Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend
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Many of us struggle with negative self-talk. We lack self-compassion and say things to ourselves we would never say to a friend. Self-compassion is essential for both handling and recovering from life’s difficulties, without it we become vulnerable to harmful, negative messages from our inner critics. And as time goes on, all this negativity can have a devastating effect on our lives, and our relationships.

In Give Yourself a Break, Kim Fedrickson uses a faith-based perspective to provide some understanding of why self-compassion is so hard to extend to ourselves, and shows us how to practice self-compassion so we can interact with ourselves in a healthy and gracious way.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800724410
ISBN-13: 9780800724412

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Many people are used to showing compassion to others. What many of us have trouble with is showing that same compassion to ourselves. Too often we say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend. All this negative self-talk can have a devastating effect on our lives.

Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson wants readers to stop beating themselves up. Grounding her advice in the Bible, she offers practical steps, specific exercises, and compassionate words to say in order to build a loving relationship with ourselves. Through inspiring stories of transformation, she helps us learn to show ourselves the kind of grace and understanding we offer to others--and to change our relationships, our outlook on life, and our view of ourselves in the process.

Author Bio

Kim Fredrickson has been a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Christian life coach for more than twenty-five years. An adjunct professor, speaker, and author, she loves helping people become equipped spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually with practical skills to live more effective and fulfilling lives. Her website offers visitors helpful articles, encouraging recordings, and additional resources. She has been married to her husband, Dave, for thirty-seven years and they have two grown children. Fredrickson lives in Northern California. Learn more and read her blog at www.kimfredrickson.com.

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  1. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Its Time To Treat Yourself With Compassion
    July 9, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kim Fredrickson in her new book, Give Yourself A Break published by Revell gives us Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend.

    From the Back Cover: Its time to start treating yourself the way you treat others

    As children were taught to treat others the way we would like to be treated. But as adults, we often need to turn that old maxim around. Were good at showing compassion to other peoplebut many of us have trouble showing that same compassion to ourselves. We say things to ourselves we would never say to a friend. And all this negative self-talk can have a devastating effect on our lives and relationships.

    Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson wants you to stop beating yourself up. Grounding her advice in Scripture, she offers practical steps, specific exercises, and compassionate words to say in order to build a loving relationship with yourself. Through inspiring stories of transformation, shell help you learn to show yourself the kind of grace and understanding you offer to othersand to change your relationships, your outlook on life, and your view of yourself in the process.

    The Dictionary defines Compassion as: sympathetic consciousness of others distress together with a desire to alleviate it. When we see someone suffering we want to help to stop whatever is causing them to suffer. We do not seem to have that same consideration for ourselves. Ms. Fredrickson understands that we are hard on ourselves when we fail, make mistakes, make poor decisions or could not foresee the future. If you are nodding your head right now then perhaps you might be doing this as well. It is time for self-compassion, interacting kindly with yourself with both truth and grace. If we have self-compassion it will help all of our relationships. Ms. Fredrickson gives us ten chapters to help us deal with our lack and build our necessary Self-Care with Practical Tools To Build A Compassionate Relationship With Yourself. If you want to have a better relationship with yourself and then with both God and others then this is the book for you. It would also be a great gift for friends and family so that they be helped as well.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Mercy
    Age: 18-24
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Self-compassion?
    July 9, 2015
    Mercy
    Age: 18-24
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I found this book deeply insightful into my own life and the lives of others. I found the term "self-compassion" strange at first, sounding even somewhat wrong. However, when we treat ourselves properly (without narcissism nor self-contempt), this positively impacts our relationships with others as well. I found this true in my own life. I believe this book. I would recommend this book; it will get you thinking.

    I received this review copy from Revell.
  3. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Extend yourself some compassion...
    July 7, 2015
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    As our own worst critic (especially women), it is easy to share compassion with others yet not with ourselves. In her new book, Give Yourself A Break, author Kim Fredrickson offers encouragement to silence that inner critic put in place by ourselves, as well as others. Acting as a positive life-coach with a beneficial message, she explains, supports and emphasizes the need for self-compassion, just as extended to us by God.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Women of all ages, professions and locations tend to shoulder a lot of disappointment, guilt, pain and unhappiness, often unnecessarily. Easier said than done though, women must learn to offer compassion to themselves just as they do to others. I appreciated (and probably needed to hear) the message contained in the book albeit not easy. Supported with scripture, personal stories, reassurance and strength, this book was a quick read with a strong message. Perfect as a Bible Study or ministry, this book is definitely a womens advocate.

    RATING:

    4.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Give Yourself a Break from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
  4. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Give yourself a break
    July 3, 2015
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Everyone has an inner voice that makes you feel you are not good enough and you need to be perfect. It is that feeling that you are not doing enough or you just can't do anything right. This book makes you realize that you are just what GOD created you to be and you are not supposed to be perfect. It makes you realize that you are just the way HE wants you to be. Each chapter works on the issues and thoughts that women have in their lives everyday. Also included at the end of the chapters are questions for you to ponder and think about, allowing you to work on the issues that you need to change in your life.

    I would recommend this book to all aged women. It is a good book that reminds us that we are normal, not perfect, and that we are all created for GOD's purpose. The book provides scripture to back the issues in each chapter. You can pick and choose what you want to read. Allowing you to read from cover to cover or just pick what you want to read, it all depends on how you feel and want to work on.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Treat yourself with the same compassion you treat others
    July 3, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We can be too hard on ourselves, Fredrickson writes. We know that as Christians we are forgiven, but knowing it in our head is different than knowing it in the heart.

    Fredrickson has written this book to help us understand self-compassion and why it is so hard to extend to ourselves. She wants us to learn how to relate to ourselves in healthy and gracious ways.

    There is a great deal of good material in this book. I liked how she explained that we are to model ourselves after the way God relates to us. He has compassion on us as we confess our sins, and He corrects us with grace and truth. I appreciated that she explained how childhood experiences influence us throughout life. She has many suggestions for helping children develop good self-compassion. I also liked her insights from her thoughts on attachment theory.

    I am really impressed with several of the topics she covered in this book. One was the importance of helping children learn how to handle it when they have done something wrong. A child's brain is not well enough developed to have balanced thinking. It must be taught to them. This is why some of us still struggle with how we see our selves from our childhood conclusions. Another topic that impressed me was learning how to accept a compliment.

    Fredrickson includes several appendixes. I liked the one that was a quick start on how to bounce back after messing up. It is sort of a quick review of the whole book and. There is also a good bibliography and some suggested resources.

    She has added possible statements to make about ourselves now that we've read that chapter. She then gives Concluding Reflections which are good for journal writing or discussing in a group of trusted friends.

    One might think how we treat ourselves in unimportant. The way you interact with yourself has a greater impact on you than any interactions you have with others, Fredrickson writes. It is important that we learn how to treat ourselves in a biblically sound way. It really makes a difference on how we treat others too as our inability to accept our own humanness affects our ability to accept it in others.

    Food for thought:

    What gets us into trouble aren't our failures, but what we do with them.

    When we have compassion for ourselves, we more easily show compassion to others.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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