_240_360_book-1988-coverAt some point in our life we have all been rejected. Rejection is something I’ve talked about frequently in this space. It’s not a feeling I ever wanted repeated in my life but it has been for some time now. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst was written for me and every person who has ever felt the hurt from rejection.

Page by page I felt myself nod in agreement, felt convicted, and circumstances in my present were put in perspective. This book was written for me in this time of my life, no doubt in my mind.  Lysa’s biblical perspective throughout Uninvited confirmed so many things I’m going through as I write this. She took the words right out of my heart and mouth.

Recently, I’ve had a desire to run towards people and things to fill the void left from past rejection. It worked for a while and then it didn’t any more. This is why Uninvited is so timely. I realized the things I was running to were taking God’s place in my life. Instead of turning to Him, I chose to turn to things I knew in my spirit wouldn’t satisfy but chose them over Him anyway.

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy realizing the damage past rejection has done to me. It’s pretty bad. I’m still coming to grips with it. I don’t want to make excuses for my words, actions, or behavior in the past few months, but I know it’s time to start making real changes in my life. It’s time for me to be honest with myself and let God take the wheel again.

There is nothing pretty about rejection. I can’t think of a single moment when rejection ever felt beautiful, but it’s all about perspective. I was able to relate to almost all of Lysa’s experiences with past relationships. I appreciate Uninvited so much because God was speaking to me directly through Lysa’s heart.

Rejection cannot define our future unless we allow it to.

I don’t know your experience with rejection but I highly recommend Uninvited. I hope it speaks to you as much as it did me.

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