Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Review: Unglued Devotional

I had the opportunity to read the Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress, the companion to Lysa TerKeurst's book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. Both the book and the devotional are aimed towards helping women conquer the negative emotions that sometimes pop up, and rather use our emotions to encourage, uplift, and show compassion.

Lysa is a talented story teller (if you've ever heard her speak, she has this fabulous Southern accent that really makes you want to listen!), and her stories are very relateable. Each day during this 60 day journey, the devotional presents a verse, a thought of the day, introduces a relevant story about emotions and not allowing them to get the best of us, and finishes with a prayer towards fulfilling the goal of the day. I really enjoyed this devotional, and it gave me a lot of points to consider, and small goals to work towards. The book is even subtitled: "60 Days of Imperfect Progress", which took a lot of the pressure off. I don't need to be perfect, I just need to have a heart that is willing to change my habits.

One of my favorite devotions was regarding something I've written a few blog posts about, and have been trying to cultivate daily in my own life: an Attitude of Gratitude. My favorite line really spoke volumes about the source of true joy. When we praise God, despite what our emotions or circumstances dictate, we "stop being blind to all that's right and see so many more reasons to praise God. And when my heart is full of praise, my emotions aren't nearly as prone to coming unglued" (TerKeurst 100).

Lysa's book is full of Biblically sound advice, and was a very enjoyable read. I enjoyed the stories, and realized that some progress is better than no progress in controlling our emotions. My kids still know how to push those buttons, but now I have some tools and encouragement to help me overcome my first reaction of letting that temper show. 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Unglued: Devotional from Zondervan publishers via BookSneeze. All opinions and comments regarding the book are my own, and have not been influenced in any way.

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