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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •
New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn’t turn out like they expected.
What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.
Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:
- Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
- Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
- Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
- Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
- Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God’s truth.
I know this author is a Bible teacher for a women’s ministry, so I shouldn’t have been surprised that this book is heavy on the teaching and light on story. I knew the broad outline of what was happening in the author’s life — ill health, divorce — and was interested in hearing how she was doing. But, honestly, I believe memoir would have been a better way to tell her story.
In this book, the author is so intent on teaching the reader that her own story takes a back seat. I would rather have heard more about her own personal struggle to come to terms with the circumstances of her life — what she is learning, not what we should learn. It was difficult for me to empathize with her because the moment she shares something personal, she is off and running with the lesson. That, or she bounces off the painful revelations into silly stories about her medical exams and therapy sessions. When I closed the book, those were the passages I remembered, because they were vivid and specific. I had hoped the entire book would have this vividness. Without it, and without the emotional depth her story should have, the book doesn’t have the impact it could have. I want to weep with those who weep, mourn with those who mourn, but the format of this book works against that desire.
In this genre, called “Christian Living,” authors often attempt to teach by writing in vague ways they hope will allow any reader to apply the lesson to their lives. So, for example, in Chapter 8, the author builds her lesson around a comment by a friend that upsets her. But the author doesn’t reveal what was said to her. How can I understand her overreaction without knowing what set it off? “In the particular is contained the universal,” James Joyce said. I wish more writers would take that to heart.
All in all, this book will satisfy fans of Lysa TerKeurst, as it’s written in her tried-and-true study format. But if you’re looking for an indepth story of one woman’s pain and how she is working her way through it, this is not that book.
About the Author
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited and The Best Yes. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718039858
- ISBN-13: 978-0718039851
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 969 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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