Tuesday, October 2, 2012

She's Got Issues by Nicole Unice



"Control issues, comparisons, insecurity -- commonplace issues of the soul that I finally faced on my front porch -- lead to a form of bondage.  But because the chains of these issues are so thin, because we don't talk about them  much or take them very seriously, we hardly notice their combined effect.  We are unaware that these issues hinder us from walking free in the path God has laid out for us.  The stuff that affects your inner and outer world might be ordinary, but it's certainly not innocuous."


Nicole Unice had a breakthrough moment on her front porch, and realized she's got issues and so does every other woman.  For those who choose to deal with their issues (ME!), she wrote this book that contains "seriously good news for stressed-out, secretly scared control freaks like us."   She focuses on 5 common issues:
                                         * Control
                                         * Insecurity
                                         * Comparisons
                                         * Fear
                                         * Anger (and it's cousin, unforgiveness)

Each of the five issues mentioned above are covered in 2 chapters apiece, one deals with defining the issue, the second explores how to deal with it effectively.  In the chapter that defines the issue, you will find an assessment that will help you see how strongly you struggle with the issue.  The second chapter also includes "a 'word-up' section,  designed to allow you a time of focused attention on Scripture that speaks to that issue."   Every section ends with questions that can be used as a personal study or in a group study.

There is also a DVD Group Experience with six sessions based on the book.  In this DVD, Nicole talks about the "everyday issues that can hold you back from living free and loving well" with session 6 being on "Uprooting the Bitter Weed of Unforgiveness."

I haven't quite finished this book, but it looks so good... I am always saying, "I have issues" to people... kind of to just push aside a quirkiness of my own.  As much of this as I have read so far, I recognized that I do have issues and I do look forwarding to continuing to read this book and looking for some help/answers to my issues.  I think it helps to see that I am not alone in my struggles.

About the Author (from her website):

from her website


Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and her masters in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves creating a space for ministry and spiritual formation in the everyday rhythms of life with her awesome husband Dave, their three young children, and a mischievous puppy named Shep. Nicole is known for making friends in all corners of the world–especially via social media. So connect with her on her Facebook page or via Twitter–and hopefully face to face at one of her upcoming events.


Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book and DVD for my honest review.

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