Look at It This Way: Straightforward Wisdom to Put Life in Perspective

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Each person has his or her own particular way of looking at life: a kind of grid that helps readers process whatever comes their way. Though this grid can be a helpful tool, far too often it is a weight around the neck. So what can be done about it? How can readers change their perspectives–replacing the grid that drags them down with one that equips them to face life’s challenges and live victoriously?

In Look at It This Way, author and speaker Jan Silvious explores, in-depth, ...

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Overview

Each person has his or her own particular way of looking at life: a kind of grid that helps readers process whatever comes their way. Though this grid can be a helpful tool, far too often it is a weight around the neck. So what can be done about it? How can readers change their perspectives–replacing the grid that drags them down with one that equips them to face life’s challenges and live victoriously?

In Look at It This Way, author and speaker Jan Silvious explores, in-depth, vital truths that can help Christians reframe the way they think: breaking them out of their self-pity, anger, depression, anxiety and hopelessness, and equipping them to deal with the events, circumstances and people in their lives in a healthy and positive way. Jan highlights such key truths as “Whatever happens, it’s one event in a lifetime of events,” “For every choice there is a consequence,” “God isn’t angry with you,” “The last chapter has not been written,” and eight others.

Deeply rooted in Scripture, these valuable insights will give readers hope and real help for managing their thinking, showing how they can, at last, move forward with the courageous and grace-filled life God intended them to live.

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Editorial Reviews

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Women stuck in a rut get a bracing pep talk from this unpretentious Christian self-help manual. The author, a speaker and seminar leader at Moody Bible Institute, addresses a litany of women's problems-domineering husbands, guilt feelings about children (living and aborted) and aging parents, people who betray confidences, wounding slights from co-workers, resentment of seemingly perfect sisters-in-law, wanting to be a lady but feeling like a tramp-and draws her sermonettes equally from Bible stories and homespun anecdotes about such matters as rude waiters, balky appliances and interior-decorating disasters. She expounds a sketchy psychology based on a "grid" made up of childhood experiences, people we know, emotional makeup and life events, which sometimes gets "bent" and needs "straightening." Her advice, though, is practical: learn the right ways to ask for what you want, don't be controlling and meddlesome (especially with adult children and their inappropriate fiancies), don't fret over might-have-beens, remember that "if something doesn't work, change it." Above all, let go of the past, for "the cheerleader has to put up her pompoms" and "take [her] place with other mortal women at the supermarket." But women feeling trapped in lives not quite of their choosing can, with God's help, change their fate, choose constructive action over self-pity, abjure their "impossibility mindsets" and discover their "unlimited potential for moving on." Silvious is not a brilliant or profound writer, but she has a feel for the psychological predicaments of everyday life that many readers will appreciate. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307444929
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 353,636
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Silvious is an author and speaker with a passion for offering hope and encouragement to those who are stuck in their life circumstances. She speaks at conferences and seminars both nationally and internationally. Jan was on staff at Precept Ministries for over a decade and co-hosted a live call-in radio program with Kay Arthur for five years. She leads women’s seminars for Moody Bible Institute’s conference ministry and is also a regular pre-conference speaker for Women of Faith. Jan has been married to her husband, Charlie, for thirty-five years. They make their home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Look at It This Way 1
1 This Is One Event in a Lifetime of Events 5
2 What Might Have Been Does Not Exist 21
3 "They Said" Doesn't Make It True 35
4 If Something Doesn't Work, Change It 49
5 Fretting Only Destroys You 67
6 Don't Tell Everything You Know 85
7 Feeling Guilty Doesn't Mean You Are 105
8 There Is a God, and You Are Not Him 121
9 Attitude Is Everything 141
10 The Last Chapter Has Not Yet Been Written 159
Conclusion 173
Notes 177
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