Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst
About this book: (from the publisher) The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection–from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.
With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa will help you:
- Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others you are handpicked by God.
- Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
- Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady your soul and restore your confidence in the midst of rejection.
- Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.
Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken — a love that does not reject or uninvite.
About the author: Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina. She still has a crush on her husband, Art, who she’s been married to for twenty-four years. They deeply treasure every minute they can get with their four married kids and one teenager who still keeps them very young. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Life/Women’s Issues
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Reflection: When Lysa TerKeurst’s latest book released a few weeks ago, I stood at the front of the line to snap up my copy. I’d even set my calendar to remind me on the day, determined not to miss my chance. Because that’s what I do when a new Lysa TerKeurst book comes out. I get it, and then I devour it.
Even when I think it’s a book not written especially for me. This has actually happened at least twice before. I didn’t think I really needed Unglued because I thought I pretty much had my act together. I didn’t think I needed The Best Yes because I already knew how to say no and draw boundaries. (The exception to this pattern was Am I Messing Up My Kids because I had some very real fears on that score.) Likewise, when I saw the publicity leading to Uninvited, I thought I didn’t really need this one either because I’ve never seen myself as particularly left out or rejected.
Oh, how wrong I was.
I’ve been rejected all right. Uninvited, as it were. I’d just been calling it by a different name. Betrayed, perhaps, or emotionally abandoned. Let down by people I loved, those I’d counted on to deliver.
My friends, it’s all the same thing. And call it by whatever name you wish, it requires forgiveness to heal the ensuing hurts. To find the freedom your soul was made for.
And so, as it turns out, I thirstily drank the wisdom of this book, having little idea when I picked it up that it would provide just the tonic I needed. (Can’t you just picture God above, chuckling? Gotcha.)
Written with Lysa’s usual flair for friendship, yet from a position of earned authority, Uninvited contains a message I daresay every woman needs to hear.
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
After words: It is possible you too have been suffering unrecognized wounds of rejection?
Plus one more little fun fact for you: Lysa is giving away every penny of her earnings from Uninvited to various Christian ministries around the world — one of which is using the Bible to teach the women labeled as “Untouchables” to read. How sweet to know that when you purchase this life-changing book for yourself, you will also be changing the life of another.
Sounds like a win-win to me.