Author: Lisa Harper
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-8499-2192-6

“The symbiotic relationship between joy and sorry means overextension will sometimes be incredibly painful for us. Stretching towards God and others when our own souls feel black-and-blue hurts,” Lisa Harper writes in her book, Overextended … and loving most of it!

At two hundred and four pages, this paperback book is targeted toward Christian women who can relate to over-promising, over-booking, and over-drawing from their personal and emotional resources in life as they yearn to get closer to God. After a foreword by Sheila Walsh, there are ten chapters, ending with acknowledgements, notes, and author biography.

Basically Harper writes from her own personal experiences in life as a forty-something year old, unmarried woman who was searching to adopt a young child. Burning the candle at three ends, her writing is no doubt entertaining as she references pop-culture often while doing speaking engagements, writing this book with a two week deadline, and traveling to find a child to call her own.

By focusing and going to God in prayer often, she blends Biblical stories using almost ten versions of the Old and New Testament as she retells her upbringing, disappointment being turned away from adopting a soon-to-be born baby of a mentally impaired abusive addict, dealing with her mother and father’s cancer diagnoses, and holding her two and a half year old Haitian girl with HIV who is afraid of the commode.

Through the myriad of humorously unrelated mish-mash with over twenty pages of reposted Facebook postings, a lengthy seventeen page copied letter to her father, and a page and a half of Ian Morgan Cron’s latest book, she mentions her Ca. Ray. Ze. days, how to breathe, listen, ask, smile, and take the next step (aka BLAST), or play the “Stop and Give Me Ten” game when negativity takes over. Divulging her own personal goals to love bigger, fear smaller, run to Jesus every single day, and become her little girl’s mother, her book covers all four topics from her amusing viewpoint.

With the book being all about Harper and her harried trials and heartbreaking tribulations in life, most readers can relate in some way as they ponder their own problems, issues, and challenges. As if the one reading has made a home in her brain, bouncing around between her rattling rantings, she will see the author’s humor mixed with her true longing to be Christ-centered. As art imitates life, her book seems rushed without a final conclusion.

This book was furnished by Booksneeze in lieu of an unbiased review.

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