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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst

Do you ever feel as if you are coming "unglued"?  I certainly can say I do!

Have you ever felt like you have made progress in managing your out of control emotions only to have some circumstance sneak up on you the next day that throws you for a loop and seem to be right back where you started? too!

Unglued Devotional:  60 Days Of Imperfect Progress by Lysa Terkeurst may be just the resource for you!

Lysa is a New York Times bestselling author and national speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith.  She is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of 15 books.  She writes a daily online devotional that is read by over 600,000.  Her remarkable life story captured audiences across America when she appeared on Oprah and Good Morning America after she and her husband adopted two teenage boys from a war-torn orphanage in Liberia, Africa.  She lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and three dogs.

Unglued Devotional:  60 Days Of Imperfect Progress is a companion resource to Lysa's book Unglued:  Making Wise Choices In The Midst Of Raw EmotionsThe book contains 60 devotional readings that include a focal verse, a concise "thought for the day", devotional thoughts from Lysa and ends with a prayer prompter that helps guide the reader to internalize and apply the idea presented.  Included in the devotional as an appendix is a section where Lysa guides you to determine your "reaction type":
  • Exploder that blames others.
  • Exploder that shames herself.
  • Stuffer that builds barriers.
  • Stuffer that creates retaliation rocks.
The five main areas that Lysa seeks to guide the reader, both in the book and the devotional, are:
  • Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships.
  • Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended.
  • Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication.
  • Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between.
  • Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.
I remember having a conversation with a friend on Facebook just the other day regarding Lysa and Proverbs 31 Ministries.  My friend said this:  "I have stayed away from Lysa Terkeurst because of the whole 'Proverbs 31' thing.  I know her writing will be just be another reminder of how far away I am from being able to measure up to that woman."  My friend was referring to the Proverbs 31 Woman when she said "that" woman.

I immediately encouraged her NOT to avoid Lysa Terkeurst and her writing!  I have found Lysa to be a breath of fresh air in the area of women's ministry.  After reading her devotionals for a few years and some of her other books, I have found her to be deeply biblical and just as deeply practical.  Lysa's writing is genuine and real.  She encourages women to be responders rather than reactors.

Imperfect progress...yep that's what it feels like most days.  We as women are blessed to have Lysa Terkeurst to encourage us to keep keep walking in faithfulness and obedience to God and His word.

*Thank you Thomas Nelson for sending the book for the purpose of providing my readers with this review.