Encouraging. Inspiring. Convicting. Comforting. Exciting. Practical. Just a few words I would use to describe this book.
As a woman, have you ever thought about how your hormones and monthly cycle are a reminder of God's redeeming love?
Yeah. I thought not.
Neither had I...until I read this amazing book by Lorraine Pintus. Until now I have hated hormones and their affects on my body. But now I have a new appreciation and perspective on God's amazing creation in the female body. Not only has my thinking been changed about such matters, but I am now armed with a whole lot of understanding and practical ideas to embrace my hormones rather than antagonize them.
This book is extremely practical and very comprehensive as it not only addresses the physical and emotional components, but the spiritual ones as well. Lorraine, with both love and humor, shows us how the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects are all tied together and how we should treat them individually and as a whole. Reading this book will open your eyes to God's grace - even to a woman who can go from feeling wonderful to crummy in 5 seconds flat.
This book is a perfect handbook for woman of any age - from teen to post-menopause. It will enable you to understand your own body and be more compassionate to the women around you. I also highly recommend it as reading for husbands who truly want to be a student of their wife or for a Mother/Daughter study together. Anyway you read this you will be blessed.
"Jump Off the Hormone Swing" is a book that lets women suffering from the emotional symptoms of PMS and PMDD know that they are far from alone. With insight and a great deal of research, Lorraine Pintus provides humorous as well as painful examples of how PMS/PMDD symptoms wreak havoc on women and the people in these women's lives. I laughed at some of the situations described, because they were exactly like my own. And I felt sadness for these women as well, because I knew what they were going through, and the embarrassment and shame they felt.
Pintus provides understandable explanations of the science behind PMS. Most women who are suffering from PMS/PMDD will have already read this information, because it is generally the sole focus of other books on the topic. However, Pintus quickly moves on to provide practical tips and strategies for dealing with symptoms, both physical and emotional, and how to alleviate these symptoms.
She honestly admits that PMS symptoms aren't something that can be eliminated altogether, but she provides useful advice on how to get through these symptoms with grace, how to trust in God when the symptoms are raging, how to rest in God's love and forgiveness through the symptoms (and beyond), and even how to see the good in menstruation, PMS and perimenopause (yes, there actually are good things!!).
Using wonderfully chosen Bible verses, quotes and testimonials, the author shows the reader how to live fully even in the turmoil of PMS and perimenopause. She gives the reader absolutely no justification or excuses for rude or mean behavior, or for acting out against family, friends or strangers. She puts full responsibility for actions on the individual--after all, we are the owners of our own behavior. But, she stresses that God is with us through our symptoms, and as usual, the devil is against us, and will find every way he can to make us feel like soiled, nasty, evil women who are undeserving of God's love and forgiveness. He will make us try to believe him, instead of God's promises.
I loved that this book addressed that spiritual battle, that the author stressed that God loves us even at our worst, and will forgive us, but also stressed that we have no excuse for bad behavior. We can't blame our PMS for our hatefulness--it's not an excuse. What I really gleaned from this book is that we have to mindfully and gracefully walk through our PMS and perimenopausal symptoms, reminding ourselves daily that we are daughters of a loving God, and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. And that women must use that knowledge as motivation to diligently strive to treat others (and ourselves) with love and respect, even in the midst of our worst symptoms.
I'd recommend this book to any woman with PMS or PMDD symptoms, and any women going through perimenopause and even full-blown menopause. This book really will help women feel that they are not alone in these symptoms, and that they really ARE NOT crazy (even though we all feel like we are losing it at times!!)!!
Please note I received a copy of this book free of charge from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions presented here are my own.
Before I had kids, I was generally pretty even keel through the month. Then, I had kids. And everything changed. My hormones never quite returned to normal. I realized this year that I have really begun to struggle with PMS.
A few weeks ago, I discovered that Lorraine Pintus wrote a book titled Jump off the hormone swing: Fly through the Physical, Mental, Spiritual Symptoms of PMS and Perimenopause. I felt very hopeful that it might give me some clues as to how I can cope with what is going on in my body!
The day this book arrived, I opened it up and read the first page. I breathed in a deep breath of relief and surprise as I discovered that I am not alone! That pit--that horrible pit where I tell myself what a horrible person I am and what a failure I am--she's been there! As I began reading the book, I found myself deeply enjoying it. Isn't that ironic--I enjoyed a book about PMS?! Ms. Pintus mixes humor throughout her book that is engaging and lighthearted. She has the ability to speak straight and be both encouraging and convicting at the same time.
She first addresses the physical things that we can do to help us cope with PMS. She then moves on to the mental symptoms. There's even a chapter on ways we can stretch our brains and cope with stress better. Finally, she addresses the spiritual symptoms. She does not let women use PMS as an excuse for hurtful behavior towards others. She acknowledges how hard it is and then talks about walking through PMS with God. The final chapter is about the blessings and testimonies of women of how God has used PMS in their lives.
After finishing the book, I can't recommend it highly enough. If you struggle with PMS, I highly recommend reading this book. I hope it will encourage you as much as it has encouraged me. I now have a list of things I need to process and consider. I have some changes I need to make in my life.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Moody Publishing.