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Spiritual WD-40

Around our house there’s a bit of common wisdom:  If it moves and it shouldn’t, use duct tape.  If it won’t move and it should, use WD-40.  Raising four boys over the past twenty years, there have always been plenty of applications for both remedies.  Life Unstuck  is another remedy for the stuck places in life as Pat Layton enthusiastically points the way toward Truth — the spiritual WD-40 that we all need.  Based on Psalm 139, the book is a practical, pumps-on-the-ground biblical commentary which applies wisdom for finding three gifts God offers to his children:

Peace:  Rejoice in Pat’s testimony of deliverance from a life of reckless disregard for God, and of the forgiveness that she found, knowing that this same Jesus can bring peace with the past, healing of memories, and freedom from anger.

Purpose:  As she praises God for the work He has done in her family, ministry, and heart, Pat Layton helps us to see that we, too, have been designed by God with a purpose, not so that we can be “perfect,” but so that God will receive glory when He surprises us, works through us, and brings rest and restoration to our chronically distracted lives.

Passion:  Married to a Vietnam veteran, Pat is also a warrior, and she has brought Ephesians 6 right into a girl’s clothes closet.  The armor of God is needed because we fight a real enemy, so fasten your belt and grab your Scripture memory cards, and then pick out a cute purse and jacket, while thanking God for His gift of faith.  Living in His truth will lead to “unstuck” emotions, a heart focused on God’s “unlimited supply,” and the fulfillment of God’s good dream for your life.

Clever humor and creativity abound in Life Unstuck.  For example, a blast from the past:   the four temperament types from the 1970’s are moved into the garden.  After taking a simplified test (page 48), I learned, as a hummingbird, that unless I limit myself to a couple of edits for this book review, it will never see the light of day, and that I should try to limit myself to one critical comment per conversation.

Life Unstuck is brimful of resources, and I recommend a slow, thoughtful read, working through one chapter a week, savoring Psalm 139 verse-by-verse and committing it to memory, and accessing all the resources available online at life-unstuck.com to begin pushing deeper into the abundant life God offers — unencumbered, unfettered, unstuck.

This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Michele Morin

I am a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. I have been married to an unreasonably patient husband for nearly 27 years, and our four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Nonetheless, two teens still remain at home, and along with an incorrigible St. Bernard, we laugh, make messes, clean them up, and then start all over again. I love hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop me in my tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. I lament biblical illiteracy and advocate for the prudent use of "little minutes." I blog at Living Our Days because "the way I live my days will be, after all, the way I live my life." You can connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

9 thoughts on “Spiritual WD-40”

  1. Insightful review, Michele. (And, I love the way your words flow, especially the opening.) I’ll be reviewing it this week as well. Unstuck was a very good read! Visiting you today via #Coffeeforyourheart.

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  2. Visiting from Grace & Truth! 🙂 This sounds like a great resource for Christ-followers who want to live the “abundant life” He wants for us. Thank you for linking up with us!

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