Editor's note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Holley Gerth's new book, You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be (Revell, 2012).

How often have you fallen short of perfection and let the frustration you feel make you think you’re inadequate? How many times have you compared yourself with other women and felt badly about yourself? How frequently have you wondered whether you really have what it takes to fulfill God’s purposes for your life, or even just to survive in this fallen world that’s full of disappointment?

If you’re like many women, you’ve likely felt that way plenty of times. But from God’s perspective, even once is too much. That’s because, in God’s eyes, you’re an amazing woman.

Seeing yourself the way God does is the key to living the way He wants you to live. In the process, you’ll learn to embrace who you are so you can become all God created you to be. Here’s how:

Get to know yourself. Ask God to show you more about the person He made you to be. Find your strengths: personal characteristics that you can use on behalf of God in service to others (from being creative to being resilient). Find your skills: specific ways of expressing your strengths that build up other people and benefit God’s kingdom (from encouraging to planning). Reflect on the relationships in your life, from your closest friends and family members to your casual acquaintances. Consider which types of people you may be best wired to serve (those you feel especially drawn to, those you’re at your best with, those you feel the most compassion for, and those that your unique strengths and skills seem to help). Recognize that your distinctive set of personal characteristics is just as sacred as anyone else’s, because God made you and others in His image.

Replace lies you’ve believed with biblical truth. Let go of lies that don’t reflect what the Bible says is true, like these lies: “I have to be perfect,” “I need to be more like someone else,” “I don’t have anything to offer,” “Being confident will make me prideful and selfish,” and “I am who others say I am.” Keep in mind that there is no condemnation in Christ. So whenever a condemning thought enters your mind or someone communicates condemnation to you, realize that it’s not true. God Himself has the ultimate say about who you are: and He says that you’re unconditionally loved and incredibly valuable. Memorize specific Bible verses that describe how much God loves and values you, so you can replace untrue thoughts with true thoughts whenever necessary.

Listen to God rather than your emotions. What you feel can seem right and real, but when your emotions don’t line up with what God says about how you should view Him, yourself, and other people, you can’t trust them. Your emotions are constantly changing as you react to different circumstances, but God’s truth remains the same, no matter what. Don’t suppress your emotions; feel them freely, because God made you an emotional being. But also test them to discern whether they’re leading you closer to God or farther from Him. Only those emotions that lead you closer to God reflect an accurate perspective on your circumstances. If your emotions are leading you to do something that will distance you from God, they reflect wrong thinking that’s out of touch with reality. Always choose to do what’s right, despite what you happen to feel at the time.