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Sunday, April 22, 2012

I’ve Got Issues

And so do you! Let’s not deny it. If we pretend that everything is okay, then the topics we’ve discussed over the last few weeks were all in vain.

I know that as a Christian, I’ve been incredibly disappointed in how my life has turned out. I’m not ashamed to admit that. Nothing has really turned out in any area of my life, and as the New Year began I had high hopes that we were incredibly close to our breakthrough. Instead, things got entirely worse as each new day interrupted my hope and joy.

As many of you know, I’ve been participating in a few book review programs. I haven’t been completely blown away by any book I’ve read so far, in fact, most of them haven’t even caught my attention to get me to the hundredth page. As an avid book lover, it’s been one disappointment after another. 

Then on Thursday a package arrived from Tyndale Publishing. It was my new book to review, She’s Got issues, by Nicole Unice.

365107: She"s Got Issues: Seriously Good News for Stressed-Out, Secretly Scared Control Freaks Like Us She's Got Issues: Seriously Good News for Stressed-Out, Secretly Scared Control Freaks Like Us
By Nicole Unice

When I first chose the book, I was intrigued by the details of what the book was about: everyday stuff that drives you crazy, living a good Christian life, dealing with issues that hold you back from living free and loving well. But when I opened the book and began to read, I found it difficult to put down. I felt like my best friend was writing me an encouraging email, lifting me up, sharing with me in my struggles, and proposing a way to work together to get through it all.
“Our ordinary issues may seem so commonplace that we stay blind to the truth of our own condition” (She’s Got Issues, pg. 9).
One common topic Unice keeps asking the reader is if they have ever experienced someone who seemed “infused by God” (pg. 32), or knew anyone who experienced a real change through a relationship with Jesus (pg. 18). For me, this was a sad question because the answer…was me. I had once been infused by God. Fifteen years ago I was on fire for Jesus! I was vibrant, alive, unafraid, confident, and bold in my faith. I had a whole new outlook on life that was joyful and hope filled. But over the years I lost all of that. Life got in my way, and circumstances put a wedge between me and God.
“Every issue I struggled with…the internal twisting of my own heart, the self-focused wrestling that kept me bound and loveless, came into focus… I knew in the deepest part of my soul that this could not be the ‘life to the full’ that Jesus promised… Because if Jesus is who He says He is, then my existence as a pretty-nice Christian living like everyone else seemed like a mockery of faith” (pg. xiii).
As I read that statement in her intro, I felt as if Unice had taken a microscope into my own heart and found out all the secrets I’d been keeping hidden so deep within. That’s how I knew this was the book that was finally going to blow me away.

The book also includes self-evaluation and group discussion questions, and I was also informed by the publisher that in September a DVD curriculum will also be available. I’m incredibly interested in starting an online “She’s Got Issues” Study Group. If you are interested in joining a group reading/discussion, please let me know. We can start as soon as we get a small group together!

I’m also very pleased to announce that Nicole has agreed to guest post on my blog. I will keep you posted on the actual date.

I highly encourage you to visit the book website, Nicole’s personal site, and/or buy the book at the link provided above. I know in the deepest part of my spirit that there are many, many, MANY women who are feeling this way, otherwise there would be no point in having a book like this published.

Let’s finally get to the point where we can come clean and openly admit: “I’ve got issues, but God is bigger than my issues. He has promised me a life of abundance that is lacking in my life, but now I’m eager to know what that truly means.”

I received this book for free for review from Tyndale Publishers. I am not required to write a positive review of this book. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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