Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 12th: The Cure for the 'Perfect' Life

Today's book is one I recently read and reviewed: The Cure for the "Perfect" Life by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory. I was blessed to be a part of the launch team, which was such an encouragement to me.

I marked this book up one side and down the other. It's full of practical tips for defeating perfectionism, performancism, people-pleasing, and procrastination. It is not always easy to make the braver choice, but every time I do, I get braver. Since finishing the book, I have found myself procrastinating less often, as well as caring less about what others think of me than I used to. I'm also becoming braver in acknowledging my feelings and hurts, and in the process, moving forward.

The fact that I'm writing this series is testament to that: I used to care so much about what other people thought about what I read. I have one friend in particular who has been extremely outspoken about how much she despises Christian fiction as a whole, with only a few exceptions. I used to care so much about what she thought that I had all but silenced myself to avoid her scorn. I have come to realize that she is only one person, and she's entitled to her opinion. The change is in myself: I don't have to internalize the negativity, and I don't have to let anyone's opinions silence my own.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you don't consider yourself any sort of rebel at all.

To read more of this #31DaysofBooks series, visit the introduction post.

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