Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress

Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress

by Lysa TerKeurst


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ISBN-13: 9780310320326
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 119,593
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited and The Best Yes. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.

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Unglued Devotional

60 days of imperfect progress
By Lysa TerKeurst


Copyright © 2012 Lysa TerKeurst
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-32032-6

Chapter One


Time for a New Script

"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." (ISAIAH 41:13)

Thought for the Day: While feeling unglued is all I've really known, today my life can be different.

I'm sad because of the way I acted today. I'm disappointed in my lack of self-control. And the more I relive my emotionally driven tirade, the more my brain refuses sleep.

I have to figure this out. What is my problem? Why can't I seem to control my reactions? I stuff. I explode. And I don't know how to get a handle on this. But God help me if I don't get a handle on this. I will destroy the relationships I value most and weave into my life permanent threads of short-temperedness, shame, fear, and frustration. Is that what I really want? Do I want my headstone to read, "Well, on the days she was nice, she was really nice. But on the days she wasn't, rest assured, hell hath no fury like the woman who lies beneath the ground right here"?

No. That's not what I want. Not at all. I don't want the script of my life to be written that way.

So, at 2:08 a.m., I vow to do better tomorrow. But better proves elusive and my vow wears thin in the face of daily annoyances and other unpleasant realities. Tears slip, and I'm worn out from trying. Always trying.

I feel broken. Unglued, actually. I have vowed to do better at 2:08 a.m. and 8:14 a.m. and 3:37 p.m. and 9:49 p.m. and many other minutes in between. So why aren't things getting better? Why aren't my reactions tamer?

I know what it's like to praise God one minute and in the next minute yell and scream at my child—and then to feel both the burden of my destructive behavior and the shame of my powerlessness to stop it.

The emotional demands keep on coming. Unrelenting insecurity. Wondering if anyone appreciates me. Feeling tired, stressed, and hormonal.

Feeling unglued is really all I've ever known. And I'm starting to wonder if maybe it's all I'll ever be.

Those were the defeating thoughts I couldn't escape. Maybe you can relate. If you relate to my hurt, I pray you will also relate to my hope. While unglued is all I've really known, I believe that with God's help, today my life can be different. That's my personal revelation of hope. The pages of this devotional are my hope journal. A place of tender mercies and grace given so many times it almost seems scandalous. How can our God be so patient? I don't know. But He is. Today, He's offering us the fresh start our souls desperately need. Our key verse from Isaiah 41 promises He will help us. We can be different. A slate wiped clean. A page crisp white. A chance to start rewriting the old scripts of past failures. For me. For you. Together.

We can do this.

God, thank You that this is a new twenty-four hours. Today, I want to believe I can start writing a new script for my life. Help me to overcome the disbelief I have because of my past failures. Amen.


Imperfect Progress

Practice these things; immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. (1 TIMOTHY 4:15 ESV)

Thought for the Day: Just because something is hard doesn't mean it's impossible.

What kept me from making changes with my raw emotions was the feeling I wouldn't do it perfectly. I knew I'd still mess up and come unglued. Sometimes we girls think if we don't make instant progress, then real change isn't coming. But that's not so. There is a beautiful reality called imperfect progress. The day I realized the glorious hope of this kind of imperfect change is the day I gave myself permission to believe I really could be different.

Imperfect changes are slow steps of progress wrapped in grace ... imperfect progress. And good heavens, I need lots of that. So I dared to write this in my journal:

Progress. Just make progress. It's okay to have setbacks and the need for do-overs. It's okay to draw a line in the sand and start over again—and again. Just make sure you're moving the line forward. Move forward. Take baby steps, but at least take steps that keep you from being stuck. Then change will come. And it will be good.

These honest words enabled me to begin rewriting my story. Not that I erased what came before, but I stopped rehashing it and turned the page afresh. Eventually, I started blogging about my raw emotions and imperfect changes. In response, I got comments whispering, "Me too."

"Being unglued, for me, comes from a combination of anger and fear," wrote Kathy. "I think part of it is learned behavior. This is how my father was." Courtney honestly admitted, "I come unglued when I feel out of control because my kids are screaming or fighting or whining or negotiating and won't listen. I like silence, calm, obedience, and control. When it's not going 'my way,' I come unglued and freak out and it goes quiet. And then the regret comes."

And the comments kept coming, all of them expressing the exact same struggle, the same frustration, and the same need for hope. Women with kids and women without kids. Women caring for aging parents and women struggling with being the aging parent. Women working in the home and outside the home. So many women whose daily circumstances differed but whose core issues were the same.

I realized then that maybe other women could make some imperfect progress too. And a book idea was born from that simple realization. But I had to laugh at the irony of it. I had just published a book called Made to Crave that dealt with what goes into my mouth. Now I was writing a book called Unglued to deal with what comes out of my mouth. Obviously my mouth gets me into lots of trouble!

This Unglued journey is about my imperfect progress. It's an honest admission that this struggle of reining in how I react has been hard for me. But hard doesn't mean impossible.

How hard something is often depends on your vantage point. For example, consider the shell of an egg. Looking at it from the outside, we know an eggshell is easily broken. But if you're looking at that same shell from the inside, it seems an impenetrable fortress. It's impossible for the raw white and tender yolk to penetrate the hardness of the eggshell. But given time and the proper incubation, the white and yolk develop into a new life that breaks through the shell and shakes itself free. And in the end, we can see that the hard work of cracking the shell was good for the new baby chick. The shell actually provided a place for new life to grow, and then enabled the chick to break forth in strength.

Might the same be true for our hard places? Might all this struggle with our raw emotions and unglued feelings have the exact same potential for new life and new strength?

I think so. I know so. I've seen so.

Mother Teresa is quoted as saying, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." Make some small imperfect progress today and discover your potential for new life and new strength.

God, this process is revealing to me my greater need for You each day. Please help me to take steps toward making imperfect progress today. Amen.


God, I'm a Little Mad and a Lot Confused

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (PROVERBS 3:5-6)

Thought for the Day: God is big enough to handle our honest feelings.

Kick off your shoes and get ready to get gut-honest. When God doesn't seem to be answering our prayers, it can be hard. Sometimes, downright awful.

One minute, I'm determined to trust God. The next, I feel myself questioning God. The "why" questions tumble in so hard. My heart hurts. My tears fall. And in those raw moments I just feel a little mad and a lot confused.

Ever been there?

I don't want to oversimplify what to do in these times. Facing issues that never seem to stop is tough. Really tough. Especially those situations where the answers aren't easy or clean-cut. But I have discovered three things that help me when God seems silent.

1. Press into God when you want to pull away.

When I really want to hear from God, but He seems silent, I sometimes find I want to disengage from my normal spiritual activities. Skip church. Put my Bible on the shelf. And let more and more time lapse between prayers.

But pulling away only makes things worse. God says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). All my heart includes the parts that are broken. Bring it all to God.

He can handle your honesty and will respond. But we have to go where truth is. Go to church. Listen to praise music. Read the Bible. Memorize verses. And keep talking to God.

2. Praise God out loud when you want to get lost in complaints.

In the midst of whatever you're facing, find simple things for which to praise God. I don't mean thank Him for the hard stuff. I mean thank Him for the other simple, good things you still experience. A child's laugh. A bush that blooms. The warmth of a blanket. The gift of this breath and then the next.

Scripture reminds me that praise leads to newness: "He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord" (Psalm 40:3 NASB). We can literally find new words with which to process life in a more positive way when we choose to praise God instead of complain.

3. Put yourself in the company of truth.

That friend who speaks truth? Listen to her. Stay connected to her. Let her speak truth into your life even when you're tired of hearing it. As Proverbs 12:26 (NASB) encourages, "The righteous is a guide to his neighbor." Stand in the shadow of her faith when you feel your own faith is weak. Let her lead you back to God time and time again.

It's okay to feel a little mad and a lot confused. Our God is big enough to handle our honest feelings. But don't let your feelings lead you away from God or away from His truth. Press into Him. Praise Him. And put yourself in the company of truth. As you stay with God in these ways, you will be ready to receive His answer when it comes.

Dear Lord, thank You for understanding me, even when I'm mad or confused. I pray I would daily be intentional in coming close to You and praising You. Help me to find a good friend whom I can trust to speak truth into my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Feeling Guilty?

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (PSALM 139:13-14)

Thought for the Day: Sometimes I feel guiltier for what I'm not than thankful for what I am.

I gathered the restaurant bags, sighed, and crammed them into the overstuffed trash can. A friend had sent me a recipe that day that involved peeling and chopping and simmering. I imagined her trash can full of fresh veggie peelings and other things that proved her kitchen produced way more homemade goodness than mine.

And a little thread of guilt wrapped around my heart.

Sometimes I feel guiltier for what I'm not than thankful for what I am.

But there was sweet grace waiting for me in a little yogurt shop that night. My daughter had asked if I would come and speak to a Bible study she was helping organize. "Mom, I think a lot of people are going to show up."

So instead of cooking that night, I ordered out. Again. And I drove to the yogurt shop with a girl whose heart was full of excitement and expectation.

People were everywhere. Young people. Invited people. And parents. Nearly two hundred people packed inside the yogurt shop and overflowed outside. My daughter smiled.

I took the microphone and spoke from my heart. I told my story. I taught truth. I invited the people to let Jesus be the Lord of their hearts.

And many who had never done so said yes to God that night. A teen girl who tried to commit suicide last year. She stood to accept Jesus. A young man with tears in his eyes. He stood to accept Jesus. A mom and a dad. They stood to accept Jesus. Along with many others.

In the yogurt shop.

With a woman whose trash can was filled with take-out bags and who isn't the greatest cook, but a woman who wants to learn to be more thankful for what I am than guilty for what I'm not.

Maybe you are the friend with the veggie peelings in the trash can and steaming homemade goodness on the table.

Celebrate that.

Or maybe you are like me. And your gifts are less tasty.

Celebrate that.

And cut the threads of guilt with the edge of grace.

Dear Lord, You made me in Your image—and that is something I seem to forget daily. Please help me remember to celebrate and live in who You made me to be, and not dwell on what I wish I were. In Jesus' name. Amen.



Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. (PROVERBS 25:28)

Thought for the Day: The answer to keeping God's power with me and working in me to produce self-control is letting His Word get inside me.

Have you ever been in a discussion with a loved one when something snarky gets said and suddenly your blood pressure sky rockets, your nerves fray, and the worst version of you begs to come out?

Not that this ehhhhhver happens to me, of course.


Of course it happens to me. I live with other humans.

Whenever any kind of relationship conflict arises, my choice is whether to give the other person power to control my emotions.

When I react by yelling or flying off the handle or making a snappy comeback, I basically transfer my power to the other person. When I am void of power, I am void of self-control. So, it seems to me, if I'm going to remain self-controlled, I have to keep my power.

Now, when I say "my power," I don't mean something I conjure up myself. I am referring to God's power working in me. When I react according to God's Word, I feel that power. When I react contrary to God's Word, I feel powerless.

The prophet Isaiah provides a good reminder of what God Himself has said about tapping into His power, no matter what situation we are facing:

"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:10-11)

Did you catch that? The answer to keeping God's power with me and working in me to produce self-control is letting His Word get inside me. His Word seeping into my mind and my heart will accomplish things—good things, powerful things, things that help me display self-control.

So, all that to say, here's my new tactic: When I'm facing a situation where someone is getting on my last good nerve, I'm going to start quoting God's Word in the present tense. For example, if one of my sweet children starts acting not so sweet, I might say aloud (or silently, depending on the situation) words based on 1 Peter 5:6-8:

In this moment I'm choosing to be self-controlled and alert. Your actions are begging me to yell and lose control. I do have an enemy, but that enemy is not you. The devil is prowling and roaring and looking to devour me through my own lack of control right now. But I am God's girl. That's right, I am. I am going to humbly and quietly let God have His way in me right now. And when I do this, God will lift me and my frayed nerves up from this situation and fill me with a much better reaction than what I can give you right now. So give me just a few minutes and then we'll calmly talk about this.

Girl, that's some power right there.

And it will make you shine with so much self-control that your kids, your friends, your spouse, your coworkers won't know what to do with you.

Can you imagine what might happen if we wrote out powerful responses from God's Word on three-by-five cards and pulled them out every time we found ourselves in a situation? Take the first step by starting with one of the verses we've looked at today. Tuck that card away in your purse or put it someplace you will see it frequently.

I love being God's girl. Don't you?

Dear Lord, thank You that Your Word applies to so many areas of my life. Sometimes I really struggle with self-control and I need Your power to help me react in a graceful, godly way. In Jesus' name. Amen.


The Root of My Rot

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is his good, pleasing and perfect will. (ROMANS 12:2)

Thought for the Day:

How we react is a crucial gauge of what's really going on inside us.

Last week, I got all twisted up and bent out of shape. And, honey, everyone in my house knew Mama wasn't happy. I tried everything to usher gentleness back into my tone and my temper.

I quoted verses.

I rebuked Satan.

I bossed my feelings around with truth.

I even tried to take a nap.

But none of these activities soothed me.

One of my people had done something to introduce a smell into my home that not even three Yankee candles could mask. And I am supersensitive to smells. Like hyper-crazy sensitive.


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Table of Contents


A Personal Word for You....................9
DAY 1: Time for a New Script....................11
DAY 2: Imperfect Progress....................14
DAY 3: God, I'm a Little Mad and a Lot Confused....................17
DAY 4: Feeling Guilty?....................20
DAY 5: Self-Control....................23
DAY 6: The Root of My Rot....................26
DAY 7: Rainy Days and Mondays....................29
DAY 8: Reactor or Responder?....................31
DAY 9: Pretending I'm Fine, Proving I'm Right....................34
DAY 10: The Exploder Who Shames Herself....................37
DAY 11: The Exploder Who Blames Others....................40
DAY 12: The Stuffer Who Builds Barriers....................44
DAY 13: The Stuffer Who Collects Retaliation Rocks....................47
DAY 14: Ruined for Good....................49
DAY 15:: Is My Pain Talking?....................52
DAY 16: Condemnation vs. Conviction....................55
DAY 17: Resist the Funk....................58
DAY 18: I Quit....................61
DAY 19: When My Heart Feels Desperate....................64
DAY 20: Disappointment....................67
DAY 21: I Need to Be Honest about My Issues....................70
DAY 22: Real Problems....................73
DAY 23: Vanished....................75
DAY 24: The Most-Searched-For Answer....................79
DAY 25: Because Sometimes We Forget....................82
DAY 26: What Frustrated Jesus....................84
DAY 27: Plan for It....................87
DAY 28: PROCEDURE MANUAL STEP 1: Remember Who You Are....................90
DAY 29: PROCEDURE MANUAL STEP 2: There Is Power in the Name....................92
DAY 30: PROCEDURE MANUAL STEP 3: Walking in the Flow....................95
DAY 31: PROCEDURE MANUAL STEP 4: Attitude of Gratitude....................98
DAY 32: PROCEDURE MANUAL STEP 5: Your Reactions Determine Your Reach....................101
DAY 33: I'm Really Afraid!....................104
DAY 34: Weak Places, Strong Places....................107
DAY 35: Where Is God?....................110
DAY 36: Getting Unstuck from My Thinking Rut....................113
DAY 37: Move Over, Mean Girl....................116
DAY 38: Gentleness Is in Me....................119
DAY 39: He's for You, but Are You for God?....................122
DAY 40: Coming Unglued Isn't All Bad....................126
DAY 41: The Underbelly....................129
DAY 42: My Creative Best....................132
DAY 43: If Only We Knew....................136
DAY 44: When There Isn't a Place for the Wedding Portrait....................139
DAY 45: Comparisons Stink....................144
DAY 46: The Secret to Conflict Resolution....................147
DAY 47: My Response Template....................150
DAY 48: To-Do List Wisdom....................154
DAY 49: You Don't Like Me....................157
DAY 50: I Don't Think You're Wacky....................161
DAY 51: The Friendship Challenge....................163
DAY 52: The Scribbled Truth That Changed My Life....................166
DAY 53: Pizza Man Grace....................170
DAY 54: The Best Worst Thing....................173
DAY 55: Advice to Unglued Wives: Stop Praying....................176
DAY 56: Pinches of Grace....................179
DAY 57: Sometimes We Just Have to Get Quiet....................182
DAY 58: Space to Exhale....................186
DAY 59: Soul Rest....................189
DAY 60: No More Unglued Mama Mornings....................192
APPENDIX: Determine Your Reaction Type....................197

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Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daily Sweet Inspiration In reviewing this book “Unglued Devotional” by author Lysa Terkeurst, it was as if the author knew exactly what I was going through in my walk. This book came to me at the right time, and especially when I needed it the most. This book is a wonderful daily devotional to digest daily as it touches the very heart and soul of the readers. I have read many devotional books, but this book really hits dead on life situation. When you are feeling “unglued”, there is help for those issues. Thank you, author for a devotional that really hits home,   an author who not only read the scriptures; but also applied them to daily living as well. Well done!    I highly recommend this book to those in the ministry, leadership, teachers, families as a whole, and all others. This book is one of those golden nuggets that are too good to let pass by. 
dav_mom06 More than 1 year ago
Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst This book of 60 Devotionals is helpful, encouraging and uplifting. She begins each devotional with a key verse from the Bible and a thought for the day. This simple verse helps you focus on what she is saying and it relates to the experiences she is about to share and how God's Word impacts and guides our thoughts and actions each day. I love how she writes about her life experiences. She makes what you are going through relatable. It is nice to read and now that you are not the only one going through these everyday struggles, some mundane, some horrible, some normal. Through her experiences, she brings it back to God. She brings it back to His Word, His Strength, His Love, His Guidance, His Sacrifice, His Forgiveness. She ends with a prayer, a prayer of thankfulness, a prayer of help, a prayer of request, a prayer of direction. This devotional also pairs with her book Unglued. I have not read her book yet. But if it is anything like her devotional, I am sure I will enjoy it. Lysa has a wonderful way of tying in her life's experiences to what God has taught us. Life is not perfect and you are not perfect, but in God's perfectness and never-ending forgiveness allow us to forgive ourselves and realize that though we are not perfect, we are forgiven, we are loved and we can make the choice to change. We may fall, but God is always there to pick us back up.
TStephens More than 1 year ago
I am in a season in my life where I’m okay admitting I’m not perfect; far from perfection actually. I’d like to be a better me though, not just for my own sake but for my husband’s, daughters family, friends and whoever else God would have me have an effect on. “Unglued: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress” Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst is based on the author's original book "Unglued." and is designed to be read over 60 days. Each daily reading covers a few pages of powerful topics relating to how we become unglued and how to get on the journey to imperfect progress. Though it covers many of the topics as the book, it stands very well on its own and, oif course, as a great companion to the book. I began reading the first few pages of the devotional and feeling like someone finally understands. The book itself stands very well on its own.I loved the way the author wrote. She was easy to understand and relate to. The hardest part for me with the book was not reading ahead and rushing through the book. I would finish reading through a really good topic, then see the title of the next one, and want to read it right then and there! The journey for me through the devotional hasn’t been pretty but is well worth the spiritual trek from all of the unglued, barely holding together places. It's amazing what a few pages a day can do. I'd recommend this book to all ladies from those who think they have it together to those who know they don't have it together. Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher for review.
Rayellias More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst from Booksneeze. This is an amazing devotional. I had asked if I could review it since my girlfriend was reading another book by the same author and she loved it. As it turns out this devotional is wonderful. It's easy to read and easy to understand. I enjoy reading about other people real life feelings and things that happen to them through out the day and how they find God in what they are doing or what is happening to them. As I got into it I actually started reading some of them to my children and they as well really enjoyed them. Some I kept to my self as it is not really a family devotional but more of a woman's devotional, but many of them I could share with my family and they were understood and enjoyed. They are nice and short, so often we don't do devotionals because they take too long, I found these were just the right length. The Bible verse is right on the page so there is no flipping from one book to another. Over all this is a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great devotional. The thoughts of the day that are at the beginning or each devotional are great things to think about through out your day or even to go back and look at again. I found that if I couldn't remember what I had read about I would read the thought of the day and it would quickly come back to me.
NMcC More than 1 year ago
How many times have you picked up a new devotional and felt disappointed after the first 2-3 days because the book just felt like another devotional cliche? It is full of devotionals that convey truth, sure, but don't challenge or come across as very relate-able. I had given up on devotional books years ago but, for some reason, decided to give this one a try. What a refreshing change from the dry devotional books I was used to! Unglued Devotional is written in such a way that it doesn't feel like the author is preaching to you or talking down to you. I would describe it as reading an encouraging, challenging daily blog post from someone who is going through the same sort of days that you are. She often shares her own experiences and shares how she is working on life, just like the rest of us. I would recommend this book to anyone who is DONE with the typical boring devotional book. Each day's reading has a verse from the Bible, a quote and a short (1-2 page) reading from the author. It is easy to get through for those with busy schedules and give you something to think about for the rest of the day. I received this book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze blog review program. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of Lysa TerKeurst, I was excited to read this new book and I wasn't disappointed. It is a wonderful book. This is a 60 day devotional that helps us to take control of our emotions and and not become "unglued" when the stresses of life hit us. Each day starts with a Scripture and then a "Thought for the Day". Lysa then shares a devotional for the day based on Biblical principles. This is followed by a prayer for the day. This devotional is a perfect companion piece to her book, "Unglued" (which I also highly recommend) and it will help you to start looking at how you react to life and start living a life for Jesus and really following Him. I also really liked the fact that she shares how we can know what kind of "Reaction Type" we are. She has you go through different situations and how you would react so you know what type you are. This helps to figure out how to best handle those situations that can make us come unglued. I highly recommend this devotional. Personally, I intend to do it over and over again as the principles in this book are really helpful and I know I'm already thinking differently about how to react to the difficulties of life. It's a great thing to learn how to use our emotions correctly if we're the type who have had a problem of our emotions working against us. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by the BookSneeze Program
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect progress by Lysa Terkeurst is a new pocket sized 60 day devotional book based on the author's original book Unglued. Regardless of whether you read the original book, Unglued, this independent devotional book can be appreciated and enjoyed. Over the course of 60 days, the author sets realistic goals and offers practical biblical advice for the modern woman in today's world. Terkeurst's personal and friendly conversational tone is certain to draw in many readers. To her credit, she acknowledges that women face different circumstances and are in different phases of life. Her audience is broad and includes mothers, wives, grandmothers, and independent career women, students and singles. She also recognizes the variety of experiences women face- ranging from the trivial day to day issues to intense pain and grief. I believe it is important that she recognize the varied life circumstances so as not to alienate a large portion of the female readership. Nevertheless as the devotional days progress, the reader find that Terkeurst draws heavily on her own personal experience and anecdotes. While this is not a problem of course, this may alienate some readers whose personal or financial lives are less than ideal- as these readers may not be able to relate to her circumstances or stories. The reader finds the author's life is heavily into modern, worldly convenience and commercialism. The backdrop for many of the daily reading and lessons are based on her family anecdotes and personal stories. For example, married upperclass mothers will certainly be able to relate to the holiday shopping at 3am and the embarrassment of having a credit card declined due to a bank error. There will be a host of readers nevertheless who cannot relate. For example, readers who are too impoverished to be able to holiday shop and don't have the luxury of dining out after a hectic day of intense shopping. For them, humiliation comes in the form of ragged clothing, broken down cars, and not being able to buy their children Christmas gifts as the worldly society dictates. She also makes reference to her pastor's wife, Holly, who "loves her fashion" and is heavily into fashion magazines. Personally I feel that is a major flaw to be so into worldly commercialism. A brief glance at any fashion magazine shows hedonistic images of greedy, materialistic women in expensive, luxurious clothing and jewelry. The bible admonishes to build our treasures in heaven and not on earth. To me that is a misplaced priority especially for a pastors wife! What believer has any business in reading spiritually devoid fashion magazines that celebrate every manner and form of greed, explicit sin and pride and wealth. To the author's credit, she is aware of the fact that many of the issues she faces aren't really hardships and they do not even begin to compare to the hardships and grief that many women in the world face. This gives the author an attitude of thankfulness and appreciation that everyone would do well to emulate. If you can get past the author's references about her carefree, and comfortable personal world view, you will find some meaningful and relevant spiritual lessons. For example, the author shared her dissapointment and anger to find that her special jewelry was suddenly gone from its drawer! Apparently it had been robbed, but rather than react with anger or despair, she purposely refocused to direct her thoughts on everything she had to be thankful for. Such a reaction took faith and dependence on God. Personally I feel this book is a perfect outreach in order to draw in the modern middleclass- upperclass woman to integrating biblical principles into her day. This book teaches an attitude of thankfulness and appreciation- traits that are often overlooked in modern privileged society. The bible says that it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than it is for a camel to crawl through the eye of a needle! Oftentimes, its upperclass privileged society that needs to hear the gospel too as often their financial stability and prosperity erroneously lead them to believe that they do not need God in their lives. In general, I feel this is an empowering book as it addresses the special and unique emotional needs of women. Any reader who meditates on the author's messgaes will find better coping techniques in accordance with biblical teaching. As a blogger I received this book from Zondervan publishers for the purpose of writing this review,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and such a nice check in every morning before the chaos of the day begins
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lysa's devotional is real & relevant for women today.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I realize that I have spoken about this book and highly recommended it, but with devotionals, I make sure that my first review is more of an overview. But I also like to come back and fully review the book once I have read it all the way through. And this is one certainly deserves great recognition. I have not read the book that accompanies this devotional, but this devotional has been a life-changing experience in itself. If anything, it has whetted my appetite to wish to do the Bible study "Unglued." Lysa TerKeurst is a completely down-to-earth writer. She tells it like it is even at the risk of making herself look bad. She is not afraid to speak the truth even when you don't want to hear it. She is real about her walk with the Lord, and even though each devotional is only a page or two long, it will encourage and convict you. If you are looking for a devotional that can certainly change your life in 60 days, this is it! Trust me, I need to go back and reread this devotional for sure!
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ministerdoc More than 1 year ago
Where do i begin? This is one of the best devotional books i have ever read.Filled with 60 days of life-changing spiritual filled messages that will touch your soul and help you grow in your walk with God. Lysa TerKeurst hits a home-run here with something just a little bit different in most of your daily devotionals.She goes that extra mile with each and every message. If you wanna be uplifted by a short but sweet message  than you must buy this gem of a book .It is well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This devotional is an excellent refresher to the main points in Lysa’s previous bestselling book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. Or, it can stand alone as wise, practical, Scriptural advice on developing grace-filled responses to situations and people who make you want to, well, come unglued. Each of the 60 days has such a verse, a thought for the day, an explanation, and a prayer. Lysa uses examples from her own life, exposing her own unglued reactions and her remedies to them.The devotional is witty, well-written, and relate-able. It’s one that I keep picking up.
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
I had not read Unglued, the book that goes along with this devotional, when I started reading the devotional. I'm curious to go back and do so now though, since I enjoyed this devotional so much. Lysa TerKeurst is the type of writer who doesn't hold back from sharing her own struggles and failures, as well as her successes. I think that's what makes her writing so compelling. She's honest about not having it all figured out, and encourages people to just keep trying. All the while, reminding us that God loves us and forgives us and is there to help us get up and go forward. Each of the 60 entries in this devotional is very short, and has a Bible verse and thought for the day to go along with it. Even though the entries are short, they're thought-provoking and motivating. Perfect for starting a busy day out right. The book also has a handy appendix with some information on determining your reaction type, so you can improve how you are in relationships with others. If you're looking for a new devotional book, definitely take a look at this one. I really enjoyed and appreciated it and I think you will too. Disclosure: I received this book to review for myself, thanks to the Booksneeze book review program. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lysa Terkeurst in her new book “Unglued Devotional” published by Zondervan gives us 60 Days of Imperfect Progress. From the back cover: Imperfect progress in 60 days? Lysa Terkeurst, like most women, has experiences when others irritate, disappoint, criticize or do other things that bump into her happy. We come emotionally unglued as we stuff, explode or react somewhere in between. Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? In this companion devotional, Lysa builds on the teaching from the bestselling book “Unglued” to encourage more peace and calm in your relationships. During this 60 day journey you will: Live in the grace of making imperfect progress even on those days when your emotions throw you for a loop. Be a more positive role model to your family and coworkers as you shift from overreacting to speaking life-giving words. Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your closest relationships Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book will help you make progress in how you react to break the cycle of exploding or stuffing your emotions. Why do we need a new daily devotional? All of us have emotions. Sometimes our emotions overwhelm us and we become “Unglued”, we fall apart and these emotions take control. We either explode like an atomic bomb or we stuff that same energy inside us and make ourselves sick. We are imperfect people. Lysa Terkeurst is an imperfect person and she provides us 60 daily devotions on how to deal with those emotions that cause us to lose it. “Unglued Devotional” is not a time-consuming read. Each devotional starts with scripture, followed by a Thought for the Day, followed by the devotional and then concluding with a prayer. They are only a page or two in length but they are oh so helpful to properly channel our energies in the right direction. If we use these daily devotionals correctly we will all be the better for it. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Lysa TerKeurst. I only "met" her last year while doing Made To Crave with MOMS group. She teaches from the heart and speaks plainly. Lysa TerKeurst feels like the kind of lady that I would openly invite to hang with us for some FPT. When I saw that Booksneeze was offering the Unglued Devotional, I jumped at the chance to read it.  60 days of imperfect progress. Each day has a thought provoking title, a Bible verse, a Thought for the Day, and the devotional. It's a "journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear anger, and regret."  Lysa TerKeurst does such a great job describing Unglued and what that looks and feels like. You can picture a moment that you have come unglued just as she described it or pretty darn close. Or...maybe that's just me. I needed to read this book right now and have it be the devotional and not the whole book. I would read a day in the morning and another at night and sometimes when I was starting to feel unglued, I'd pick it up in the middle of the day. It seemed to be the right verse or story for the moment that I was living in. I'm sad to be at the end of the book. I almost want to give it a permanent place in my purse. Then I think of all the other unread books out there fighting for that coveted spot. Which means that I may need to get a copy for my Kindle.  I would recommend this book to any mom out there. I would recommend this book to anyone who deals with children of any age. I would even recommend this book to men who deal with unglued women. She does such a great job helping you see what being unglued is and how to get a handle on it.  I love "imperfect progress". It describes perfectly what it's like to work through being unglued to being a better Christian. I don't know that I will ever become a completely glued together person. But I am definitely making imperfect progress. This devotional inspired me to carry a packet of a few of the Bible verses from the book. So that when I start to feel unglued I can pull them out and refocus my energies.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst This companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger, and regret. Gosh, I love devotionals, I guess I always have. The one reason why I love this devotional is that I can completely relate to her. Lysa reminds us that life isn’t perfect, and we all deal with emotions, we all come emotional unglued when things get hectic. I would love to get my hands on the book “Unglued” now, maybe I will just add that to my wish list. With the devotional, they are short, but packed with a lot of information. Information that we all face with everyday life. You will definitely be glued and want to learn more, and strengthen your relationship with God. I love how she is honest, and really knows how to connect with you. There is 5 Main Areas 1) Having confidence on how to resolve conflict 2) Peace 3) What type of Reactor you are 4) No Regrets 5) Deep Sense of Calm She reminds us that by trusting in Him we can have the peace that our body and soul long for.
GardeningGal More than 1 year ago
Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst is a wonderful 60 day devotional.  Lysa subtitles the book by referring to it as 60 days of imperfect progress.   I can relate to that sentiment.  We are imperfect, striving to live a more pleasing life in the eyes of our Creator, our families, and our world.  It speaks to the part of me that is trying to be less reactionary and more present in life’s circumstances.  This devotional is helping me along that path. Each daily devotional has a quirky title like … “The Root of My Rot” or “Resist the Funk” or “Pizza Man Grace”.  There is also a scripture verse, thought for the day, and a prayer.  They are quick to read and easy to relate to.   I know you’ll enjoy the way this devotional will inspire you without criticizing you.  The thought for today is “The best thing for me to do is position my heart in a place where I can experience God”.  I like that so that is what I’ll strive for today. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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FollowingThePath More than 1 year ago
"Unglued Devotional" is a companion devotional to the book "Unglued" by Lysa Terkeurst. Maybe I would have liked this devotional better if I had read the book that it is companion to. I started reading this and my immediate thought was, "What is the point?" Where was the continuity within in it? It seemed to just jump from place to place and it didn't really seem that there was a clear topic for each day's devotional. Apparently, it's supposed to be about emotions and when you come unglued. Maybe that is why it didn't really "speak" to me. I don't often come unglued, at least anger wise or where I may hurt other people. Sometimes I get sad, but I would never think of myself as exploding. My recommendation is that if you do want to pick up this devotional, that you also read the companion book. Maybe this would have made more sense to me if I had read its companion book. I am starting to learn that I don't really like devotionals. When I read a book I like to be able to read as much as I want at once instead of just a few pages a day.
Dianne50 More than 1 year ago
Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst is a devotional that is a companion to her bestselling book "Unglued." It is a daily devotional for 60 days about struggles that a woman or anyone can have in life. Each chapter starts with a Bible Verse, a Thought for the Day, the devotional by Lysa, and ends with a prayer. I only have the Unglued Devotional and I don't feel like I am missing out from not having the companion book. Lysa is very personable and definitely hits home for me as I am juggling many hats at once. (I and my hasband have 4 children, and we both work full-time. Oh and I'm taking online classes so I can get my Masters Degree. How do you spell C-R-A-Z-Y!!) When Lysa talks about losing it with her children, I can definitely relate. Everything that Lysa has described is so true in my life. She talks about self control and being grateful. Things that Satan makes us feel guilty for and things we should be convicted to change. But with each chapter I receive encouragment. I am so grateful to find a book where I can relate and receive spiritual refreshment.
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
There are sixty short devotionals that encourage readers who are experiencing anger, fear, and other emotional struggles. You'll find each day begins with a scripture, a Thought for the Day, a devotion and a prayer to close. I like devotions that make you think and this one does. We've all had feelings of regret and days where we feel inadequate. Terkeurst covers these subjects and more very well. I've had the book a few weeks and really like it! I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please reply...i can't open my devotional. I already paid for it.