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Wish I read this book years ago!
May 10, 2012
Just finished reading this two nights ago and I felt as if the author and I were separated at birth! While our situations were different, our feelings and attitudes were the same. This is a must read book if you are putting everyone's wants before your own, feel guilty about saying "no" because you feel as a Christian you should always be "on", or because you're just plain worn out and don't know who you are anymore because you've become an extension of someone else. I enjoyed this book because the author didn't write this book with a bunch of psychobabble and useless information just to fill pages. She got right to the important points. Loved it!
I Quit! Stop Pretending Everything is Fine and Change your Life
This book is for those who think they have to live two lives: the Christian one and the other one. This book is for those who think they have to put on a Christian faÃ§ade. This book is for those who think the Christian life is all about sacrifice. This book is for those who think the Christian life is fake. I also think this book is for adults with self-esteem issues.
I originally saw this book advertized in a MOPs magazine. When it became available free on Kindle, I downloaded it. While the things Scazzero was doing as a pastor's wife and mother, she did them because she had to and she felt should "rather than a gift freely given. [She] mistakenly believed [she] didn't have a choice." All of us can get burned out doing things we think we should, because other people think we should, or because we think we have to. This book is about identifying falsehoods, errors in thinking, while identifying God's call on our life and reclaiming our identity in Christâ€”the person God has called us to be.
Some have commented that this book does not show a balanced view between sacrifice and putting others first while saying no when necessary and appropriate. Some have commented that this book is too personal and the author vents and rants too much like a therapy session. I will agree that some of her examples and comments seem a little over the top. But rarely can you take 100% of a self-help type book and apply it exactly as the author describes. We are different people with different circumstances. Glean what you can and apply as best fits your situation.
I could relate to many of the examples Scazzero cited as well as the warning signs she mentions. Bottom lineâ€”the author is trying to communicate that we shouldn't be so worried about what others think of us to completely ignore all our wants and needs and be fake just to make others happy. If we are unhappy, we need to identify whyâ€”this alone could be difficult and be a bigger, deeper issue than what it would seem.
I also think this is the best book I have read that can help adults with self-esteem issues.
When you reach your end and want to stop pretending and performing in order to earn approval, keep them from getting mad, 'don't rock the ship', be a good and quiet and dutiful Christian etc..... read this and do the suggested activities...really just stop and think and write down real thoughts in response to the questions. My life has changed forever. Thank you God.
The book is great. I so appreciate that I was able to read it for free. So, thank you! The ereader was difficult to use. Maybe I don't understand how it works but navigation backwards and forwards was tedious.