By Deborah E. Gorton

“Where do you need to intentionally design space in your life in order to carve out a truth-based definition of your values and purpose?”

From a biblical perspective, most of my blog posts emphasize the importance of change; as it relates to maintaining your focus in finding and fulfilling your purpose/destiny. This is why I requested EMBRACING Uncomfortable; hoping to find some spiritual substance that would help my readers along the way in finding the two points aforementioned—which are in the book.

However, upon reading this book, I could not help but feel I was reading a Psych-Sociology 101 textbook. With a compilation of personal case studies as the writer unfolds phases of self-analyzation as change relates to the negative thinking dictated by our innate mindsets. Which is usually set on auto-pilot from our deceptive thought patterns or placed upon us by others’ opinions. Referencing everything from feeling guilty of being single, as was one of the writer’s issues at the onset; to her constituents’ fear of failure and a plethora of emotion references in the outlay. One such is the fantasy of denial.

The reader can appreciate how transparent the writer is with her own personal experiences as it aids in the comparative analysis of one’s own life. Thereby, creating techniques challenging you to apply certain nuances, such as radical acceptance.

In these 179 pages, you will also find different workbook activities; which aid you in discovering the deeper reasons for why you prefer comfort instead of change. I felt as though some of the answers were commonsensical in nature. Such as choosing short-term validation. A choice that will take you down the path of increased dissatisfaction and trouble long term, as we further distance ourselves from what our actual values may or may not be. Or taking a station break in a world full of “go”.

If you like reading intellectual books with a clinically psychological spin; that has you pencil to papering your way heart first into your issues. EMBRACING Uncomfortable is definitely the book for you. By all means, pick it up—it may serve you well. Some people have to take this route in order to get their breakthrough. Hands-on sometimes serves as a better memory reinforcement method than memorization itself.

There are many disciplines in EMBRACING Uncomfortable that are good for the human spirit; such as Don’t look for the “right” answer, look for the “you” answer. (pg. 77) “Radical acceptance challenges us to willingly receive our present reality despite what put us there.” (pg. 105) “Stop allowing the excuses of things you’ve miscategorized as impossibilities prevent you from living out who you’ve been purposed to be.” (pg. 166) Perhaps you will find the ability to apply Dr.Gorton’s strategies in finding the right formula for placing your actions and true personality in the same positive spheres. The necessary tools launch the changes you really want in your life. Thereby, setting you on the right path to your purpose.

Whether radical or not, change is something we must all learn to adopt and accept if we truly desire to improve our lives spiritually, physically, and mentally. None of us is perfect. We all have flaws to some degree. Maybe not on the outside—but surely on the inside. What routes we choose to take in improving or erasing these flaws; totally depend on how life’s circumstances have affected who we are, what we are, where we are, and where we’re heading. And by investigating these characterizations, creates accountability for each of us to challenge ourselves by being the truth-based versions of ourselves; wherewith finding the whys or why nots of our choices to take the mythologically comfortable way out in life.

We give EMBRACING Uncomfortable

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This book is provided to me courtesy of Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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