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5 Stars Out Of 5
Very helpful book
August 3, 2012
The author of this book is very open and straightforward about the subject of control. It is her writing style that makes this book interesting and helpful. She starts the book by giving us examples of what a control freak is. I think all women will see something that pertains to them, and maybe even all of the examples!
Using the questions to judge yourself by, you find areas you need help on. Reading this book will show you how to work on those areas. You will delve into why you feel the need to control. You will ask why do I have this tendency? Is it because you want to be noticed? What about trying to impress others?
The personal stories alone make this book worth reading. You will learn from her experiences and grow from her wise advice. The biggest piece of information to take away from this book is that no matter what is going on. God has a bigger plan. The author shows that we have to trust God in order to let go of whatever it is we are trying to control! I enjoyed this book and all of the stories she used to reiterate her points and therefore gave it a 5/5 stars.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Confessions of a Control Freak starts by giving us seven signs of a control freak:
â€¢ nagging others
â€¢ trying to orchestrate outcomes
â€¢ butting into others' affairs
â€¢ worrying about things beyond your control
â€¢ feeling anxiety about the future
â€¢ never feeling peaceful
â€¢ needing everything to be in perfect order
While I recognise that I may have a tendency to display any or all of these signs, I don't think I let these tendencies control me (although I could just be deluding myself).
However, the author shows that control isn't all bad. There are times (especially as a parent or when in any leadership role at work or at church) that it is valid to be in control. Self-control and self-discipline are important. But there are times when our tendencies to control are signs of deeper issues that do need sorting, and the author does through her seven â€˜confessions', which relate to common issues such as pride and worry.
Some 'confessions' will be more applicable than others. They apply to the mildly managing as well as to the full-blown control freak, and can apply equally to men and women (although I suspect the tone will appeal more to the female reader). These are not quick fix answers - they are lessons the author has learnt over her lifetime as a pastor's wife and mother of six. The advice given comes from a strong Christian foundation, with a clear gospel message, and the answers are based in reading the Bible, and prayer.
"Live intentionally. Rely on God's wisdom, not your own. Rely on His power to change what should be changed and to help you relinquish what you need to give up."
In summary, whether we the control freak or we live with one, Priscilla Knox Morrison reminds us that God is in control. There is freedom in that truth. Recommended for anyone who has an issue with control.
Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.