I just finished reading a book that, upon completion, I promptly added to my personal list of most influential non-fiction books. “Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies” was published by Thomas Nelson and written by Alison Cook, PhD, and Kimberly Miller, MTh, LMFT. This book takes the complicated question of “Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions?” and breaks it down into understandable, do-able, and ultimately life-changing practices that will truly transform you from the inside out.
“Boundaries for Your Soul” uses proven concepts involving techniques such as harnessing the power of our imaginations, guiding our inner feelings using imagery, praying for specific feelings while inviting Jesus near to them, and so much more. In addition, this is the only book that teaches the acclaimed Internal Family Systems model from a decidedly Christian viewpoint. All of this combines into an easy-to-understand five-step process we can use any time a feeling or emotion starts to overwhelm us. The five steps include: Focus, Befriend, Invite, Unburden and Integrate. Of course you’ll have to read the book to understand what each of these terms mean, but as the authors explain, “We’ll walk you through a process of establishing healthy boundaries with the various parts of your soul that are competing for control”.
While the concepts of this book might sound challenging and confusing, they truly aren’t – at least not when taught by Alison and Kimberly! “Boundaries for Your Soul” is a book that I found fascinating, helpful, and thoroughly Scripture-based. Honestly, I didn’t want to put it down because I was learning so much from it! I have begun using the five-step exercise in my daily life, and have felt and witnessed incredible results. If you are ready to “Turn your shame into joy, your anger into advocacy, and your inner critic into your biggest champion”, don’t hesitate to find a copy of “Boundaries for Your Soul” today!
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