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5 Stars Out Of 5
December 2, 2015
Have you ever found yourself struggling to stay content when everyone around you seems so perfect? Kay Wills Wyma writes in her new book, Im Happy For You, a topic that have affected all of us at one time or another: comparison. In a world, where we can compare and be compared by just one click of the mouse, unhappiness is never too far away. Ms. Wyma writes from her own experiences of learning how to deal with the comparison-crazed society and shares with us her experiences and also shares the insights she has gained from her children as she has navigated them through their own experiences with comparison.
One of the golden nuggets of insight that Ms. Wyma shares is how God made us not for isolation but to be in community with one another. I thought this was such an important statement to make because comparison has a tendency to create isolation from others. Ms. Wyma also makes the point that God made us unique for a purpose; to help/make a difference in one anothers lives.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Wyma writes honestly and is encouraging. I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles with finding contentment or who needs encouragement on their road to contentment.
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You had me at Hellowell actually at the title of the book. Im Happy For You (Sort ofNot Really) by Kay Wills Wyma is AH-MAZE-ING!
In a world where comparison and competition are epidemicwhere Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter announce to the world the worthiness of each individual, Kay Willis Wyma reminds us that we can stop the craziness. Contentment is possible.
I absolutely LOVED this book. Did I already say that? Thats ok, its worth repeating. I laughed, nodded my head in agreement (emphatically, much to the surprise of those sitting around me in the pick up lane at school) and gave several hearty AMENS. I could quote the entire book because its just that good but Ill refrain and just tell you that you can and should get your own copy, because its worth it. Ill make it easy for you, heres the link.
But I digressok now onto some of my favorite quotes and stories in the book
I laughed so hard when she told about the position she held with Advance in the Office of the Vice President at the White House. In an effort to camouflage the pool where the Vice President would be speaking, she had covered the indoor swimming pool with helium filled, red, white and blue balloons. And balloons popping as the Vice President of the United States steps behind the podium to deliver his speech sound a lot like gunshots. My stomach sank as the Secret Service scrambled and my boss radioed, Whos bright idea was it to put balloons in a pool?! Uhthat would be me.
The second story was about misconceptions. She writes, What if getting our eyes off our own misconceptions about our bodies could help us recognize opportunities to help others be happier about themselves? She goes on to tell about taking her small children into a sandwich shop where a morbidly obese woman is at the counter ordering her meal. When her five-year old tugs on her skirt and tells her mom Look at that lady over there! her fears come to life. It gets worse when the child asks if she can go talk to the woman. When Kay declines, the child says, I just wanted to tell her how pretty she looks.
At the end of each chapter, Kay includes a section called Letting Go of Comparison. One of my favorite quotes ended this particular story: Contentment comes when we choose to see the immeasurable, incomparable beauty of each human, including the one in the mirror.
Using stories from her personal experiences and others throughout the book, Ms. Wyma provides great arguments and instruction for overcoming our cultural Obsessive Comparison Disorder.
Overall, Im Happy for You (Sort ofNot Really) deserves five out of five stars! I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Im Happy for You (Sort Of. . . Not Really), by Kay Wills Wyma, focuses on assisting the reader to find contentment in a culture of comparison. Wyma strives to teach readers to remember the phrase, Im happy for you, instead of comparing yourself to those surrounding you. She has worked in the Advance in the Office of the Vice President at the White House, in corporate banking, and is the mother of five, a wife, a sister, and a daughter. She uses her personal experiences to illustrate our need to focus not on the Glimpse, a moment in time, but rather on the whole picture. She includes Youre Not Alone segments from other people reacting to sections of her book with their own stories and opinions, as well as Letting Go of Comparison summarizing each chapter in few sentences.
I enjoyed this book. The message that we need to stop comparing ourselves with others and be content with the lives that God has given us is clear. Her personal stories were well-placed and sometimes amusing illustrations to drive home this message. I especially liked the honesty and forthright anecdotes showing that her family is not perfect, but human like everyone else.
This book is a recommended read for anyone attempting to stop comparing and start being content.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
This book was one of the most insightful books I have ever read! Since I have a melancholy personality, I have a strong tendency to view the glass as half empty. Even as a little girl, I had the tendency to compare myself to others, and this followed me on into my adult years. Even when I had my first child, I compared when my child walked to a friend's child! Sometimes this tendency tends to weigh me down in life, and I really feel like I can't enjoy life like I should. Kay Wills Wyma uses real-life illustrations and great quotes to show us how to avoid this trap, and also how to really be happy for someone else.
The first quote she used that really caught my attention was "Comparison is the thief of joy" (Theodore Roosevelt). Boy, was this eye-opening. How many times do we compare ourselves/family to others and all this does is just rob us of our joy in life. Comparison can really wear us down. It is really not worth it. Another eye opener for me was that God views all of us as special. He doesn't have one favorite. We are all His favorites!
Kay Wills Wyma also shows us how to truly be happy for others. This is very hard for me, but she opened my eyes to how if we are truly happy for others, this takes the pressure off us to be the best. She gave an example of her teenage daughter and volleyball. She ended up being the setter for her volleyball team. This is not a glorious position because she never makes the actual score. So she doesn't get the claps and cheers. But this girl realized that she was the person who helped the other team members score. They needed her and it felt good to her to be able to help them receive the praises! I was so impressed that a teenager figured this out. It took me 50 years to figure this out!
I highly recommend this book! I only highlighted a few parts in the book, but there is tons of wisdom and quotes all throughout the book. I have highlighted and posted some of these quotes on my fb page. This is a book I will refer to later on in life.
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest opinion.