Lysa TerKeurst was born on the 21st of July, 1969. TerKeurst is an author and a speaker, and also the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. The books of TerKeurst have gone on to be listed on the New York Time Bestsellers; she has, as of this moment, published more than twenty books. She received the Champions of Faith Author Award. TerKeurst is featured prominently among the leading voices of the Christian community.
TerKeurst is a keynote presenter for more than forty events all across North America, featuring multiple conferences. TerKeurst is very fond of the way that women have become more capable to share their own experiences for the glory of God after having listened to TerKeurst’s advice.
Although people are skeptical of that notion, Lysa maintains that she is just an ordinary woman only wanting and seeking to glorify God through her life’s work and her family. Lysa currently lived near Charlotte, North Carolina, with husband Art TerKeurst and their five children – Jackson, Mark, Hope, Ashley and Brooke.
Like we mentioned, Lysa has published more than twenty books, to date. Which of these twenty books are actually TerKeurst’s best?
Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely is a 2016 release by the blessed author. People that have experience with denial and rejection find this book to be a safe haven and a godsend.
The book is written in the manner of stories, with each story comprising of a chapter and some chapters ending in a prayer. The prayers come out as sincere prayers that are relatable for anyone going through a period of rejection or negativity. What persists throughout is a benign hopefulness and reassurance that attempts, and succeeds, to comfort the reader. From the start, Lysa asks the reader to be honest not with her, but with themselves.
TerKeurst, then, goes on to dissect what makes the faculty and application of rejection such a sore pain. People have issues with trusting, people have insecurities, and being rejected casts us out of the secure position that we’ve webbed ourselves in.
The theme in this book that our trust in the Lord is how we can find emotional security. Each experience that is noted and expounded is an experience from which every reader can learn so that our attitude can be properly and aptly amended for the future when rejection finds its way towards us again.
By a wide margin, Uninvited is Lysa’s most well-known book and, as her fans might be eager to announce, it might very well be Lysa TerKeurst’s best book, to date.
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decision in the Midst of Endless Demands was published in 2014. Featuring heavily one of the most refreshing and gratifying qualities that Lysa has adopted, we see TerKeurst writing about the importance of taking complete fault and responsibility when making decisions.
A genuine interest in helping people is present in the writing of TerKeurst in her most heartfelt outing, yet. TerKeurst, in this book, has a lot to say about the promoting of wisdom through God, as she attempts to teach the readers of the virtue and glories of reading the holy Scripture regularly, praying to the Almighty, being obedient and obsequious to God, and asking for the advice and words of God for a particular decision.
The passive, demeaning notion of asking your husband is something that TerKeurst detests; it shuns the fact that women can be responsible, active and accountable adults. TerKeurst wants her fellow women to become proper and complete thinkers.
What sets the Christian self-help effort by TerKeurst from the run-of-the-mill self-help guide and book is that this isn’t just a yes book – though the title might persuade readers to believe the opposite. Instead, Lysa utilizes practical and biblical reasons for actually saying no, saying that the ‘best yes’ is one that should be reserved for the long term.
Sweet, insightful and very helpful, Lysa’s The Best Yes is another prime example of why TerKeurst has become one of the most beloved authors among the self-help and Christian genres.
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
What TerKeurst means by ’unglued’ is a state when the person isn’t in full control. That’s when the person is overflowed, irritable, frustrated, furious, and their emotions spill out in an uncontrollable way.
Lysa doesn’t judge people that have become unglued, for instance, even she has become unglued on several occasions. She’s the first to say so, as she utilizes her own experience and stories so that women from around the world can relate and can make that positive change in their life so as to minimize the chances of becoming unglued, once more.
In the eyes of TerKeurst, once someone has become unglued, they come to have four distinct reactions:
- Exploder that Blames Others
- Exploder that Shames Themselves
- Stuffer that Builds Barriers
- Stuffer that Collects Retaliation Rocks
Each of these categories is explained in detail, aiding the reader in the comprehension. Following the analysis of why and how people lose their cool, TerKeurst goes on to give tips and tricks about how to neutralize these situations when they arise. And while there isn’t anything truly groundbreaking about the things expressed, the tone and voice that TerKeurst has is undeniably one of the most lulling and inspiring for women.
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered
In one of her most recent books, a 2018 release, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered, Lysa attempts to give women a blueprint on how they can rebuild themselves after something has broken a piece of them, or the whole.
The platitudinous sentiment that the Lord never gives people more than they can tackle is challenged by TerKeurst. Lysa, in her unabashed, heartfelt way, speaks of intimate stories and experiences: for example, the infidelity of her husband and her issues around breast cancer. The experiences that Lysa expands upon gives new context to the idea of disappointment.
While wrestling with these problems can feel detrimental to one’s health and wellbeing in the long run, TerKeurst argues that the disappointment we feel can be useful in pushing us towards God, especially when he feels numb or distant from our thoughts and prayers.
The book has a lot of passages and examples from the Scripture, but the style that TerKeurst adopts is an easygoing, understandable one, almost like a friend patting you on the shoulder while giving you context for the situation that has befallen you.
TerKeurst, concerning the examples we noted above, is now convalescing from the cancer, and she is tackling the marital issues that have presented themselves. There is an innate optimism in TerKeurst that can’t help but sway readers towards the idea that a sunshine might be coming just beyond that cloud.
One of her most sincere efforts It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way is one of Lysa TerKeurst best books, definitely.
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, not Food
TerKeurst’s Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, not Food is a 2010 release. It was actually the book that set TerKeurst on the map and brought her fame and a loyal fanbase. With TerKeurst’s Made to Crave, the reader is being given a perspective from the holy Scripture concerning the problems in society about food-craving and similar things that are out to demean and destroy us.
While the book is, by and large, meant for women struggling with food addiction, anyone that yearns for something detrimental – unhealthy – can find TerKeurst’s words and advices as beneficial.
TerKeurst notes that our ideas of bliss and content can, at times, become intwined with the ideas of a certain person, an object, or in her case – food. It is important to know that this can leave people feeling empty, dissatisfied and just morose.
TerKeurst says that our happiness should only become wrapped up in God, as through him, our bliss becomes a complete bliss.
Brimming with the trademark encouragement and inspiring hope that TerKeurst has developed, Made to Crave is a book that won’t disappoint, but will uplift the readers towards their journey for God and for happiness.
Lysa TerKeurst, while a very accomplished writer, also holds conferences that have helped thousands of women. Her other books, such as Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl and Craving God are intriguing reads in the same genre, for anyone interested.