Friday, July 3, 2015
Give Yourself a Break
Many people are used to showing compassion to others. What many of us have trouble with is showing that same compassion to ourselves. Too often we say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend. All this negative self-talk can have a devastating effect on our lives.
Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson wants readers to stop beating themselves up. Grounding her advice in the Bible, she offers practical steps and specific exercises to reprogram our thought lives. She helps us learn to show ourselves the kind of grace and understanding we offer to others--and to change our relationships, our outlook on life, and our view of ourselves in the process
My thoughts: I see a real need for this book, since I know a lot of us are our own worst critics. This book is a wonderful resource for one to help see how counterproductive it is to be so harsh on oneself. While the whole book is excellent, I found that I got the most out of the chapter that deals with how we interact with our children (and how our parents and others interacted with us when we were children) helping or stunting them. I also appreciated how the author addresses using ones gifts when we are more compassionate with ourselves.
This is an excellent resource for a personal or church library!
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.