Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Do YOU Have Issues?

Don't answer that.

You don't need to, actually.  Because we ALL have issues.  Big or small, shared or specific to ourselves.  The people who have the most issues are probably the ones that claim to have none at all.  I'm happy to confess that I have issues, though if you're a blog reader, you know that already.  I can be impatient, judgmental, controlling, task-oriented, selfish, and I perhaps talk about poop too much.

Good thing I read She's Got Issues by Nicole Unice.
I took this photo as a part of a Twitter campaign with Nicole.  The woman on the cover of She's Got Issues is perfect for posing in photos.  This particular one showed that I have issues...with Arrested Development.  (See Gangy?? Now THAT'S a woman with issues.)  I literally did carry the book around with me from the gym to the car to a friend's house because I couldn't put it down.

Nicole writes in a conversational way, but with depth of insight from her years as a counselor and great insight and wisdom from Scripture.  She tackles the top issues for women: control, insecurity, comparison, fear, and anger (with a bit of forgiveness sprinkled on top for good measure).  While I struggle with some of those more than others, I learned something about dealing with all of them through the pages.

As it should be, Nicole Unice leads us all back to where we should be:  to Jesus.  But not in that superficial and platitude-y way that you might hear someone say, "Just let go and let God!"  Not that the statement isn't true, but people love to throw that around instead of digging into the heart of an issue and sharing in your heartache and struggle.  Instead, we are deftly led to Christ while our struggles are acknowledged as real and the process as painful.  A lovely balance.

There will be a video accompaniment coming out in the fall, and each chapter of this book has a QR code that you can scan to watch a video of Nicole talking more in depth about that issue.  Glorious!  I love when technology marries in to make things better and offer new ways of interacting.  Unexpected and very fun.  Nicole also has a blog where you can find encouragement and also some challenging honesty.

If you are struggling with any of the commonplace issues in life, I would highly recommend snagging a copy of this book.  Will definitely come back to it again and again!

Tyndale House Publishers provided the copy of this book for review, but my review is 100% my own. 

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