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Overextended and Loving Most of It: The Unexpected Joy of Being Harried, Heartbroken, and Hurling Oneself Off Cliffs by Lisa Harper is a humorous account of finding oneself living a life never intended, but always meant to experience. Harper takes the reader on a journey that examines both her childhood relationships with family and friends as well as her heart stopping journey into becoming an adoptive parent. Harper’s style is surprisingly refreshing and stands out from a sea of Christian literature due to casual and modern interpretations of the scripture and direct application to modern society.
No one ever said being Christian was easy or that living God’s word would be convenient or even practical. Harper, a well-known Christian minister and speaker, details several challenges she has encountered ranging from the rather benign issues of dealing with the chatty woman sitting next to you on the plane to navigating the unsure waters of international adoption and familial terminal illness. The novel is an emotional tangle with multiple laugh out loud moments in and amongst several deeply moving encounters with characters straight from Harper’s real life.
Reasons to Read: Overextended and Loving Most of It is a reprieve from lecture material, devotionals, and historical reference books often found in Christian literature. The novel draws greatly from Harper’s personal life and leaves you feeling like you’ve found a friend who has struggled and is imperfect, but still loves God with all her heart. The book is inspirational and comforting and in my opinion worth a read.
Reasons to Pass: Overextended and Loving Most of It is a very casual, friendly read that assumes a level of familiarity with the audience that may be uncomfortable for some readers. Some may be offended by her flippant use of humor and modernized description of scripture. I found her descriptions and references hilarious!
Category: Christian Non-Fiction
Suggested Rating: PG-13 Many adult topics such as terminal illness, cancer, HIV, international adoption, drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, and sexual molestation are encountered in this novel.
ISBN: 0849921929| List Price: $12.72 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 205
About the Author:
Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person… but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit.
Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado calls Lisa on of the “best Bible tour guides around,” and speaker Priscilla Evans Shirer adds, “If anyone can help us to hear, understand and receive the truth of Scripture it is Lisa Harper. Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. When she speaks ears perk up!” Lisa’s pastor – Scotty Smith of Christ Community Church of Franklin, TN, – sums up her appealing approach with this commendation, “In a day in which people connect with stories and yet too often find the Bible abstract and irrelevant, Lisa shows us that 66 books of the Bible are telling one grand story of personal and cosmic redemption, with Jesus starring as the lead character.”