Take Your Life Back By Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop – Book Review

Take Your Life Back

By Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop

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First Person Narrative


200 Pages

About the Book (Back cover Blurb):

“I want to have better relationships . . . but is it all on me to fix things?”

“This person’s approval means everything to me. It’s like it controls me.”

“Why can’t I get free from this cycle?”

If you find yourself having these feelings, it’s time to take your life back. Through personal examples, clinical insights, and spiritual truth, Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop will show you how to

• overcome the habits and history that are keeping you down―and take new, positive steps toward change;

• heal from the hurts, setbacks, and broken relationships that affect you every day;

• develop better boundaries with others in your life;

• stop overreacting and start responding appropriately to any situation or circumstance;

• break the cycle of behavior that harms you and your relationships;

• find the freedom you have longed for.

Your past and current circumstances don’t have to define you, and they don’t have to determine the direction of your life. Take Your Life Back is the key to moving from reactive attitudes and behaviors to healthy, God-honoring responses that will help you live the life you were meant to live.

Why I Choose this Book: 

The book looked interesting, and I figured it would help me relate and be more understanding to other people. 

What I Thought About this Book:

Part 1, which was the first 60% or so went through a lot of different problems that people have, and what could have caused those problems. It was enlightening and made sense. Since I haven’t studied this type of thing a lot, a fair amount of the information was new to me, so it was interesting to learn about. Part 1 was about reacting: Why we react, how reacting looks, and the issues that come from reacting.

Part 2 was about learning how to respond instead of reacting. I enjoyed part 2 a lot more than part 1. It was great to see how they brought the Bible into the book and spotlighted the way we need to give our lives to God in order to make our lives work the way we’re supposed to. 

There were plenty parts in the book that I didn’t fully understand, but mostly I appreciated and agreed with what I read. The book ended with a chapter of what our lives look like when we’ve given control to God which was very hope-filled. 


This book wasn’t geared toward me, but I’m still glad I read it. I can see how it will help me understand people better. I recommend it to most people who have had trauma, abuse, or big issues in their past. 


I’m giving Take Your Life Back 3 stars out of 5, and 5 stars out of 10. 

*I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing*

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