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.