Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review: "You'll Get Through This" (Max Lucado)

Sometimes life seems determined to capsize the boat in which you've made yourself comfortable, secure, safe. Sometimes people or circumstances turn against you or betray you or forget about you, and you find yourself feeling abandoned. Sometimes you have no idea how you're going to press onward, and it seems like the easiest thing to do is just ... stop.

Stop.

You are not alone wherever you are, whatever you're going through. Even if nobody else seems to understand, God certainly does. Look there for guidance and comfort.



Author Max Lucado profiles the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis in the Old Testament in his (Lucado's) book You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times

Joseph, one of twelve brothers, motherless, with an oblivious father, had it rough. Sold into slavery by his own family, relocated to a place he'd never been and didn't want to visit, seduced by the wily wife of his employer, falsely accused of misconduct and imprisoned for it, forgotten about, and then, decades later, forced to face his treacherous brothers once again, this time in the position of power where he'd once been the weakling.

Maybe you've been there, felt that way before. Ever been hated and betrayed? Had to change your location or your job or your relationship when you didn't want to? Felt abandoned and completely alone? Been tempted to do something illegal or immoral just to fit in or forget or make the pain go away? Wondered whether anyone --- or Anyone --- was listening to you? Been mistreated, neglected, abused, or worse by your own family or friends?

Joseph's been there. Lucado paints a picture of a Biblical man who could absolutely relate to all kinds of trials, but who never lost sight of the fact that God was yet with him --- Immanuel (Matthew 1:23 NIV).

I finished this book in three days and was inspired and comforted by every second of the reading. I didn't always enjoy what Lucado had to say, but everything is Biblically based and grounded; I just don't always like to hear that I'm not the only one in the universe who's faced problems and trials before. Lucado's conversational tone and easy writing style make him a pleasure to sit down and read after a long day, first thing in the morning, or (even better) during a particularly challenging time in your life.

If you could use some encouragement, I highly recommend this book for your personal library.

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Title: You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
Author: Max Lucado
ISBN: 978-0-8499-4847-3
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1wpoc1l

Disclaimer: The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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