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.
Challenging the platitude that "God will never give you more than you can handle," TerKeurst (Uninvited) shares the deeply personal stories of her husband's infidelity and her battle with breast cancer to help readers rethink how to define disappointment. In tackling these tough topics and the themes of unanswered prayers and being hurt by the people one counts on for support, TerKeurst illustrates how disappointment can be essential to drawing closer to God particularly when God feels distant or silent. Though the book is Scripture-heavy, TerKeurst's breezy style allows for easy summations of her core points: "Eve's disobedience seems to point to the same struggle I have when I don't like God's plan: surely I can do this better than God." TerKeurst is now recovering, cancer free, after a double mastectomy and also working through her marital problems. For those dealing with life-shattering circumstances, Bible verses and chapter-ending "Going to the Well" sections (which include additional Scripture quotes, questions for discussion, and a prayer) will be a handy resource at a time when readers might be less inclined to pick up their own bible. Her transparency, wit, and spiritual insight make this skillfully crafted volume feel like time spent in honest conversation with a trusted friend.
I cried from page one through the epilogue. What wonderful wisdom and insight this author gives and it was the perfect time in my life to choose to read this book. The lessons seemed to be coinciding with my real life. At the end of each chapter was a place for self reflection. She brought the reader into her thoughts and forced you to take a look at your life and ponder yourself for a moment. Instead of it being just a great story, it was a great way to pull the chapter closer to yourself and be a part of the lesson.
after reading this book it reminded me that what i face painfully is a reason, God understands and cares, and he uses our dust(things that upset us) for making us stronger. thank you Lysa for writing this book it brought such encouragement to me .
EXCEEDED MY NEED
This book has God written all over it. I mean, it’s like He was sitting right there next to her when she wrote this. This met me exactly where I was and I thank God for it. But God also gave us a choice and I’m so glad that Ms. Lysa chose to release this to us.