Let me begin by giving you a brief description of the new book, Let. It. Go. By Karen Ehman. “Many women are wired to control. You’re the ones who make sure the house is clean, the meals are prepared, the beds are made, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to work, school, and other activities on time. But trying to control everything can be exhausting, and it can also cause friction with your friends and family. This humorous, yet thought-provoking book guides you as you discover for yourself the freedom and reward of living a life ‘out of control,’ in which you allow God to be seated in the rightful place in your life. Armed with relevant biblical and current examples (both to emulate and to avoid), doable ideas, new thought patterns, and practical tools to implement, Let. It. Go. will gently lead you out of the land of over-control and into a place of quiet trust. A companion video-based study for small groups is also available.”
I am not ashamed to say that I am this woman, the woman who has to be in control of everything, and if I am not in control, I will go crazy. After reading the first chapter, my toes hurt from stepped on by Karen’s words. Karen tells us in on page 13, “We Women crave control.” She goes on to describe how we are born with this and we are ready to take charge of everything.
Karen uses humor, stories about her life and as well as stories about others to teach us how to LET IT GO and to LET GOD have control. It is definitely not something that will happen overnight but takes time. She also includes inventories for us to read and circle how we rate those activities or personalities.
I really enjoyed the chapter on our schedules and how we should think about how busy we are and how each family members activities affect each other. I love how Karen says, “ Being busy is the new measuring stick of family success.” This made me realize just how busy my life is, girl scouts on Tuesday’s, Church on Wednesday’s, Church on Sunday’s and whatever else comes up. I really need to be praying about activities before I take them on and stop controlling what my family does.
I truly recommend this book to all women, young or old, it truly is a teaching tool that we can use to teach our daughters, and granddaughters about letting go of the control and keeping our faith.
“I received this book from the publisher for my honest review.”