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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031033392X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310333920
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen is a Proverbs 31 Ministries author and speaker, as well as a writer for their Encouragement For Today online devotions that reach over one million women daily. She has written seven books including  the popular LET. IT. GO: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith.  Married to her college sweetheart Todd, together they raise their three sometimes quarrelsome but mostly charming children in the boondocks of central Michigan. There she enjoys antique hunting, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many teens who gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking.

Customer Reviews

It's very easy to relate to Karen.
Arlene Pellicane
I have to say this was a truly eye opening book that has helped me to make some changes in my life.
G. Blankenship
My small group Bible study bought this book to read, as well the video and study book.
Kristi R. Varner

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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful By BT Invictus on April 11, 2013
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The universal desire--however it might manifest itself--to control others and their impressions of us is the subject of Karen Ehman's new book Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith. While Ehman has plenty of praise for industrious, well-organized, capable women who thrive in their homes and places of work, her objective is to help those same women identify the "miniscule line between being conscientious and being controlling" (17). Writing from an evangelical and complementarian vantage point, Ehman's objective is to offer biblical justification for loosening the reigns a little bit, as well as some practical steps we can take toward this goal.

Let. It. Go. has a number of strengths and two very critical flaws.

A perceptive and sensitive woman, Ehman is most helpful when, after dismantling the facades we wear, she analyzes our raw human impulses, particularly those that drive us to manipulate others and exert unhealthy levels of control over our environments. She refuses to make the overtly bossy, opinionated and loud woman bear the burden of representation for the all the control freaks out there, exposing, also, "the soft-spoken saint", "the enabler" "the martyr" and "the people pleaser" (20-21). She argues quite persuasively that controlling personalities come in many forms--and quiet, gentle and agreeable women are not necessarily exempt from her criticism. Her willingness to invite readers to reflect upon her own storehouse of fears, desires, insecurities and controlling impulses makes her a winsome and authentic voice--one from whom I think most readers will gladly accept instruction.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Pellicane on November 17, 2012
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We women can get tense about many things. The to-do list. Our kids' grades. Our waistlines. Our mortages. This list goes on and on!

Karen very wisely teaches a needed life skill: "how to control what we should and trust God with what we can't."

She shares many stories that will make you laugh out loud. It's very easy to relate to Karen. She's a wonderful guide and the kind of lady you'd call friend. The book includes a little quiz to test your personal control quotient. With that in mind, you can tackle the rest of the chapters and transform from a control freak into a more relaxed version of you. A woman who is at peace with where she is. That's a great place to be - thank you Karen for helping us get there!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carissa D Huffman on March 19, 2013
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I got this book as part of a fantastic online Bible Study group. Honestly, I didn't really expect to get much out of it--I am not a controlling person by nature. In fact, one of my worst traits is a lack of self-control--it causes a lot of unnecessary struggles for me. But, I figured I might find some small nugget of wisdom...

I must tell you that the different ways we humans use to manipulate our environment that Karen Ehman draws out in detail are a stark reminder to anyone--you will see yourself trying to control something in your life when you read her loving, funny, but forthright words. I know I did, and I was truly surprised.

I needed the reminder that God is God and I am not. I needed to be shown that I don't trust Him as much as I say and think I do. I believe the mirror this book helped me hold up to my soul will not allow me to walk away the same person I was before.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By vettechick99 on June 1, 2013
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This book is written for women who are: 1. religious, 2. Type A micro-managers. The ideal reader is the type of mom who is a worrier AND goes to church on Sunday. Those people will gain the most from Mrs. Ehman - look no further, this is the book for you. It's also worthwhile if you are a stressed gal who seeks to have a closer relationship with God and your children.

It's NOT worth the buy if you are a calm-ish agnostic. That describes me. But since I am a wife and mother with a full time job and two young kids, I do get overly stressed at home. We normally run the show, so anything to lighten the load is welcomed. So when a friend asked me to join her study group on this book, I said yes. I am open and eager to learn about the bible and how it can help me with my work and family life. Over the course of several weeks we read book chapters at home, watched the DVD and used the study guides together, and had discussions (there is a study guide set for sale on Amazon).

Overall I would say I liked the book and DVD. I learned a few things about letting go of the little things. and letting God take over. Wait, I'm agnostic, so that last part to me means let problems work out by themselves - not stressing about them or making them happen, as Type As like to do.

But as I said, I am agnostic and this is a God-drive book, so I was left with as much confusion as I started with. I didn't leave with tricks up my sleeve. Not that I left with nothing. I did appreciate the book's purpose - there are some good quotes and many "foods for thought". I even bought a study bible so I could look up scripture and understand it better. It's still on my nightstand untouched, but hey it's there.

I would say that if you are religious and Type A, this is the book for you.
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