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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Stressed-Less Living: Finding God's Peace in Your Chaotic World

Stressed-Less Living: Finding God's Peace in Your Chaotic World
Stressed-Less Living: Finding God's Peace in Your Chaotic World by Tracie Miles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I began reading this book in preparation for a Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study with Melissa Taylor. The publisher was kind enough send me a copy of the book for review purposes.

To be honest, I did not really feel that my life was all that stressed or chaotic before reading this. I am blessed to be a stay at home mom and although finances are tight we still manage to live within our means. There really isn't a lot of chaos in my world. Then I began reading and learning of the ways that stress can become a part of our normal.

First you have to get through the first chapter or two. This is the only reason I didn't rate the book higher. They are long, and Tracie Miles writing in these chapters kind of makes you feel like an outsider looking. She gives very brief and abstract descriptions of the circumstances in her life and as I reader I never really connected with her because of that. However, don't let that keep you from continuing through the book. There is a lot of great information here.

Tracie guides us from realizing that our stress is a result of our choices, to the physical and emotional effects of stress (many of which I never knew) to how to start giving it to God and embracing the peace He promises us. Each chapter includes reflection questions to help you evaluate your own life in relation to the chapter and begin to apply the teachings. Also includes are "Stress busting Scriptures", reminders of God's promises and tools to add to your stress busting arsenal.

By the end of the book I recognized some hidden stresses in my life like trying to be the wife and mother I read about online. And I learned how to let those hidden stressors go and allow God to lead me to be the wife and mother He has uniquely called me to be. Thanks Tracie!

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