Take Your Life Back: How to Stop Letting the Past and Other People Control You
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Are you in a relationship that's spiritually and emotionally toxic? Are you holding it together to avoid feelings of failure? Let Arterburn and Stoop help you navigate your toughest challenges! Offering personal examples, clinical insights, and scriptural truth, they help you support your loved ones in a way that honors others, God, and yourself.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 1.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1496413679
ISBN-13: 9781496413673

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“I want to have better relationships . . . but is it all on me to fix things?”
“This person’s approval means everything to me. It’s like it controls me.”
“Why can’t I get free from this cycle?”


If you find yourself having these feelings, it’s time to take your life back. Through personal examples, clinical insights, and spiritual truth, Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop will show you how to
  • overcome the habits and history that are keeping you down—and take new, positive steps toward change;
  • heal from the hurts, setbacks, and broken relationships that affect you every day;
  • develop better boundaries with others in your life;
  • stop overreacting and start responding appropriately to any situation or circumstance;
  • break the cycle of behavior that harms you and your relationships;
  • find the freedom you have longed for.
Your past and current circumstances don’t have to define you, and they don’t have to determine the direction of your life. Take Your Life Back is the key to moving from reactive attitudes and behaviors to healthy, God-honoring responses that will help you live the life you were meant to live.

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  1. Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Starter Book For Those Who Seek To Truly Move On From A Broken Past
    October 2, 2016
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Take Your Life Back by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop is designed to help you recognize and acknowledge the ways in which you lead a reactive life, in order to help you move toward a responsive life. This is an excellentstarter book for people who have hit bottom and know that they have problems dealing with life, but aren't entirely sure as to the root cause or how to proceed in order to find healing and growth. It also has a lot of good general information in case you think you know the foundation that's led to your current problems, but don't want to read a lot of different books in search of the perfect one that'll relate to what you're going through. It covers various kinds of trauma, mental abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, dependency, co-dependency, narcissism, and borderline personality disorder. It's not really an action plan (although a 12-step plan is included); consider it more of a guidebook to point you in the right general direction and give you the encouragement you need in order to recognize that healing is possible and to take those first (and hardest) steps toward recovery from yourseeming brokenness.

    Having read several similar personal growth/recovery books, I didn't really learn anything new from this book. But, as stated, it is a great starter book full of information andcomforting stories to encourage someone to begin a very long journey. I'd also recommend it as a goodguide to hand to someone who is acting as a safe person/support for anyone taking the journey toward healing/recovery. It will help others understand the path you're on, the problems that have led up to this point, and the steps you need to follow in order to reach a better place. 5/5 stars.There is a companion workbook, which I have not had the pleasure of looking at.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.*
  2. Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good advice for anyone
    October 1, 2016
    Milk Donor Mama
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Take Your Life Back is a self-help book for people who have bad habits or are stuck in a cycle in which they are seeking the approval of others and are tired of it. This book helps a person to develop more self-control, take control of their responses to situations that are not within their control and to break cycles of behavior that are harmful.

    The premise of the book is that past circumstances do not have to define you. You can make the change to have better relationships in your life. This book helps people to set up boundaries and stick to them. This is designed for people with co-dependent children, co-dependent partners or exes and "toxic" parents, siblings and in-laws.

    Throughout the book, there are passages of scripture. For the non-religious, there is not so much scripture that it would be distracting or deter one from reading it. I thought that the book had some good examples of the lengths that people go to in order to make themselves seem different than who they really are. Those examples can get a person thinking about what they project to the world around them.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent resource!
    September 26, 2016
    Rebecca
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was a tough read for the first half, but that is not a bad thing. It required thinking, evaluating and not a little emotion from me. All that I have learned in practice about life recovery is in this book, though I hadn't always known the theory and terminology behind it. This was a personal read for me, and a confirmation that I have done well taking my life back.

    I would definitely recommend this book to family members, friends and neighbours. It is an excellent resource, not to be missed in the journey.

    This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.
  4. Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Taking Your Life Back
    September 18, 2016
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Take Your Life Back" by Steve Arterburn and David Stoop addresses the issue of letting the past and other people control your life. The title is around 200 pages and covers such topics as:

    1. How we react to the pain in our lives.

    2. Dealing with shame.

    3. Losing touch with our soul by letting the past and other people control our lives.

    4. Losing our real sense of identity through life's pain.

    5. Suggestions for taking your life back.

    6. Suggestions for recovering from pain and trauma.

    7. Characteristics of a life that is on the road to recovery.



    The book is very readable and smoothly transitions from chapter to chapter. The writers have a decidedly Christian worldview and offer many helpful insights. Will be a good reference. I was given a reveiw copy by Tyndale Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  5. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encourages you to identify the problem and make an effort to heal
    September 18, 2016
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Take Your Life Back" is about no longer "letting the past and other people control you." The first 127 pages talked about the different causes and ways a person can become reactive (unhealthy) rather than responsive (healthy) in their relationships. The authors came at it from several different angles and from a very inclusive mindset so you're likely to see yourself somewhere in those descriptions. The intent seems to be to help you recognize that you have a problem and what's at the root of it so that you can heal from it.

    The next 50 pages were about what you can do toward having healthy relationships. While God and Jesus were talked about, it's in a general way. Unbelievers are urged to consider the Bible and surrender to God. I had expected a much stronger emphasis on the truths found in Scripture as the path to healing. Their advice included finding someone trustworthy to talk with and come alongside you and following the 12 step program. The last 23 pages described what the life of someone who has taken back their life will look like.

    This book seemed more about encouraging you to recognize the problem and the goal and to make the effort to change. It didn't really give specific examples of steps to take during daily life but gave more general advice. I suspect that you need to join a Life Recovery group or get their materials if you want support or specifics toward the actual "taking your life back."

    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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