My high school graduation was wonderful. My speech went well. I loved celebrating our graduation with tons of good friends and family. I was so excited about attending college that August, I could barely stand it. Yet that night, I cried myself to sleep.
Have you ever wondered why some of the times in your life when you were so excited and happy, you still had an overwhelming urge to cry? It’s because often those times also mean change. Sometimes the change is small and sometimes it is large, but change is a huge part of life. When you become a parent, your life seems like it changes daily and some of the changes can almost knock you off your feet.
I was interested to read the new book, Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life’s Transitions by Kristen Strong. As a military wife, Strong is no stranger to change. As someone also born with a low tolerance for change, Strong struggled to learn how to deal with the many changes her husband’s career demanded. The result is a very practical book to help others struggling with change.
I think one of the things I appreciated the most about this book is that the author acknowledges even “good” change can be stressful. I loved that she spent a lot of time discussing how we often push down the emotions change brings – especially the changes we are excited about that still make us sad on some level. To me, the entire book was worth it just for reading through that chapter and beginning to give myself permission to feel sad or any other emotion – even when I am ecstatically happy about the change (and a change lover to boot).
Strong breaks her book into three large sections – acknowledging the change, accepting it and adapting to it. Throughout she weaves scriptures, especially the story of Joseph. While I view Joseph’s personality and motives in a more positive light, her points are still very valid. Each large section contains several chapters. The chapters address an aspect of handling that part of change that causes people problems. From finding the light, to dealing with worry, to developing a godly support group, Strong gives lots of practical advice to help the reader navigate change.
If you are still struggling with a past change or anticipating a future one, this book can help. Even though I generally look forward to change as bringing new exciting adventures, I found a couple of really good hints for handling the next change I encounter – especially ones that may scare me. I think you will find enough good ideas in here to make it worth your time to read and ponder.
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