It's a Wonderful (Imperfect) Life
Devotional Readings for Women Who Strive Too Hard to Make It Just Right
It’s a Wonderful (Imperfect) Life is a collection of daily reminders that God wants and longs to relieve women from living in a continually overwhelmed state. There is a difference between “trying too hard to make it all just right (mental chase for flawlessness and impossible!) and “partnering with God for excellence” (enjoying quality in balance and not only possible, but reasonable.) We can reduce our unrealistic expectations about our relationships, bodies, work, dreams & faith.
Joan C. Webb, a life coach, also authored The Relief of Imperfection (2008), among other books. In her conversational, confessional style, Joan shares her own struggles against perfectionism and invites readers to join her in resting from that inner tug-of-war.
The truth is: People, circumstances, and projects do not have the capacity to be constantly flawless here on earth. Only God is perfect. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. And neither do our families, work, service, bodies, faith, churches and dreams. Isn’t that a relief?
Celebrate Your Imperfect Life
Armed with humor, grace and helpful coaching exercises, Joan delivers three minutes a day that will start women on an exciting adventure of celebrating life--imperfect though it may be.
Follow-up Book to The Relief of Imperfection
Q: You wrote the devotional book It's a Wonderful (Imperfect) Life as a follow-up to The Relief of Imperfection. What caused you to think it was needed?
A: When we decide to change our self-defeating "everything must be 'just right' lifestyle, it's not easy. It's tricky to dispel our misbeliefs we have about ourselves, others and God, so most of us need daily reminders and encouragement to keep moving forward even after we make a mistake. That's why I wrote the devotional book to follow-up to The Relief of Imperfection.
Q: How do you suggest we use It’s a Wonderful (Imperfect) Life in our daily routine?
A: It’s a Wonderful (Imperfect) Life offers 163 one-page devotions for competent, caring women who long to relax and celebrate life—imperfect though it may be. They are busy women, yet they want daily reminders that it is possible to cease “trying too hard to make it all just right.” They want to know that they’ll still be valuable people and that it will be okay with God if they slow down and relax their expectations. Each page includes a story, anecdote, prayer and follow-up Life Coaching question.
So I’d suggest that a new mom put the book by her rocking chair to read one devo at a time as she nurses or holds her baby. Another woman might keep the book with her Bible and read one story a day. Another might keep the devo book in the bathroom and read one every once in a while when she gets some private time. Another could tuck it into her briefcase and skim a devo during her lunch hour. Two women might make a pact to read a devo a week and then discuss it together on the phone on in an email. I invite each woman to just have fun with them and learn to chuckle at her own unique journey.