3 August 2012

Review: Confessions of a Control Freak by Priscilla Knox Morrison

Confessions of a Control Freak: And Hope for Those Who Know One starts by giving us seven signs of a control freak:

• nagging others
• trying to orchestrate outcomes
• butting into others’ affairs
• worrying about things beyond your control
• feeling anxiety about the future
• never feeling peaceful
• needing everything to be in perfect order

While I recognise that I may have a tendency to display any or all of these signs, I don’t think I let these tendencies control me (although I could just be deluding myself).

However, the author shows that control isn't all bad. There are times (especially as a parent or when in any leadership role at work or at church) that it is valid to be in control. Self-control and self-discipline are important. But there are times when our tendencies to control are signs of deeper issues that do need sorting, and the author does through her seven ‘confessions’, which relate to common issues such as pride and worry.

Some 'confessions' will be more applicable than others. They apply to the mildly managing as well as to the full-blown control freak, and can apply equally to men and women (although I suspect the tone will appeal more to the female reader). These are not quick fix answers - they are lessons the author has learnt over her lifetime as a pastor's wife and mother of six. The advice given comes from a strong Christian foundation, with a clear gospel message, and the answers are based in reading the Bible, and prayer.

“Live intentionally. Rely on God’s wisdom, not your own. Rely on His power to change what should be changed and to help you relinquish what you need to give up.”

In summary, whether we the control freak or we live with one, Priscilla Knox Morrison reminds us that God is in control. There is freedom in that truth. Recommended for anyone who has an issue with control.

Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

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