Book Review: Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

Uninvited CoverBook Review: Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

Have you ever felt like you didn’t quite fit in? Do you find yourself looking for the approval of others in your church, family,  job or personal life? Then this book is for you! Terkeurst delves into how God is the one that should occupy our attention and capture our hearts. It isn’t a book just for singles, it is for everyone at all walks of life.

I think it only fitting that I start a ridiculously long blogging hiatus (sorry about that) with the book that changed my life this year. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a total people pleaser. That isn’t always a bad thing; in fact, sometimes it reduces a lot of conflict, but when I read this book I realized how much that has crippled my spiritual growth. I’ve talked before about how I invest a lot of energy at work because I find success there, but what I hadn’t really looked at was my attitude towards service. I realized that I was serving Christ in a desire to be loved. I KNOW that salvation is by grace, but insecurity can make you wonder if you are doing enough to make Him happy. I mean, we all want to make Him proud. The answer to that question is: He loves me. It’s as simple as that. The outpouring of love I share shouldn’t come with expectations of return, it should just be. I’m a work in progress there, but it’s opened up a part of my heart I didn’t realize I’d closed off. Since reading this book, I’ve seen God reveal His love to me daily. I think I’d just stopped watching for it, because I know it never went away.

Quotes

“Live from the abundant place that you are loved and you won’t find yourself begging others for scraps of love.”

“Then I would rev up my Christian to-do list with all manners of serving, blessing, and giving others in the kind of love that I was so desperate to have boomerang back on me. Those are all good things. Fabulous activities. Biblical instructions. But when given from a heart whose real motivation is what I’m hoping I’ll get in return, it’s not really love at all.”

“God’s love isn’t based on me. It’s simply placed on me. And it’s the place from which I should live…loved.”

There are some great parallels to ballerinas also, but I’d have to quote several pages for the full effect. It’s pretty early in the book, you’ll find it! Oh, and the part about the lady at the gym…hilarious!

Recommended Grades: 7-Adult
Genre: Nonfiction
Overall Opinion:  Highly Recommend
Source: Book

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Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Sorry about the delay in blogging…no excuses (or good ones anyway).

uninvitedBook Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Davy is the envy of every girl at her high school: popular, handsome boyfriend, and smart. That is until she tests positive for the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome gene; meaning she is destined to become a killer. Life unravels from there at a startling pace!

So funny thing, sometimes when I know an author I don’t read the inserts because I want to be surprised. Book jackets give away too much information sometimes. From the cover, I totally thought this was going to have an alien slant. Boy was I wrong! There were several times in this book I was so frustrated at characters because I could TOTALLY see this happening today. This is an interesting exploration to nature vs. nurture and do we actually create the criminals we are trying to prevent?

Quotes:

On self-perception: “She hardly looks like the mother of someone like me. This strikes me almost at once. How easy it’s become for me to alter my perception of myself. It makes me wonder if I ever really knew me.”

On fighting (while wrestling): “I skip away faster, leading him on a merry chase. We do this for a while. Me just barely avoiding him. Him getting red-faced and angry. It’s working. He’s gasping. Getting tired, frustrated. If I didn’t have to stay on this mat, I’d be long gone by now. But I do. Just like in real life—I can’t always run. Sometimes I have to stay and fight.

Recommended Grade: High school-Adult
Genre: Dystopian
Overall Opinion: Recommended
Source: Book