Book Review: Unglued Devotional

I had the opportunity to read the Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress, the companion to Lysa TerKeurst’s book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. Both the book and the devotional are aimed towards helping women conquer the negative emotions that sometimes pop up, and rather use our emotions to encourage, uplift, and show compassion.

Lysa is a talented story teller (if you’ve ever heard her speak, she has this fabulous Southern accent that really makes you want to listen!), and her stories are very relateable. Each day during this 60 day journey, the devotional presents a verse, a thought of the day, introduces a relevant story about emotions and not allowing them to get the best of us, and finishes with a prayer towards fulfilling the goal of the day. I really enjoyed this devotional, and it gave me a lot of points to consider, and small goals to work towards. The book is even subtitled: “60 Days of Imperfect Progress”, which took a lot of the pressure off. I don’t need to be perfect, I just need to have a heart that is willing to change my habits.

One of my favorite devotions was regarding something I’ve written a few blog posts about, and have been trying to cultivate daily in my own life: an Attitude of Gratitude. My favorite line really spoke volumes about the source of true joy. When we praise God, despite what our emotions or circumstances dictate, we “stop being blind to all that’s right and see so many more reasons to praise God. And when my heart is full of praise, my emotions aren’t nearly as prone to coming unglued” (TerKeurst 100).

Lysa’s book is full of Biblically sound advice, and was a very enjoyable read. I enjoyed the stories, and realized that some progress is better than no progress in controlling our emotions. My kids still know how to push those buttons, but now I have some tools and encouragement to help me overcome my first reaction of letting that temper show. 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Unglued: Devotional from Zondervan publishers via BookSneeze. All opinions and comments regarding the book are my own, and have not been influenced in any way.

Saving Money-Always Check Your Receipts!

When I have to go to the grocery store, I try to plan out my trip as much as possible. I try to write down the cost of each item I anticipate purchasing, subtract the coupons I plan to use, and keep a running tally while shopping. Even with this planning, however, there are times that my total is higher than I had planned. This was the case when I went shopping this weekend.

I had planned to spend only $13, but we picked up a few additional items not on the list that should have brought my total to $18. I was surprised that my total rang up at $23, however. I walked out to the car, and examined my receipt.

The store had overcharged me by $5! The clearance yogurt rang up at full price, and the salsa on sale for half-price had rung up at full price as well. I had to shuffle back into the store and wait in line at customer service, but after they checked the prices I got my refund.

This happens more frequently than you would imagine. Even a $1 mistake every time you shop adds up! Check your receipts…or better yet, try to watch the scanners when the cashier rings you up.

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