Thursday, August 23, 2018

Boundaries for Your Soul: A Review

Hi friends.  I wanted to read Boundaries for Your Soul by Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller because boundaries are kind of big right now, and I'm not really sure what boundaries are, how boundaries work.  I mean, I kind of know what I think boundaries means.  But I have no idea how to implement. 

I also wanted to read because of the subtitle: "How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies."  Because, friends, I have overwhelming feelings and thoughts sometimes, and it seems like a great idea to use them to my benefit.

I enjoyed reading the book, but I have mixed feelings about it.  As I was reading, what the authors were saying made a lot of sense.  They introduced four parts of the soul, including managers, firefighters, exiles, and the Spirit-led self.  They outlined five steps to take to make a You-Turn when overwhelmed by emotion.  They gave examples of folks who got in touch with different parts of their souls and harnessed those parts' powers for good.  I loved it.  All of it.  It made so much sense, and gave so much hope.

On the other hand, I came to realize that I don't have the imagination, or focus, or something, to go through the process by myself.  I need someone else to guide me.  And that someone else needs to read the book first.  So...I'm not going to be making any You-Turns myself for a while.  I also realized that this book isn't really about boundaries.  At least, not what I think boundaries are.  

All is not lost, however.  My main take-away from the book was self-compassion.  Instead of berating myself for feelings that I can't control, I can attempt to get to know, and understand where that feeling is coming from.  And by getting to know my feelings, they begin to have less power over me.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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