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"Soundtracks - The Surprising Solution to Overthinking" by Jon Acuff

Book Review
by Heather Horn

 A self-help book that is actually helpful? 

Do you have goals in life but talk yourself right out of them? 

Do you allow a conversation to replay over and over in your mind?

Jon Acuff says he can help solve this problem. 

Honestly, at some points while reading I found myself saying, “This is too simple, even too silly, it can’t work.”  But Acuff’s stats and personal experience is undeniable.  I have been putting the advice into practice since I cracked open this book; not only for myself but also for those I supervise at work and even for my kids!  “Before you step on the pitcher’s mound say, ‘I am a good pitcher. I can throw strikes.’”

Acuff gives real life advice that you can apply today.  And without giving away too much of the book I will say if you do everything he says and it doesn’t work…the most you have to lose is becoming a more positive person who still hasn’t met your goals and well I’m ok with that. 

I wasn’t sure if Acuff’s suggestion to listen to the audiobook while reading the hardcopy was just a sales pitch but I have to say it was great.  It kept me engaged and focused.  If my mind wandered, either the words on the page or Jon’s voice in a story would bring me back.  I finished the book in no time and feel like I retained more…time will tell. 

This is a book that will actually change your mindset toward goals.  Plus, I love when an author makes me feel part of the inside joke…maybe it’s that we are the same age and stage of life but Acuff had me laughing out loud while reading.  Acuff has the keen ability to make you feel like you went to high school together and are laughing together about old times. “Start a new hobby. Learn to play guitar (start with “Wonderwall” by Oasis, obviously).” I highly recommend “Soundtracks” especially if you know your own thoughts get in the way of success and well who doesn’t?    

End of Your Rope

I started writing and erasing this message so many times because I feel like it has all been said already, and you have heard it all before.

  •  "We are living through uncharted territory"
  • “This is an unprecedented time.”
  • “I never planned to homeschool my kids.”
  • “Where’s all the TP?” #coronacation

 End of Your Rope:

Personally I like to take things one day at a time because that’s how I function best and stay positive. But when your world, country, county, and town are making decisions that don’t allow you to do that it can be daunting.  It is wild that we are living through something that is so far-reaching.  I don’t have a huge social media reach but everyone I am connected to is affected by this pandemic. A lot of us are in the same boat with trying to get to work or working from home, kids learning from home, curfews, events canceled, social distancing, etc. but I can’t pretend to completely understand what you are personally struggling with today.  I can almost guarantee you are struggling.  Maybe you felt like you were already at the end of your rope and then BOOM this mysterious COVID-19 enters your world and you are left wondering, “How do I make more rope?”

 Hang On Tight:

I can’t imagine trying to get through this time without leaning into my Lord.  Trust me I have been trying.  Making new house rules, drawing chore charts, creating extra-curricular idea lists, and doling out punishments….AAAAHHHH…I just can’t.  And I finally said, “I can’t, I just can’t.” And that’s when the verse that has come to me many times before, came to me today. Be still and know…Psalm 46:10.  Be still and know…I can’t.  I can’t manage all this without losing my mind.  I have to hand it all over and trust God for these next days, weeks, and months.  Do not be anxious about anything but through prayer and petition present your requests to God and the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t just read those verses, rest in them.  How are we not to be anxious?  By prayer and petition…go to God. We will receive peace and it will guard our hearts and our MINDS. When my mind wanders to fear, too anxious thoughts, to anger, to sadness…I am instructed to pray.

Tie the Ropes Together:

So in this, week 2, I have made some changes.  The novelty wore off…working at the same table my kids were doing school at…no longer cute.  We now have our own workspaces and we have a schedule.  We actually stop for lunch instead of working through it.  When the stress builds we take the dog for a walk, sometimes together, sometimes alone.  As tension builds in my neck while watching the news, I listen to my body, I turn off the TV and I turn on worship music.  I allow myself to be sad our family vacation got ruined and call a friend I know will not make me feel bad for feeling bad.  God has given you a lot of strength and ability but we were never expected to do life alone.

God gave us the Church (the people, the community) so we could live life together and learn together.  Now it can seem that has been taken away.  I am telling you it has not, it is different but it is not gone.  We are still here.  Reach out, ask for prayer, get online and be a part of the Chapel Family.  We need you and you need us. We will continue to provide resources for you and reach out as often as we can but we need you to respond and reach out to others as well.  Even in quarantine, we can be the hands and feet of God. 

We love you Chapel Family!

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