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Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely Paperback – August 9, 2016
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"TerKeurst doesn't just share empathetic anecdotes for readers in a rut; she focuses on digging down to the roots of anxiety and providing tools for overcoming self-doubt and handling the pain of rejection." - Publisher's Weekly
"Lysa is one of my favorite people. It's not because she's smart or deep or caring, although she's all of these things. Lysa impresses me because she's real and transparent and honest. She's got plenty of guts and grit to get through difficult times, but what she has even more of is this--Jesus. She's learned what dazzles Him isn't our successes, but our faith. This book will point you back toward Jesus when it feels like you've lost your way." --Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author of Love Does
"Lysa has done it again! You absolutely won't be able to put down this book. It's compelling from the first page to the last. With her trademark vulnerability, Lysa lays out a heartfelt means to managing the fears, rejections, insecurities, and unsteadiness we all experience. Trust us when we tell you that you've never read a book like this before. Don't miss out. We simply can't recommend Uninvited enough." --Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
"Lysa TerKeurst has an undeniable gift for sharing her heart's struggles in ways that strengthen and equip the lives of others. I can't remember the last time I read a book with so many insights into human nature and even more gold nuggets of biblical truth. Don't miss this book--it will bless you more each time you read it!" --Chris Hodges, Senior Pastor, Church of the Highlands; author of Fresh Air and Four Cups
"This book is a must read. Lysa speaks beautifully yet prophetically to a culture that uniquely is able to see what our friends are eating, playing, doing, and planning at any moment with the little device in our pocket. My favorite part is that Lysa turns our eyes to what's most important though, and that is the great invitation we have to sit at the table with the Living God who has been for us from the beginning." --Jefferson Bethke, bestselling author of Jesus>Religion and It's Not What You Think
About the Author
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited and The Best Yes. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
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Uninvited is a Christian-based book meant to help women feel loved when they experience loneliness and rejection. It is divided into 16 chapters which include anecdotes from Lysa TerKeurst's life from when she, or someone close to her, felt rejected or unloved. In each chapter she talks about how she handled the situation, be it positive or negative. She references stories and verses from the Bible and applies them to her thinking about how to handle each issue. She also uses her life experiences to enhance her discussions. In addition to the 16 chapters, there is a bonus chapter, Assessment and Corrective Experience Chart (both of which can be printed from the book's website as well), a section on the Scriptures she uses which are organized by chapter, along with main points and ideas she would like us to remember, which are also organized by chapter.
When I set out to read this book, I figured I would read it within a couple days like I usually do. However, after I finished the first couple of chapters on that first day, I realized there is a lot to process in each chapter. A good portion of the book encourages some deep, self-reflection and, for me at least, to read it in a couple days wouldn't have been beneficial. I ended up reading a couple chapters each day and spent some time afterwards thinking about what I'd read so this book took me about a week to read. I enjoyed Lysa TerKeurst's wit and the way she drew me into her writing. I wouldn't say this is a funny ha-ha book and it doesn't necessarily make light on the topics of loneliness and rejection; rather, her personality and writing caused me to snicker once in awhile and that made her that much more relatable. I was actually able to put myself in her shoes more than once and look at the situations in a different, and more positive, light.
If you are considering purchasing this book, please don't buy it thinking it will have all of the answers to your questions and problems. It doesn't say in order to feel loved after this type of situation, you need to do this, and bam, it's fixed. Uninvited is a book that requires some reflection and self-analysis as well as some time to process the readings. Even after spending a week with this book, I still don't feel like I've fully utilized all of the wonderful ideas and thoughts included in this book so I'm glad I purchased it so I can read it several more times. I ended up purchasing the paperback copy and the one thing I wish I would've done from the start is to use my journal while I read it so I could write down some important thoughts and Bible verses that stuck out to me. During my college career, I discovered the most effective way I learn is to write something down and that would've benefited me greatly to do that with this book. If you purchase the Kindle edition, you could either highlight and make some notes on your Kindle or use a journal and if you purchase the paperback copy, you may want to journal as well. There are important thoughts to remember noted in the back of the book but I prefer to write them down separately and, if you are the same way, I'd recommend grabbing a journal while reading this.
I cannot tell you how grateful and happy I am to have discovered this book. I loved the way Lysa TerKeurst writes and she inserts Bible verses and God to support her points. Obviously I'm not fully healed from some of the pain and rejection I've experienced but this book has helped to start the healing process and encouraged me to open my eyes and see that sometimes those bad experiences can be blessings in disguise. The next time I read this, and it will be soon, I will be grabbing my journal because, for me, that will more effectively help me process some of the thoughts and points made in this book. I highly encourage any woman, young or old, who has ever felt the pain of rejection, to pick up this book. It is beautifully-written, honest, and will leave you feeling more peaceful, loved, and able to enjoy the beautiful lives God has planned for us.