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Breaking Up with Perfect | Can We?

Breaking up is hard to do, they say. Are we ready and able to be breaking up with perfect?

God showed me what a brutal companion Perfect had been.

I haven’t written in weeks. Our family has been very busy, to the point of being pooped right out. My kids are working. We had a visiting dog. A family wedding out of town. I taught a class in our vacation Bible school at our church. I met Rick Springfield (I should probably write about that, right??)

And I’ve been falling all over myself trying to do it all brilliantly with perfection. Look perfect.  Teach perfectly. Make crafts perfectly. Make the guest dog perfect. Act all perfect for Rick Springfield.

Breaking Up with Perfect

Seriously, don’t we know by now that Perfect is a tease? We can just about achieve it and we will exhaust ourselves trying, but it hangs out there just out of reach like a dangling carrot. We keep jumping at it, grabbing for it, but we can never quite grab it, can we?

Because Perfect isn’t real. We can’t be  Perfect. Only Perfect is Perfect. We set ourselves up to fail if we think we’re going to achieve perfection.

Amy Carroll in her book  Breaking Up with Perfect: Kiss Perfection Good-Bye and Embrace the Joy God Has in Store for You  says  “I write tasks on my lists that I’ve already accomplished just for the pure joy of checking them off!”  I do this. I’ve done it for years now. Some days we don’t think we get nearly enough done so it’s encouraging to see those things checked off our lists, even if they were already done when we added them to our to-do lists!

From Breaking Up with Perfect:

The book will help you:

  • Experience authenticity as the antidote for isolation.
  • Trade the Lies of Perfection  for the  Truths of God’s Love
  • End the pursuit of perfection, so God can begin His powerful perfecting work in you!

How does that sound? Pretty great, right? I would like you to read this book. If you’re anything like me, you need it. I have a fresh copy for one of you so please enter this giveaway by simply commenting on this post. It’s easy, free, and just might get  you this sweet and meaningful book! This comes at a great time when we moms (and dads!) are trying to purchase perfect back-to-school clothes and plan a perfect year.

Better still, Amy has started a study group for this book that you can find online!

Break up with Perfect with me!

signature Melanie in aqua color




About Amy Carroll: Amy is a popular nationwide speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is a regular contributor to Encouragement for Today devotions. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Amy lives with her husband and their two boys in Holly Spring, NC.Breaking Up with Perfect, Amy Carroll







Melanie S. Pickett, The Blog SpotThis post is part of The Blog Spot Network, a community of bloggers reviewing books and movies represented by The Blythe Daniel Agency. I have been provided a copy of this book to read and off  a review.  All opinions are 100% my own.


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  • Reply Karen August 9, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Love you book title and the cover is extraordinarily beautiful! Wish you all the best with it!

  • Reply Kathy Simmons August 9, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Would love to read this book.

  • Reply Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim August 10, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I homeschool. It has taught me that I am FAR from perfect! I’d love to read this book. Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Reply Chris Koehler August 10, 2016 at 6:03 am

    You always seem to be in a similar spot as me in life. Your blog always makes me think and says something I need to hear. Thank you. Sounds like a wonderful book.

  • Reply Melanie Falconer August 10, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Would love to read this book- the idea of trying to be perfect seems to get in my way of enjoying the beauty of an imperfect but blessed life!

  • Reply Kelly Smith August 10, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I keep hearing good things about this one! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  • Reply Donna August 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

    “Only when I end my pursuit of perfection can God begin His perfecting work in me.” Wow, for a perfectionist that sounds so scary, but God is the ultimate Keeper of all things in the Universe and knows what’s best for each of us. It’s learning to lean into Him and seeking His best and not selfishly pursuing what I perceive is perfect that always gives me peace.

    Sounds like a great book to help us focus on His purposes for us which ultimately gives us the greatest joy.

  • Reply Edith August 10, 2016 at 9:58 am

    This is my problem, especially with my job and blogging. I spend far too much time working on my writing because I can’t accept a word or punctuation mark out of place. It’s good to be thorough but there should be a limit, else we wear ourselves out. Would love to read the book.

  • Reply Lanna Webb August 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Perfect IS a tease!! I can totally relate! Need to read this book!

  • Reply Leah August 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Nice! This sounds like an AWESOME book! I’m definitely a self-proclaimed perfectionist. It was a REALLY hard thing to let go of. Learning that “done” was better than “perfect” was a tough lesson I still have to be conscious of.

  • Reply Schuyler August 11, 2016 at 7:49 am

    This sounds like something I really need to read. Thanks for the review and recommendation! ☺

  • Reply Kaleigh S. August 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Definitely something I need to read. Loved the review!

  • Reply Dori August 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

    This is a book I would love to read! Thanks for sharing Melanie!

  • Reply Jennifer Smusz August 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

    This sounds like a good read for my perfectionist personality! Only God is perfect!

  • Reply Jennifer Miller August 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    This book sounds “perfect” for me! Most of the time I’m my own worst enemy. Hope to read this soon!!!

  • Reply Dianna August 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I have definitely given myself a hard time over my need to feel like the perfect mom/wife/teacher… has taken a toll on me!
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  • Reply Donna Wilson August 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, just today I tried to be perfect thinking this is what would appeal to my friends…pride on my part. Then my husband mentioned I was striving for perfection at any cost, and I accomplish less because I spend too much time out guessing, doing or being what others want instead of being still and allowing my Savior to guide, lead, teach me His ways. Only in Him, will I find He works strongest in my imperfections.

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