Category Self-Help

Clearing the Emotional Clutter

Product DetailsClearing Emotional Clutter
By Donald Altman
New World Library
Retail Price: $15.96
Amazon Price: $11.37

Book Description:  A Fresh Start to a Healthy Emotional Life

Is emotional clutter blocking success in your personal and professional life? You’ve likely heard about the psychological benefits of clearing out the clutter in your surroundings, but how do you handle your emotional clutter — the psychological version of the jam-packed closet or impenetrable garage? Shutting away and trying to hide old pains and traumas creates toxic patterns that can keep you from having the life of your dreams. Integrating mindfulness and cutting-edge neuroscience, international mindfulness expert Donald Altman teaches how to modify entrenched habits and patterns with only a few minutes of attention daily.

Altman first helps you realize what your baggage consists of and how to transform or jettison it. He then shows how to avoid the daily danger of accumulating new emotional clutter. No matter how fraught your life or relationships may be, you can cleanse, heal, or accept the old wounds, mistakes, and disappointments. With Altman’s lifestyle tools, you’ll discover how to address your past, better deal with the present, and cultivate the best possible future. Start fresh with Clearing Emotional Clutter.

Review

This is a wonderful resource that will teach you how to live a stress free life. The author does an amazing job at bringing awareness to all the unnecessary negativity that’s often running our lives without us realizing it. And he provides detailed steps, strategies, and tools on how to get rid of stress, eliminate distractions and stay focused, keep healthy relationships, stay organized and calmed, and much more. If you want to learn how to live a peaceful, happy life, this book will help you achieve that.

~Reviewed by Jenna L.

    Crash The Chatterbox

    Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All OthersCrash The Chatterbox
    By Steven Furtick
    Multnomah
    Retail Price $19.99
    Amazon Price: $12.99

    Book Description: 

    Crashing the chatterbox = Overpowering lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement with the promises of God.

    “I used to think that someone who struggled with the kinds of weaknesses I deal with daily was useless to God. I felt so often like I was drowning in internal dialogue I couldn’t control. It had been the soundtrack of my life for as long as I could remember.

    Yet everything changed when I began to realize God has given us the ability to choose the dialogue we believe and respond to. And once we learn how, we can switch from lies to truth as deliberately as we can choose the Beatles over Miley Cyrus on satellite radio.

    This is the key to pressing ahead and doing God’s will anyway, even as you are bombarded with thoughts, feelings, and even facts about why you can’t do it.

    I’m now awakening to the reality that we can access the power of God’s promises to constantly crash the system of our broken beliefs. I’m learning how to overpower the shouts of the Enemy by bending my ear to the whisper of God’s supernatural truths about my identity in Him and His strength in me.”
    -STEVEN FURTICK, from Crash the Chatterbox

    Includes discussion questions for individuals or groups.

    Inside your head and heart is a chatterbox. Its lies are keeping you from realizing your God-given potential. But what can you do about them?
     
    The Voice You Listen to Will Determine the Future You Experience

    In Crash the Chatterbox, Pastor Steven Furtick focuses on four key areas in which negative thoughts are most debilitating: insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement. He asks, “What great deeds are in danger of remaining undone in your life because of lies that were planted in your past or fears that are looming in your future?”

    With personal stories, inspiring examples, and practical strategies, Pastor Furtick will show you how to silence the lies and embrace the freeing affirmation of God.

    Learn how to live out God’s truth no matter what is going on in your life or thoughts.

    Learn how to crash the chatterbox…and hear God’s voice above all others.

    Review

    I thought that this book was worth buying, I got a lot out of it. This book is about having a better relationship with God by learning to hear his voice above all other voices that bombard you in your daily life. It’s a good book for new Christians and mature ones alike. The author helps you discern God’s voice in a variety of situations and circumstances and you will learn how to quell your fears and insecurities and discard negative self-talk. I found the book easy to read, informative and helpful.

    ~Reviewed by Allie B.

      Found

      Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday PrayerFound
      By Micha Boyett
      Worthy
      Retail Price $14.99
      Amazon Price: $11.01

      Book Description: 

      “My first year of motherhood I lost prayer…”

      I lost early mornings of quiet, mornings in my pajamas with a Bible in my lap, mornings when I spoke my mind’s chaos into God’s ear and let the chaos come back ordered, holy sealed. I lost peace. I lost clarity and certitude. My faith was never perfect before my son was born, but somewhere in that first year, somewhere in my distraction and exhaustion, I lost the Spirit-life I had known. I blamed myself.

      Review

      I have read Brother Lawrence’s Practicing the Presence of God and have enjoyed it, but it never really hit home the way this book did!  California-based mom-blogger Boyett explains that she “lost prayer” when her first child was born and she went looking to get it back by taking a sabbatical at a Benedictine monastery where she quickly sees the similarities in lifestyle and a way to bring balance to her own life. She found her way back to God and a balanced life by studying the  Benedictine Rule, and in this book she shares the insights she has gleaned from her journey.  It is an enlightening, insightful read and I found much to apply to my own life.

      ~Reviewed by Allie B.

        Chronic Pain

        Chronic Pain
        By Rob Prince
        Nazarene Publishing House
        Retail Price $14.99
        Amazon Price: $10.98

        Book Description:

        For anyone dealing with ongoing pain, they know that not all pain relief comes from a bottle of pills. Living with a chronic condition can be relentless and not everyone reaches a point of complete healing. As a sufferer of chronic pain himself, author Rob Prince explores the spiritual aspects of pain, addressing the difficult questions and realities of a chronic condition. The reader will learn about: . What the Scriptures have to say about healing . Handling the disappointment of unanswered prayers . Fighting your pain with proper diet, exercise, and stress management In the pages of Chronic Pain, discover how to see God at work along the journey and learn ways to live fully in spite of pain.

        Review

        Living with chronic pain is difficult for both those who live with the pain and their families that live with them.  I have lived in constant pain for the past 20 years after an industrial accident.  I have not always dealt with my pain well.  I became addicted to pain meds and lived in a state of haze for almost 7 years.  After I came to my senses, I started to search for other ways to deal with my pain.  I found this book to be very helpful.  Since the author deals with chronic pain himself, I felt I could trust his advice.  He wrote from the perspective of one who has “been there”.  The premise of the book is that, while we may pray for God to remove our pain, He may not see fit to do so.  And instead of wallowing, we need to realize that God is allowing this pain for a reason and we need to accept it and manage it as well as possible, and see where God is working through our situation.  It isn’t always about us.  The spiritual applications and Biblical illustrations of the struggle with chronic pain are explored and well presented.  This is fantastic read for those in chronic pain.

        ~Reviewed by John C.

          Getting Ready for Marriage

          Getting Ready for Marriage
          By Jim Burns and Doug Fields
          David C. Cook
          Retail Price $15.99
          Amazon Price: $12.16

          Book Description: 

          Jim Burns and Doug Fields wish you the very best for your wedding, but sadly, they won’t be able to make it. What they are here for is your marriage. Jim and Doug have seen it all. They have worked with many couples and have studied extensively to uncover the essential elements for making marriages thrive. This book is their early wedding gift to you: a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate road map for beginning your union.

          Filled with premium fuel for the journey—including meaningful exercises, hard truths, and conversations starters—this book will nourish and guide your relationship for the long haul.

          Review

          You’re in love, and it’s the real thing. You have made a joyous decision together–a decision destined to change your lives forever: You’re getting married! Now, as you plan your wedding celebration, it is time to lay the foundation for a lifetime of love and romance. This book will help you with the important, lifelong task of building a strong Christian marriage.  It is designed to help you prepare for life together after the cake is cut and the guests head home. That is when the real adventure begins–the adventure of creating an intimate, lasting, and biblical marriage!  I highly recommend this for all engaged couples!

          ~Dana T.

            Get Your Joy Back

            Get Your Joy Back
            By Laurie Wallin and Joni Eareckson Tada
            Kregel
            Retail Price $13.99
            Amazon Price: $11.13

            Book Description: 

            An invitation and a promise for weary Christian parents of special needs kids from a parent who’s been there.“It isn’t the long day of monitoring a child’s precarious health or being hypervigilant about her mood and mental health challenges that weighs parents down; it’s the wishing that things were different. . . . Resentment, not the intense care they must provide their child, is the parents’ greatest stressor and source of pain.” —Laurie WallinParents of specials needs children are exhausted. They’ve done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children’s needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents’ mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves.Laurie Wallin knows firsthand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they’re drowning.

            This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin meets readers right where they are, sugar coating nothing, but addressing issues with honesty, humor, and–above all–hope.

            Review

            One of the hardest things for me to describe about my experiences as the mom of a child with some special needs is how lonely it sometimes feels. It’s weird for me to say this because I have wonderful family and friend support. There is a plethora of people available to hear me and help me, should I need them. But I find it difficult to always adequately express what is bothering me about my 5-year-old daughter with special needs.  Some worries I can’t put into words. Often, there’s no concrete reason for my concern… it’s just a feeling I have.  This often leads to depression or a loss of joy in not only parenting, but life in general.  The author does  a wonderful job of walking beside you, sharing her story, and giving you tips and resources about getting your joy back by giving up the resentment (open or hidden) about your difficult situation.  I found it very encouraging and uplifting and I was able to apply so many things to my own life.

            ~Reviewed by Allie B.

              Get Your Joy Back

              Get Your Joy Back
              By Laurie Wallin and Joni Eareckson Tada
              Kregel
              Retail Price $13.99
              Amazon Price: $11.13

              Book Description: 

              An invitation and a promise for weary Christian parents of special needs kids from a parent who’s been there.“It isn’t the long day of monitoring a child’s precarious health or being hypervigilant about her mood and mental health challenges that weighs parents down; it’s the wishing that things were different. . . . Resentment, not the intense care they must provide their child, is the parents’ greatest stressor and source of pain.” —Laurie WallinParents of specials needs children are exhausted. They’ve done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children’s needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents’ mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves.Laurie Wallin knows firsthand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they’re drowning.

              This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin meets readers right where they are, sugar coating nothing, but addressing issues with honesty, humor, and–above all–hope.

              Review

              One of the hardest things for me to describe about my experiences as the mom of a child with some special needs is how lonely it sometimes feels. It’s weird for me to say this because I have wonderful family and friend support. There is a plethora of people available to hear me and help me, should I need them. But I find it difficult to always adequately express what is bothering me about my 5-year-old daughter with special needs.  Some worries I can’t put into words. Often, there’s no concrete reason for my concern… it’s just a feeling I have.  This often leads to depression or a loss of joy in not only parenting, but life in general.  The author does  a wonderful job of walking beside you, sharing her story, and giving you tips and resources about getting your joy back by giving up the resentment (open or hidden) about your difficult situation.  I found it very encouraging and uplifting and I was able to apply so many things to my own life.

              ~Reviewed by Allie B.