Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Lighten Up"- a good read!

I cannot begin to tell you how good of a book this is!! Every mother, every woman, even every man should read this. It definitely is directed to women but there are so many principles that apply to everyone.
Maybe I think this is the greatest book simply because it hits my weaknesses on the head. I have always believed in Christ and I have always known that He loves each and every one of us personally but I have come to realize (after a lot of trial and error) that basically what it boils down to is that I know these things...but I only believe they work for other people. I do know that God loves me but, again, when it comes down to it I don't believe in it. Does that make sense?
This book has really opened my eyes to how much I try to do on my own, without letting Christ in.
I don't know how to adequately express how much this book has touched me and how big of a difference it has made in my heart. I now know AND believe that God loves me. And that has made a world of a difference. I really feel Him in my heart...imperfections and all.
I cannot recommend this book enough!
I am so thankful for my Savior and for His love. I have gone a long time without feeling His love simply because I didn't know how to let Him love me. I am thankful for the peace that I have felt over the past few weeks while reading this book. I have started waking up before my boys in order to get my scripture reading done, and that combined with the new knowledge that I have that every promise in the scriptures applies to me has opened up a whole new world for me. I am thankful that Heavenly Father and our Savior, who are perfect beings care about me and my life. I love that washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms, changing diapers, reading books to my kids, exercising- all of that matters to the Lord!
I KNOW that God lives. I believe it. I believe He loves me personally. And that has made all the difference!

(There is a lot about charity, acceptance of other people, diversity, love, friendship, fellowship and more that I also can't get enough of. I have never considered myself a judgmental person, I try really hard to be friendly to everyone and to be accepting but this book has taught me that I have leaps and bounds to go in that department. I am so grateful for this awaking and for the opportunity to go forward and love everyone more and be less critical, and more accepting of our differences.)


Dani said...

Can't wait to read it!

Doug & Stef said...

This is my all-time favorite book!!! I'm so glad you love it as much as I do...I continually read it. I love how she relates the Savior, as a man, to us as women and how he truly understands our womanly pains and emotions and trials! Last year my dad asked us to each get him a book that changed us and I got him that one!

The Constantines said...

I told Richard that this was what I want for Christmas- he laughed because of the plethora of books I already want to read, but I told him to seriously get on it! 'm excited to read it too :)

Amy said...

Oh I just love this book and try to work it into every talk I give!!!