Book Review: Uninvited

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“Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me. Rejection isn’t just an emotion we feel. It’s a message that’s sent to the core of who we are, causing us to believe lies about ourselves, others and God.”

“…when God seems busy elsewhere or even purposefully unmoving, the truth is He is at work, maybe doing something entirely beyond what we were thinking.”

Rejection is one of the most consistent feelings I’ve wrestled with in my life. It is the feeling that has been present in almost every school, organization, church and party I have attended, and it is the feeling that creates the most division within the circles of women I have been a part of.

Lysa TerKeurst’s newest book came out as #1 on the New York Time Best Seller list and I believe it is because it speaks to the heart of all women. TerKeurst has intertwined personal stories and Scripture to reveal the complexity of rejection. Rejection can be present from a conversation, the revelation that you have not make the invitation list, or simply through a scenario you conjure in your own mind.

Throughout the book situations where rejection is present in scripture are intertwined reminding the reader that this is not a new battle we fight, but one that Satan has been using to create division in our lives since the beginning.

Reminding the reader that we learn how to be compassionate towards others when we experience similar situations TerKeurst reveals her past wounds from friends asking to no longer have contact and a conference uninviting her to speak. She shows how rejection spirals into comparison and from there self-pity. The battle to dwell in the truth of who God says we are as his children become more challenging the deeper we fall into the rejection.

Whether you have never felt the sting of rejection or you are deep in the swells of the pity pool, Uninvited will fill your thoughts with truth and encouragement. It’s worth reading and is appropriate for any age women although I think college and older would connect best.

In exchange for an honest review, I was given a free digital copy of this book via BookLookBloggers. The opinions expressed are my own.

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