Saturday, January 8, 2011

Quitting is for Winners!

I Quit!: Stop Pretending Everything is Fine and Change Your Life
Geri Scazzero (with Peter Scazzero)

Release Date:
August 2010
Genre: Christian Living
Rating: 10/10
Source: I received a free review copy from the publisher, Zondervan. This did not affect my review in any way.
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Content Warning: None!

Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with her life and ministry. She finally told her husband, "I quit," and left the thriving church he pastored, beginning a transforming journey to genuine faith.

I Quit is for every person who thinks, "I can't keep pretending everything is fine!"

Biblical quitting goes hand in hand with choosing. When we quit the things that are damaging, we are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life.

When we quit fear of what others think, we choose freedom.

When we quit lies, we choose truth.

When we quit blaming, we choose to take responsibility.

When we quit faulty thinking, we choose to live in reality.

When we quit for the right reasons, quitting changes us. Something breaks inside of us when we finally say, "No more." But it must be done for the right reasons, at the right time, and in the right way. That's what this book is about.

Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.

Despite receiving this book back in October, I just finished it earlier this week. Not because of the length; this book is fairly short - just over 200 pages.

No, it took me so long because it was difficult reading. Not due to vocabulary or tone, but how close to home it hit.

The book discusses eight things we all - Christian or not - need to quit:
  1. being afraid of what others think
  2. lying
  3. dying to the wrong things (depriving yourself of the things that nurture your soul)
  4. denying anger, sadness, and fear
  5. blaming
  6. overfunctioning
  7. faulty thinking
  8. living someone else's life (letting others make major decisions for you)

I know I have been guilty of each of those more often than I care to admit.

Mrs. Scazzero uses examples from her personal life throughout, making each point crystal clear.

I found her writing easy to follow. The subject, however, is not always easy. But her message is necessary.

In fact, I will be going back and rereading parts of this book. The parts that were hardest to read in the first place. Those I need to apply in my own life.

Everyone, Christian or not, can make use of at least one of the "Quits" in this book.

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