Monday, July 12, 2010

Unburdened, by Chris Tiegreen (Review)

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“How would your life look different if you trusted God to take care of your problems? What would happen if you took the concerns that grip you, that keep you awake at night, that clench your stomach in knots…and truly handed them over to his keeping?”

 Unburdened, by Chris Tiegreen, addresses the burdens that we all carry. Finances, relationship troubles, health concerns….we all have burdens that weigh us down. God’s Word tells us to give our burdens over to God; to take His yoke that is easy and His burden that is light. So why are most of us consumed with worry? Why can’t we really trust God to care for us?

I confess….I keep turning over my concerns to God. It feels good. Life is easier. Then I take them right back again and my stress levels shoot back up. This book addresses the reasons that cause us to mistrust God and want to “do it all ourselves.” Then it explains the traits and behaviors that we need to develop in our lives that will make giving our burdens to God a more natural and easier thing to do.

This is a very good book. I underlined passages all the way through it. Even as I read through  Unburdened, I felt my understanding of God and His ways and my trust increase. I began to feel lighter and less burdened. I really do want to live that way. This book left me with a lot to “chew on.”

Here are a few of the “nuggets” I especially liked:

“Just because someone expects us to do something doesn’t mean we have to. We are obligated to serve God and serve others the way he leads us to—not the way they tell us to.”

“The only way to live an unburdened life is to actually let go of what we’ve been carrying and pick up a singular passion for God…We let go and focus on the ‘one thing.’”

“It is possible to lighten our loads by changing the way we view them.”  Perspective changes the way you look at life.

“Thankful people are never depressed and depressed people are never thankful.”

A free review copy of this book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.

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