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Control Trap, The [Paperback]

By Barbara Sullivan (Author)
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God?s Loving Invitation to Women-to "Rest" Rather Than to Control

"I meant well. I only wanted to fix things-and people. I thought it was my duty to keep my husband on-track and to keep our children from making mistakes and getting hurt. I wanted to keep our friends healthy and happy. And I was concerned about keeping our spiritual leaders wise.

"But somehow in the process I ended up taking the burden of our world upon my own shoulders. I often made the mistake of believing that my will for those I loved must be their highest good. And that is where I began to go amiss, to lose my peace-and to cause unhappiness and conflict for others. I was caught in the control trap."
Sound familiar?

Being in control is a human way of feeling secure, getting problems "solved," getting things done "right." But God has called women to a life of trust and ever-increasing faith, free of debilitating emotions and out-of-balance relationships. It is possible to spiritually break through the control problem and to trust in a Father who never disappoints, who holds the whole world in His hands.

The results are transforming!

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God's Loving Invitation to Women--to "Rest" Rather Than to Control"I meant well. I only wanted to fix things--and people. I thought it was my duty to keep my husband on-track and to keep our children from making mistakes and getting hurt. I wanted to keep our friends healthy and happy. And I was concerned about keeping our spiritual leaders wise."But somehow in the process I ended up taking the burden of our world upon my own shoulders. I often made the mistake of believing that my will for those I loved must be their highest good. And that is where I began to go amiss, to lose my peace--and to cause unhappiness and conflict for others. I was caught in the control trap."Sound familiar?Being in control is a human way of feeling secure, getting problems "solved," getting things done "right." But God has called women to a life of trust and ever-increasing faith, free of debilitating emotions and out-of-balance relationships. It is possible to spiritually break through the control problem and to trust in a Father who never disappoints, who holds the whole world in His hands.The results are transforming

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Bethany House
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1991
Publisher   Baker Pub Group/Bethany House
ISBN  1556611692  
ISBN13  9781556611698  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara J. Sullivan, a certified master gardener, lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she is a garden consultant and speaker and a garden commentator on public radio. She is also an attorney-mediator and arbitrator.

Barbara Sullivan currently resides in Morrestown, in the state of New Jersey. Barbara Sullivan was born in 1957.

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Best Self-help I've ever read (especially being the first)  Jan 14, 2009
I read this book several years ago, and it changed my life. Laugh if you must, but as a teen and early adulthood, I truly felt that it was my God-given 'gift' to always take charge and always correct people when they were in the wrong (according to my standards). This book helped me not only to recognize my mistakes, but to see where I had gone wrong, the models I had followed in my life that were wrong, and how to let go of the need to 'Control' everything. There were so many 'aha' moments in this book, and I still have it and reference it, especially since I now have children of my own, and I find myself giving them 'the look'.
 
Truthful  Aug 26, 2008
This book has so much truth in it! If you struggle with a parent, spouse, boss, or even friend that is controlling - this book will give you good insight. If You struggle with being controlling - this book will really deal with you and what you are really doing to yourself and others in the process. Great counseling tool.
 
Deep Yet Truthful  Nov 11, 2004
Sometimes what is the most controversial in our minds, is the thing we need to deal with the most. Being in control means things get done, we're never let down, and life will run smoothly...or so we think. Taking control over the lives of others can cause deep stress, physical and mental problems, and division in the household and relationships. This book helps you understand why you do what you do, and allows you to make your own, informed decisions on how to break free from the "control trap."
 
Not for Everyone  Jul 1, 2003
I would have appreciated knowing that this book was centered around a focus on Christianity and "family values". I assumed this was a self-help book. The author is a pastor's wife in a Christian community that understands feminism as aggressive and castrating! The book is geared towards helping women be good wives and mothers, including weight loss. The implicit values make it a narrow resource for me. I found it to be very supportive of roles rather than people.
I had hoped to learn more about being driven or controlled by anxiety, etc. as I live with perrenial stressors, such as the murder of a grown daughter. This was not the book for me and I regret buying it.
Please let us know if a book is Christian focused or is written for members of a specific religous orientation!!
 
This book saved my marriage.  Jun 1, 1999
To say that I am not an avid reader would be an understatement. But when my husband flippantly tossed this book at me and dared me to read it, I grudgingly complied.

Through the words of the Barbara Sullivan, I saw very clearly something in myself that I had never seen before: I wanted to control circumstances and situations in my life that were really out of my control.

As I read, my heart started to soften and I realized that I had to let go. As I relinquished control in my marriage, my husband started seeing changes in me that he never thought possible. As I gave him the freedom to be himself and not the way I "wanted", we started growing closer. He then began to make changes in himself because now he didn't feel pressured.

The fact is, this book was largely responsible for saving our marriage. Read it with an open mind and an open heart.

 

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