This book exposes the great need of the human heart with gentleness and tenderness whilst at the same time exposing our desperate need of a better vision of God and of ourselves. Nicki calls us to step away from the things we hide behind and allow ourselves to be vulnerable before God once again. She reminds us that His gaze may be penetrating but He is never dismissive or uncaring. Her 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
  • In Losing the Fig Leaf, Nicki Copeland brings together her personal experiences of dealing with low self-esteem and lack of confidence, and her personal revelation of the knowledge of a deep, healing love of God experienced through the study of Scripture, prayer, and listening to the Spirit. 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 Gods eyes.

    Dr Lucy Peppiatt, Principal, Westminster Theological Centre
  • A beautifully honest and biblical exploration of a journey out of hiding into fullness of life as a child of God. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nicki Copeland's careful exegesis on Genesis 1–3 and her understanding of its place within the wider biblical narrative of God's redemption and restoration forms the basis of a book that is rich in applied theology. 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
  • Nicki Copeland explores the ways we hide with a gentle, authentic manner. 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. John 1:12 in The Message describes the God-begotten as those who believed and were "made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves". Nicki's book is a gentle, authentic companion through this faith journey.

    Holly Sprink, author of Faith Postures and Spacious
  • 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 Regional Director (London and East) and Vicar of All Saints Woodford Wells

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