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Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely PDF, ePub eBook The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love. In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood a The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love. In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over. With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers: Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt. Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence. Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging. Stop feeling left out and start believing that "set apart" does not mean "set aside." End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.

30 review for Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel B

    This book was a little unfocused. It seemed to touch on every topic and yet not really say anything. To sum it up, "God loves you, so you should live your life feeling loved. If you don't feel loved, that's a problem. The solution? Know that God loves you." Which isn't wrong - it's just incredibly simplistic and not overly helpful. TerKeurst also took a few verses out of context and read into Bible stories a bit more than I believe is wise. There were a few good nuggets, but nothing t This book was a little unfocused. It seemed to touch on every topic and yet not really say anything. To sum it up, "God loves you, so you should live your life feeling loved. If you don't feel loved, that's a problem. The solution? Know that God loves you." Which isn't wrong - it's just incredibly simplistic and not overly helpful. TerKeurst also took a few verses out of context and read into Bible stories a bit more than I believe is wise. There were a few good nuggets, but nothing that I haven't seen elsewhere, so I wouldn't recommend slogging through this book to find them. I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Callie

    2/5 stars. So, I'm just going to go ahead and give you the bottom line right from the start - I was rather disappointed in this book. I read The Best Yes by Lysa Terkheurst a while ago, and I really found it helpful, so I thought I'd pick up her new book. I generally think that Terkheurst is a good writer, but this book really fell flat for me, I think for a few reasons. 1. This was not a great time in my life to read this book. I was trying to remember my own pa 2/5 stars. So, I'm just going to go ahead and give you the bottom line right from the start - I was rather disappointed in this book. I read The Best Yes by Lysa Terkheurst a while ago, and I really found it helpful, so I thought I'd pick up her new book. I generally think that Terkheurst is a good writer, but this book really fell flat for me, I think for a few reasons. 1. This was not a great time in my life to read this book. I was trying to remember my own past rejections as I read, and trying to evaluate whether the book would have been helpful to me in those times when I was feeling rejected in the past, or when I face it again in the future...but I really didn't get much out of it. I can't tell if this is because the book really wasn't as helpful as it should have been, or if it was just that I am not currently feeling rejected which might make it hard to relate to what she was saying. 2. The book didn't seem focused. I felt like she was trying to be too broad with the subject of this book. Feeling "unloved","less than", "left out", and "lonely" are pretty different problems in my opinion, each of which probably deserves it's own book. There are different types of rejection, and I felt like she lumped them all together and tried to address them all at once. I think we would have been better served as readers if she broke it down a little more clearly. I probably should have just known she was going to try to tackle all this from the subtitle of the book, but I went into this book thinking the topic was "rejection" because I heard Terkheurst speak about it before I picked it up. However, I kept losing track of what we were even talking about, and I had to remind myself that "Oh yeah, this book is about rejection". As a reader, I find it annoying when I keep having to remind myself what the author is talking about. It felt all-over-the-place to me, and I felt she was really stretching trying to make some of these topics fit under the umbrella of "rejection". It wasn't what I expected. 3. I was frustrated at how she used Scripture in some places in this book. To clarify, I did like a lot of the verses she included and thought they could be helpful, so I'm not picking on every Scripture use in this book. But there were a few places where I just thought "huh?". For instance, she has a chapter about abundance and scarcity - I've heard her speak on this before, and it is an interesting psychological concept, but she explained it poorly and over-spiritualized it. She included a quote that referenced the story of Joseph and the famine in the Bible - and the quote implied that there was abundance in all the world before this (not true - there were at least a couple famines before Joseph - Genesis 26:1), and then blamed all the scarcity in the land on Pharaoh, which isn't an accurate representation of what happened at all. In another chapter she writes about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, but she talks about how Jesus was feeling rejected at this time - and I don't know where she is getting that. While I like the idea of applying Scripture when we are feeling rejected, it was a stretch to use that story to illustrate her point. The passage is talking about temptation, not rejection. Another example is when she is using the olive tree as an illustration in Chapter 15, talking about being "crushed" and how God can use that to bring about good in our lives - but then she includes 2 Corinthians 4:8 which says we are pressed, but not crushed. Following that is a confusing monologue about being crushed, but at the same time we're not crushed, and I honestly had no idea what she was trying to say anymore. The whole thing was self-contradictory. And somewhat related, she also used the words "revelation" and "divine insights" in a few places where she was really talking about her own insights, and I didn't like that. The Bible is our revelation from God and the only writing that is "divinely inspired". 4. Too much "romantic" spiritual language. This is a personal pet peeve, but I get tired of the romantic analogies of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus is our God, not our boyfriend. To reduce our speech about him to romantic terms takes away some of the power of the fact that we are loved and valued by the Creator of the Universe. So, for something positive - Terkheurst's writing is engaging, which is always a plus, and her personal stories really add color to her topics. This book missed the mark for me, but I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy it at all. Overall, I know what she was trying to do in this book, but it felt like "too much bread, not enough butter" - ie. she was stretching too much out of her topic, and definitely stretching with some of her Scripture applications. Use discernment with her Scripture applications if you do read this one, but I don't know, I wouldn't say I recommend this book, and honestly, I don't know if I'll pick up another book by Terkheurst. She lost some of my trust with point #3. Note: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. This is my honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    Oh my stars. I wish I could have had this book a couple years ago. It would have saved me so much hurt. But I didn't, and that's okay. God brought me through and helped me work through it. In her book, Mrs. TerKeurst walks through how to overcome the pain of past or present rejection, and how to in turn live loved. If you've ever tasted that bitter sting of being rejected, I strongly recommend you pick this book up. As she points out, not tending to these wounds just allow a seed of b Oh my stars. I wish I could have had this book a couple years ago. It would have saved me so much hurt. But I didn't, and that's okay. God brought me through and helped me work through it. In her book, Mrs. TerKeurst walks through how to overcome the pain of past or present rejection, and how to in turn live loved. If you've ever tasted that bitter sting of being rejected, I strongly recommend you pick this book up. As she points out, not tending to these wounds just allow a seed of bitterness to grow in your heart. You need to quit ignoring the problem and address it, and Mrs. TerKeurst helps you do just that. Now, this book will not replace going to a counselor if that is what you need. But it has helped me in so many ways. Mrs. TerKeurst writes in such a relatable fashion, she shares her heart and her struggles. She reminded me that I wasn't alone. And that I wasn't the only one who had ever felt this way. She was encouraging and uplifting. I thought I would have gotten this review up sooner, except I had to keep going back and re-read chapters. This isn't some casual afternoon read, this book provokes thought and requires time to soak it all in. I could barely make it through a couple chapters at a time. Normally, that would be a bad thing but not this time! I have faced a lot of rejection this year. Maybe now that the wounds have started to heal I'll write about it. But until then, I can't recommend this book enough. If you're hurting, at least use this book as a starting place. Spend time in the scriptures she lists, and definitely pray. God will work wonders on your heart through Mrs. TerKeurst, if you'll let Him. He did just that for me! Thank you, Lysa, for being bold enough to write this book. I can't thank you enough! I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donella

    Just What I needed This book touched me so personally that I am in tears. It was like the author was speaking directly to me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This is one of those "highlight every other sentence and re-read every month" type books. I think everyone who has ever walked the earth has dealt with rejection in one form or another. Rejection can be devastating and crippling. It is so easy to be consumed by it, to allow it to change who we are and what we think about ourselves. I am a big fan of Lysa's but the way she walks through this book and how to process and grow from rejection is beautiful. I highly recommend this book for everyone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    This book was great. I'd never heard of it but stumbled across it on display at the bookstore. Parts of it were incredibly relatable for me - some very familiar feelings and actions. It gave me a lot to think about.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    This is not a Gospel driven book. Many Christian women authors today seem to want to use our depravity to make sure we know we're not alone and almost make us feel okay about our feelings, however ungodly they may be. This book is no exception to that. While there were a few chapters that spoke to me, by the end, I just wanted so badly for her to use my sinfulness, my depravity, my "lonely, left out feelings" to remind me of why I need Christ and drive me toward self-forgetfulness and gospel cen This is not a Gospel driven book. Many Christian women authors today seem to want to use our depravity to make sure we know we're not alone and almost make us feel okay about our feelings, however ungodly they may be. This book is no exception to that. While there were a few chapters that spoke to me, by the end, I just wanted so badly for her to use my sinfulness, my depravity, my "lonely, left out feelings" to remind me of why I need Christ and drive me toward self-forgetfulness and gospel centeredness. Instead, she tries to comfort the sinner in their sin, adding to the self-focus that's already rampant among Christian women in our present day.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    If you have ever felt rejected, left out, cast aside or even simply feel unloved at times, this book will have something that will help you feel loved and will help your emotional pain heal as you learn to accept God's love for you and his forgiveness. This was an easy read and I loved how organized the book was. I would recommend buying the hardcopy because at the end of the book, Lysa listed all of the important bible verses that were used in each chapter and also made another section that lis If you have ever felt rejected, left out, cast aside or even simply feel unloved at times, this book will have something that will help you feel loved and will help your emotional pain heal as you learn to accept God's love for you and his forgiveness. This was an easy read and I loved how organized the book was. I would recommend buying the hardcopy because at the end of the book, Lysa listed all of the important bible verses that were used in each chapter and also made another section that listed the special quotes and thoughts that read like medicine to ones weary soul.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    My feelings about Uninvited can best be summed up with a dispassionate "meh, it was alright." Lysa TerKeurst's writing style didn't do much for me and the chapters felt a little disjointed and unfocused. I did like the overall message the book was trying to convey, but the way that message was flushed out was disappointing and, if I'm being totally honest, forgettable. This isn't a book that will stay with me or that I'll refer back to in years to come. Judging from the glowing reviews here on GoodReads, My feelings about Uninvited can best be summed up with a dispassionate "meh, it was alright." Lysa TerKeurst's writing style didn't do much for me and the chapters felt a little disjointed and unfocused. I did like the overall message the book was trying to convey, but the way that message was flushed out was disappointing and, if I'm being totally honest, forgettable. This isn't a book that will stay with me or that I'll refer back to in years to come. Judging from the glowing reviews here on GoodReads, I'm obviously in the minority with my opinion and that's okay. Hopefully this book speaks to others more than it did to me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    If you have ever felt rejected, I would recommend this book. I've been dealing with feeling left out, duped, and, well, uninvited lately. This book was a good reminder that a lot of the feelings we deal with right now are tied to things that happened in the past, and that God never rejects us. I plan on buying my own copy so I can highlight and mark it up good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crystalyn

    I skipped many paragraphs. Her writing style doesn't captivate me and to be honest, her experience of being rejected didn't compare to the depths of what many of us experience. I appreciate the concept, though. But I was disappointed. This is the third book of hers that I have read and haven't been captivated. I think the cover art was pretty and the title and subject matter is what made we want to read it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Rather fluffy and cliche in the beginning, but it did get better, as my friend said it would. I must admit that there are thought-provoking pieces of advice in here, despite the book's weak structure and lackluster writing style. I can see how it would be of great help to some. But it just didn't strike a chord with me. The whole thing was wrapped in too many layers of cheesiness.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kara Neal

    Skip it There were some good things in this book. There really were. But my overall takeaway is that this writer seems awfully petty and fixated on herself much of the time. Another sticking point for me is that she seems to believe God speaks to her personally. Scripture doesn't support that. Looking into her church, pastor, and theology, I'd suggest to proceed with discernment. Test the spirits.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Serethiel ☽ ✨

    4.5 stars THIS BOOK, Y'ALL. Lysa TerKeurst delivers such a heartfelt address on rejection, chatting with the reader and sharing hilarious anecdotes as if she's basically your bestie. Uninvited delivers the eye-opening message that it's perfectly natural to feel the sharp ache of rejection... but also gently presents advice on how we can rest in God's eternal embrace throughout it. <3

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christina Claypool

    When a book comes along at just the right time, it can be a double blessing. Lysa TerKeurst's "Uninvited..." came along at the perfect moment for me. If we're honest, there are times when we all feel rejected, and less than. Many of us, like Lysa so adeptly writes about, have childhood issues which we can hold onto, if we're not careful. As an author and role model, she is transparent in a sensitive and challenging way, using herself as an example that there is a wonderful freedom God When a book comes along at just the right time, it can be a double blessing. Lysa TerKeurst's "Uninvited..." came along at the perfect moment for me. If we're honest, there are times when we all feel rejected, and less than. Many of us, like Lysa so adeptly writes about, have childhood issues which we can hold onto, if we're not careful. As an author and role model, she is transparent in a sensitive and challenging way, using herself as an example that there is a wonderful freedom God can give us, if we're willing to fight for it. In addition, as we age, it is very easy to fall into the trap of feeling that our best days are behind us due to the invisibility created by the societal worship of youth. This is where I was when I picked up this book. Not so much regarding physical attractiveness, but about our usefulness to the kingdom. That's why it's beyond encouraging to read about all the ways our loving God embraces and loves us, not only when we fail or feel like an outcast, but when we are struggling to accept an older version of ourselves. Loved this book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I debated between giving this 2 or 3 stars. I was drawn in by the title and subject matter, but didn't feel the book delivered on its promises. I wasn't captivated by the writing and actually skimmed some parts. This was the first book I've read by this author. I was hoping for more- more depth, more personal stories, more connection... just more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nova

    The positive reviews had me thinking that this would be an excellent read. I was very excited. This is the first time I've ever read a Lysa Terkeurst book, and I just can't give it anything higher than two stars. For the first few chapters, I was very drawn in to this read. After a while, though, it seemed like something was missing. I had quite a few issues with this book, but I'll list only my main concerns. 1) It's jumpy, going from one topic to the next and doesn't seem to carry a common thr The positive reviews had me thinking that this would be an excellent read. I was very excited. This is the first time I've ever read a Lysa Terkeurst book, and I just can't give it anything higher than two stars. For the first few chapters, I was very drawn in to this read. After a while, though, it seemed like something was missing. I had quite a few issues with this book, but I'll list only my main concerns. 1) It's jumpy, going from one topic to the next and doesn't seem to carry a common thread. 2) Some of the examples are really hard to relate to (and at times, verge on the silly side). If you're dealing with decades of loneliness, rejection, etc. you might not be able to relate to the author. So much time is given to insignificant things and silly jokes (thigh gaps and frizzy hair - deep sigh), but when the serious topics come up, they are given about a page, a sentence, a paragraph, and nothing more. This was distracting, and not in a good way. I would think, okay, now, this is something that could help readers, but nothing in-depth about it was ever pursued. It would end right where it started. In addition, the author's interpretation of a part in the Bible involving Abigail and King David was way off; this was really surprising. I am still unable to wrap my mind around her interpretation of that Scripture. I would call Uninvited a Christian junk food read. It's meant to make the reader feel good in the moment, but it doesn't give the reader what is needed for true healing to take place. So, that good feeling? Yeah, it'll fade. The answer to every issue in Uninvited: sin, emotion, failing, a bad attitude, bad behavior, etc. is consistently to live loved, for the Christian to remember that God loves them. I kept feeling like something was wrong in this book, and finally realized what it was. I could clearly pinpoint sins when the author wrote about them, but she didn't call them that most of the time and mentioned nothing about repentance. This was very strange to me. How can one struggling with jealousy from always being left out, or bitterness from years of bad treatment or perceived bad treatment, ever realize that the way to heal is to first admit that bitterness, jealousy, etc. are sins and seek God's forgiveness? It's impossible. You have to start with the whole truth to be healed. What did the live loved antidote seem like to me? It's like painting an area of rust and expecting the rust to go away or painting over rotted wood instead of replacing the wood. First, you take care of the real issue behind certain things (i.e. sin), and repent and then live loved. There are more helpful books out there dealing with loneliness and how to cope with that and even overcome it, not to mention the Bible, which should be the first answer to everything anyway. I don't recommend this read. If you feel compelled to try it, check out a copy from your local library. TerKeurst is a very popular author, and I do hope her other books have more to offer than Uninvited.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    3.5 stars I think the lower rating of this book is mainly attributed to my experience and the pacing of my reading, compared to the content. 3.5 stars is in by no means a bad rating, but I think I would have given this book a higher rating if I meditated and digested on the content more. When I picked this book up, I thought it was at the perfect time as I was struggling with a lot of the issues that it discusses. However, I was in more of a mood to just ‘read’ and because of that I d 3.5 stars I think the lower rating of this book is mainly attributed to my experience and the pacing of my reading, compared to the content. 3.5 stars is in by no means a bad rating, but I think I would have given this book a higher rating if I meditated and digested on the content more. When I picked this book up, I thought it was at the perfect time as I was struggling with a lot of the issues that it discusses. However, I was in more of a mood to just ‘read’ and because of that I didn’t work through this slowly or truly absorb the content. With that being said, I did like the content of the book and know I will reread this book at a later date. That reread will be at a more appropriate pace and potentially use this book as a study. I have read Lysa TerKeurst’s book “The Best Yes” which I enjoyed and I really like the style of Lysa’s writing. I find her writing style and her attitude very relatable. If you are interested in books centering around personal development or self-help, I would recommend this one. But I do have to mention that it does reflect a Christian lifestyle so if religious material is not your thing, maybe pass on this one. Also, as per my experience, I definitely would read through this one slowly to get the most out of it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

    Have you ever looked through someone else’s prescription glasses and even though it’s perfect for them it’s a blurry mess for you? That’s how I feel when I read Lysa’s books. For the life of me I couldn’t connect with this book! Perhaps it’s because I’m not feeling rejected or uninvited. Or it could be because, like most of this authors books, her books are very unfocused. I’m always about learning and keeping a solid foundation in my relationship with Jesus. And even though I may not be feeling rejected Have you ever looked through someone else’s prescription glasses and even though it’s perfect for them it’s a blurry mess for you? That’s how I feel when I read Lysa’s books. For the life of me I couldn’t connect with this book! Perhaps it’s because I’m not feeling rejected or uninvited. Or it could be because, like most of this authors books, her books are very unfocused. I’m always about learning and keeping a solid foundation in my relationship with Jesus. And even though I may not be feeling rejected or left out now there are times in life when we do feel like that. But this book isn’t very helpful. And the way this author uses scriptures sort of worries me. There was one part of the book that she explained something, used scripture and it didn’t match at all! I’m happy if a reader finds solace between these pages, but unfortunately for me I had to tap out after the 4th chapter.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I always enjoy Lysa's writing. It is so honest. This book did not disappoint. Lysa lets the reader look into her own insecurities to teach the reader lessons when we feel rejected. She gives lots of personal stories and plenty of scripture for the reader to hide in her heart. "Live from the abundant pace that you are loved, and you won't find yourself begging others for scraps of love" is one of the author's quotes that I feel sums up the point of the book. Highly recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amie Walker

    This was the first book I have read by Lysa. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed. I felt like her chapters were unfocused and really didn't get very deep into the topic of rejection. It was very "fluffy" and I was looking for more biblical truths than what she presented. Plus, if I had to hear about her thighs or body image issues one more time I would've simply put the book down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Dawn

    The messages in this book for women by a Christian writer are beautiful and healing. Really though, you don’t have to be especially beaten, battered or rejected to relate to this book. Life is difficult, as M. Scott Peck wisely said, and the sooner we accept that the less difficult it becomes. At best, life is a beautiful struggle.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Interesting, insightful and inspirational.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    4.5 stars I read Uninvited with my ladies' Bible study group. It was really good, and so much of it extremely relevant for me! I found some awesome and inspiring quotes, and a lot of thought-provoking concepts in this book. Though some parts were kind of glum-feeling, truly Uninvited continually pointed back to Christ. And finding love and security in Him. It was beautiful. I certainly recommend to any woman who has struggled with insecurity, rejection, or the like. "It's not about you becoming anythin/>"It's 4.5 stars I read Uninvited with my ladies' Bible study group. It was really good, and so much of it extremely relevant for me! I found some awesome and inspiring quotes, and a lot of thought-provoking concepts in this book. Though some parts were kind of glum-feeling, truly Uninvited continually pointed back to Christ. And finding love and security in Him. It was beautiful. I certainly recommend to any woman who has struggled with insecurity, rejection, or the like. "It's not about you becoming anything. Your soul was made to simply be with Me. And the more you are with Me, the more you will stop fearing what the world might take from you." (pg. 208)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy S

    This book was so good because everyone can relate to the feeling of being left out, unwanted, rejected, or unloved at some point in their lives by others, even those close to us. Many of us know we are loved by Jesus, but how many of us live like we are loved by him every second of our lives? This book has practical tips for how to "live loved" through every season and every aspect of our lives. It has wonderful scripture references as well to keep us focused on the truth. We are loved by Jesus, This book was so good because everyone can relate to the feeling of being left out, unwanted, rejected, or unloved at some point in their lives by others, even those close to us. Many of us know we are loved by Jesus, but how many of us live like we are loved by him every second of our lives? This book has practical tips for how to "live loved" through every season and every aspect of our lives. It has wonderful scripture references as well to keep us focused on the truth. We are loved by Jesus, safe, accepted and INVITED. Absolutely loved this book. One of my favorite Bible studies ever (and I have completed a lot of studies)!

  26. 4 out of 5

    royaevereads

    This book is good for a bit of self discovery - thinking about why you feel uninvited or rejected in certain situations. It gives suggestions of how you should change your mindset with scriptural references. However, it didn’t give anything in the way of practical advice. I also felt the title was a little misleading as only one or two small sections related to the feeling of being left out in social situations, and that’s what I was interested in. Most of the book was dealing more with one on o This book is good for a bit of self discovery - thinking about why you feel uninvited or rejected in certain situations. It gives suggestions of how you should change your mindset with scriptural references. However, it didn’t give anything in the way of practical advice. I also felt the title was a little misleading as only one or two small sections related to the feeling of being left out in social situations, and that’s what I was interested in. Most of the book was dealing more with one on one rejections like getting broken up with or missing out on a job or getting a bad grade.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Schuyler

    While I'm not suffering from a deep and traumatic relationship break-up, I was in need of fresh reminders of God's sustaining love when I picked up this book. I think what I most appreciated about Lysa's book was the truth it gave me about God's power, sustenance, and love. As Lysa says on pg. 23, we need our minds braced by truth. My own mind feels weary right now, so I need more time in the words of God, and the life that he gives through Scripture. Throughout Uninvited, I was comforted by the While I'm not suffering from a deep and traumatic relationship break-up, I was in need of fresh reminders of God's sustaining love when I picked up this book. I think what I most appreciated about Lysa's book was the truth it gave me about God's power, sustenance, and love. As Lysa says on pg. 23, we need our minds braced by truth. My own mind feels weary right now, so I need more time in the words of God, and the life that he gives through Scripture. Throughout Uninvited, I was comforted by the reminder of God's character. So often, when we suffer, we have wrong behavioral reactions of resentment, withdrawal, or hopelessness. Those can only be fixed by a better, deeper understanding of who God is, and who he is to me. God is very, very good at all times, and once our confidence is founded in that, we can begin the healing process of healing pain and gaining spiritual strength. A couple things that stood out: people aren't meant to be used as life support. People can do CPR, but clinging for life support from someone continually goes beyond their human strength. If you're going from person to person looking for life support, you're doing it wrong: only God is designed to offer that constant level of sustenance. Yes, we need community. We need help from others. But we need to be careful to have proper expectations of what belongs to God, and what belongs to people. It's all about perspective. Truth. When I believe the truth about God, and have abundant life in him, I am better able to have real expectations and not get unnecessarily hurt by others. I'm also better able to look into the raw, hurt places and find healing for them. I can lived deeply loved on a daily basis, full to the brim with the love of God. The second to last chapter, about Jesus in Gethsemane, was also really good. Lysa talked about how olives are pressed, processed, and ultimately destroyed. But they're destroyed to be edible and preserved. The hard process of refining ultimately leads to a better product than the olive in its raw form. Sometimes the processing seems incredibly hard, but Jesus is using it to make us better than we were before. We are not being destroyed. We're being given better life. There was one spot with an example about David's feelings that I think Lysa read more into Scripture then can rightly be inferred from the passage. I don't connect to every sentence or how she says it, but overall I connect to the heart of the book, and I learned so much from it. The only thing that bothered me as I went through it was the underlying jokes she made about body image. They were meant to be a light-hearted, relateable "me too" thing, but it was a subtle undercurrent of putting down herself that might cause others to struggle without knowing where or why those feelings had come from. There was no truth to combat it, and I didn't like that unresolved and troubling strain in an overall lovely book. I underlined a lot in this book, finding truth to tuck away in my heart again and again. I want to revisit some of the underlining and copy it down in a notebook to have that truth nearby to review and remember. Also, when you purchase Uninvited, you get a free audio download of Lysa reading prayers from the book that is incredibly beautiful to listen to. If you've ever felt hurt, betrayed, or simply lonely, then Uninvited will give you an invitation to a closer trust in Jesus. Prepare to live loved. I received this book for free from BookLook bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I've been hurt by rejection and started believing lies about my God and who I am in Him-I deny myself the protection of His truth. And my search for love and acceptance outside of God's presence then leads to dangerous places. Rating 3.5 TerKeurst is a wonderful writer who expresses herself with vulnerability and rawness. The pain of rejection can spill out in our lives in many different ways and the damage it does can leave us spiritual immature and lacking. Does this only apply to s I've been hurt by rejection and started believing lies about my God and who I am in Him-I deny myself the protection of His truth. And my search for love and acceptance outside of God's presence then leads to dangerous places. Rating 3.5 TerKeurst is a wonderful writer who expresses herself with vulnerability and rawness. The pain of rejection can spill out in our lives in many different ways and the damage it does can leave us spiritual immature and lacking. Does this only apply to select few? No I think all of us has experienced rejection of some kind. The way I approach it is, when I choose one, that means I reject another. When someone chooses another, they reject me. That is what I love about marriage. Because marriage addresses that. But that is a different book. Terkeurst takes us on a journey on how we can address the rejection that we have experienced and experience God's presence. What does rejection do...it steals the security of what we thought was beautiful and stable and leaves us scared and fragile. So rejection can be a big deal to some of us. However, that being said and in my own experience I have found that I become self-absorbed. Which is not of the gospel. My rejection can turn something painful to something beautiful when I pursue the gospel. This is my fear in reading books like this. Does this read have the potential of making us self-absorbed that we become self-centered and not God-centered or gospel centered? What I found is Terkeurst passion is to put us at the feet of the Jesus but I am not sure about the cross. As I was reading, I was also underlining. She speaks to a broken heart but I also was wary, does she speak to my own wickedness. Does she speak of Christ Lordship? There is a friendship to her writing that is winsome and that I found myself drawn to and I am sure many others have been drawn in the same way. Unlike some other writers that I have experienced reading, she is not about the popularity but being real. I so appreciate it. I would not call her teacher but I would call her a friend. She does not put lightly the pain and anguish of those that have suffered and I believe God does not either but we have the greatest invitation in Christ. We all are invited and we all have a ticket that is paid. I recommend this book with caution but I whole heartily recommend the need to address our pain in a biblical way and I appreciate the author's own heart in doing so. A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is, by far, the best book I have ever read on rejection. TerKeurst writes from experience. Her depth of empathy is refreshing. The practical suggestions she gives are inspiring. There are many who feel they have been rejected by their father and this book is specifically great for this issue. TerKeurst is painfully honest with her own contemporary feelings and their roots in past experience. Those who have experienced rejection with certainly relate. While that aspect This is, by far, the best book I have ever read on rejection. TerKeurst writes from experience. Her depth of empathy is refreshing. The practical suggestions she gives are inspiring. There are many who feel they have been rejected by their father and this book is specifically great for this issue. TerKeurst is painfully honest with her own contemporary feelings and their roots in past experience. Those who have experienced rejection with certainly relate. While that aspect of the book is great, TerKeurst's sharing of how she has been working through her feelings of rejection is even better. She includes suggestions for healing that come from her own journey. I was particularly struck by her ten days of prayer. As one who felt rejected by a parent, I really identified with them. I initially listened to this book on audio. Ginny Welsh's reading of the book was great. She expressed well the feelings conveyed by the written words. She is the best narrator of a book I've heard this year (and I go through over twenty books on audio annually). I listened to the book while walking but was so struck by the importance of the content I had to get myself a copy I could read. I highly recommend this book to those who have experienced rejection and are ready to work their way through to healing. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I was expecting this book to tackle feeling "unloved","less than", "left out", and "lonely" but it seemed to focus primarily on rejection. I'm not sure whether I was in the right season of life to receive what TerKeurst had to offer. If she had written more about the topics in her byline, I think I could have better gotten behind her message. However, I was able to gleam several nuggets of wisdom that TerKeurst had to share. “Feelings are broken boards. Only truth is solid, unchaining I was expecting this book to tackle feeling "unloved","less than", "left out", and "lonely" but it seemed to focus primarily on rejection. I'm not sure whether I was in the right season of life to receive what TerKeurst had to offer. If she had written more about the topics in her byline, I think I could have better gotten behind her message. However, I was able to gleam several nuggets of wisdom that TerKeurst had to share. “Feelings are broken boards. Only truth is solid, unchaining, and stable through and through…My identity must be anchored to the truth of who God is and who He is to me. Only then can I find a stability beyond what my feelings will ever allow. The closer I align my truth with his truth, the more closely I align with God. And the more my identity really is in Him.” “If we grasp the full love of Christ, we won’t grab at other things to fill us.” I listened to an audiobook version of this book read by Ginny Welsh, who had a very relatable, talk-amongst-girlfriends kind of vibe. I would recommend this book to new Christians who aren't familiar with these truths or to anyone who is looking for truths to combat rejection (and the lies they believe about it) in their lives.

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