Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst: A Review

I recently read Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst.  I love Lysa TerKeurst, and her latest offering did not disappoint.

Here's the description from the publisher:
The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love. 
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over. 
With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers: • Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt. • Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence. • Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging. • Stop feeling left out and start believing that "set apart" does not mean "set aside." • End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.
This book does all that and more.  I love Ms. TerKeurst's gut wrenching honesty and willingness to share her darkest moments with her audience.  My biggest take-away was that our thoughts and feelings sometimes lie to us.  To uncover the truth, we must filter our gut reactions through the truth of God's word.  This was a message I definitely needed to hear: my perceptions are not always reality, and imagined slights are not meant as such.

A note about format: I read an electronic version and found it difficult to read--I would recommend buying an actual physical copy of this book, because you will want to mark pages, and flip back to previous sections easily.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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