Thursday, March 20, 2014

Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful!



I've read quite a few books lately, but when I saw the opportunity to review this one, I jumped on it!

Look at the book cover (next pic)! And just the title alone was enough for me to want to read it.

"Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful"did not disappoint.

There were several A-HA moments!

One was in chapter 4, "To Live Weird With (Not For) God." In this chapter Laurie is going through a particularly difficult season with her daughter and has to make some heart wrenching choices.

One of her "quirks" is to be a perfectionist and a do-er. But in her moment of crying out to God, He whispers, "I want to work with you, not instead of you, in prayer." Instead of please heal my child her prayer became, "In the name of Jesus, I speak healing, courage, power, and wholeness over you, right now and into eternity."

"In that instant I started to see what it is to live my strengths-and my quirks- with God, not for him. God used my perfectionist motives to open the door for him to work with me and for my daugher in prayer."

Laurie challenges us to look hard at those things we wish we could change and to look at them in a new light.

One of my "quirks" is that I HATE small talk and will do anything to avoid it. Sometimes that means over-sharing when meeting someone for the first time (which usually means I end up beating myself up later that night for saying too much too soon) or NOT saying anything at all to keep from saying too much.

Another one is I think way too much! This can hurt me in that it means I can be very indecisive. I take into account all the options and possible outcomes. I know in some decisions someone is going to be hurt or left out and I HATE that!

Oh, and don't let me forget about my pension for laughing or smiling when things are super serious. I can't help it. When I get nervous, scared, or REALLY angry...I smile.

I know, weird.

Let me ask you.

Have YOU ever laughed during a funeral? Well I have, and it's embarrassing. I have this crazy need to want to lighten up dark situations. I have to make too-serious people smile (just ask my husband-drives him crazy!) :)

After reading this book I asked myself, "Self, how can these quirks be used for good in, partnership with God?"

What if I take Laurie's advice and turn those weird quirks around and look at them from a different perspective?

My, I hate small talk because I over share, could be seen as, I enjoy intimate-deep conversations with people. I want to know people's stories and for them to know I care and want to hear. Not so bad now!

The, I think too much, could be flipped around to be seen as, I have a deep sense of empathy. I care deeply for others. I know what it feels like to be left out and hurt because of it. This doesn't release me of my responsibility to make decisions, but it makes me sympathetic and more careful with them.

And my favorite, I smile and/or laugh at the most awkward moments could be seen as...........

I have nothing on this one...it's just weird. :/
 "My quirks, preferences, strengths and challenges, it became clear, had all been one huge becoming. Each revealed parts of God’s design in me―for me―and it all mattered. Just as every part matters in yours..."(Laurie Wallin)
What I've learned from this book is that it's OK to be quirky, and weirdly wonderful.

I don't ever have to wonder again why my personality is a certain way and wish for it to be different. 

Because that is what makes me uniquely me. 

And that is a good thing!


But the book by 3/22 and get free stuff!!

What quirk do you have that you have always wished were different? Have you ever asked God to make you different, because you feel so different from everyone else?

Do you think you can fully embrace whom God has made you to be-Wonderful weird quirks and all?


Some questions you can ask yourself:
1. What words might appropriately describe your life over time?
2. What experiences have you had, and what have you gained from them?
3. What ideas and experiences inspire you?


About the author of the book:


Laurie Wallin's photo.

Laurie Wallen 
Laurie Wallin is a Christian speaker and certified Life Coach who loves helping people find joy and confidence by letting go of energy drainers and using their God-inspired strengths. Laurie, her husband and their four daughters make their home in San Diego.http://lauriewallin.com, Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/livingpowerlifecoaching, and Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/mylivingpower
Wanna buy the book? You can do so here ===>Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful




Linking with: Thought-Provoking Thursday

7 comments :

  1. love this!! so excited about this book! nicely done post, friend! love how you shared what you learned from the book, while promoting it... awesome! ♥

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    1. Great book, I hope you get a chance to finish it!!

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    2. I agree, Satin. Such a fun take on sharing the book. So honest. And, Alecia, you're not the only one to laugh at a funeral. Sad to say, my mom and I busted out in giggles at my grandfather's wake. The makeup artist made him look like a transvestite. It was bad! So. . . you're not alone. And maybe it's the backside of your empathy again---wanting to make the pain lift for people you love?

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    3. Oh. My. Word! I'm NOT alone!! :) This is so reassuring!! And thank you for that take on it...and here I thought I couldn't find any good in it :)

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful book.

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  3. Hi Alecia,

    I'm grinning with you at your quirks, and encouraged by your reminder that our God loves these things in us and will ue them for his glory. :)

    Have a great week,

    Thanks for Laura's book info here.

    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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  4. This book sounds really interesting. Everybody is weird in one way or another! I hate small talk too, Alecia. Most of the time that means I don't say much at all, just smile and nod my head. I will be looking for a chance to read this book. Thanks for telling us about it.

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