Jump Off the Hormone Swing: Fly Through the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Symptoms of PMS and Peri-Menopause

Jump Off the Hormone Swing: Fly Through the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Symptoms of PMS and Peri-Menopause

Jump Off the Hormone Swing: Fly Through the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Symptoms of PMS and Peri-Menopause

In Jump Off the Hormone Swing, Lorraine Pintus shares openly about the inner tension a woman can feel at certain times of the month between wanting to love her neighbor on one hand, and wanting to strangle her and shoot her ugly dog on the other. While many books discuss the physical and emotional symptoms of hormones, this is the first to explore in depth the spiritual aspects. Jump! is a mentoring book, not a medical book. The focus is on attitude, not anatomy. Lorraine shares insights from h

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  1. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Coping with PMS, February 5, 2011
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    Anne (Baltimore, MD) –
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    Before I had kids, I was generally pretty even keel through the month. Then, I had kids. And everything changed. I struggled with post partum depression after the birth of each of of my children. It subsided after I stopped nursing, but my hormones never quite returned to normal.

    I realized this year that I have really begun to struggle with PMS. Each month, I would find times when I couldn’t keep from crying. It was irrational. This year I have also struggled to exercise regularly–which I was able to do after my girls births. I began talking to friends about PMS and asking how they deal with it in their lives. One friend shared with me that she plans her week so that it will be less stressful and gives herself more room to breathe. But, other than that one friend, most women I talked to simply struggle with it like me.

    A few weeks ago, I discovered that Lorraine Pintus wrote a book titled Jump off the hormone swing: Fly through the Physical, Mental, Spiritual Symptoms of PMS and Perimenopause. I recognized Ms. Pintus’ name because she coauthored Intimate Issues and Intimacy Ignited with Linda Dillow. Both books are good resources for women about sex and marriage. Intimate Issues deals specifically with struggles women have with sex in marriage. Intimacy Ignited is a literal interpretation of the Song of Solomon and a guide to how we can love our husbands well physically. Over the years when friends have struggled with sex in their marriages, I have always turned to Intimate Issues for guidance about advice and encouragement I could give my friends. I was so thankful to discover Jump off the hormone swing. I felt very hopeful that it might give me some clues as to how I can cope with what is going on in my body!

    The day this book arrived, I opened it up and read the first page. I breathed in a deep breath of relief and surprise as I discovered that I am not alone! That pit–that horrible pit where I tell myself what a horrible person I am and what a failure I am–she’s been there! As I began reading the book, I found myself deeply enjoying it. Isn’t that ironic–I enjoyed a book about PMS?! Ms. Pintus mixes humor throughout her book that is engaging and lighthearted. She has the ability to speak straight and be both encouraging and convicting at the same time.

    She first addresses the physical things that we can do to help us cope with PMS. She then moves on to the mental symptoms. There’s even a chapter on ways we can stretch our brains and cope with stress better. Finally, she addresses the spiritual symptoms. She does not let women use PMS as an excuse for hurtful behavior towards others. She acknowledges how hard it is and then talks about walking through PMS with God. The final chapter is about the blessings and testimonies of women of how God has used PMS in their lives.

    After finishing the book, I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you struggle with PMS, I highly recommend reading this book. I hope it will encourage you as much as it has encouraged me. I now have a list of things I need to process and consider. I have some changes I need to make in my life.

    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Moody Publishing.

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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Take a Swing, June 29, 2011
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    Jody L. Gates (New York) –
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    When I asked Moody Publishing to send me jump off the hormone swing I confess I chose it for the picture on the cover, a woman swinging upside down on her swing. I thought I would be reading some ‘fluff’ about how to get through PMS and menopause.

    I was wrong.

    Author Lorraine Pintus succeeded in writing a well researched, well thought out book regarding the delicate subject of the cycle of life women experience beginning in their early teens. This book is filled with research from medical doctors, testimonies from the author’s life and 1,500 women she interviewed. Most importantly the book is grounded in the Word of God. It bursts with humor, taking the edge off a very important and serious matter, the effect hormones have on our lives as women and those who live with us.

    Pintus addresses the Physical, Mental/Mood and Spiritual symptoms faced by women of all ages telling us in her book how we can embrace what happens on a daily basis. The reader is encouraged throughout the book, in the midst of imbalanced emotions and raging hormones , to choose a Christlike reaction to everything we face.

    In her chapter Perilous Attitudes, I was thrilled to read what I have been trying to put in words myself for several years. As the mother of three daughters I have wanted to encourage them that

    Menstruation is a normal, natural part of being a woman. To hate the process that is intrinsically a part of me is in effect, to hate myself.”

    jump off the hormone swing is the best book I have read on the delicate subject of feminine issues. It covers many aspects of why we experience the highs and lows of changing, raging hormones, giving many helps and resources to see us through those times. Ultimately she challenges the reader to turn to God’s Word as the standard and compass for every issue women face.

    I highly recommend this book for any age girl or woman who wants help and encouragment in navigating the life of femininity God intended for every female.

    I received this book free from Moody Publishing.

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  3. 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    A very helpful book!, May 2, 2011
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    I heard the author on Christian radio and heard enough to know I wanted to own a copy of _Jump off the Hormone Swing_. It has been helpful as I learn more about how my body was designed by God. As the title says, it devotes chapters to the physical, mental, and spiritual symptoms of PMS & peri-menopause. There are short quizzes to take at the beginning of the three sections, plus lists of things to do or avoid to feel better when it’s “that time of month.” It is not a medical book, but written by someone who has “been there, done that.” I would recommend it whole-heartedly.

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