Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and LonelyLysa TerKeurstThomas Nelson / 2016 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 32 Reviews
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HELEN4 Stars Out Of 5UninvitedApril 6, 2018HELENQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is a good book to help not only reflect on your own ideas, behavior and personality toward feeling like you do not fit in especially at a church setting. Also gives you ideas on how to look at different ways to handle those feelings. Good job on the writer's insights.
RLewis5 Stars Out Of 5recommend to all my friendsFebruary 26, 2018RLewisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5i recommend this to everyone! it is simply amazing! i cant even begin to describe how wonderful this book is. it gets to the root of all our rejections and hurt feelings and brings Jesus right into the center of it. i reviewed it on my facebook page and you could feel Jesus all over the pages simply amazed with how seamlessly Lysa makes her words flow together
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Getting to the root of our feelings of rejection to seeing our life in God's eyesJanuary 8, 2018GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5At some point in our life, we are going to feel left out, left behind, or lonely. It is an inevitable part of being a human being and of human nature. We are inherently social creatures for the most part. Of course, it fluctuates throughout our lives in stages, as if it is a pendulum swinging back and forth. And some people naturally seem to need more social contact than others. But that normalcy is not what the author addresses in this book. Instead, she delves into the deep end of the pool when life hits us with a hammer blow and we find ourselves rejected, left out or even turned out deliberately. How do we survive such a blow?
The author tells some of her own story. She's done research on rejection in humans and found two core fears that feed a person's sensitivity to rejection: the fear of being abandoned and the fear of losing one's identity. Her story confirms that she understands these fears well. She had once been abandoned, and with her father went her identity. She knows how it feels to lose in this deliberate way and writes from this knowledge one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Her core beliefs led her to feel unwanted, even by God. How do you overcome that?
For me this book was so powerful that I would read sections of it over and over to get all I could out of it. I couldn't just sit down and read the book as a fiction novel. I had to read it piece by piece and leave plenty of time between the reading to contemplate what I learned. I'm also a book underliner. When I find something especially meaningful to me, I underline or highlight or circle or bracket it in some way to bring my attention back to that part. Judging from those markings in my copy of the book, the entire volume spoke to me in a very personal way. Every few pages were marked in some way. Lysa TerKeurst's words touched me. They confirmed that I was not alone in this struggle. They affirmed that someone else had floundered around feeling lost on the inside while trying to look normal on the outside.
Several months ago I happened to read about this book on a Bible Study website. I knew immediately that this book would be able to help get me out of the funk I had fallen into. So I ordered the Bible Study material to go along with the book and the online group sessions. For me, the most valuable resource was the book itself. The study material was nice, and the online videos were uplifting, but it was the book that I needed the most. It helped pave the way for my inner healing.
My opinion is that Lysa TerKeurst's book is an effective tool that God can use to bring healing to the parts of us that have been ripped apart and torn to shreds by people and circumstances determined to stomp us into the ground. What she writes is much more than an affirming pat on the head and empty promises of a kinder future. We don't need that. There are already plenty of books that do that. The author goes way beyond mere platitudes and gets down to our core beliefs and builds on them. She clarifies them and helps us understand them so they can provide a stable foundation where God teaches us to do life in spite of setbacks and heartbreak. This book has my enthusiastic endorsement. Get the book and share it. You'll never regret that decision.
Mar5 Stars Out Of 5UnivitedOctober 26, 2017MarQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am really enjoying the book and the study. It is very relatable. Lisa opens up and becomes very vulnerable in sharing her own experiences. We can all find something we can identify with. Her experiences help each one in the study to also be open and vulnerable which is important for healing.
loreallepaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!April 4, 2017loreallepaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There is nothing I love more than feeling as if Im chatting with a friend over a cup of coffee while reading a book. And this book was just that, from cover to cover.
I think as women, weve all felt Uninvited at one point in our lives. God created women to crave deep personal relationships, so our friendships are a huge part of who we are. Chances are, right now youre either smiling because youre thinking about your own bestie or youre feeling sad because you wish you had a bestie. Either way, your heart connects with the idea of friendship.
I remember a time last year where it felt as if I watched friendship after friendship roll across my Facebook feed. Gals going on lunch dates, littles play dates, meeting for coffee, selfies together here and there. And here I was, sitting at home taking selfies with my chickens.
Lysa tackles the emotional issues of rejection and loneliness in Uninvited. Time after time I found myself saying Yes, oh my goodness, me too! She emphasizes that there is a reason for this season and its not to harm you. Goodness, I should maybe get that tattooed on my arm. Lysa discusses the damaging beliefs we so eagerly embrace and the hurtful ways we deal with those beliefs. She then offers us the truth and promises found in Gods Word.
Every person should read this book. It is such is a healing for the brokenhearted. Gods love for us is so real! When we are in times of need, when were lonely and when were Uninvited He wants us to run to Him. To crave Him. To find comfort in the love story He wrote for us.
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