• When Making Others Happy Is Making You Miserable

  • How to Break the Pattern of People Pleasing and Confidently Live Your Life
  • By: Karen Ehman, Lysa TerKeurst
  • Narrated by: Karen Ehman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
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When Making Others Happy Is Making You Miserable

By: Karen Ehman,Lysa TerKeurst
Narrated by: Karen Ehman
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Are you overwhelmed by others' unrealistic expectations of you? Do you feel torn in dozens of directions as you try to make everyone around you happy? If you're ready to end the cycle of approval seeking, New York Times best-selling author and recovering people pleaser Karen Ehman is here to help!

When Making Others Happy Is Making You Miserable shares the refreshing, heartfelt lessons that Karen learned firsthand during her own journey of breaking free from people pleasing in order to live out her God-given purpose. Let Karen be your new go-to guide as you learn to successfully break the destructive pattern of people pleasing and start fully embracing the life God has called you to lead.

With equal parts humor and vulnerability, Karen explores why it's so easy to fall into people-pleasing behaviors and reminds us that we can't fulfill our divine purpose if we're too busy living everyone else's. She offers her timely advice for living with less overwhelm and with more peace and purpose, sharing words of wisdom that will help you:

  • Prioritize what God says above what other people think
  • Live your life without worrying about the opinions and expectations of others
  • Cultivate a strategy for knowing when to say yes and how to say no
  • Create and maintain healthy boundaries with the pushers, pouters, guilt bombers and others who try to call the shots in your life
  • Learn to navigate the tension between pleasing God and loving your community 

Join Karen as she encourages you to walk closely - and confidently - with our loving Creator, despite the opinions and expectations of others. It's time to end the people-pleasing game and finally enjoy the peaceful and purposeful life that you deserve.

A self-assessment quiz, memory verses, and additional resources are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

©2021 Karen Ehman (P)2021 Zondervan

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So many ahas!! Being on a boundaries journey for the past 3 1/2 years Karen helped me see more holes with action steps to continue on my growth!!! thank you ❤

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Life changing

This book is life changing. My sin was called out, but I know I’m forgiven. I have life changes to make, priorities to revisit, and confessions to share. I will now consider myself a recovering people pleaser.

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Warning: Extremely Christian!

The book had some really good things to say and she did add some research in there, but it is heavily Christian with a lot of scripture and the general point being to put God first in your life. I did not realize this book was even going to be a Christian one, but the narrator did a good job and she did have a lot of interesting personal stories and things to say. That being said, if I had known how much of it would be sermons, I would’ve passed on it.

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Just ok

I wanted to love this but it felt like other author’s book/ideas were re-written in her own words and she just added her life stories or examples. There were a lot of times I thought, “I should have just bought that persons (woman she references a lot) book instead.”

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Life Changing

One of the most profound books I’ve experienced in my life. And it came to me when I needed it most. Thank you, Karen.

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Putting it all in perspective

A great listen. Nice isn’t in the Bible, what? I’m humbled to have found this book, Now, putting the wisdom into practice.

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