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Toss the Guilt and Catch the Joy by Merrilee Browne Boyack
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Nov 30, 2010

really liked it

I liked this book. I was suprised. When I first opened the book I noticed one of the other books that this author had written and I groaned. It was a book highly recommended to me by an extreme over-achiever and the book (52 Weeks of Fun Family Service) definitely lived up to her high aspirations. Anyways, so I was trying to figure out this book by this over-achieving woman was not going to MAKE me feel guilty.

I am not an overly guilty person. I look at people who do everything and have everything perfect and I see a heart attack waiting to happen. Those people don't make me feel guilty about my lack of perfection. They make me feel sad inside, sad that they are crazy. But that sort of guilt wasn't so much what the book was about. It was a little, but that wasn't the focus.

What I liked the most was how the author suggested that when we see someone acting mean, shy, angry, loud, stupid, perfect, etc we need to think, "What's their problem?" That sounds snotty, huh? But that's not how you should read it. We need to think about them as Christ would, as in, "What problems are in their lives that are causing them to act that way?" and to be mindful that not everything is what it appears to be. Someone who seems perfect might have suffered terrible abuse and is hiding their pain. Or someone who seems to be a mess might actually be really on top of things if we base our judgement on what might have happened to them (ie, you might be a mess, but you'd be a worse mess if you weren't trying really hard.)
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