Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: Unglued

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions


Unglued.  Such a small word, yet it encompass so many emotions and reactions and for many of us, daily realities. I know of very few, like actually maybe one or two, people who seem unflusterable (I'm pretty sure I just made that word up)...unflappable. Not that they are zombies void of emotion, but they just don't get ruffled easily.  So this book probably isn't for them.  Instead it's for the rest of the billions of us, who do have tendencies to get unglued.

The term unglued in the sense most would think about it would mean completely flying off the handle, blowing up and spewing anger and hurt all over the place- mostly all over another person.  But Lysa TerKeurst shows that becoming unglued doesn't always have to be an outward show of emotions, but that it can also be a stuffing down of emotions, letting them fester and turn into bitterness and even possibly "retaliation rocks" that are stored up and hurled at a later date.  And that's where the subheading of the book comes in: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions.  Because even if we believe we are doing the honorable and godly thing of not having an outward breakdown and "losing it" if we are stuffing those emotions down and continuing to chew on them without actually processing them or Letting Them Go, then we are still unglued and not doing the godly thing.

What I love about this book is TerKeurst's honesty and transparency.  She shares story after story of opportunities where she could have chosen a different course, but still managed to come unglued, and she also tells of the times she did choose, despite what her first thoughts were, to make healthy responses.  These are real life examples, that I can honestly say I have also experienced an example like that- hateful email- check... broken computer- check... so busy and stressed that one more thing will make me lose it...check!  TerKeurst writes this book in a conversational tone and because I was listening to the audio version, it felt like she was riding in the car with me just telling me stories!

But there is not only a lot of stories and examples, there are practical steps and tips that she gives to help you make those wise decisions even when your emotions are raw.  Before you think this is some kind of self-help book, I assure you it is not.  It is a book firmly rooted in Jesus and the Word, and fully covered in grace.  TerKeurst herself, repeatedly reminds us that we will not be perfect, but that we can make "imperfect progress."  I love that.  Imperfect progress.  It's a step in the direction toward godliness (which as Christians is where we should be heading) but a reminder that we are not perfect, but God is oh so gracious.

I highly recommend this book to those who know they struggle in this area as well as those who believe they have a handle on it-- you just may find that you are actually a stuffer!  And as I mentioned, I actually listened to the audio recording of this book, which was narrated by Lysa TerKeurst, and I highly recommend that as well. 

* I would like thank christianaudio Reviewer's Program for the audio version of this book in exchange for my honest review.

You can purchase this book here.

And just as an aside, there is also a Bible study for this book, that might be a great options for a Women's group.

Love in Christ,

Alyson

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