I am still reading Lisa's book, and have a personal bias that is favorable toward Lisa because I have heard her speak. I love her humor, her zeal, her willingness to embrace the "bigness" of God's plan for our lives! I totally relate in that, while I HAVE learned to say "no" in order to say "yes" to the places/ways the Lord points me to that best utilize the gifts He has given me, I can be "overextended" as well. I DO "mostly love it," though, because I believe God has called us to give ourselves away to others in service to Him. It was refreshing to hear that it is OKAY to stretch out of our comfort zones for the sake of the Gospel, when what we most often hear is "how to say 'no'" when something or someone asks something of us that requires self-sacrifice. Lisa's words and life show that God uses the personalities and temperments He gives each of us for His purposes...and we extroverts need and want LOTS of interaction with people, and often thrive on throwing ourselves into many involvements!
The title of this book captured my attention as soon as I read it! Most of us feel overextended! Lisa will have you laughing one minute, crying the next and falling deeper in love with Jesus while realizing that He is enough to get us through any season of life! A must read!
Overextended . . . and loving most of it! by Lisa Harper is an unusual book. It wasn't what I expected, but I was thankful for the opportunity to read this book.
Most of the book is autobiographical; it's Lisa's account of the past year, a year full of devastating heartache and unexpected challenges. She truly was overextended, as the book says, yet she found ways to keep on going, doing all that God called her to do. She uses her story to tell us what she learned. She does this by scattering brief Bible studies and life insights throughout the book, worked into the story at relevant points. Chapter 4, Blasting through Burnout, gives readers a simple, step-by-step acrostic to use whenever they feel overwhelmed. Quotes by well-respected writers and church leaders enhance the content of each chapter.
In the final chapter of the book, Lisa includes a prayer for herself and her readers. I think this part of her prayer most clearly sums up the intent of the book:
Lord Jesus, . . . If anyone besides my immediate family reads this, please use this imperfect prose to help rip off the unnecessary burdens they're lugging around as well. I pray they will be light enough to take whatever leap of faith you've called them to.
As Lisa continues living her overextended life, which now includes the blessing of an adopted daughter from Haiti, I'll be whispering prayers for her, and others like her, whenever God brings this book and its lessons to mind--whenever I feel overwhelmed. The insights Lisa shared through her experiences will help me with this.
I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of Overextended for this honest review.
Lisa Harper talks about how a lot of us like to burn the candle at both ends, but actually love it that way. We aren't the ones complaining that our schedules are too full.
She weaves funny stories about her own life with Biblical knowledge and expresses how being pulled in every direction -- emotionally AND physically can actually be a blessing. I really liked her approach and her writing style and this one was the perfect quick read for me.
The stories in the book will especially appeal to moms looking to adopt or going through the adoption process, but I'm not and I still enjoyed it and felt it was relevant.
I first heard Lisa Harper speak at the Women of Faith conference in Columbus, OH this past August. I immediately connected with her and found her utterly fascinating. Her knowledge of the Gospel and her excitement in sharing it are contagious.
Thus, I was very pleased to see Lisa's newest book Overextended... and Loving Most of It: The Unexpected Joy of Being Harried, Heartbroken, and Hurling Oneself Off Cliffs available to review. The name of the book caught my eye at first glance. I think the complicated title points to the reality that life is complicated and often we make it even more complicated by the activities and events that we commit to. But, Lisa's book takes "complicated" and "overextended" and connects them with Gospel truth about being all-out for the glory of the Lord, even when times are tough.
Throughout the text (and amidst the hilarious stories), Lisa encourages and challenges us to: love bigger, fear smaller, and run headlong into the arms of Jesus. I appreciate Lisa challenging us to do things that aren't easy. I love how she talks about her own fears, struggles, and tough situations -- admitting that she doesn't have an "easy" life. And I very much enjoyed the tone of her book. This may have something to do with the fact that I've heard her speak in person, but I could really hear Lisa's passion and love for other fellow believers (especially women!) coming to life on the pages. I certainly encourage anyone and everyone to read her book (and - attend the Women of Faith conference if you have the opportunity to do so!).