Saturday, February 23, 2013

What I'm Reading - Unglued

My Thoughts

In Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst shares about taking control of our thoughts 
and the words that come out of our mouths. 

She breaks it down into exploders and stuffers. Exploding means pushing our emotions outward and stuffing means pushing our emotions inward.

You can take the Unglued Assessment here to help 
determine which reaction type you may be.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Lysa shares how to respond to an exploder. At one time or another we have all dealt with this and she shares insightful wisdom on how to respond in a godly way.

"A Jesus girl who rises up and unexpectedly gives grace when she surely could have done otherwise reveals the power and mystery of Christ at work - in her life and in the world."

One way she explains to do this is with a response template. By responding with honor, grace, and compassion we are doing so in a godly way. 
There is a big difference in a reaction and a reply. I think that this applies to more than just in email. We can respond in person and online in this way.

  • Begin by honoring the one offended.
  • Keep your response short and full of grace.
  • End by extending compassion.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.

Ephesians 6:19

One of the things I love about Lysa is how real she writes. 
She shares her struggles and how she works to overcome them.

Lysa is offering free devotionals here 
and you can sign up for The Unglued Challenge here

You can purchase this book here:

About the Book

God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how.

Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.

About the Author

Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and national speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith. She is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, author of 15 books, and encourages nearly 500,000 women worldwide through a daily online devotional. Her remarkable life story has captured audiences across America, including appearances on Oprah and Good Morning America. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five children.

You can read more from Lysa on her website at 
and follow her on Twitter @LysaTerKeurst.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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