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Good Reads: Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst

I’m pretty sure I’ve been living under a rock for years because Unglued is the first book by Lysa TerKeurst that I’ve read. And now I know why everyone loves her so much and what I’ve been missing out on for so long!

Lysa is real, she’s Southern (bless her heart!), and she calls it like she sees it. After you read her book, you just want to invite her over for a big glass of sweet tea and some girl talk. Because Lysa gets you. She doesn’t pretend to have her act together (I almost laughed aloud while reading about the missing toilet seat!) and her authenticity gives you hope and inspiration.

It just so happens that I read Unglued during a month where there were many extra burdens heaped on my shoulders — things I didn’t have control over and couldn’t just run away from, even though there were times when I really wanted to!

It’s easy to be all calm and smiles when life is going smoothly. But how do you respond when your boat is rocked and life is in upheaval? I got a whiff of just how much I need to work on patience as a result of some of that this month. It was humbling to have to go back and ask forgiveness from my husband and children time and again as I lost my temper or reacted out of frustration.

So Lysa’s words and encouragement couldn’t have come at a better time. I found it so beneficial to think through how I respond in different situations (Do I react? Or do I stuff? Or do I explode? Or somewhere in between?) and to seek the Lord to help me become more and more the woman who doesn’t come unglued in the midst of tumultuous times. I’m far from there, but it’s something that I’m working on — thanks to Lysa’s encouragement.

See more book recommendations I’ve posted this year here. You can also see all books I’ve read so far in 2012 here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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9 Comments

  • Bree says:

    I’ve also read this book. It’s life-changing. I’m participating in the online Bible study right now and loving it!

  • Renee says:

    Another one of her books is, Made to Crave. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who struggles with their weight or over-eating!!!

  • Tabitha says:

    I’m loving this book. It couldn’t have come to me at better time too. I’ve had the same experience this month that you did Crystal, on how you had to ask your husband and children for forgiveness. Thank goodness for Gods grace. And thank goodness we have writers like Lysa who encourage us that our progress is imperfect but it’s progress! 🙂 I’m almost done reading and I can’t wait to read another book by her. Very good read!

  • Theresa says:

    I’m excited to get to see her next month. I get this book at the conference so I have yet to read it. I am excited to…having heard MANY great reviews! And plus, I’m one of those…I just love Lysa for the reasons you do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

  • Alison says:

    My Kindle wish list is getting out of control between your reviews and everyone’s suggestions on these posts! 😉

    I’ve been wading through Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn (that I got for free, probably through a post from you last year). It’s long! but very convicting and has me rethinking how I spend my (God’s) time and money

  • Yvonne says:

    I am about half way through this book right now. Boy, is it a good one! Loved the toliet seat story, just read that one today!

  • Tiffany Bell says:

    I read this book as well and it really has me reevaluating my tendency to “Stuff” or to explode on occasion when I have too much on my plate and something gets in my way or doesn’t run smoothly. Great read!

  • I’m reading this book now and I think it’ll be one of those books that I read twice – once to ‘get’ it but the 2nd time for it to sink in :0)

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