Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Review of 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs



At first I didn't know if I was going to get through this book.

It isn't because the book is bad in any way. 

It's because Christianity was used as a weapon against me. It was another tool of abuse in a disordered household, and that is unfortunately common. Abusive people like religion, or twisting religion (just to be clear, no God worth anything condones abuse-emotional, mental or physical- especially of a child) to suit their needs. 

I have friends who can't walk into a church without having a panic attack. Not because they are not religious, but because it is hard to separate the abuse you experienced with that line of thinking. 

You begin to wonder if you will ever be able to go towards God when the shadow of what happened to you is right there waiting in association. 

So it took three tries to pick this up and finish it. But I am glad that I did. 

Each chapter covers a proverb, explaining it in detail and pairing it with an experience. It's kindly-worded, which people like me need because it gives the text a friendly presence. Better still, the ending of the chapters offers you insight and exercises that in most cases you can complete immediately or soon and that highlights the wisdom of the subject matter. My favorite was the idea of putting away money quietly to give to someone who needs it more than you do. That's lovely. That's the beautiful and kind part of this stuff. 

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path is not a super easy read, because much of it will require a thinking-process (think more along the lines of centering versus relaxing) but it's a great book for those who need it. 


"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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