Book review: I’m happy for you. { Sort of…not really}

I’m Happy for You {SORT OF…Not Really}

Genre: Non-Fiction, Contentment, Christianity

Pages: 218

Author: Kay Wills Wyma

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When this book title appeared in my inbox for review I jumped on it. I hadn’t even read the full description but I knew from the title the book was for me. Just listen to this

“Why would an outfit choice hijack our thoughts and prevent us from enjoying the people around us? How could a more –than– enough home suddenly become less then? Why do we – why do I – take the bait and make comparisons? It’s crazy. And I know better.”

Sound familiar?

 

 

She goes on to lay it out, in a way that isn’t at all demeaning,  just how normal comparison has become in our culture. Then she helps us see a way out.

“It’s like I need a pair of glasses-something snappy and cute-not to correct my vision exactly, but to remind me to broaden my perspective and to remember that life is about more than this one moment.”

From the back cover:

Tired of performing? Feeling weighed down by the pressure to be Pinteresting? Does your friend’s wardrobe, body, marriage, paycheck, vacation plans, or photo-shoot- worthy home décor leave you wishing your life looked more like that?
You’re not alone.

With its focus on smarter, faster, thinner, and ever-better, our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. Our friends become our audience (or judges), and our titles, activities, even kids become part of our brand. Factor in social media’s constant reminder of what everyone else is doing, and no wonder we feel drained, discontent, and isolated.
Thankfully, we don’t have to live this way!

With candor and humor, I’m Happy For You (Sort Of…Not Really) explores the troubling effects of living in an excessively competitive culture—and reveals simple yet effective ways to escape the comparison trap.
My thoughts:

I needed this book, I’ve been fighting this culture for a while now striving for contentment with less. Mostly because I know that striving for more, and to keep up with the Jones, WILL NEVER MAKE ME HAPPY. There will always be one more thing, something bigger or better and I’ll never reach enough if I’m comparing myself to others. I love the practical approach towards a brain reboot to snap back into focus when we start the comparison game.

The mini stories she had collected throughout the book were great to read, its always good to know you not the only one who is struggling. It was also great to be able to glean perspective and ideas from others situations. If you working on making a change towards contentment and enough this is a great read.

 
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One thought on “Book review: I’m happy for you. { Sort of…not really}

  1. As a parent, I’m forever comparing my children and/or my parenting with others. I would love some insight as to how to tell my inner self to hush. 🙂

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