Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book Review: "Unglued" (Lysa TerKeurst)

When was the last time you had a terrible morning—the dog tracked mud into the kitchen, the kids smeared peanut butter and jelly all over your purse, you spilled coffee on your husband’s suit jacket, there’s no gas in the car, you forgot your notes for the presentation—and just exploded over it?

Yeah, it was yesterday for me, too.

Or maybe you’re the type who pretends everything is fine while the world falls apart around you, and you stuff all your negative emotions—resentment, anger, frustration, disappointment—and hope that, by swallowing them out of the way, you can compartmentalize and ignore how bad you feel.

I can sympathize with that, as well.

And so can Lysa TerKeurst, author of Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, a New York Times bestseller.

Unglued covers, in detail, that very issue: the four different reactions women tend to have most often when we’re overwhelmed by our emotions.

Some women explode and feel ashamed, terrible for having done so. Some explode and blame others, pointing fingers and playing the victim.

Some women stuff their negativity, instead, and collect lists of offenses until they one day snap with bitterness and bring it all back up again. And some stuff and build barriers, determined never to be put in that position again, never to trust or be vulnerable again.

Needless to say, none of these reactions is healthy or Christ-centered, but Unglued is packed with practical advice, gentle wisdom, and soul-searching questions to encourage self-awareness and a more godly response.

TerKeurst is real and relate-able—picture having an honest conversation with her over a cup of coffee, curled in comfortable chairs in a quiet living room—and her writing style is variously funny, self-deprecating, and poignant, but always empathetic and patient. This is not a message from a perfect wife, mother, and businesswoman who has everything perfectly figured out; the author is right there in the mire with the rest of us, facing the same frustrations and situations we are.

There’s something inordinately comforting about that.

Using personal anecdotes, stories, and Scripture, TerKeurst underscores the importance of maintaining perspective when feeling overwhelmed, as well as other helpful hints for when life just starts to close in. I’m adding this work to my personal library, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Author: Lysa TerKeurst
Title: Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
ISBN: 978-0-310-33279-4
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