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The Cure for the “Perfect” Life

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Once in a while, a book comes along with such a simple, universal theme that it applies to nearly everyone.  The Cure for the “Perfect” Life, 12 Ways to Stop Trying Harder and Start Living Braver by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory is such a book.  I have read many of the practical lessons of Kathi Lipp’s previous books (The Me Project, The Husband Project), but this one, her first written with Cheri Gregory, still has the same spirit of authenticity and fun, but it goes so very deep, especially for spiritually single wives!  Let me explain…

We, as SSWs, try really hard to be the hands, feet, heart and voice of Jesus in our homes. Who else will do that if we don’t? We are the poster children for “Try Harder Living.” This is a condition they describe with humor and pathos about perfectionism: going the extra mile, attention to detail, making certain everything is perfect for the ones we love (and even for the ones we don’t!). Try Harder Living is dominated by Perfectionism, Performancism, People-Pleasing and Procrastination.  These cleverly alliterated P-words seem like some ordinary bad habits, but in The Cure, they are labeled “P-Bullies!”  These silly, bad habits are like little ogres that grab a toe-hold and eventually, they grow into big monsters that will take you down! Seriously DOWN!

As spiritually single wives, we know how much our godly example means in our homes.  But what if we joined the rebellion?  What if we became aware of  our own perfectionism, performancism, people-pleasing and procrastination–and did something about them?  What if we simply learned to say “no?”  What if we learned twelve new ways to live braver and serve God and our families in honesty and authenticity without over-committing, getting exhausted, becoming resentful, and slamming closet doors? Please don’t let me be the only one who does stuff like that!

I believe if you read this book and accept the challenge to live a braver life, the trajectory of your life will change. Your kids will see a better example and their lives will change. And dare we say it?  Would it change our men? Let’s try it together and see!  I will be facilitating a Braver Living Rebellion group starting in mid-September.  Let me know if you’d like to be part of the group!

Check out the first chapter for free!  http://www.thecurefortheperfectlife.com/downloads/chapter1.pdf

Here is more about the authors:

kathilippKathi Lipp

Website:   http://www.KathiLipp.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKathiLipp

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/kathilipp

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/kathilipp/

Kathi Lipp is the author of The Husband Project, The Me Project, The Get Yourself Organized Project, 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids, and several other books. Kathi’s articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, and she is a frequent guest on Focus on the Family radio and TV. She and her husband Roger are parents of four young adults in San Jose, California. Kathi shares her story at retreats, conferences, and women’s events across the United States. Connect with her at www.KathiLipp.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AuthorKathiLipp, or on Twitter @KathiLipp.

Cheri Gregorycherigregory

Website:  http://www.CheriGregory.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/CheriGregoryAuthor

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/CheriGregory

Pinterest:   http://www.pinterest.com/CheriGregory

Cheri Gregory is a Certified Personality Trainer; contributor to multiple books, including Wired That Way and 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids; and frequent speaker for MOPS groups, women’s retreats, parent workshops, and educational conferences. She is also a high school English teacher and graduate student. Cheri has been “wife of my youth” to Daniel (her opposite personality), a pastor, for over a quarter-of-a-century; they have two college-aged kids (who are also opposite personalities). She blogs about expectations, “baditude”, and hope at www.CheriGregory.com. Connect with her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Cheri.Gregory.Author and Twitter @CheriGregory.

And there is support at Facebook Page (aka “Braver Living Rebel Headquarters”):
http://www.Facebook.com/TinyActsOfRebellion

Or you could just take my recommendation, and order the book!

Barnes & Noble link (we’d like to support B&N as they’ve been VERY supportive to us!)