Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Overextended....and Loving most of it!

I have finished reading Overextended...and Loving most of it! by Lisa Harper.

Book Description:
Would you consider your life stretched to the limit?

Are you a burn-the-candle-at-both-ends kind of gal with lots of room for improvement when it comes to creating margins for rest? But you actually love it and wouldn't want it any other way? Well, so does Lisa Harper.

In her humorous and packed-with-biblical-wisdom way, Lisa shows us that it is possible for a frazzled nature to be glorifying to the Lord. Every late-night conversation with a hurting friend and each precious, adopted child needing a little extra tender loving care-exhausting, yet imperative, ways to be extensions of the gospel. In each of these vignettes illustrating Lisa's overextended life, we learn that even in the middle of our own pure motives and hectic schedules, it is only by resting in God's sovereign mercy that we are able to keep risking our hearts to serve his people and fulfill the callings he has placed on us.

Real life . . . abundant life . . . godly life is about loving Jesus and the people he allows us to rub shoulders with well-which means some days you'll be stretched emotionally and physically. You'll feel overextended. Thankfully God will expand our hearts and calendars to accommodate the calling. He is in the business of supplying us with new mercies every morning . . . new candles to burn, for more lives needing his light.

My thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this book and it was a very quick read for me.  I think we all struggle at some point with feeling overextended in life.  Lisa Harper writes from her personal experiences and shares some touching stories.  I appreciated her openness at sharing things that have happened to her and the pains she has faced recently.  I liked her BLAST acronym which is helpful to remember when you are feeling overextended.  In this book she specifically talks about her adoption journey as a single woman.

I was reminded by reading this book that the things we do in this life for God do not always come easily.  Some times we are going to be really stretched to what we feel is our  max or something may come up that we think we would never be able to do.  In these times we have to learn from the process and know God is with us through it all. 

This book was sent to me by the Thomas Nelson Book Sneeze program for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!

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