Can I Just Hide in Bed 'til Jesus Comes Back?: Facing Life with Courage, Not Comforters - eBookMartha Bolton, Christin DitchfieldFocus on the Family / 2017 / ePub$14.993.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 ReviewsAvailability: In StockStock No: WW90995EB
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HomeschoolChristianMomAge: 25-34Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Title was catchy, but book wasn't a memorable readMay 31, 2017HomeschoolChristianMomAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2The cover got me. It looked real, raw. Something I could related to. I don't know about you, but I've read enough books telling me how to "better myself" that are written from a perspective of someone who just doesn't "get it." Martha & Christin take turns sharing their own difficult life circumstances and coming clean about some of the less-than-productive ways they've tried coping. This book is a mingle of serious heart-sharing, vulnerable admissions, and humor.
There are some typical and some atypical resources and suggestions for coping with difficult life circumstances. While the recurring theme is indeed, to get out of bed, there are the usual suggestions to look for positives, list things you're thankful for, start by doing something small, etc., this book also includes some unique suggestions, such as movie and song lists that a reader may want to investigate to lighten their mood. The humor was consistently interspersed, but never made me laugh out loud or prompted me to share the jokes with others.
The chapters are broken up some what haphazardly; there are a lot of breaks and I feel many of them had significant similarities and could've been combined. This may be perfect for someone who's feeling overwhelmed and not able to read 10+ pages in a sitting. I just don't care for a single page and its backside being considered a "chapter." Personal preference there.
All-in-all, I felt this book was a bit of a jack-of-all trades but master of none. It was a casual, pleasant read, but I felt it drug on. Were I not intending to review it, I'm not sure I would've made it more than 1/3 of the way through the book. This book wasn't quite funny enough to be memorable as comedic relief, wasn't quite deep enough in the sharing of personal testimony to allow readers to really relate to and draw from the authors' journeys out of depression, and didn't stand out in the crowd for giving motivating or game-changing advice or suggestions, either.
2015 was a year of my life I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I won't go into all the trauma involved, but it's changed myself and my family and will continue to affect the lens through which we view the world the rest of our lives. I'm glad I picked up this book 2 years out, when I've already gained the ability to get up and out of bed and back in action through the Grace of Christ and His faithfulness. This book could be an encouraging read for others who are up and out of bed, but trying to resist the temptation to dive back in. It's certainly not a life-saver to throw to someone drowning, so keep that in mind if thinking of buying the book as a gift. It's probably one better selected by the reader for themselves. I don't regret reading it, but I won't likely give it space on my shelf despite my persistent habit of staying up too late worrying and lying in bed too long procrastinating.
*In the spirit of full disclosure: I received a copy of this book courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. I am not required to give a positive review or otherwise compensated; my opinions are genuinely expressed.
LorettaDallas, GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A "Laugh your socks off", encouraging read!May 18, 2017LorettaDallas, GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is about how to overcome emotionally, when you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, scared and discouraged because of life's trials and sometimes serious tribulations. How to walk through life courageously. An inspirational, LOL read! I hope my neighbor next door in my Apartment Building doesn't call the Manager. I laughed a lot, loudly, while reading this book (while laying in bed)! The title is what struck my fancy when I was choosing a book to read, as it grabbed my attention, as I last year had a humorous Bumper Sticker made that says "Jesus please come and get us!". I struggle with depression and some health issues, sometimes, well a lot lately, and needed this book, it was very timely for me and I believe it will be also for a lot of people. Just about everyone I know has some kind of difficulty in their life as of late. Also, I identify with her and her co-writers stories fused throughout which are touching. At the end of some of the short chapters, she has Top Ten Reasons for different situations in life which are humorous and true, with a lot of Scripture references and great quotes, like for example, from Rocky Balboa, "every champion was once a contender that never refused to give up." These quotes are at the beginning of most chapters and are great.
At the end of the book, Martha Bolton has a section to get back up and keep going, that has a section to complete your own Top Ten lists. I highly recommend this book to those who feel like they want to just crawl into bed and hide because of issues they are facing in life.
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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