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The Beautiful Balance Paperback – August 1, 2016
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This book is written in a way that really touched my soul. Scriptural references, humorous antidotes, fantastic quotes, and pep talks fill these pages and I feel so much better about life now. I think this author was writing directly for me.
One of my favorite quotes from the book comes when Michelle Wilson is enduring a trial and feels the words come from the Lord , "No, you do not have control over your surroundings, but there is no need to fear. I have given you control over the one thing that matters--yourself." This is for me. The book goes on to talk about the beautiful balance that comes with control--control yourself and trust the rest to God. The book then breaks down four areas of personal control--priorities, actions, attitude, and beliefs.
I love the way each chapter is broken down in a way that is easy to internalize. There are so many thoughts found in this book that almost force me to savor and ponder. I really loved it and will be re-reading parts of it frequently. If you're wondering how to find balance in your life, this is a must-read.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
The book is written in two parts: claiming personal control, and giving the rest to God. She breaks down the concept of self-control into four aspects- control over our priorities, actions, attitude, and beliefs. I especially appreciated how the author explored the subtle differences between them and it was easy to apply each to my own life. Other topics examined are what's behind the quest for control, and the distinction between influence and control.
In the second part, the difficult task of letting go is handled reminders of God's nature- full of compassion, love, and grace as well as expectations of faith and obedience. My favorite part was the importance of seeking and receiving personal revelation, refocusing and aligning our desires with God's in "the perfect companionship". The ultimate blessing of a balanced life is peace. "We think we want control, but what we really want is peace." When we understand that we control ourselves and trust in the Lord to take care of the rest, we can have peace through our trials and adversity and the power to overcome them.
While her own experiences and struggles are a major part of the narrative, the author also explains other personality types and includes anecdotes for them as well. There are examples from members of her family and those she has come to know in church and life. She includes inspiring quotes from real-life heroes such as Elizabeth Smart, Viktor E. Frankel, modern-day prophets and apostles, plenty of stories from the scriptures, and best of all, words from our Savior Jesus Christ.
(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Who doesn't like to be in control of what is going on around them? I like control. When I feel out of control, I clean. I may not be able to control the things happening to me or my family but by golly, I can control if this closet is clean! There was a point in time that every closet in my house had been cleaned and organized, all within the space of a couple weeks. Life was extra challenging then.
This book talks about control and finding a good balance. The chapter on Fear and Hope was especially beneficial to me this week as I've been having many conversations with my teenager about this very topic. I feel like I need Michelle to come to my house and say this whole chapter out loud to my daughter. She might listen better to her than to me.
I've been reading a digital version of this book but today I'm going to go out and buy a real, honest to goodness, hold it in my hands and turn real pages version of this book. I need to mark it up, savor it. I need to read it with my teenager because it will do us both a load of good.
There is a lot of good stuff in this book. It makes me want to keep working, keep trying. I can control my attitude. I can. I just need help from a Heavenly Father who loves me. I loved reading this book and now I'm ready to go back and read it again. More slowly and carefully with more thought and ponderizing. :)
This is an LDS non-fiction book. It is all about scriptures, God and Jesus Christ and how to be better through Them.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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