In the world we live in, especially as a 20-something young woman and young professional, I have more experience than I’d like to admit in feeling left out, left behind, and lonely. For many of us, there are seasons of life where we are riddled with inadequacy and insecurities, making life really challenging. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely could not come at a more appropriate time.
At some point in each of our lives, we will battle these insecure thoughts. These thoughts and emotions that fluctuate throughout our life stages DO NOT discriminate. The devil does not discriminate when he uses our doubts and insecurities as fuel to the fire created to distance you from the person your Savior thinks you are. He uses our fears of rejection and abandonment to push us away from our Savior and into a life of scarcity. When we allow him to speak lies through our fears, he highjacks our purpose. How do we overcome that? Is it even possible?
Reading Uninvited is like a having coffee with your best friend in the coziest nook in the most comfortable home: warm, inviting, and refreshing. From cover to cover, Lysa tackles emotional issues of rejection and loneliness, reminding you that we, in fact, are not alone. Her vulnerable story telling makes readers feel like an old friend. She reminds readers that while we feel we are overlooked by others, we are handpicked by God. What a revelation! As she shares her own deeply personal experiences with identity, rejection, and abandonment, she encourages healthy God-honoring ways to process negative emotions. Lysa challenges us to revisit our past rejections and consider how those rejections are infiltrating our choices, relationships, and internally dialogue. As she encourages us to explore these difficult points in our lives, she continually points to God and reminds us that it is HIM who invites us into his presence. While we might feel uninvited in every other facet, we know that we are chosen, loved, and cherished!
All in all, Lysa’s book Uninvited gives a raw and vulnerable look at the reality every person on this earth experiences at one point or another. Her candid stories and humorous tone make this an easy and enjoyable read while also challenging and thought-provoking. If you are struggling through a season of waiting, isolation, or rejection, be encouraged that you are not alone. As you read these words God speaks through Lysa, be reminded who you are! You are loved, cherished, and wanted by the Risen King.
You can purchase Lysa’s book Uninvited here to see for yourself.