Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book Review: Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life by Carey Scott

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Title: Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life

Author: Carey Scott

Genre: Christian Living/Self Help

Audience: Adult

**4.5 stars**

Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life by Carey Scott is a book exploring the big, and small, things that tangle our hearts up into knots of insecurity ... and what we can do about it. It shows reasons why some people are so insecure or ashamed about this or that. It makes you realize that some issues you thought were “normal” are actually very damaging—and that you can get rid of them!

Like every other self-help sort of book I’ve read, I didn’t absolutely agree with everything or connect with every bit of the explanations and wordings ... Some things were kind of confusing, or I didn't understand how they related. Some parts felt kind of long to me. But why Untangled is a 4.5 star read for me, is because it truly touched me. Reading this book was one of God’s ways, I believe, of untangling some of my own knots of insecurity. Recognizing them, first off. And recognizing them as lies and deception. Which is a huge relief and freeing sensation! Thank you, Carey, for stepping out, even in your fear and vulnerability, and writing this book! For the record, you appear to be a beautiful woman, inside and out(!), whose heart is seeking after the Lord! *smiles*

Because yes, we do get tangled up into huge, frustrating, painful knots. I see that more now than ever. And it’s freeing. Like, “Wow, my amazing King! I was not meant to live with these hurts, and insecurities, and this shame! I am Yours, and therefore, I can stand with my head held high.” I am a daughter of the Creator. I am a princess! How spectacular! How beautiful to see your own worth through Jesus Christ. Now I just want to share this book’s message with all my sisters (and brothers—though they would want to find a book directed toward men, probably) ... saying, “You are beautiful and valued! The God of the Universe says so! Why would you listen to anybody else’s words over His??”

So yeah. If you’re struggling with the weight of trying to live up to other’s expectations; with the distorted view that you have to look or be a certain way in order to be valued; with the dark lie that you aren’t, and will never be, worth anything ... Then maybe you need to pick up this book and ask God to speak through it to you. It’s silly, some of the things we get insecure over. But those things are very well Satan’s attacks against us. We need to fight darkness, and look up into God’s face and say, “I’m Yours! Help me live for You! ... And stop muddling aimlessly through these pointless and damaging insecurities!” Be honest. Does your heart sometimes feel like that heart of the cover of this book? Mine sure does! Maybe you should read Untangled. It might reveal some things you never realized before.

Like I said above, it did for me! And now I just need to pray every day for God to plant the truth of my value deep in my heart; and also for Him to help me reach out to others to help show them their value! We, as children of the King, are all worth much! How awesome and invigorating! Stop stooping in shame and insecurity. Stand up with confidence and run the race the Lord has set out before you! What we need, is to stop looking at ourselves (because when we do, one, we just keep getting caught up in how we're "not enough" by the world's standards), and fix our eyes upon Jesus! <3

I feel that, overall, Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life, shows some profound Biblical truths. And it has potential to help people!

I received a copy of Untangled by Carey Scott from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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