Too Blessed to Be Stressed: Inspiration for Climbing Out of Life's Stress-Pool - eBookDebora CotyShiloh Run Press / 2011 / ePub$5.88 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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vics495485 Stars Out Of 5Great for young moms!September 13, 2018vics49548Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Okay, I'm going to get this out of the way at the beginning. I don't care for the title of this book and it almost turned me away. Yes, we're blessed. But yes, stress happens. I would have given it a different title. But I persisted and I'm so glad I did.
Author Debora Coty makes this book feel as if you're having coffee with a good friend. She's warm, and chatty, and real. I'm sure we'd be friends.
The book itself is a great size and has an attractive cover along with a ribbon bookmark. Each chapter has scripture pertaining to that subject, witty sayings, and questions at the end to make you think about what you just read. The stories are true to life, and Coty will make you laugh. It would be great for a women's study group.
Full of great advice for young mom's, written by someone who understands where you are, I highly recommend it. And if you're not a young mom, get it for someone who is!
I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Sandra M5 Stars Out Of 5Funny & InsightfulAugust 30, 2018Sandra MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love to read a little of this book each night. It's like having a conversation with a girlfriend. The author uses humor effectively and I find my spirits are lighter and I'm laughing out loud at some of the descriptions. I liked the section on parenting styles as well. It makes you reflect on what is important and having the bravery to admit your wrong and change what is not working in your life. It focuses on achieving balance and reflecting on the many blessings you have instead of the negativity. Really enjoyed it!
Book Reviewer Maman3 Stars Out Of 5Not My Cup of TeaAugust 2, 2018Book Reviewer MamanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3This book is broken up into short chapters which are easy to read through in a few minutes - definitely fitting for the obvious target audience! There's some Scripture mixed throughout with humorous stories and anecdotes about being a stressed out Mom. Some examples are hard to take as truth but perhaps it has something to do with turns of phrases or emphasizing the point of what's meant to be encouraging. Titles of chapters are fun and humorous. There are some practical parenting tips included.
The point of the book is to encourage Moms to find the blessings in motherhood, and to realize that a Mom is not alone in the craziness of the season she finds herself in.
There were a few things that did make me uncomfortable and rather stressed as I read through (thus totally missing the point of encouraging me!). This book has been referred by some as a devotional but in the end of chapter questions, there weren't a whole lot of Scripture references used nor biblical thoughts to dwell on, rather thinking through personal experiences and how one could relate to the stories of the author herself. As well, God is referred to as "Papa-God" consistently throughout the book. I understand the point is that the original word used in one particular verse the author refers to is "Abba" meaning a close familial tie such as "Daddy" but to consistently refer to God as such seemed a bit much - especially when the example being used didn't call for it.
Unfortunately, this book missed the mark for me.
I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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.