Great Advice – But Missing A Vital Element

“Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life”. Doesn’t this title grab your attention immediately? It did mine, especially when I saw the author was Anne Bogel who also wrote one of my favorite non-fiction books, “Reading People”, a few years ago.

Published by BakerBooks, “Don’t Overthink It” is a book about strategy, thought patterns, and making better choices. From the very start, Anne offers great advice that we can start using immediately, today! I especially enjoyed the chapter entitled Decide What Matters, where she points out that if we let our values drive our decisions (both big and small), our lives end up being more meaningful and in line with who we are. Isn’t that a great point?

Undoubtedly different chapters will resonate with different readers, and as a whole I think this book will prove beneficial to a wide variety of women. But one thing was still lacking – a Christian-centered approach to any of the processes and advice laid out in any of the chapters. I kept expecting prayer, Bible-reading, and/or seeking guidance from a more mature Christian to come into play, but it never did. Perhaps this is because whole other books have been written on these topics and that was not the within the scope of this book, but I did find it odd that from a Christian publisher there was not even a passing reference (that I noticed) to God in any way.

So, although I am really impressed with the guidance in Anne Bogel’s book, I did find it to be missing an important element – any acknowledgement of God. Did I still enjoy the book and find it helpful and relevant to my life? Absolutely! But for me, I need to take the advice and fit it into my belief that God needs to play an important role in life decisions, too. Otherwise, I believe, we are missing the point completely.

I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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