Reviewed by Darin Godby

I have been wanting to read US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships That Matter Most ever since it came out a couple of years ago. I appreciate the way Lisa Oz reaches out to discuss her own life (both good and bad situations that have occurred) and offer great insight and wisdom into how others can improve their own relationships.

Lisa breaks up her book into three main sections: (1) Relationships with ourselves, (2) Relationships in a more traditional sense, and (3) Relationships with God. As each section is dealt with in greater detail, I was stretched and moved to think deeper. There were many times I would stop reading to allow myself the opportunity to allow the thoughts to really sink in. I was encouraged to look at the many different ways people respond and deal with situations thus allowing me to become stronger and better in how I view relationships.

Lisa describes how all relationships have one thing in common no matter who they are with and that one thing is you. Also, oftentimes when something is wrong in a relationship or multiple relationships the common denominator is ourselves. How many times has a person caused a relationship to unravel because they were unsure of themselves, and said something or did something they shouldn’t have? If we want to strengthen our relationships we must look to change. Change can be difficult and painful and that causes most people to shy away from making the changes necessary to improve their relationships.

The stories Lisa shares throughout the chapters are worth the price of the book and are truly inspiring. Each chapter closes with many exercises for readers who want to practice the concepts they read about. I would highly recommend this book as I found it very encouraging and helpful.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Darin Godby, a active reader, husband, father and soon to be author.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Free Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.