Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Overextended....and loving most of it! by:Lisa Harper

  Overextended... and Loving Most of It!: The Unexpected Joy of Being Harried, Heartbroken, and Hurling Oneself Off Cliffs
About the Book:
 Are you a burn-the-candle-at-both-ends kind of gal with lots of room for improvement when it comes to creating margins for rest? But you actually "love" it and wouldn't want it any other way? Well, so does Lisa Harper.

In her humorous and packed-with-biblical-wisdom way, Lisa shows us that it is possible for a frazzled nature to be glorifying to the Lord. Every late-night conversation with a hurting friend and each precious, adopted child needing a little extra tender loving care--exhausting, yet imperative, ways to be extensions of the gospel. In each of these vignettes illustrating Lisa's overextended life, we learn that even in the middle of our own pure motives and hectic schedules, it is only by resting in God's sovereign mercy that we are able to keep risking our hearts to serve his people and fulfill the callings he has placed on us.

"Real" life . . . "abundant" life . . . g"odly" life is about loving Jesus and the people he allows us to rub shoulders with well--which means some days you'll be stretched emotionally and physically. You'll feel overextended. Thankfully God will expand our hearts and calendars to accommodate the calling. He is in the business of supplying us with new mercies every morning . . . new candles to burn, for more lives needing his light.


About the Author:
Lisa Harper is a gifted communicator whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful, pop-culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. For six years Lisa was the national women’s ministry director at Focus on the Family, followed by six years as the women’s ministry director at a large church. The author of nine books, with a Masters of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary, Lisa is a featured speaker with Women of Faith®.

My Review:
 Lisa Harper has wrote a very funny book about overextending oneself. Which is not very hard to do in this crazy, fast world we are living. She explains that it is indeed possible to "do it all" and still be able to glorify God. Through her recent adoption experience she shares with us that we can do all God asks us to do and still not have our prayers answered right away or at all. But we are called to move on while learning the one lesson God is trying to teach us.

 Being a Christian doesn't mean our lives are automatically immune to the toils of everyday life. As a matter of fact the closer you get to the Lord the harder and more difficult the storm. I can surely attest to that fact. God is constantly growing us and stretching us as we live our lives for Him. Too many times we focus on the circumstance when truly we should focus on Him and His ability to get us through it.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Booksneeze.