Saturday, January 19, 2013

Unglued Devotional (Book Review)


A lot of people like to read devotionals, and I do myself from time to time. Recently, Zondervan sent me 60 Days of Imperfect Progress:  Unglued Devotional by New York Times bestselling author, Lysa Terkeurst.

Like any good devotional, the concepts are laid out in succinct fashion, providing one great message in very few sentences...just enough to get you thinking and put you in a positive frame of mind for the day.  There are scriptural references, practical writings, and personal experiences shared throughout the book that make the words oh so easy to relate to, and easy to read.

The whole idea behind Unglued Devotional is that we are not perfect, and we do not deal with things perfectly, but we can work on making progress with how we think, talk, and react, if we give it a little effort.  Even better, it is in written in such a way that makes us want to take the time out to work on being a little nicer, makes us want to act more responsibly with our actions and reactions, and makes us want to strengthen our walk in our faith.

One of the sections I found most inspiring was the one on conflict.  The way we react is so very important to how others respond, and we do have it in our power to be responders instead of reactors.  According to Terkeurst, a responder dissipates the conflict, while a reactor will escalate one.  The words that accompanied the section were powerful because we do have the ability to remain calm, respond in character, and control our emotions...and it is important to both us and those around us that we do so.

Another great example from the book, is offered in the section on praying for your husband.  So many of us want to 'fix' our husbands, or pray for God to change him.  Terkeurst shares the importance of being a 'love-him' wife, not a 'fix-him' wife, so that you can free your emotions up enough to just love your husband instead of running around being irritated or hurt all of the time.  When you start changing your own reactions, and actions, if they are not positive ones, that is when change will begin to set in that is positive.  I've seen that happen, so reading about it in the book gave me a happy smile.

There are many other positive messages in this 60-day devotional, and several forms (e-pub, soft cover, download) of the book offered, so you can purchase it in the format of your preferred choice.  You can purchase a copy from Zondervan at a very reasonable price, and it really is a great addition to your family bookshelf (one of my favorite places in the house).

Disclosure:  I was provided with a copy of the book for review purposes.  No other form of compensation took place.  All opinions stated were my own.

26 comments:

  1. So many people do try to fix when they shouldn't, great review.

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    1. Thanks, it did have a lot of great thoughts in it.

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  2. I like the idea of praying for your husband. Too often I find myself criticizing or trying to change him instead of talking to God about it. Great reminder.

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  3. Sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing, I am always seeking new books to read.

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    1. me too...and the time to read them. :)

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  4. This sounds like an interesting book. I've never read a devotional book because most of them get deeply into a religion that isn't mine; however I'd be interested in reading one written from my religious perspective.

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    1. I bet there are some out there that are just positive thinking or that are geared towards your personal faith. Happy to see you, I'm coming to visit your blog to tell you a Joyce story I had today, lol.

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  5. I do agree whole-heartedly with this philosophy. How you perceive and react is completely in your control. It makes life easier too when you embrace it. Just saw the news with the school teacher suing the school, because she is afraid of kids. We have reached such a bottom on the personal responsibility in our society.

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    1. Time to let a teacher go... geeeeeeeeeez. :(

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  6. The problem with "fixing" is you might just change other things about him that you do love, and isn't it a bit arrogant to think we are so perfect that they should be? `

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    1. The older I get, the easier it is... too bad we don't learn these great things a lot younger. I guess it's all a part of the growing together (or 'for better or worse' ha!) process. Our husbands put up w/a lot while we're growing up, don't they? (Yeah, we do too ;) ).

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  7. I enjoy reading the inspirational posts on your blog and have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Award - to accept please go to http://dedivahdeals.com/2013/01/19/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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  8. I have a sister that tries to fix everything.... drives me nuts. LOL... gotta love her though. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Just what I've heard sisters are for...aggravating you and loving you too. :)

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  9. I have never read a devotional book, but when I worked in a bookstore years ago, they were hot sellers. I do like what you say about "fixing" your husband. I think that is the key to my happy marriage. I know my husbands faults and choose to accept them instead of hoping he will change. He does the same for me. We all have our own little quirks. No one is perfect :)

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    1. I could never work in a bookstore, every penny I made would stay right there, I wouldn't be able to resist... :)

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  10. I have just picked up this book from the library and am just in the first few pages. It is my first devotional. I cant wait to really get into it. Thank You for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Thanks for visiting back! The book is full of positive, and I really like that... hope you enjoy the reading!

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  11. This sounds like a fantastic book! My MIL would love this and I may end up getting it for her for Mothers Day!

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    1. My sister-in-law would like it... her b/day's not until Dec. though, maybe I'll give her a 'just because' gift. :)

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  12. Love Lisa!

    I'm signed up for emails but yes I would love to read this book!

    Thanks for this sharing!

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    1. It was my first time reading her, I can see why she's on the best seller list, it was very nicely done.

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