I like to start my day with a quiet time that includes cup of something warm along with a reading of a daily devotional. In Unglued the author gives plenty of personal experience and turns it into practical advice that is thought provoking and relatable. Easy to read, enjoy and learn from without being preachy. This is a devotional that I will reach for again.
Have you ever felt as though you were just going to come unglued at the seams?...maybe you have actually come unglued with a co-worker, spouse, child(ren) Lysa has 60 days of insight on getting imperfect progress. She takes the everyday blow up events and turns them into spiritual growing experiences. She comes with inside perspective of mother, wife and woman. She knows first hand what it is like to come unglued and then regret it. Lysa TerKeurst shares biblical insights, personal anecdotes, and practical advice on how to make "wise choices in the midst of raw emotions."
a copy of this book was provided by Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.
Today"s review is of Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress by Lysa TerKeurst. I'm not usually the "devotional" type. I prefer to just read through the Scripture. But, when I read the description of this book on Booksneeze, I decided I'd give it a try. It was a topic that interested me, and I really got a lot out of the devotional!
Here is how Lysa describes the book: "As we venture through these pages and apply what we learn, we are going to gain more peace, honesty, and connection in our closest relationships. You are not trapped by the emotional cycles of your past. Hope for change is rising!"
I really need that hope, as I often do feel trapped by my emotional cycles. At first I thought that "unglued" was referring to just losing your cool or your patience in anger. But Lysa shows that coming unglued is losing self-control because of all kinds of different situations: insecurity, fear, hurt, feeling compared, weakness, depression, worry, parenting or marriage problems, or even getting a nasty email from someone! I truly desire to have a more self-controlled life and to come "unglued" much less often. I know this book will help me.
I read it through quickly to do this review. But starting tomorrow, I'm just going to read one devotion a day and meditate on God's word and Lysa's thoughts throughout the day. Each day has the following: A Scripture verse, thought of the day, 2-3 pages of the devotion, and a closing prayer. Most days share a story and give very practical tips on what to do to improve.
Here are some of my favorite parts: She gives a plan for dealing with the crazy situations BEFORE they happen so you can react to them calmly. She gives a great outline for how to respond to a mean email (if indeed you need to respond). She lists some wonderful verses for including in notes to people. She helps us realize that the true aim of our anger should be at Satan, not the people in our life who anger us. 1 Peter 5:8-9 says "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith." Don't let Satan win in those stressful moments. Resist him!
So, in conclusion I recommend this book to moms who would like to get rid of "unglued" moments in their lives. As you read through it and apply it to your life, you'll make imperfect progresss! And I pray I will, too!
If you are looking for a short read for each day, this book is great. I found that Lysa's examples really hit home for me and her scriptures and word for the day were very encouraging. I only wish she would've elaborated more on each topic, but I understand it was a devotional so there was no room for that. Guess I'll have to buy the original book, Unglued, as this devotional is based on it.
This companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger, and regret.
I have not read Unglued but I don't think you need to read it to understand the devotional. The devotional's purpose is to help keep women from becoming emotionally unglued. The author tries to encourage women to refrain from stuffing their emotions or exploding. Each day begins with a Bible verse and "Thought for the Day" then progresses to whatever she has to say for the day (a.k.a. the devotion) and it ends with a prayer.
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