You and I pick up books for a variety of reasons. To be entertained. To understand more deeply something we know. To get lost in a story. There are many reasons to delve into Peace for a Lifetime. The one that compels me to encourage others to read it most is that this book will introduce you to parts of yourself you have not previously known if peace is something your struggle with.
In the very beginning of the book, Lisa points out that most of us learn about different aspects of ourselves from a young age. We’re taught to take care of ourselves physically. As our social skills develop, we learn what it means to be a person among other people. In church, we learn how to maintain our Spiritual health. Few of us learn to care for ourselves emotionally.
The very idea sounds weird, right?
We think that emotions happen to us. No one can tell us that what we feel is right or wrong because feelings are subjective. In Peace for a Lifetime, Lisa explains that God created emotions for us. They are gifts and they are useful. Further, emotions don’t have to master us or remain a mystery.
Throughout the book, readers learn about the development of emotions, the different types of emotions, and how to experiences emotions in the healthiest manner possible. Lisa addresses the consequences of emotions running unchecked and misunderstood.
Many wonderful, crystal clear questions and lessons in the book make one thing obvious: to make peace with ourselves, we have to get to know ourselves. That means knowing and handling well our emotions. Lisa offers a multitude of tools to help us in this process.
A few specific praises about Peace for a Lifetime:
- The tools given are useful for people of all ages and backgrounds
- Lisa’s approach is from a Christian perspective, but she is respectful of those doubting or questioning God
- Examples from Lisa’s counseling experience make the principles she provides very practical
- Although hefty, the book is neatly split into sections that can easily be studied over a long period of time
- As a counselor, Lisa is able to explain concepts effectively to those of us with little or no knowledge of psychology
If you’d like to dive into a challenging but life-changing book, I encourage you to pick up Peace for a Lifetime. In another blog post, I wrote a personal story about one chapter that was especially impactful for me. So many chapters were equally eye-opening.
I’ll spare you all the details. However, along with the encouragement to read the book, I have to offer one warning: you might find that some of the topics are painful or difficult. Put it down for a week and practice feelings those emotions just as Lisa explains. But pick it up again and finish it.
It’s worth it!
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