The Cure for the “Perfect” Life

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cureforperfectThe Cure for the “Perfect” Life: 12 Ways to Stop Trying Harder and Start Living Braver
Written by Kathi Lipp by Cheri Gregory
Published by Harvest House Publishers
Released August 1, 2014
256 pages
FREE 1st Chapter of the book
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In Kathi and Cheri’s new book, The Cure for the “Perfect” Life, they share the 4 P-Bullies that make it hard for us to live bravely: Perfectionism, People-pleasing, Performancism, and Procrastination. If I am honest (and I usually am, or at least I try to be), I will say that I have dealt with all the P-bullies…sometimes one or another, sometimes all at once, at one point in my life, and even now. Whew! There! I said it.

And here’s the thing…I know I am not alone. Especially in this digital age where we don’t just compare ourselves to others in our surrounding community, but to millions around the world, it is important for us to examine ourselves and how each of these P-bullies are keeping us from living braver. Wit1 John 4-18a by Annemarieh one click, we can see what the “perfect” home looks like, there’s a glimpse of the super-mom who does it all, and of course, there are the never-ending events that we are “asked” to help out with, or we attend anyway so we don’t let someone down. We look “around” us (at the Pinterest boards, blog posts, Instagram photos), and we think that we are not enough, that we don’t have it all together…these are all lies that the P-bullies would like us to believe….would like me to believe.

To start digging ourselves out of this “Try-Harder Living” hole that we have put ourselves in, Kathi and Cheri help us discover our “Rebel” type (Expressive, Analytic, Driver and Amiable), and they present 12 cures for the “Perfect” life. Through humor and real life stories from Kathi, Cheri, and other women, we are given Tiny Acts of Rebellion and Tips for Each Rebel Type, which will help us to combat the P-bullies.

You can get the above printable, along with other fun freebies, like A Verse A Day For Braver Living from The Cure for the Perfect Life website. I love the verses because we sometimes need those reminders that we don’t need to be perfect, and we can live out our lives for Him just as we are. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes progress. We don’t need to be perfect, we are already fearfully and wonderfully made!

Kathi Lipp is the author of The Husband Project, The Me Project, The Get Yourself Organized Project, 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids, and several other books. Kathi’s articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, and she is a frequent guest on Focus on the Family radio and TV. She and her husband Roger are parents of four young adults in San Jose, California. Kathi shares her story at retreats, conferences, and women’s events across the United States. Connect with her at, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Pinterest.

Cheri Gregory is a Certified Personality Trainer; contributor to multiple books, including Wired That Way and 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids; and frequent speaker for MOPS groups, women’s retreats, parent workshops, and educational conferences. She is also a high school English teacher. Cheri has been “wife of my youth” to Daniel (her opposite personality), a pastor, for over a quarter-of-a-century; they have two college-aged kids (who are also opposites). Connect with her at, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Pinterest.

You can buy the book HERE, and you can read about the time I met Kathi HERE. 🙂

– Joyce

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