Monday, September 9, 2013

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

Last night, I stumbled back to my dorm after an eight to midnight shift, wondering how on earth I was going to get myself out of bed for my 7:50 science class. I was tired. I was hot. I had a sore throat.  Honestly, I just wanted to curl up in bed and sob. Raw emotion? If I was steak, I’d still be mooing. 
I know I have a problem controlling my emotions. I can generally stuff them in for a while, but eventually the smallest thing can set them off.  Although I haven’t read any of Lysa TerKuerst’s other books, this title jumped out to me as something I needed to read. Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions? Yes please!
One of her main points is that emotions should be indicators, not dictators. Easy to say, but not always so easy to put into practice.  However, the author draws from examples in her own life to show how different patterns of reacting can be destructive.  She also acknowledges that people tend to react differently to different people,  so we should be aware of multiple behavioral patterns.
Another point that she brought up is the need to replace negative self-talk with the truth of God’s Word.  I know I tend to beat myself down, especially when I realize what I’ve done wrong .  It’s good to read reminders of these things, because I’m so bad at putting them into practice.

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review.

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