Have you ever found yourself feeling lonely? I’m talking there’s-a-physical-ache-in-your-soul or standing-in-a-crowded-room-feeling-empty kind of lonely. Have you ever flipped through Facebook and Instagram and viewed picture after picture of your “friends” hanging out without you? Have you watched couple after couple get engaged and asked yourself what’s wrong with you? Or wondered why he got the ___________ instead of you?
In her book, Uninvited, Terkeurst gives us glimpses into the very raw, painful moments of her own life to show us that we’re not alone in this fight. To show us that she shares in our struggles of comparison and loneliness. But mostly, to show us that we don’t have to be controlled by our fears and past rejection. That no matter what you have gone through in the past, it does not mean you have to continue living like a bad song on repeat. In fact, she tells us to break free from that cycle.
She tells us to live loved.
And somehow she manages to write all of this without sounding “self-helpy”.
Terkeurst’s honest writing will leave any reader in deep self-reflection after just one chapter. Her writing is laced with anecdotes, Scripture, and truth bombs that will make you stop and read it about eight times before its meaning starts to set in. Seriously, I could only handle a chapter a day. (I would recommend you do the same – take the time to really mull over each chapter. If you rush through it, you won’t get nearly as much out of it.) As I read on, I felt like Lysa had taken my thoughts that I never knew how to articulate and put them onto paper. It was straight spooky. Terkeurst’s writing mixed with her use of Scripture (not just being sporadically thrown in there – but still loaded with Truth), leads me to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Get it as a last minute Christmas present for someone in your life. Or treat yourself! Seriously, this is a must-read for all.
Happy Christmas, page turners! Have a wonderful holiday season!