Thursday, August 27, 2015

Life is not Always What it Seems


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When some people love, they love hard. Pride and how you want things to play put in your life can become your downfall. These are both realities in the real world. We might know of someone who has these qualities. What's even more painful is knowing someone who has these qualities and they are gradually falling deeper and deeper into an abusive relationship, and the only way out is when they decide enough is enough. Bait & Switch by Lisa Carlson tells of true life events of falling in love with someone and in the blink of an eye you have to walk on eggshells to survive.




When you have the personality type of jumping into situations with both feet first, this could lead to magnificent experiences that you will never for get. Also, it could lead to earth-shattering lessons that will be forever remembered. Changing your innate personality is extremely difficult. So understanding why people do what they do is the best mindset to have while reading this book. Lisa Carlson goes into great detail about her view of life and herself before, during, and after surviving an abusive marriage.

We have all told ourselves  and others that we will not stand for any form of abuse. The first time it is displayed by our significant other, we are out the door and never looking back. But the reality is many people do not leave after the first red signs of abuse. Lisa's husband became abusive within seconds (figuratively) into their marriage. Being controlled  is a major aspect of abuse. If you have to ask for permission to go outside, to buy a drink at an convenience store, and can only talk to 5 friends through email; you are in an abusive relationship.

Lisa lived a loving, adventurous, and happy life with her friends and family before she married her husband. The idea of what marriage is and how it is suppose to be with the added complexities of religion clouded her better judgment.  It was not until life became a matter of living or dying did she make the decision that her and her two children had to escape. I would highly recommend reading Bait & Switch by Lisa Carlson. There are so many life lesson throughout this book that can be beneficial no matter what stage of life you are in.


 I received compensation in exchange for writing this review, but my opinions are my own.

7 comments:

Rachee said...

This looks like a good one. I will have to add this to my list of books to read.

Kerri said...

Interesting read! Seems like it will have some scary moments but from what I just read of your review, I'm glad that she decides to escape.

Amanda said...

I'm always looking for a new good read! This sounds like a very interesting read. I'm amazed at what love can make people do- even if it means staying in abuse.

Laura O in AK said...

This sounds like an interesting read, although maybe a little close to home for me. I've seen extended family members who are JUST like this with the bait and switch and it pains me to see their spouse excuse the behaviors.

Raya Fagg said...

Just downloaded this for my Kindle. I was reading the Outlander series and need something a little less heavy to sink my teeth into. Looks like a great read.

Joanne said...

Is this a true story by any chance? I've known a narcissist (a long time former friend) and it's not easy being involved with them.

Kim Croisant said...

I like your post title...if only our young kids of today knew that. I'm sure this book is a good one.