Friday, August 19, 2011

Too Blessed to be Stressed by Debora M. Coty

We all crave peace in our stressed out life. Debora has written this book “to help you rejuvenate your desperate heart by discovering simple-to-implement, practical ways to attain that peace we all crave.” (Intro.) The book is divided into four sections: time management, sense of humor, relationships, and faith.
Debora has a sense of humor and it shows as she delivers short meditations, making you laugh and then making you think, especially with the questions at the end of each meditation.
Housework? “Cleaning an occupied house is like combing your hair in a hurricane.” (18) Your calendar too full? She recommends an activities enema! (42)
She suggests you develop a sense of humor because “if you don't have humor, you probably don't have much sense.” (63)
Don't you think it was a woman on her way to the bathroom in the middle of the night who coined the phrase “wee hours”? (65)
How could I possibly give justice to her section on menopause and her way to thaw chicken in time for dinner?
She gives suggestions on how to deal with difficult people, the NIBs (Nuts In Batter). “Remember, even nutty lumps in the batter add flavor.” (122)
But her book is not all fun and laughs. “I've learned that real, honest-to-goodness peace is entirely dependent on our trust in God's sovereignty. That means believing He's in control of all the details of our lives, even if it doesn't feel like it. ...[W]e must realize that only when our trust is anchored in Him can we find peace.” (161)
Deborah has been an occupational therapist specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation for over thirty years. She has seen how women are vulnerable to specific maladies related to a stressful lifestyle. She gives a few simple stretching exercises to help women deal with the tension stress produces. She also suggests deep breathing.

Debora knows pain. She suffered two years of depression following six heart-wrenching miscarriages. (194) Reading the psalms was, for a time, the only way she could communicate with God. She has written several other books, devotions, on prayer, and fiction.

This is a great collection of short meditations based on humorous stories from life, her own as well as others. Yet each stories contains a truth to help the reader deal with stress. This book is a delightful read.

Debora M. Coty is a humorist, columnist, speaker, writing workshop instructor and award-winning author of over 100 internationally published articles and ten inspirational books. She has also contributed short stories and devotionals to numerous anthologies. Debora's passion is sharing her offbeat blend of humor and hope, wit and near-wisdom with of all ages. As a piano teacher for twenty years, she acquired the skill of auditory long-suffering and has helped countless people as an occupational therapist specializing in orthopedics for over three decades. Mother of two grown children, Debora currently lives and loves in central Florida with her husband and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway. Visit with Debora online at

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Barbour Publishing, 217 pages.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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