Does your to-do list have footnotes? . . .Are you imprisoned by the joy-sucking dully-funks? . . .
Maybe it’s time for a healthy dose of truth gift-wrapped in humor.
Kick back a moment and take this revealing true-or-false stress test for women:
• I am frequently grumpy and I don’t know why.
• I used to enjoy cooking, but now it’s only a necessary chore.
• I don’t feel appreciated for all the tasks that I do.
• I’m embarrassed if caught relaxing or being "unproductive."
• The volume in my voice increases to MAKE MY POINT!
• I feel like I live in my car.
• I can’t remember the last time I laughed till I cried.
• A "free" day is exhausting because I must complete all my home duties.
• I tend to eat when feeling tense or overwhelmed.
• I feel like I’m constantly on the defensive.
• I often have unexplained headaches or stomachaches.
• My to-do lists have footnotes.
Now count the answers that you marked "true" and check out your status:
4–6: Yellow Alert! You are at risk of becoming stressed out.
7–9: Orange Alert! Look out, girlfriend, you’re at toxic stress levels.
10–12: Red Alert!!! You are a bonified Stress Mess and need immediate help!
If you often find yourself struggling with the stresses of finances, health, career, relationships, self-image, or family, then this humor-filled volume is just what you need. With simple, practical tips for attaining the peace you crave—the peace that passes all understanding—you’ll discover healing, refreshment, and revitalization for your spirit, body, and mind.
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About the Author
Debora M. Coty is a popular humorist, speaker, and award-winning author of numerous inspirational books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed line. Deb considers herself a tennis junkie and choco-athlete (meaning she exercises just so she can eat more chocolate). A retired piano teacher and orthopedic occupational therapist, Debora currently lives, loves, and laughs in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and three grandbuddies and one grandprincess. Deb would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and her Too Blessed to be Stressed blog at her website, www.DeboraCoty.com. While you're there, sign up for her free e-newsletter!
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Too Blessed to be Stressed
Inspirational for Climbing Out of Life's Stress-Pool
By Debora M. Coty
Barbour Publishing, Inc.Copyright © 2011 Debora M. Coty
All rights reserved.
Superwoman Has Left the Building
The Lord said, "I will go with you and give you peace."
Exodus 33:14 CEV
Kick back a moment and take this revealing true–or–false stress test for women:
 T  F I am frequently grumpy and I don't know why.
 T  F I used to enjoy cooking, but now it's only a necessary chore.
 T  F I don't feel appreciated for all the tasks that I do.
 T  F I'm embarrassed if caught relaxing or being "unproductive."
 T  F The volume in my voice increases to make my point!
 T  F I feel like I live in my car.
 T  F I can't remember the last time I laughed till I cried.
 T  F A "free" day is exhausting because I must complete all my home duties.
 T  F I tend to eat when feeling tense or overwhelmed.
 T  F I feel like I'm constantly on the defensive.
 T  F I often have unexplained headaches or stomachaches.
 T  F My to-do lists have footnotes.
Now count the answers that you marked "true" and check out your status:
4–6: Yellow Alert! You are at risk of becoming stressed out.
7–9: Orange Alert! Look out, girlfriend, you're at toxic stress levels.
10–12: Red Alert!!! You are a bonified Stress Mess and need immediate help!
Surprised? I certainly was when I took the test.
But we really shouldn't be stunned if we're tuned in to ourselves. Stress overload symptoms don't appear overnight. When our computers begin to freeze up, we recognize that it's time to turn off and reboot. When the warning light shines on the car dashboard, we wouldn't dream of ignoring it. When the bathroom scale pointer begins to spin like a fan, we know it's time to ditch the brownies.
If we ignore the signs, stress will eventually take a toll on our bodies.
We women tend to internalize stress. We take confrontation and subtle discord very personally. Heated words and even mild disagreements often sink into our innards, depositing a sense of unsettledness and anxiety. When we can't find an outlet for our pent-up frustration, we sometimes resort to self-destructive behavior. We eat too much. We smoke. We drink. We abuse our bodies. We may even isolate ourselves.
We're only deceiving ourselves if we think our loved ones don't notice the external signs of our inner distress—fussing, fuming, and fatigue. I call them the Three Fs. We may not even realize how far we've sunk in the stress-pool until those who care about us point it out, usually by evidence of the Three Fs: outward fussing, inward fuming, and chronic fatigue.
I knew it was time to address my stress issues when my growl grew louder than the dog's, and my fam tactfully suggested I get a rabies shot.
But listen, it's what we don't see, the below-the-surface stress symptoms, that are the scariest. Cortisol, a hormone our bodies release in the grip of stress, contributes to out-of-control feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Studies confirm that over time, stress increases blood pressure, contributes to migraines and tension headaches, and results in the plaque that leads to coronary artery and heart disease. Chronic stress has been found to increase cardiovascular risk by up to 50 percent! Not to mention documented ties to ulcers, asthma, insomnia, strokes, cancer, obesity, depression, anxiety attacks, colds, flu, and alcoholism.
And those crying jags when you're frazzled? Not coincidence. Stress lowers estrogen production, which can trigger emotional outbursts. You know, without our hormones we're bubbling volcanoes waiting to erupt.
Am I describing you? If so, please allow me to speak as your new BFF: honey, put on your big-girl panties and face facts. You are not superwoman with nerves of steel. Or guts either. Stress is kryptonite, and it's out to rip off your cape and reduce you to a pile of quivering, ineffective mush.
Okay, that's the bad news. How about some good news? Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Exhale slowly. There. You've just taken the first step in stress reduction. There are plenty of simple but effective techniques for boosting our body's stress resilience:
* Add yourself to your daily to-do list. Schedule fifteen minutes twice a day to revive, regroup, and regenerate. Remove yourself from the stress source, even if it means just stepping outside for a few minutes. (I walk laps around the parking lot at work or swing on a hammock in the backyard at home.) Air out your brain. Sing along to your favorite CD. Read an inspirational novel or a magazine. Whatever helps you chill. And don't take no for an answer when other activities try to crowd you out. You're important!
* Take laugh breaks. Lighten up, sister! "The joy of the LORD is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV)! Some say Christians should be sober and serious and silent as the grave, but I say Jesus came out of the grave and that's the best reason in the world to celebrate!
* Relax your knotted muscles with five-minute stress-busters throughout the day. Stop thinking. Get physical! Stretch, bend, roll those tense shoulders (more great relaxation stretches in chapter 29), chase the dog—get that reinvigorating blood flowing through your body tissues as your wasted mind takes a break. Crank up the praise music while you do housework: line dance while vacuuming, swing dance while cooking, boogie with the grocery cart in the frozen food aisle. Movement causes your brain to secrete beta-endorphin, which helps calm and de-stress you. You'll need that for the checkout line.
* Immerse your weariness. Try a Jacuzzi, if available, a bubble bath up to your chin, dipping in a cool spring, or floating in a relaxing pool. Even just standing in the shower, away from the world, can help wash away exhaustion and rejuvenate gasping body tissues (including brain cells). Feel the moment and focus on the water's refreshing sensory input to your skin; allow it to spread buoyancy to your spirit.
* Repetitive redundancy. No, this is not the name of a new rock group. It's what you should do to take your frantic self down a notch: Crochet, do needlepoint, play piano scales, rock out (we're talking about a rocking chair here, not retro Joan Jett) to soothing sounds like chirping birds or a babbling fountain (get a table model for your porch or den—I love mine, except for the fact that listening to all that running water makes me flee to the bathroom). You need a calm, repetitive, manual task that takes minimal brain power. Chopping firewood doesn't count.
* Ask for help! Delegate responsibilities and chores. Hire help if you can afford it. If you can't, beg. I have a wonderful, organizationally gifted girlfriend who wades in once a month to keep my house from turning into a nuclear waste site (love you, Teresa!). The rest of the time, chores are divided between family members. If everyone does their part, no one is left exhausted. Give up perfectionism. Ain't nobody perfect but Jesus, and you're
* not Him. Let a few things go. Tomorrow, release a few more. In time those tasks will quit nagging at you, and you'll literally feel the stress rocks in your stomach disintegrate into dust.
So when those stress overload signs start popping up and the red cape threatens to sprout over our blue tights, um ... I mean, jeans, let's do ourselves a favor and remind each other that we don't have to perpetuate the myth of superwoman. She's left the building and lost the key!
Half our life is spent trying to find Something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
1. Which questions on the stress test rated your strongest "true"? Do you ever demonstrate the Three Fs to your family? When and why?
2. So what can you do about it? Which stress resilience technique will you implement and in what specific way? (You don't have to stick with the suggestions I've made. Creatively tailor a technique to your unique situation.)CHAPTER 2
Martha on Steroids
Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV
Are you a filer or a piler? Do you file things away in their proper places and organize your home in delightful Martha Stewart fashion? Or do you leave little piles all over like shrines to the clutter god, which eventually turn into lurching Stonehenge precipices that threaten to avalanche and bury your living room?
I tend to be a little of both. You'll rarely find crumbs beside my toaster; just don't look underneath. A pair of dust bunnies may dance in the dining room, but whole squads play hockey with the roaches beneath the beds. Cat hair tumbleweeds aren't usually rolling down the hallway; just don't sit on the couch wearing black pants. A few grimy corners may grace the tub, but you'll never be privy to them. Hey, that's what shower curtains are for.
Housework is something nobody notices until you ignore it. Then everybody becomes your mother: Do you live in a barn? I don't remember an indoor blizzard! I forget—what color is this carpet?
So I'm not Martha Stewart. Or even the biblical Martha who zipped around cleaning, cooking, and organizing when the Son of God came to visit (see Luke 10:38–42). But isn't that a good thing? Didn't Jesus rebuke Martha for her preoccupation as a human do-ing rather than a human be-ing?
I'm neat, but not immaculate. Orderly, but not obsessed. Clean enough for health, dirty enough for happiness. And I'm not alone.
"Clean enough" seems to be the new mantra sweeping our bustlingly busy country as women find little time for once-sacred housekeeping duties. I understand that an average of 26.5 hours per week was spent housecleaning in 1965 compared to 17 hours today. The latter is roughly 2.4 hours per day.
In Coty math (read: not reproducible), that means we're picking up something every 12 minutes!
Four decades ago the scouring, of course, would have been performed mostly by women, the majority of whom didn't work outside the home and considered their sparkling terrazzo a reflection of personal worth. Thankfully, menfolk do more these days. The Council on Contemporary Families reports that the masculine contribution to household duties has doubled in the past fifty years, and help with child care has tripled.
I can't complain there. The Good Lord blessed me with a 50-50 husband. Well, since writing began devouring my spare time, his share has burgeoned to more like 75 percent. Hey, I'm not vain. I'll admit he's a much better scrubber than me. I'm a lick-and-a-promise gal, but he's into minute details, and since he took over, my gleaming pot bottoms double as NASA solar reflectors. Our polka-dot carpet turned out to be tan. There's actually a face behind all the toothpaste flicks on the bathroom mirror.
I don't even refer to the kitchen sink as "The Promised Land" anymore. On a trip to Israel, we learned that excavation down through layers of previous civilizations' left-behind refuse reveals interesting facets of history. Hey, I could do the same thing with the food layers coating my sink. Want to know how many potatoes I peeled for Easter dinner in 2006?
Look, it's not my fault. Who can withstand the relentless forces of spontaneous degeneration, one of the biggest stressors of domesticated life? Never heard of that infamous Coty near-fact of science? Took me years of dedicated observation and study to discover the reason my house looks like it does. Please, let me enlighten you.
The theory of spontaneous degeneration declares that when left in an unnaturally clean state, matter will spontaneously atrophy into indiscriminant disarray.
You, too, have witnessed the ravages of spontaneous degeneration: an hour after you triumphantly finish slaving over a clean house, mold begins sprouting on shiny faucets, green slime oozes from the vegetable crisper, tiny hairs creep up from the drain and imbed themselves in the bathroom sink, and dust bunnies proliferate for a closet reunion.
Black dirt erupts like lava from the carpet nap, clothing magically appears on every piece of sit-able furniture, dirty panties peek from behind hampers just in time for the dog to proudly present them to dinner guests. And most mysterious of all, pairs of clean wet socks innocently entering the dryer become tragically widowed as their mates are magically transported to the parallel universe of the Pogo People, who hop around on one foot wearing Junior's sports high-tops.
Housekeeping is a perpetual lesson in futility. Cleaning an occupied house is like combing your hair in a hurricane.
The way I see it, I'm actually being thoughtful by ignoring my mop and dust rag. I'm eliminating the sinful temptation for friends who might fall short in comparison. In fact, they've learned to appreciate my dust decor and even occasionally leave cute little DON'T EAT HERE messages finger-etched on the coffee table.
I try to clean up, but sometimes my efforts backfire. Like the south Florida woman who accidentally rammed an alligator with her car. Seriously. She dutifully cleaned up the road but crashed into a parked car when the possum-playing gator began thrashing around in her backseat. The poor dear was charged with a felony: possession of an alligator. (We can't count votes down here, but we're sure on top of illegal reptiles!)
So when we're tempted to forsake our devotional moments, family time, or prayer walks to toothbrush the grout, disinfect the toilets, or scrub the baseboards like Martha on steroids, let's remember Jesus' words to His beloved spiritual sister: "Martha, dear Martha, you're fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing" (Luke 10:41 MSG).
Only one thing is truly of eternal importance: Papa God. And He created dirt.
My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
1. Take a moment and read the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38–42. With which sister can you most identify? Why?
2. How do you think the stress levels differ for a Martha, who rushes about cleaning and cooking to perfection, and a Mary, who makes time to sit at the feet of Jesus and soak in His presence?
3. Rearrange the following priorities in order of importance to you: "me" time, family, faith, work, achieving success, appearance, relationships, schedules. On which three do you spend the most time?
4. Which are of eternal value? Do you feel the need to make any changes in your priorities?CHAPTER 3
Can I Hear Me Now?
If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace.
Romans 8:6 CEV
"I just cannot learn this new system."
"There's no way I'll ever get along with her."
Have you ever spouted loaded statements like these birthed from frustration? If you're like me, they're typical of your speech during a single day. Sometimes a single hour. But what impact does this type of self-talk really have when we make such sweeping, absolute declarations?
My tennis coach, Pete, used to stop cold in the middle of a drill when he sensed my negative attitude beginning to rear its ugly head. It was probably my primal scream and the way I slammed my racket into the net that tipped him off.
"I can't make this shot!" I'd seethe through gritted teeth after the tenth straight drop shot into the net. "Just forget it! I. Am. Not. Able. I won't keep wasting time on something that will never happen."
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Table of Contents
Section 1 Time Management
Pressure Creates Both Diamonds and Volcanoes 9
1 Superwoman Has Left the Building (Health Awareness) 10
2 Martha on Steroids (Setting Priorities) 16
3 Can I Hear Me Now? (Self-Talk) 21
4 Shoving the Envelope (Finding Balance) 26
5 Papa God, Mama Earth (Discovering a Deeper Shade of Green) 30
6 All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Break Down (Coping with Loss) 35
7 Calendar Constipation (Simplify) 41
8 As You Wish (Intentional Submission) 47
9 Gray: The New Blond (Worry)52
10 Striving for a Low-Strife Life (Family Organization) 57
Section 2 Develop a Sense of Humor
Defeating the Joy-Sucking Dully-Funks 63
11 The Back Forty: Years, Not Acres (Becoming a Packing Granny) 64
12 The Ever-Laughing Life (Humor in the Trenches) 69
13 Chocolate Makes My Jeans Shrink (Food Choices) 73
14 Cobwebs in My Mop Bucket (Managing Messiness) 78
15 Humility Becomes You (Pride) 82
16 Smiles to Go Before I Sleep (Sleep Deprivation) 86
17 Things My Mother Never Told Me (Menopause) 91
18 You Can Run but You Can't Hide (God's Mercy) 97
19 Cheesecake: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore (Nutrition) 102
20 Girls Just Need to Have Fun (Stress Relief) 106
Section 3 Cultivate Relationships
No Woman Is an Island (But She Can Dream!) 113
21 Romancing the Drone (Romance) 114
22 Nuts in the Batter (Dealing with Difficult People) 119
23 Family Heir-Loons (Creating Legacy) 124
24 Latitude for Gratitude (Living Gratefully) 129
25 Chic Chat (Nurturing Girlfriends) 134
26 Ah, Sweet Sistah-Hood! (Siblings) 139
27 Teddies to Toasters (Marital Intimacy) 144
28 Pacifiers to Puberty (Mothering) 149
29 Minding My Earth Suit (Physical Maintenance) 154
30 Heart Matters (Finding Peace) 160
Section 4 Focus on Faith
Marinating in Faith Produces the Choicest Priority Cuts 165
31 Darth Wader (Resisting Temptation) 166
32 Luther's Legacy (Unconditional Love) 172
33 Dead Last (Courage) 177
34 Kneels on Wheels (Prayer) 182
35 Everyday Miracles (God's Sovereignty) 187
36 Lost and Found (Faith) 192
37 Feed the Fever (Worship) 198
38 Taking the Plunge (Trust) 202
39 Crossing Home Plate (Life after Life) 207
40 Keep the Faith, Baby (Dependence on God) 213
Visit with the Author 221
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Here's an idea for a down day: Get into your most comfy pajamas and your old friendly bathrobe, slip your feet into your softest slippers, pour up a steaming cup of cocoa (or tea), head to a quiet place by yourself , curl up with your feet tucked under you, pull out Too Blessed to be Stressed and indulge your heart and your mind. Mrs. Coty has graced us ladies with a book that is as fun to read as it is helpful. Part pep-talk, part humor (think laugh-out-loud funny), filled with heart-touching stories and woman-to-woman guidance, Too Blessed to be Stressed is also loaded with Scriptural truths and guidance. You'll be comforted and learn as you do so. Mrs. Coty gives us the tools to manage our time, coaches us as we work on developing a sense of humor (perhaps even one as off-beat as the writer's), guides us as we work on our relationships and, most importantly, helps us to work on our faith in God by focusing on the Sovereignty of God and teaching us to worship Him. I did encounter a problem in that I do not feel it is completely appropriate to call the Father "Papa God". Because of that, I would give the book four stars. DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from LitFuse for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this book! It was hilarious! I found myself going beyond a chapter at a time- not pacing myself. I also read a few of the stories to my husband- he had to know what was so funny that it was making me snort I was laughing so hard. This book claims to give practical steps for peace and stress relief. What the author doesn't mention is that the stories themselves are a great stress reliever- laughter is definitely the best recipe for stress!Each story is followed by a bible verse and a handful of thought provoking questions. It is simple, easy, and what it claims to be- stress-free. This would be a fantastic gift for anyone who is feeling stressed out or going through a hard time. This would be a great stocking stuffer, basket stuffer, or surprise gift to anyone- young or old.
I love to read a little of this book each night. It’s like having a conversation with a girlfriend. The author uses humor effectively and I find my spirits are lighter and I’m laughing out loud at some of the descriptions. I liked the section on parenting styles as well. It makes you reflect on what is important and having the bravery to admit your wrong and change what is not working in your life. It focuses on achieving balance and reflecting on the many blessings you have instead of the negativity. Really enjoyed it!
Deb’s Dozen: Stress, Anxiety, Worrying—Not Any More! I’m Too Blessed to be Stressed! Too Blessed to Be Stressed by Debora M. Coty is a delightful book written to teach us how to get the negatives of stress, anxiety, worry, etc., out of our lives. Short, winsome chapters all start with a Scripture quotation and end with a few questions to help us get our minds in order to put these ideas into practice. I’ll whet your appetite for getting de-stressed with a few tidbits from the book. From “Gray: The New Blond”: “… there are far too many other things to worry about [than gray hair]. And I should know; I latch on to vexation like a gator on a goose. Over the years I have honed the art of worry into a science. I’ve systematically and diligently transformed molehills into mountains. I’ve whipped pesky irritants into frothy, acetic colon-coaters and fretted over annoying burdens until they invaded my dreams.” Can you relate? From “The Back Forty: Years, Not Acres”: “Wrinkles form in the dead of the night. You know, if I listen closely, I can hear my flesh creasing and crinkling when I pad to the bathroom in the wee hours. (It must’ve been a woman who coined the phrase wee hours on a midnight potty run.) And “There must be a way to use gravity to our advantage. Maybe ditching our bras would pull the wrinkles out of our faces. But then we’d have to tuck our bosoms into our knee-highs to keep from tripping over them.” “Humility Becomes You” gives us this instruction on humility: “My friend Rich, a teacher and father, has an infections attitude of humility. When teachers at the Christian school where he worked were told that budget cuts necessitated that staff assume janitorial duties, grumbling broke out among the ranks. During the protests and discussion that ensued, Rich quietly disappeared with the cleaning supplies. When discovered scrubbing toilets on his knees, Rich replied, ‘Kneeling at this throne is no different than kneeling at God’s throne—it’s all for His glory!’” “Nurturing Girlfriends”—a very important de-stressor. [Talking about those runs in the wee hours] “Girls bond over such dribble, er, I mean drivel. Yes, girlfriends fill in the holes in our relationships with others … especially the sinkholes. Girlfriends make us laugh when we least expect it.” Aren’t you ever so grateful for yours? And your last tidbit—you need to buy the book!—from “Dead Last.” “… our God is not a random God … For His specialty, His forte, His marvelous operational technique is to use inadequate, frightened people to serve as His hands and feet. Yahweh’s courage is more than enough … brilliant, really. Then there’s no doubt whom the real rescuer is.” I laughed out loud, giggled endlessly, and had “doh!” moments reading Too Blessed To Be Stressed. You will, too! You’ll also want to pick up The Bible Promise Book: Too Blessed to Be Stressed Edition. Debra gives us in context promises to lean on while we’re de-stressing. Four stars to both books! Debra and I giggled and yakked our way through our interview. Turning serious, Debra said that today stress is a front and center problem for many, many women. We have to take active steps to decompress ourselves. She writes women’s issues books that have sold more than 80,000 copies. As a matter of fact, Too Blessed to be Stressed has given birth to eleven offspring!
Too Blessed to Be Stressed is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
If you think that you are way too stressed to have time to read this book then it IS for you. The books is small, the chapters are short and it is a quick, witty read. This book is the perfect size to just toss in your purse and read while you are at red lights (joke) ummm....I mean read while you have a few minutes of waiting time no matter where you are or what you are doing. The book has four sections with forty small chapters. The sections are Time Management, Develop a Sense of Humor (no, really), Cultivate Relationships and Focus on Faith. I love the sections and then each mini-chapter is broken down into specific topics so that you can quickly go to the one you need to read at that moment. The author also provides thought provoking questions with most of the chapters, too. For example, one of the mini-chapters "Nuts in the Batter" is one worth reading. It addresses the "not so friendly" neighbor in all of us. She describes it as selfish behavior that grates our last nerve raw. It is something we've done or had done to us that just sits and festers or causes us to react and then regret later. Very insightful tips and scripture is given to point our selfish behavior to something worth giving our energy to. The humor really flows in the chapter which helps to aleave stress, too. The author pointed out that we don't have to WIN at everything. We don't have to dominate everything. When we do there is loss of respect, friendship, peace and relationships. As much as some of us try and avoid difficult people in our life (I know that I do this) we need to know that they are often in our life for unseen purposes. To end the chapter "Remember, even nutty lumps in the batter add flavor!" This book would be great for a book club. It would really get the women talking. It would also make a wonderful gift. Search SusieQTpies Scraps of Life to read more reviews, enter giveaways and more!
Stress is everywhere and it seems hard to avoid. Yet, we have an anchor to help us feel calmer in our daily world. In her new boo, "Too Blessed to be Stressed," Debora Coty shares helpful tips through humor, stories, and Scripture. There are four sections that enable readers to quickly identify the reading they need. The encouragement found in this book will help you count the blessings in your life, rather than the tribulations. Come on and take a more humorous look at situations and dilemmas. Let go of the stress! I have enjoyed this book since receiving it from free from Litfuse for review. It has made me laugh, think, and count blessings. Too many times the world encroaches on our peace, but Ms. Coty will help bring you back to a place where you can feel power to overcome the problems. I think this book will make a great addition to any library and I will be purchasing copies for gifts.
As followers of Christ, we are all too blessed to be stressed. But we are stressed. In her new devotional book Too Blessed To Be Stressed by Debora M. Coty, she shares ways to destress in these areas. ?Time Management ~ organization, setting priorities, finding balance, loss, and worry ?Developing a Sense of Humor ~ becoming a packing granny, food choices, finding humor in the trenches, pride, lack of sleep, menopause, stress relief, and nutrition ?Cultivating Relationships~ difficult people, being grateful, siblings, intimacy, mothering, and finding peace ?Faith ~ temptation, courage, love, prayer, faith, worship, trust, life after death, and dependence on God From her blog, the author shares the birth pangs of this funny woman's devotional. "2008 was my Debbie Do-Over year. One morning I woke up and realized that if I lived to be 100, I truly was middle-aged and it was time to either do something about my appearance or quit grousing about it. So I got Invisiline braces to harness my unicorn tooth and lost 40 lbs through Weight Watchers. Going from size 14 to size 2 was a real trip and I learned some interesting things along the way. Like it's hard to find petite clothes that aren't cut down to your navel and up to your eyeballs. All the crazy details are chronicled in my book, Too Blessed to Be Stressed. And if you don't feel precious to God when you're large, you won't when you're small. How utterly wonderful that Papa God equally loves the chrysanthemum and the buttercup." I laughed out loud, chuckled, did a lot of head nodding in agreement, and closed the cover realizing that I am one of many women who are just too hard on themselves sometimes. Containing forty devotionals, each begins with a scripture verse and ends with a thought-provoking quote and questions for the reader. Her devotionals are full of personal stories she shares with a lot of humor. With an off-beat wit, she addresses heart needs of women to bring healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. I believe ladies church or mother's groups would benefit from this truth wrapped humor book
Debora M. Coty in her new book, "Too Blessed To Be Stressed" published by Barbour Publishing Inc. gives us inspiration for climbing out of life's stress-pool. Stress is something we all deal with and some of us deal with stress almost continuously or at least that may be how it feels. Sometimes it feels as if the stress will never go away. However, Debora M. Coty has answers to help defeat the stress in our lives. "Too Blessed To Be Stressed" has simple, practical steps for attaining the peace that we crave as we struggle with the stresses of finances, health, career, relationships, self-image and family. Ms. Coty provides the means to discover healing, refreshment, and revitalization for your own spirit, body and mind through heart-changing real life stories, biblically based insights, and short chapters for on-the-run convenience. Want to know the best way to beat stress? Laugh. Read this book and I guarantee you will laugh. Long and hard, you will laugh, you'll have to as Ms. Coty tells very funny stories as she delivers the truth that will set us free. Topics are arranged into four different sections: Time management, Develop a Sense of humor, Cultivate relationships, Focus on Faith . This book will help change your thinking by providing you the truth you need. The chapters in the book are short and at the end of each story there is a bible verse and questions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has to deal with stress and needs some help to do it. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."