Breaking Up With Perfect: Kiss Perfection Good-Bye and Embrace the Joy That God Has In Store For You
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1501102958
ISBN-13: 9781501102950

Publisher's Description

An inspiring and thought-provoking guide to help you abandon the pursuit of perfection and become comfortable and more confident in your own skin.

We’ve all been in relationships that were bad for us...whether with a catty girlfriend, a selfish boyfriend, or a coworker who undermines our best efforts.

But there is one relationship that steals the potential of all other relationships—including our relationship with ourselves and, ultimately, our relationship with God. And that’s our relationship with Perfect.

Perfect is a bad friend. No matter what we do or say or give or bake or create...it’s never enough. Perfect always demands more, but it’s never satisfied. Never.

Whether you are a “good girl,” who always tries to be what you think everyone else wants you to be, or a “never good enough” girl, who’s desperately hiding your past and shame behind attempts to measure up—this book will help you find the beautiful, loving, fulfilled woman God created you to be. Imperfections and all.

Breaking Up with Perfect will help you:

• Experience authenticity as the antidote for isolation

• Trade the Lies of Perfection for the Truths of God’s Love

• End the pursuit of perfection, so God can begin His powerful perfecting work in you

After reading this book, you’ll be able to end the never-ending stress that chasing Perfect brings and live a life filled with joy, peace, and spiritual fulfillment.

Author Bio

Amy Carroll is a popular, nationwide speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is a regular contributor to Encouragement for Today devotions, which are distributed to over 750,000 subscribers daily. A graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Amy, her husband, and their two boys live in Holly Springs, NC.

Editorial Reviews

“Perfection is exhausting at best, defeating at worst. In Breaking Up with Perfect, Amy is the trusted friend who comes to help us knock down our walls of fear to rebuild a more doable, sustainable, God-honoring life.”
"If you're still holding on to your relationship with “Perfect,” Amy helps you face the truth about Perfect’s lyin', cheatin', soul-stealin' ways. And as she walks alongside you, Amy leads you back to the One and only perfect Love of your life."
"With wit, warmth, and wisdom, Amy Carroll shows us how to break up with perfection so we can live our lives rather than manage them. What a gift!"
"Whether you play the “good girl” who tries so hard to please God and impress others, or you fear that no matter what you do, you'll never be good enough--you'll be encouraged by this insightful book. Amy's presence on the pages provides a warm and honest voice that will enable you to stop performing and start forging an authentic and intimate walk with Christ."
"What a wonderfully relevant and truth-filled book! Amy does an excellent job of weaving authentic personal stories with great Bible content, as well as thought-provoking, reflective questions. Whether you view yourself as a perfect "good girl" or an insecure "never good enough" girl, this book is for you. Highly recommend!"
"As a “good girl” all my life, I’ve had a serious love affair with Perfect. It’s hurt my family, compromised my health, and been a major barrier in my relationship with God. Amy sets “good girls” like me free by exposing the lies we believe, the pride that isolates us, and the misguided priorities that often drive us. She also guides the girls who wear a mask of perfection because they think they’re never “good enough,” and she points us all to a Savior who fills our longing to be loved--perfectly.”
"If you’ve ever secretly considered a trial separation from perfect, this is your chance. Breaking Up with Perfect is the essential remedy for women who wrestle with any degree of perfectionism and long for authentic freedom. Amy Carroll shares poignant stories and insightful truths that will help women slam the door on perfect and never look back."
"Before I read Breaking Up with Perfect I didn’t think I struggled with perfectionism. But I was convicted—in a good way--on every page. I do blame others when they buck my perfect plan. I do try to impress people and fit in at all costs. Not only was I convicted by Amy’s words, I was encouraged with God’s truth and equipped to leave this façade behind once and for all. Thank you, Amy, for freeing us from lies of perfectionism and setting us on the crooked, rambling path that is real life."

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  1. Melissa D
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Read!
    August 4, 2015
    Melissa D
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just finished Breaking Up with Perfect by Amy Carroll and it was fantastic! Before you write this one off under the presumption that it is not applicable to you, hear me out. I am a person who has never aimed for perfection; in fact, I tend to do the exact opposite. Amy Carroll addresses this behavior as the never good enough girl and boy--does she hit the nail on the head! Yikes, did she have me in mind when she wrote this? No matter what side of the fence you fall on, the good girl, or the never good enough girl, you will love this book! I am confident that if I had read this book in my twenties it would have saved me from years of turmoil and strife, and I am looking forward to having my teenage daughters read it!
  2. Holly
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must Read!
    July 9, 2015
    Holly
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is amazing!!! Such a powerful message even for those of us who didn't think we had a problem with perfection. :) It's a MUST-READ!!
  3. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Marvelous Way To Change Our Relationships and Us
    July 8, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Amy Carroll in her new book, Breaking Up with Perfect published by Howard Books gives us Kiss Perfection Good-Bye and Embrace the Joy God Has in Store for You.

    From the back cover: An inspiring and thought-provoking guide to help you abandon the pursuit of perfection and become comfortable and more confident in your own skin.

    Weve all been in relationships that were bad for uswhether with a catty girlfriend, a selfish boyfriend, or a coworker who undermines our best efforts.

    But there is one relationship that steals the potential of all other relationshipsincluding our relationship with ourselves and, ultimately, our relationship with God. And thats our relationship with Perfect.

    Perfect is a bad friend. No matter what we do or say or give or bake or createits never enough. Perfect always demands more, but its never satisfied. Never.

    Whether you are a good girl, who always tries to be what you think everyone else wants you to be, or a never good enough girl, whos desperately hiding your past and shame behind attempts to measure upthis book will help you find the beautiful, loving, fulfilled woman God created you to be. Imperfections and all.

    Breaking Up with Perfect will help you:

    Experience authenticity as the antidote for isolation

    Trade the Lies of Perfection for the Truths of Gods Love

    End the pursuit of perfection, so God can begin His powerful perfecting work in you

    After reading this book, youll be able to end the never-ending stress that chasing Perfect brings and live a life filled with joy, peace, and spiritual fulfillment.

    If we are all imperfect people then clinging to perfection seems a little at odds with us. In Four Parts: Part One: Breaking Up With Wrong Beliefs, Part Two: Breaking Up With Skewed Values, Part Three: Breaking Up With Selfish Actions and Part Four: Living Freely And Loving Deeply. Amy Carroll shows us how to put our quest for perfection behind us and live life with more joy. But she is not done yet. There is still one more section entitled: Fifty Ways To Leave Your Perfect. Each chapter has Transformation Points to help you focus and think about what you have just read. It is time we changed our relationships and our way that we look at ourselves. Ms. Carroll has given us the tools to accomplish this. This is a life-changing read. It will make a great gift for family and friends.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Breaking Up with Perfect
    July 7, 2015
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Breaking Up with Perfect: Kiss Perfection Good-Bye and Embrace the Joy God Has in Store for You is inspiring read. It is broken into four parts that include:

    Breaking Up with Wrong Beliefs: Getting Free from What Fills Our Hearts

    Breaking Up with Skewed Values: Getting Free from What Crowds Our Hearts

    Breaking Up with Selfish Actions: Getting Free from What Consumes Our Days

    Living Freely and Loving Deeply

    The first three parts has three chapters the fourth part has two. The book, also, has a section called Fifty Values to Leave Your Perfect and another called Going Deeper - Bible Study for Individuals or Groups.

    I thought the book was pretty good and did find some inspiration by reading it. I definitely recommend it to those who worry about what others think of them. Perfect book to learn more about yourself.

    5 stars.

    I received this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Cease trying to be the perfect woman
    July 5, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    We are supposed to be perfect, aren't we? We women certainly feel the pressure to be perfect the perfect wife, the perfect mom, the perfect women's ministry leader.

    But Carroll says being a perfectionist, trying to be perfect, means trouble. She helps us understand how it affects our relationships (including our relationship with God), how it leads to feelings of failure, and how it over burdens us with responsibility.

    Breaking up with perfect is not easy, especially when it has been with us so long. It can only be done by the power of God. Carroll, a recovering perfectionist, knows what she writes about. She shares many of her own struggles from her journey.

    I really like that she explains how our beliefs shape us. There are certainly ramifications for believing what is not true. She helps us see that we are to put relationships over our perfection drive. She also helps us find out what defines us and whether we are driven by looking for other people's approval. I was really convicted when she talked about playing the blame game. I appreciate her clarifying being a perfectionist as opposed to the work of God perfecting us. She also unpacks the be perfect Scripture, helping us understand it.

    The strength of this book is in the extensive study section at the end. The questions at the end of each chapter are good for discussion, but the questions in the end section really go deeper and require honest thinking. They are good for individual use or for discussion within a trusted group.

    I like that Carroll admits she does not have it all together. In fact, she writes, ...my life is far from perfect. And, I'm okay with that for the first time ever. If you are struggling with the pressure to be perfect, I recommend this very readable and encouraging book.

    Food for thought:

    Seeing ourselves correctly as both loved and sinful is key to ending our love affair with Perfect.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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