Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Review: Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by:Lysa TerKeurst
About the Book:
The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.
With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers:
Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt.
Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence.
Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.
Stop feeling left out and start believing that "set apart" does not mean "set aside."
End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.
Life is simply not fair. There are times, situations, and circumstances that are in our lives that simply to us don't make sense and we wonder why they even exist--what is the purpose of these hard and often terrible things. We live day in and day out with some pretty horrific things and we sit on a pew on Sunday next to other individuals that have absolutely no clue what we are going through or have been through but yet they claim to "understand".
It is almost laughable for another individual to say I have been there and I get it. You just sit there thinking to yourself as they say these so called words of assurance, wow really?! How could you possibly get it? How could they understand the hurt felt from abandonment of a parent or a young girl seeking love so much that she would give away her innocence, not understanding the cost. Or a child finding out many years later that the parent that he thought was biological parent turned out not to be, but he is asked just to get over it?
These things are real things that people get to live with and go through and they are not pretty, they are downright ugly things that tend to ruin us over time. So much so that we isolate ourselves from others because it is a way of protecting what little dignity we have left. But what we don't understand is, is that by doing this we are also isolating ourselves from the one person that really does "get it". Jesus gets it! He understands the pain because He was there with us. He knows our hurts and why we have them and He wants to heal us through those experiences. If we allow Him to come in an clean up the mess, than we are truly the victors of all of the dirt and calamity that has been handed to us.
In Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, Lysa TerKeurst takes the blinders away and exposes herself to us so that we too, will feel free enough to do the same. With her amazing personality and her quick wit she brings us to a place of getting to that place of freedom in the Holy Spirit to not feel hurt or confused when others isolate us or make us feel isolated or uninvited to the party. God is our sole friend that is waiting in the wings to help us navigate this thing called life and He is the only one hat can bring healing through pain. He grows us through that pain. He stretches us through that pain.
Lysa's book is a good book for those of us that have hurts that isolate us and keep us bound, whether they are from the past or are current in our daily lives, here and now.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.