Confessions of a Control Freak and hope for those who   know one  -     By: Priscilla Knox Morrison
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Harvest House Publishers / 2012 / Paperback

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There's nothing wrong with wanting the perfect house, perfect family, perfect finances, perfect life...until the desire for perfection takes over. In Confessions of a Control Freak, author Priscilla Knox Morrison offers practical advice, humorous personal illustrations, and faith-based research to help women overcome their need to be in charge.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0736946209
ISBN-13: 9780736946209
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Publisher's Description

There's nothing wrong with wanting the perfect house, perfect family, perfect finances, perfect life...until the desire for perfection takes over. For every woman who can't let go of control--and for those who live and work with them--comes Confessions of a Control Freak, by debut author Priscilla Knox Morrison. Through her patient teaching, readers will learn to...

  • let go of the need to be in charge
  • accept their limitations
  • trust God with the future
  • accept help from others
  • value people over reputation

Full of practical advice, humorous personal illustrations, and faith-based research, this book will help women overcome their need to be in charge, trust God to handle changing circumstances, and enjoy the people around them.

Author Bio

Priscilla Knox Morrison serves in a women's prison ministry, speaks at conferences and retreats on women's issues, and writes on topics related to these ministries. Priscilla enjoys entertaining, playing with her grandchildren, reading, crocheting, and walking in the woods on the Blue Ridge Mountains where she resides with her husband, Larry.

Editorial Reviews

"The desire to be in control is deeply imbedded in the human nature. The evidence can be seen in tyrant world leaders, crafty politicians, sly business people, and even the church secretary. But for a person to be a true representative of Christ, our human urge to control must be surrendered. Confessions of a Control Freak is a guide to move from needing to control the world around you to joyfully surrendering control to the God of the universe. If you are serious about your testimony for the Lord, make this book a part of your growing experience. Not only will it enhance your testimony, but also your joy and freedom in living for Christ."
--Simon Schrock, president, Choice Books of Northern Virginia

"It is difficult to live with a ‘control freak.' It is even more difficult to be one. In her honest, poignant, and often humorous confessions, Priscilla Morrison leads the way to true inner peace that offers hope for recovering control freak and a blessing to those who are called to love them."
--Bob Allums, director, A Praying Life Ministries and seeJesus Ministries

"Confessions of a Control Freak is a delightful read full of practical advice from a woman who knows her subject well. The personal illustrations are humorous and fun to read, and the faith-based advice Priscilla gives is very practical. This is a great book for every control freak who has come to the realization that control is just an illusion, and who wants to learn how to trust God and enjoy people."
--Beth Moorhead, Counseling Ministries, Wayzata Free Church

"Priscilla Morrison has written a wonderfully honest, insightful, and practical book on the epidemic of trying (with good intent) to obsessively control our lives and the lives of those around us. She confronts the personal, social, and spiritual dynamics of wanting to be the creator rather than the created. Confessions of a Control Freak is a valuable resource for identifying some of our unhealthy compulsions and then living life with greater freedom and delight."
--Robert A. Fryling, author of The Leadership Ellipse: Shaping How We Lead by Who We Are

"Priscilla Morrison writes honestly about the destructive pattern of control in her relationship to her husband and children. She writes compellingly of how God used His Word, prayer, family and friends to uncover and ultimately bring sanity and healing in her life. It is a truly helpful guide for those who see this same pattern and want guidance on how to change."
--Rose Marie Miller, author of From Fear to Freedom

"Confessions of a Control Freak touched my heart and awakened in me a new desire to let go and allow God to do His work in His way. It is often so hard, but Priscilla in her humorous and gentle way prods us to take our hands off the wheel of life and allow the Lord to guide and direct us and others around us. Her writing is clear and precise and is packed with Holy Spirit power that can bring change and hope for a new way forward."
--Kevin G. Dyer, PhD, founder, International Teams

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  1. United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very helpful book
    August 3, 2012
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The author of this book is very open and straightforward about the subject of control. It is her writing style that makes this book interesting and helpful. She starts the book by giving us examples of what a control freak is. I think all women will see something that pertains to them, and maybe even all of the examples!

    Using the questions to judge yourself by, you find areas you need help on. Reading this book will show you how to work on those areas. You will delve into why you feel the need to control. You will ask why do I have this tendency? Is it because you want to be noticed? What about trying to impress others?

    The personal stories alone make this book worth reading. You will learn from her experiences and grow from her wise advice. The biggest piece of information to take away from this book is that no matter what is going on. God has a bigger plan. The author shows that we have to trust God in order to let go of whatever it is we are trying to control! I enjoyed this book and all of the stories she used to reiterate her points and therefore gave it a 5/5 stars.

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  2. New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You might be a control freak if...
    August 3, 2012
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Confessions of a Control Freak starts by giving us seven signs of a control freak:

    • nagging others

    • trying to orchestrate outcomes

    • butting into others' affairs

    • worrying about things beyond your control

    • feeling anxiety about the future

    • never feeling peaceful

    • needing everything to be in perfect order

    While I recognise that I may have a tendency to display any or all of these signs, I don't think I let these tendencies control me (although I could just be deluding myself).

    However, the author shows that control isn't all bad. There are times (especially as a parent or when in any leadership role at work or at church) that it is valid to be in control. Self-control and self-discipline are important. But there are times when our tendencies to control are signs of deeper issues that do need sorting, and the author does through her seven ‘confessions', which relate to common issues such as pride and worry.

    Some 'confessions' will be more applicable than others. They apply to the mildly managing as well as to the full-blown control freak, and can apply equally to men and women (although I suspect the tone will appeal more to the female reader). These are not quick fix answers - they are lessons the author has learnt over her lifetime as a pastor's wife and mother of six. The advice given comes from a strong Christian foundation, with a clear gospel message, and the answers are based in reading the Bible, and prayer.

    "Live intentionally. Rely on God's wisdom, not your own. Rely on His power to change what should be changed and to help you relinquish what you need to give up."

    In summary, whether we the control freak or we live with one, Priscilla Knox Morrison reminds us that God is in control. There is freedom in that truth. Recommended for anyone who has an issue with control.

    Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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