1. What sort of change does this book advocate? I ask because sometimes I think we take it too far and think that we’re supposed to be perfectly controlled and never show our feelings.

    I don’t think God wants us not to feel, even with our children… My parents only argued twice in front of me, and both times I thought it was the end of their marriage because I’d never seen any emotional ripples between them. Unrealistic! It didn’t do me any favors.

    Even God is emotional — quite emotional in the Old Testament especially. Moses is depicted as talking him back down off the ledge more than once.

    This is not preaching, just thinking “out loud.” 🙂 You’ve touched on something I think about, too.

  2. I’ve had this on my radar for a while now. Thank you for sharing not only about it, but how you are internalizing it, as well.

    I am currently reading The Fruitful Wife and find it convicting while encouraging. 🙂

    (Your school room in your other post is quite nice…as are the clever candles!)

  3. Jaw drop. I also feel things intensely and my responses and therefore intense and not measured. So I know what you are talking about exactly. It’s something I’ve been spending quite a bit of time thinking about of late. I agree with Janet that emotions need to be shared (after all, we were created with them!) but I also do not believe I go about sharing them in a way that makes it easier for people to understand what it is that I’m saying. Because it’s always deeply felt and expressed in the same manner. (Coincidentally, I like blogging because I can express myself through words that cause me to slow down and think things out and it provides practice for me. I’d like to be able to express myself in person as I do in writing, more or less, and that’s a hard one for me. I’ve been focusing on moderating myself and reminding myself that even if I felt something deeply, the person I’m talking to might not have and my response needs to meet them where THEY are at instead of bringing them to where *I* am at. Sometimes. 😀 ack, it’s just hard. And I have more of a hate relationship with my emotions/expressions of them than a love-hate. Working on this. It’s HARD work!

    So this book sounds excellent, is pretty much what I’m saying. 🙂

  4. I’ve seen and wondered about this book. I’m also not one to jump on a bandwagon, even a Christian one, and I haven;t read this author yet though I have one book by her. This sounds encouraging and practical.

    I know what you mean about not being able to retain what I read to put into practice. I don’t know how to improve on that -when you find out, let me know. 🙂 I do underline, put little sticky tabs on certain pages, etc., but it still doesn’t stick.

    • Amy

      Annette–Ha! I’d say borrow it. You can always buy it after the initial read is it’s that valuable to you. I got a lot out of it when I read it, but I don’t know that it’s one I’ll HAVE to revisit. (I tend to gush when I first read a book.)

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