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Whether in your family, your ward, or your community, you’ve observed them: those noble individuals who are strong, patient, and stalwart in the face of adversity. When times are tough, how do they manage the challenging shift from victim to victor? Chances are they have figured out the balance of control—what they have charge of and what is in the Lord’s hands. Trying to m Whether in your family, your ward, or your community, you’ve observed them: those noble individuals who are strong, patient, and stalwart in the face of adversity. When times are tough, how do they manage the challenging shift from victim to victor? Chances are they have figured out the balance of control—what they have charge of and what is in the Lord’s hands. Trying to manage the ups and downs of life can feel overwhelming, but fortunately we’re not alone on this journey. With inspiring doctrinal insights and a healthy dose of humor, author Michelle Wilson inspires readers to let go of fear and find peace, even in the midst of lost jobs, health challenges, or everyday chaos at home. In a world that seems so tempestuous, The Beautiful Balance is a sweet reminder of exactly what we can control—ourselves—and what God controls—all the rest.


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Whether in your family, your ward, or your community, you’ve observed them: those noble individuals who are strong, patient, and stalwart in the face of adversity. When times are tough, how do they manage the challenging shift from victim to victor? Chances are they have figured out the balance of control—what they have charge of and what is in the Lord’s hands. Trying to m Whether in your family, your ward, or your community, you’ve observed them: those noble individuals who are strong, patient, and stalwart in the face of adversity. When times are tough, how do they manage the challenging shift from victim to victor? Chances are they have figured out the balance of control—what they have charge of and what is in the Lord’s hands. Trying to manage the ups and downs of life can feel overwhelming, but fortunately we’re not alone on this journey. With inspiring doctrinal insights and a healthy dose of humor, author Michelle Wilson inspires readers to let go of fear and find peace, even in the midst of lost jobs, health challenges, or everyday chaos at home. In a world that seems so tempestuous, The Beautiful Balance is a sweet reminder of exactly what we can control—ourselves—and what God controls—all the rest.

30 review for The Beautiful Balance: Claiming Personal Control and Giving the Rest to God

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    The Beautiful Balance is an inspiring and helpful book written with LDS (Mormon) readers in mind, but other Christian faiths can definitely appreciate the insight and wisdom the author shares. I found myself highlighting several passages and quotes that resonated with me. I highly recommend his book and plan to refer to it over and over as I continue to seek a more balanced life. The book is written in two parts: claiming personal control, and giving the rest to God. She breaks down the concept o The Beautiful Balance is an inspiring and helpful book written with LDS (Mormon) readers in mind, but other Christian faiths can definitely appreciate the insight and wisdom the author shares. I found myself highlighting several passages and quotes that resonated with me. I highly recommend his book and plan to refer to it over and over as I continue to seek a more balanced life. The book is written in two parts: claiming personal control, and giving the rest to God. She breaks down the concept of self-control into four aspects- control over our priorities, actions, attitude, and beliefs. I especially appreciated how the author explored the subtle differences between them and it was easy to apply each to my own life. Other topics examined are what's behind the quest for control, and the distinction between influence and control. In the second part, the difficult task of letting go is handled reminders of God's nature- full of compassion, love, and grace as well as expectations of faith and obedience. My favorite part was the importance of seeking and receiving personal revelation, refocusing and aligning our desires with God's in "the perfect companionship". The ultimate blessing of a balanced life is peace. "We think we want control, but what we really want is peace." When we understand that we control ourselves and trust in the Lord to take care of the rest, we can have peace through our trials and adversity and the power to overcome them. While her own experiences and struggles are a major part of the narrative, the author also explains other personality types and includes anecdotes for them as well. There are examples from members of her family and those she has come to know in church and life. She includes inspiring quotes from real-life heroes such as Elizabeth Smart, Viktor E. Frankel, modern-day prophets and apostles, plenty of stories from the scriptures, and best of all, words from our Savior Jesus Christ. (Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    I'll be honest. I wasn't sure that I wanted to read this book right now because I'm so busy and so stressed. Life is tough, with so many unknowns, and I'm wallowing around, wondering how in the world I'll muddle through and gain control over everything in my life. And then I picked this book up and my outlook and attitude changed drastically. This book is written in a way that really touched my soul. Scriptural references, humorous antidotes, fantastic quotes, and pep talks fill these pages and I I'll be honest. I wasn't sure that I wanted to read this book right now because I'm so busy and so stressed. Life is tough, with so many unknowns, and I'm wallowing around, wondering how in the world I'll muddle through and gain control over everything in my life. And then I picked this book up and my outlook and attitude changed drastically. This book is written in a way that really touched my soul. Scriptural references, humorous antidotes, fantastic quotes, and pep talks fill these pages and I feel so much better about life now. I think this author was writing directly for me. One of my favorite quotes from the book comes when Michelle Wilson is enduring a trial and feels the words come from the Lord , "No, you do not have control over your surroundings, but there is no need to fear. I have given you control over the one thing that matters--yourself." This is for me. The book goes on to talk about the beautiful balance that comes with control--control yourself and trust the rest to God. The book then breaks down four areas of personal control--priorities, actions, attitude, and beliefs. I love the way each chapter is broken down in a way that is easy to internalize. There are so many thoughts found in this book that almost force me to savor and ponder. I really loved it and will be re-reading parts of it frequently. If you're wondering how to find balance in your life, this is a must-read. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved Michelle Wilson's first book "Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?" and I knew I wanted to read this new book by her. Michelle has a way of bringing things into perspective. She knows how to bring humor and real life examples of the things she is talking about so that as a reader, I feel like in a lot of ways, we are the same. That really helps me connect with the principles she is teaching. Who doesn't like to be in control of what is going on around them? I like control. When I feel o I loved Michelle Wilson's first book "Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?" and I knew I wanted to read this new book by her. Michelle has a way of bringing things into perspective. She knows how to bring humor and real life examples of the things she is talking about so that as a reader, I feel like in a lot of ways, we are the same. That really helps me connect with the principles she is teaching. Who doesn't like to be in control of what is going on around them? I like control. When I feel out of control, I clean. I may not be able to control the things happening to me or my family but by golly, I can control if this closet is clean! There was a point in time that every closet in my house had been cleaned and organized, all within the space of a couple weeks. Life was extra challenging then. This book talks about control and finding a good balance. The chapter on Fear and Hope was especially beneficial to me this week as I've been having many conversations with my teenager about this very topic. I feel like I need Michelle to come to my house and say this whole chapter out loud to my daughter. She might listen better to her than to me. I've been reading a digital version of this book but today I'm going to go out and buy a real, honest to goodness, hold it in my hands and turn real pages version of this book. I need to mark it up, savor it. I need to read it with my teenager because it will do us both a load of good. There is a lot of good stuff in this book. It makes me want to keep working, keep trying. I can control my attitude. I can. I just need help from a Heavenly Father who loves me. I loved reading this book and now I'm ready to go back and read it again. More slowly and carefully with more thought and ponderizing. :) This is an LDS non-fiction book. It is all about scriptures, God and Jesus Christ and how to be better through Them. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Michelle Wilson’s The Beautiful Balance is about finding a balance in one’s personal life between trying to be in control, what you do not have control over, and leaning on the Lord. Life is full of ups and downs that we do and do not expect. This book inspires readers to be an influence for good and to try to let go of some of that control that we all feel we so desperately need! I would recommend this book to readers that need a bit of inspiration in their lives. Genre: non-fiction; LDS Publishe Michelle Wilson’s The Beautiful Balance is about finding a balance in one’s personal life between trying to be in control, what you do not have control over, and leaning on the Lord. Life is full of ups and downs that we do and do not expect. This book inspires readers to be an influence for good and to try to let go of some of that control that we all feel we so desperately need! I would recommend this book to readers that need a bit of inspiration in their lives. Genre: non-fiction; LDS Publisher: Covenant Communications Publication date: August 1, 2016 Number of pages: 152 Content Rating: PG Book Rating: 5 stars Other books in the series: 5 stars A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I have loved this book from the very beginning. I had the priveledge of reading through several of the first writings of this book and it has been so much fun to see it evolve and grow into what it currently is. Michelle shares such a beautiful message in a fun, approachable way. It is a great reminder of where one can and should be in their relationship with God. Even this time as I read it, I was again brought to see more improvements that I can make in my life. Lavinda and Carol's stories are I have loved this book from the very beginning. I had the priveledge of reading through several of the first writings of this book and it has been so much fun to see it evolve and grow into what it currently is. Michelle shares such a beautiful message in a fun, approachable way. It is a great reminder of where one can and should be in their relationship with God. Even this time as I read it, I was again brought to see more improvements that I can make in my life. Lavinda and Carol's stories are truly inspiring. As I read what she wrote about my story, I see where I was and it puts my personal doubts and questions at ease. This is a fantastic read that I recommend for anyone and everyone. We all feel out of control at times (at least I hope I'm not the only one) and this book shares a good way to claim that personal control once again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I enjoyed Michelle Wilson's first book, "Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?," so I had high hopes for this one, too. I'm glad to say that it delivered! This book is a fantastic reminder that there are just some things in life we don't have control over. In the first part of her book, she focuses on claiming personal control. She breaks it down into four areas we do have control over and then shares examples, quotes and scriptures in each of those areas. I especially loved the section titled I enjoyed Michelle Wilson's first book, "Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?," so I had high hopes for this one, too. I'm glad to say that it delivered! This book is a fantastic reminder that there are just some things in life we don't have control over. In the first part of her book, she focuses on claiming personal control. She breaks it down into four areas we do have control over and then shares examples, quotes and scriptures in each of those areas. I especially loved the section titled "Control over Our Attitude." Seeing the good in certain situations has always been difficult for me. I loved all that she said about it and will read that section over and over. The second part of her book focuses on giving the rest to God by letting go of control, and again shares examples, quotes and scriptures to show what that looks like. This book isn't long but it is full of meat with no fillers. I had to read through it quickly and plan to go through it more slowly so I can savor it more. I would recommend this to anyone looking for more balance in their lives! I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own. Mel's Shelves

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    Michelle reminds us that we can only control ourselves-- All else needs to be turned over to God. You will find so much inspiration in each story told. EVERY woman needs to read this book!!! LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!

  8. 5 out of 5

    M

    Not deep, but wise. There were many statements, quotes, and references that were deeply profound. I read a little bit at night before going to bed and would ponder the things that I read. This book has had a great impact on me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Allen

    Excellent. Simple, beautifully written.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kalley

    One of my top favorite books! Such a great book to help you in helping to restore balance with yourself and allowing God to take care of what he needs to.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tarah

    I had just gone to Stake Conference where the talks were about balance, and then the next day this book showed up in my mailbox. I figured that was pretty serendipitous, or really a tender mercy from the Lord. Who couldn't use more balance in their lives? You know, put first things first, and letting go of the rest. Wilson explains this beautifully, and fills one with hope. We hear often in the church about perfection, but I loved this that she says, "We mustn't feel bad that we can't do it all I had just gone to Stake Conference where the talks were about balance, and then the next day this book showed up in my mailbox. I figured that was pretty serendipitous, or really a tender mercy from the Lord. Who couldn't use more balance in their lives? You know, put first things first, and letting go of the rest. Wilson explains this beautifully, and fills one with hope. We hear often in the church about perfection, but I loved this that she says, "We mustn't feel bad that we can't do it all on our own, because we are not meant to. It is His desire and plan that our lives not be solo endeavors but team endeavors...". Teaming up with the Lord? Yep, sign me up. I especially loved the chapters about faith and hope, and acting on those things. That was a message I needed to hear, and hopefully a kick start for me this new school year. I mean, I'll have tons of time with four of my five kids in school, right? Right. It's a pretty small book, so it shouldn't take too long to read. Non-fiction always takes me way longer than fiction, but Wilson keeps it entertaining and moving. Plus, it's a beautiful cover. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it has grown on me with it's simplicity (and that the title isn't capitalized. I'm not sure why I like that, but I do...I really do). *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Reading this book was a really good reminder for me that I can't control really anything but myself. I have a tendency to expect perfection from everything and everybody around me and that's something about myself that I really need to work on being better at not doing. I loved this book. I love Michelle Wilson's writing style. She includes plenty of personal anecdotes and her takes on scripture stories. I love that she is able to write about difficult subjects like this and not sound overly pre Reading this book was a really good reminder for me that I can't control really anything but myself. I have a tendency to expect perfection from everything and everybody around me and that's something about myself that I really need to work on being better at not doing. I loved this book. I love Michelle Wilson's writing style. She includes plenty of personal anecdotes and her takes on scripture stories. I love that she is able to write about difficult subjects like this and not sound overly preachy. I loved that there was a chapter in which she wrote about 3 amazing women and their life stories. These inspirational women are amazing at remembering just who is in control of their...and each one of our lives. That is Heavenly Father. He loves us, He wants what is best for us and he knows that if we have all the control we are not going to get what we need to grow and develop in the way that we should. Make sure you set aside some time to read this great book and think about how you too can achieve The Beautiful Balance that Michelle teaches us about. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charissa

    It’s difficult to balance everything we have to do each day. We want to do the best we can while wearing the various hats of parent, employer, friend, and neighbor, but it can be exhausting and overwhelming trying to do it all. In Michelle Wilson’s new book, she reminds us that we don’t have to do it all. She gives examples and teachings to inspire, tutor and comfort us in finding the beautiful balance in life. The key to this is to claim personal control over what we can—ourselves--and then giv It’s difficult to balance everything we have to do each day. We want to do the best we can while wearing the various hats of parent, employer, friend, and neighbor, but it can be exhausting and overwhelming trying to do it all. In Michelle Wilson’s new book, she reminds us that we don’t have to do it all. She gives examples and teachings to inspire, tutor and comfort us in finding the beautiful balance in life. The key to this is to claim personal control over what we can—ourselves--and then give the rest over to God. I loved this book. The writing was beautiful (like the title) and flowed easily. If you’re feeling a little off-balance or stressed about life, this book contains great words of wisdom to help you seek the beautiful balance with God and find peace that only He can give. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Hardman

    My favorite line from this book was, "...God knows what experiences we need to have to fulfill our potential." There were a lot of good thoughts in here, but nothing that I hadn't really heard before. My favorite part was actually the author relating stories of a few women who had gone through hard times and how they maintained their relationship with God. I would recommend if you are going through hard things and want to get ideas of how to strengthen yourself to their effects. My favorite line from this book was, "...God knows what experiences we need to have to fulfill our potential." There were a lot of good thoughts in here, but nothing that I hadn't really heard before. My favorite part was actually the author relating stories of a few women who had gone through hard times and how they maintained their relationship with God. I would recommend if you are going through hard things and want to get ideas of how to strengthen yourself to their effects.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I don't read self-help books like this too often and especially not when they might be "faith-promoting", but this is a little gem. It's easy to read, well-written and I laughed a few times too. It was recommended by my friend and fellow controller Jill. It gave me some good ideas for letting go and a new favorite quote: We think we want control, but what we really want is peace. I don't read self-help books like this too often and especially not when they might be "faith-promoting", but this is a little gem. It's easy to read, well-written and I laughed a few times too. It was recommended by my friend and fellow controller Jill. It gave me some good ideas for letting go and a new favorite quote: We think we want control, but what we really want is peace.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tezra

    Great reminder that there are things in life that no matter how much you try you have 0 control over. He has the rest just worry about yourself. Breathing a sigh of relief after this much needed read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Wilson

    I'm not only the author of this book, but I've read and reread it a hundred times. The lessons inside feel more for me than anyone else--the balance of control is something I've struggled with my entire life. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to write this book, and hope you enjoy it too. I'm not only the author of this book, but I've read and reread it a hundred times. The lessons inside feel more for me than anyone else--the balance of control is something I've struggled with my entire life. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to write this book, and hope you enjoy it too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Michelle discovered and wrote about things it took me decades to discover! Loved it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mawget64 Roisum

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dani Dennis

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Binder

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rindy

  26. 4 out of 5

    marge Butler

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tami Klomp

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela

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