Book Review: Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
Have you ever felt like you didn’t quite fit in? Do you find yourself looking for the approval of others in your church, family, job or personal life? Then this book is for you! Terkeurst delves into how God is the one that should occupy our attention and capture our hearts. It isn’t a book just for singles, it is for everyone at all walks of life.
I think it only fitting that I start a ridiculously long blogging hiatus (sorry about that) with the book that changed my life this year. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a total people pleaser. That isn’t always a bad thing; in fact, sometimes it reduces a lot of conflict, but when I read this book I realized how much that has crippled my spiritual growth. I’ve talked before about how I invest a lot of energy at work because I find success there, but what I hadn’t really looked at was my attitude towards service. I realized that I was serving Christ in a desire to be loved. I KNOW that salvation is by grace, but insecurity can make you wonder if you are doing enough to make Him happy. I mean, we all want to make Him proud. The answer to that question is: He loves me. It’s as simple as that. The outpouring of love I share shouldn’t come with expectations of return, it should just be. I’m a work in progress there, but it’s opened up a part of my heart I didn’t realize I’d closed off. Since reading this book, I’ve seen God reveal His love to me daily. I think I’d just stopped watching for it, because I know it never went away.
“Live from the abundant place that you are loved and you won’t find yourself begging others for scraps of love.”
“Then I would rev up my Christian to-do list with all manners of serving, blessing, and giving others in the kind of love that I was so desperate to have boomerang back on me. Those are all good things. Fabulous activities. Biblical instructions. But when given from a heart whose real motivation is what I’m hoping I’ll get in return, it’s not really love at all.”
“God’s love isn’t based on me. It’s simply placed on me. And it’s the place from which I should live…loved.”
There are some great parallels to ballerinas also, but I’d have to quote several pages for the full effect. It’s pretty early in the book, you’ll find it! Oh, and the part about the lady at the gym…hilarious!
Recommended Grades: 7-Adult
Overall Opinion: Highly Recommend