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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.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031033392X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310333920
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 112 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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17 of 19 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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18 of 21 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terri G on December 28, 2013
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Wow, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and I'm so glad I did! I see myself in so much of this author's writings! Being the oldest of 4 kids in my family and having both parents who worked just kind of put me in the position to be "mom" when the situation called for it and that set me on a path of being in charge or taking the responsibility for things pretty much most of my life. And when you couple that with how the women's movement has drilled stuff into our heads that we are not to take orders or be in a subservient position to any man..well, that pretty well set me up for the problems I have been dealt because of my tenacity in situations. I don't want to be like this and, since Ms. Ehman (the author) suffers from the same thing, she has really laid it all out on the line as to why we behave like this, why it's hard to step back and what other choices we can make which will be better on everyone. I don't know about you; but, I'm tired of bearing so much of the load and I need some help letting it fall on someone else's shoulders. The end of each chapter has a little self-evaluation test you can take and you really need to be truthful with yourself when you do. This book is an excellent read!!!! I definitely recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Tomarelli on May 11, 2014
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Stumbled upon this book after hearing the song from the Frozen soundtrack a few times too many. God used it to remind me He sees just what I'm about right now as a mom of teenagers. This is yet another critical time in my life when the reminder to let go and let God be in control was timed perfectly.

Karen writes as if you're sitting at the table with a girlfriend, chatting over a nice cup of coffee. I appreciated and enjoyed the visit, and believe you will, too!
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