Reading lately

Preach to Yourself, Hayley Morgan

"Break the cycle of doubting yourself, take God at His word, and talk back with truth - a new message of freedom from bestselling coauthor of Wild and Free Hayley Morgan.
We know Christ came to speak life, but then how come our inner critic keeps showing up and stealing the mic? If we’re honest, she’s a harsh one, saying things we’d never dream of saying to others: You’ll never measure up, you’ll fail again tomorrow, you just can’t get it right.
It has been said that the eighteen inches from head to heart is the soul’s longest journey. Our head knows the good news is true, but our heart struggles to believe it, and it is in this gap that we battle to believe the promises of God.
Hayley Morgan, coauthor of bestselling book Wild and Free, has wrestled with this tension her whole life. In Preach to Yourself, she tackles it head-on to discover how we can renew our minds to renew our lives. For every woman who struggles with repetitive, negative self-talk, this book will show you how to identify the toxic loops where you get stuck and replace them with the truth of God we can believe with our whole selves.
This is not a “try harder” reprimand, it’s a “believe better” invitation: to take God at His word when He tells you who you are. Come along and learn a simple practice to break free from the lies holding you back, and step forward into the fullness of life God has planned."
I read Wild and Free back when it came out and just could NOT get on board. So I was a little hesitant about Hayley Morgan's new book. But second chances and all that, right? Preach to Yourself turned out to be worth a look and exactly what I (and, I'm sure, lots of us) needed to hear and think about. I can so appreciate an honest conversation about our thoughts, truth, and ruminating on what God says about and to us. Morgan's thoughts about renewing the mind actually line up really well with Charlotte Mason's theories on thought habits and modern brain research--and I LOVE that. (It seems like everything I read these days reinforces my love of Charlotte Mason in some way.) The nitty-gritty, apply-to-your-life portion of the book was pretty short and simple (but powerful, if followed), but the rest is worthwhile inspiration, IMO. In fact, Morgan's story helped me recognize a lie I've been believing without even realizing it, and I've been applying her suggested prayer in my own prayer life. I can actually recommend this one! 

Boundaries for Your Soul, Alison Cook & Kimberly Miller

"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."
The premise of this book is interesting, but it is a LOT to take in. There are in-depth examples, and the authors walk you through step-by-step application of their ideas. It's well laid out, detailed, and thorough. That being said, I have two issues with it. 1) It all feels a little "out there" and hard to take seriously (you spend a lot of time having actual conversations with different parts of yourself as if they were separate individuals). A little open-mindedness and a willingness to try something you might not be totally comfortable with at first would get you past this, though. 2) It feels like the work done with this book would be better done in therapy. For one, the issues people in the examples are dealing with can get rather heavy and serious. I have to assume that the book is meant for people facing similar problems. And the process itself would be difficult to manage on your own without guidance or feedback, unless you had previous experience with this type of emotional work. I may be underestimating the average individual's abilities here, but I still think it's a bit much to do on your own. 

What have you been reading lately?

1 comment :

  1. I just finished Lord of the Flies for the first time (shocking, right?). And King Lear, which I was supposed to read in college but didn't. Epic and Romance by W.P. Ker, which has been taking a while so I've been mixing the lighter things in. Just started Life of Pi, which does not seem like it's going to be as light as I thought it would be.