Book Review: “Give Yourself A Break” by Kim Fredrickson

July 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Kim Fredrickson in her new book, “Give Yourself A Break book coverGive Yourself A Break” published by Revell gives us Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend.

From the Back Cover:  It’s time to start treating yourself the way you treat others

As children we’re taught to treat others the way we would like to be treated. But as adults, we often need to turn that old maxim around. We’re good at showing compassion to other people–but many of us have trouble showing that same compassion to ourselves. We say things to ourselves we would never say to a friend. And all this negative self-talk can have a devastating effect on our lives and relationships.

Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson wants you to stop beating yourself up. Grounding her advice in Scripture, she offers practical steps, specific exercises, and compassionate words to say in order to build a loving relationship with yourself. Through inspiring stories of transformation, she’ll help you learn to show yourself the kind of grace and understanding you offer to others–and to change your relationships, your outlook on life, and your view of yourself in the process.

The Dictionary defines “Compassion” as:  sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. When we see someone suffering we want to help to stop whatever is causing them to suffer. We do not seem to have that same consideration for ourselves. Ms. Fredrickson understands that we are hard on ourselves when we fail, make mistakes, make poor decisions or could not foresee the future. If you are nodding your head right now then perhaps you might be doing this as well. It is time for self-compassion, interacting kindly with yourself with both truth and grace. If we have self-compassion it will help all of our relationships. Ms. Fredrickson gives us ten chapters to help us deal with our lack and build our necessary Self-Care with Practical Tools To Build A Compassionate Relationship With Yourself. If you want to have a better relationship with yourself and then with both God and others then this is the book for you. It would also be a great gift for friends and family so that they be helped as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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