Monday, October 1, 2018

Boundaries For Your Soul

So, I picked up this book to review for a whole variety of reasons.

With the constant changing of the seasons for me, it's been a whirl wind and to be honest quite difficult at times to be able to handle it.

My son is a teenager, or almost there, and of course, suddenly I know nothing and he knows everything. My youngest is definitely testing the boundaries, for sure. And in the midst of everything else, I am getting divorced.

Nothing rocks your boundaries like that. So I thought this book would be a good start and maybe hold some ideas or information I don't know yet.

YOU GUYS! SERIOUSLY! This book from the get go, is LIKE WOW!

Even from a few pages into the first chapter, I can already see how enlightening it is for me. Especially in regards to my divorce and my feelings around it. It is so easy to be overwhelmed with hurt and sadness that you can't see forwards some days.

I really like this book and it has SO much to offer, however, because there is sometimes a heavy faith tone to it, while it doesn't take away from the validity of the points made, makes it harder to read and interalise sometimes. However, she does a great job of labelling those sections of the chapters in which she talks more biblically and therefore you can skip those if  you wish if that helps you read it better.

What is even cooler about this book though is that there are quizzes to help you understand where you lie on the spectrum of your own boundaries and this is cool because it gives it a proactive feel to what the book is trying to accomplish- which I appreciate.

This book is so so so wise. Why?

It acknowledges that there are many parts of the self. Often times we try to address it as one thing thinking that we are only made up of a singular point of reference, regardless if we address ourselves that way or others. Likely both. This book is one of the first in a long time to really acknowledge that without being "crazy" it is quite normal to have contrarian thoughts towards the same thing or different feelings for the same event or person.

I honestly think this is the PERFECT book.... It's like one of the cheapest therapy sessions you will ever get. And it's going to go on my list of books and recommendations for those going through hard times, like what I am right now.

I so wish I could do a giveaway for this book-- that is how much I like it. Though because of the heavy biblical references in each chapter-- and are thankfully easy to skip if needed (I think as a reader on the whole, not just one of faith), which can deter those going through hard times, I would give this a 4 or 4.5 out of 5. Other than that it is an easy stellar 5.

Book Description

"Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions? Many people let guilt, anger, or self-criticism dominate their lives and negatively affect their relationships. Boundaries for Your Soul shows you how to calm the chaos within. This groundbreaking approach will help you know what to do when you feel overwhelmed, understand your guilt, anxiety, sadness, and fear, welcome God into the troubling parts of your soul and move from doubt and conflict to confidence and peace.
Boundaries for Your Soul includes relatable anecdotes, helpful exercises, an engaging quiz, and opportunities for personal reflection. Gathering the wisdom from the authors’ twenty-five years of combined advanced education, biblical studies, and clinical practice, this book will set you on a journey to become the loving, authentic, joyful person you were created to be."
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