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Sunday, September 2, 2012
In her bestseller Made to Crave, Bible-teacher Lysa TerKeurst shared her struggles with what went into her mouth and how her food choices were based on her emotions. Now in Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, she focuses on what comes out in her speech. Sharing from her own experience, Lysa observes how many women hold their feelings inside, until circumstances reach a crisis and we explode, speaking in anger and saying words we'll regret later. In a very real way, we can come unglued and lose control of our emotions.
But there is hope for women who desire healing for their emotions. Without offering pat answers or simple solutions, Lysa brings insight to help women resolve conflict in healthy ways and improve communication with those whom you're in close relationship. Discover what it means to "renew your mind" in Biblical and practical ways.
Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl was my introduction to Lysa Terkeurst, and that book really impacted my relationship with God. Then there was Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food which helped me to see how my relationship with food was a symptom of problems I had with my relationship with God. In this book, Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions , Lysa addresses our emotions, or rather our desire to not let them control us. And again this book has helped me to draw closer to God.
I love Lysa's honesty throughout all of her writings. She doesn't preach at you, but rather shares real stories about having been there. She comes unglued on her daughter not realizing that she has pocket dialed her pastor and he can hear it all, she cleans her house for company only to have company arrive and aks, "Lysa, where's the toilet seat for the kids' bathroom?" She is downright honest, which makes it so much easier to hear that we need to change, and opens us up to her suggestions. After all, if this gal who has similar unglued experiences can progress towards wise choices, why can't we?
And that's what this book is about, progress not perfection. Lysa keeps it real here too. Rather than tell us we will have a new us by Friday she tells us that we aren't going to get it right quickly, not if we want it to stick. We are aiming for imperfect progress, where our steps forward are greater than our steps back, because we will have steps backwards. No shortcut to happily ever after in this book, but I don't want the sugary sweet your life is going to be complete in 5 easy steps version. I want truth, I want to know that when I mess up it doesn't mean the game is over.
So if you have ever felt like sometimes your emotions control you rather than the other way around, grab this book and start reading. At best you will start on your own path to imperfect progress, at worst you spent $10 on a book that you can turn around and sell on ebay!
If you are interested in reading Unglued as part of an online Bible study, stop over at www.MelissaTaylor.org and sign up! Study begins September 23, 2012
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