Pick up the pieces with ‘Unglued’

If you’re looking for a devotional for your book club or just thinking of making a New Year’s resolution about cooling your hot head, check out Lysa TerKeurst’s “Unglued: Making Wise Choice in the Midst of Raw Emotions.”

ungluedI appreciate TerKeurst for her no-nonsense, authentic approach to just about anything (her last book, “Made to Crave” was about eating and overeating). She’s real and flawed, just like me. She opens “Unglued” with a personal story about going berserk on her kids when she finds wet towels on her bathroom floor. Who hasn’t screamed at a loved on about an unimportant frustration? Not you? OK, well bravo, you can take a pass on TerKeurst’s book. The rest of us can benefit.

While I am better at keeping my cool in a tense situation than I used to be in my 30s, I have a long way to go when it comes to resolving conflict without raising my voice or exploding with a string of expletives. “Unglued” offers specific, doable approaches to responding to challenges like the godly women to which we aspire.

The other quality I appreciate about TerKeurst is her ability to do laser surgery on a single Bible verse. She does this in Chapter 2 with Joshua 5:13. She’s a rare minister who can get freaked-out middle-age women to relate with an Old Testament prophet waging war on Jericho.

If you take up “Unglued” as part of a Bible study group, the accompanying Participant’s Guide and Study Guide with DVD are worth the extra cash. The DVD, in particular, is awesome. It’s filmed in Italy, and TerKeurst uses tourist attractions to make her devotional points. It’s quite clever, and it’s entirely new content to what you find in the book. Our group felt like we really got our money’s worth.

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