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If you often find yourself struggling with the stresses of finances, health, career, relationships, self-image, or family, then this humor-filled volume is just what you need. With simple, practical tips for attaining the peace you crave—the peace that passes all understanding—you’ll discover healing, refreshment, and revitalization for your spirit, body, and mind.
Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including Too Blessed to Be Stressed, and More Beauty, Less Beast. She’s also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Anxiety, Worry? Not me! I'm Too Blessed to be StressedAugust 18, 2015debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Debs Dozen: Stress, Anxiety, WorryingNot Any More! Im Too Blessed to be Stressed!
Too Blessed to Be Stressed by Debora M. Coty is a delightful book written to teach us how to get the negatives of stress, anxiety, worry, etc., out of our lives. Short, winsome chapters all start with a Scripture quotation and end with a few questions to help us get our minds in order to put these ideas into practice. Ill whet your appetite for getting de-stressed with a few tidbits from the book.
From Gray: The New Blond: there are far too many other things to worry about [than gray hair]. And I should know; I latch on to vexation like a gator on a goose. Over the years I have honed the art of worry into a science. Ive systematically and diligently transformed molehills into mountains. Ive whipped pesky irritants into frothy, acetic colon-coaters and fretted over annoying burdens until they invaded my dreams. Can you relate?
From The Back Forty: Years, Not Acres: Wrinkles form in the dead of the night. You know, if I listen closely, I can hear my flesh creasing and crinkling when I pad to the bathroom in the wee hours. (It mustve been a woman who coined the phrase wee hours on a midnight potty run.) And There must be a way to use gravity to our advantage. Maybe ditching our bras would pull the wrinkles out of our faces. But then wed have to tuck our bosoms into our knee-highs to keep from tripping over them.
Humility Becomes You gives us this instruction on humility: My friend Rich, a teacher and father, has an infections attitude of humility. When teachers at the Christian school where he worked were told that budget cuts necessitated that staff assume janitorial duties, grumbling broke out among the ranks. During the protests and discussion that ensued, Rich quietly disappeared with the cleaning supplies. When discovered scrubbing toilets on his knees, Rich replied, Kneeling at this throne is no different than kneeling at Gods throneits all for His glory!
Nurturing Girlfriendsa very important de-stressor. [Talking about those runs in the wee hours] Girls bond over such dribble, er, I mean drivel. Yes, girlfriends fill in the holes in our relationships with others especially the sinkholes. Girlfriends make us laugh when we least expect it. Arent you ever so grateful for yours?
And your last tidbityou need to buy the book!from Dead Last. our God is not a random God For His specialty, His forte, His marvelous operational technique is to use inadequate, frightened people to serve as His hands and feet. Yahwehs courage is more than enough brilliant, really. Then theres no doubt whom the real rescuer is.
I laughed out loud, giggled endlessly, and had doh! moments reading Too Blessed To Be Stressed. You will, too! Youll also want to pick up The Bible Promise Book: Too Blessed to Be Stressed Edition. Debra gives us in context promises to lean on while were de-stressing. Four stars to both books!
Debra and I giggled and yakked our way through our interview. Turning serious, Debra said that today stress is a front and center problem for many, many women. We have to take active steps to decompress ourselves. She writes womens issues books that have sold more than 80,000 copies. As a matter of fact, Too Blessed to be Stressed has given birth to eleven offspring!
What did you learn from writing this book, Debra?
Deb, I confirmed that there is no one way to become an expert in de-stressing. There are a variety of techniques and coping skills. I found you never really have a handle on it and have to be flexible and keep trying new things.
Debra started writing at age forty-five. She said God told her, Debra, its time. Prior to starting to write, Debra was an occupational therapist specializing in hands for twenty-five years, The book that has most impacted her life other than the Bible was Christy by Catherine Marshall. She has been married to Chuck for thirty-six-plus years; they have two children in their 30s, Christy (named for Catherine Marshalls heroine) and Matthew. Debra has had ten articles published in the last year and writes a column for the newspaper called Grace Notes.
Debra has an AA degree from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Florida. She has taken the Brandeis course for Christian writers and faithfully attends the Florida Christian Writers Conference. One of her de-stressors is playing tennisshe admits to being an addict. She always wears a hat and has them in every imaginable color. When I asked her why hats, she replied, I never have a bad hair day and dont even have to touch up my roots very often. With a last giggle and a wave, she was off to brighten someone elses day.
Eleanor AndersUSAGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5" . . . an invaluable tool . . .."October 26, 2011Eleanor AndersUSAGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My Look:
From chocolate to going green and from GREASE TO PEACE, this devotional inspires with scripture and laughter in equal parts.
In conversational style, Debora Coty will guide you through redefining your priorities, reducing stress, changing your reaction to challenging situations or people, and strengthening your trust in God's plan while teaching simple techniques to build a better relationship with Him. She laces scripture throughout the chapters for reflection, and her thoughtful questions, at the end of each chapter, will show the areas of your life that may need tweaking. She uses situations from her own life and others that show the teachings and the lessons learned with strategic quotes to ponder.
This book is an invaluable tool that encompasses all stages of a woman's life, from childbearing to menopause.
I recommend Debora Coty's TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED: INSPIRATION FOR CLIMBING OUT OF LIFE'S STRESS-POOL! Her style hooked me from page one and never let me go. All while laughing, I received encouragement and inspiration to learn and grow.
I will reread this book often to find another gem of knowledge, to mediate, or to have a good laugh, and so will you.
In addition, you'll want to check out Debora Coty's other devotional, EVERYDAY HOPE (Barbour Books 2009). And I'm sure you and I will look forward to her upcoming devotional, MORE BEAUTY LESS BEAST: TRANSFORMING YOUR INNER OGRE from Barbour Books in March 2012.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5funny but full of encouragement tooAugust 18, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We all crave peace in our stressed out life. Debora has written this book "to help you rejuvenate your desperate heart by discovering simple-to-implement, practical ways to attain that peace we all crave." (Intro.) The book is divided into four sections: time management, sense of humor, relationships, and faith.
Debora has a sense of humor and it shows as she delivers short meditations, making you laugh and then making you think, especially with the questions at the end of each meditation.
Housework? "Cleaning an occupied house is like combing your hair in a hurricane." (18) Your calendar too full? She recommends an activities enema! (42)
She suggests you develop a sense of humor because "if you don't have humor, you probably don't have much sense." (63)
Don't you think it was a woman on her way to the bathroom in the middle of the night who coined the phrase "wee hours"? (65)
How could I possibly give justice to her section on menopause and her way to thaw chicken in time for dinner?
She gives suggestions on how to deal with difficult people, the NIBs (Nuts In Batter). "Remember, even nutty lumps in the batter add flavor." (122)
But her book is not all fun and laughs. "I've learned that real, honest-to-goodness peace is entirely dependent on our trust in God's sovereignty. That means believing He's in control of all the details of our lives, even if it doesn't feel like it. ...[W]e must realize that only when our trust is anchored in Him can we find peace." (161)
Deborah has been an occupational therapist specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation for over thirty years. She has seen how women are vulnerable to specific maladies related to a stressful lifestyle. She gives a few simple stretching exercises to help women deal with the tension stress produces. She also suggests deep breathing.
Debora knows pain. She suffered two years of depression following six heart-wrenching miscarriages. (194) Reading the psalms was, for a time, the only way she could communicate with God. She has written several other books, devotions, on prayer, and fiction.
This is a great collection of short meditations based on humorous stories from life, her own as well as others. Yet each stories contains a truth to help the reader deal with stress. This book is a delightful read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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