Jan 31, 2019

January 2019 Book Club: Uninvited Review

I'm so excited to kick off this month with our book club novel; Uninvited. This was chosen as this month's book and I actually couldn't be more excited to begin reading ( or rather listening to it thanks to Audible ) to get my mind in the right set for this year. So many of you had shared how you were inspired to read this book too so I thought I'd share a bit about the novel for those of you that might need a refresher and then a few things that stood out to me personally while reading the book.

 

Synopsis: A memoir by Lysa TerKeurist, Lysa begins to share her personal experience with rejection, beginning at childhood with her father leaving to the judgement over a stranger at a gym. Filled with biblical depth, honest vulnerability and refreshing wit, Lysa shares with us various ways that we fall too into this helpless trap of comparison and wondering why we are not always invited to events or experiences.

My Thoughts: I really wanted to enjoy this book especially because an umber of women that I love read it and recommended it ( as well as all of you ). I've heard so many women share how it encouraged them and how it was relatable and helpful and Id on't doubt that the Lord has use the book to help enrich their lives but I personally just struggled with it.

There are a few things I did enjoy about the book that I wanted to share. I really appreciated Lysa's true honesty in sharing ways that she personally experienced rejection in her life. I could really identity those situations that she shared and even recalled instances in my own life when similar things occurred. I also like her chapters of prayer. They were a great resource to those that were in the midst of feeling rejected while reading the book.

As far as content goes, I just kept wanting MORE. Lysa shares these personal raw stories but I don't see how this book is really going to help someone overcome the deep hurt that can come from not being invited by a spouse, close friend or parent. The heart changing content did not come until the second to the last chapter where she focused on the character of Christ in the midst of rejection. I wanted more of working through the rejection that they are facing. As an ennegram 2, you guys know I love helping and sharing deep feelings.

Did you love the book? Did you think the book was ok?

It's totally fine either way because I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Don't forget to check my Instagram Stories or my Facebook page for voting for our next book club book for February! I always appreciate your honest feedback too!



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23 comments:

  1. Mmmm this sounds like a really good book! Thank you for sharing your review its really inspired me to broaden my reading range! <3

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  2. I haven’t read the book. Will see if the local library has it on hand. Not sure if it is something I want to read

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  3. I really appreciate honest book reviews so much. Not sure that this is one I'd put on my nightstand, so thank you!

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  4. This sounds interesting. I'm not religious so I don't always like Biblical books, but I wouldn't mind giving it a try. Sometimes I still wind up enjoying the book. I recently finished The 5 People You Meet In Heaven and liked it.

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  5. Not into book clubs, but if I was, this one would be my first read. It's sounds like a winner

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  6. It sounds like you were a bit disappointed with this book although it does sound like it has a couple of good parts. I might just trade it for the sake of interest. I just love to read.

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  7. I've never heard of this book, but from your review, it doesn't sound like something that I'd want to pick up. I like stories and books like this where I feel like I'm learning about their experiences while simultaneously being able to apply those things to my life as well.

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  8. Thanks for the review. I'm in a book club and we're always looking for new books to read. I'll pass on this one though, as we avoid anything to do with religion.

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  9. Sounds like a good book. I think everyone has insecurities over being invited and being popular. I would give this book a try when I get my summer reading list together.

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  10. Thanks so much for the honest book reviews so much. A friend is reading this book, so I will see how she likes it also.

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  11. I have to admit I've not heard of this book, so thank you for your honest review. I'm sorry it didn't grip you as much as you hoped it would.

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  12. I am so glad I found this post. My book club is always looking for a good book to read.

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  13. I've never read this book before. However, it sounds really interesting. I would love to check it out though.

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  14. This book has been on my list for so long! I need to pick it up!

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  15. I would love to read this one! I have no time to read these days, but I have a pile of books that are waiting for when I do.

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  16. This is another book to add to my already large pile. I would love to see how she approaches this subject. I think it is a feeling many of us struggle with.

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  17. I love reading your blog cause it keeps me in tune with life outside Japan! I had never even heard of this book, but it sounds very intriguing. I appreciate your honest review more than anything, and I think I will add it to (my ever growing) list to see how I find it. Thank you.

    Lynda H of insaitama.com

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  18. I was on the fence about ordering this for a friend of mine who struggles a lot with her childhood memories. But after reading your review, I don't think it is a good fit for her.

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  19. I read this book a few years ago and I LOVED it! It really helped me see why I was doing some things and made me not feel so bad. If that makes any sense...LOL!

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  20. Rejection is a hard pill to swallow and hard to deal with but we can all learn from it. At least you got satisfied at the very end.

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  21. I haven't read this but I can totally relate to wanting MORE from a book like it! I've heard of this book, but now I'm not totally sure I'm going to read it. Lol

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  22. I like the idea of honest book reviews. Those are always fun to read because you're getting their thoughts.

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  23. What a wonderful book! I haven't read this but going to add this to my list of books that I want to read!

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