When Will My Life Not Suck? Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned
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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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"Sorry Mom! I know 'suck' is an ugly word! But I just had to endorse this book. Ramon shows you through his life what he does to live a vital life that doesn't...um...well, you know! If you've ever had that uneasy feeling that you're stuck in a life that's just plain hard, you need this book. It will lift your spirits and challenge your perspective."
Author of Self Talk, Soul Talk and Lessons I Learned in the Dark; Publisher Womensministry.net
"Ramon speaks truth from a sincere heart that has been there. He understands and knows how to communicate living through it. You will laugh and cry...and you will be better for it. Ramon actually answers the question he asks."
Pastor; Author of Resymbol: A Guide to Rethink, Redefine and Release the Church
Personal crises and disappointments have led many to the pessimistic conclusion that "my life sucks." Underneath the contemporary slang are universal and timeless questions about the human condition. People of every age, in every kind of circumstance have wondered to themselves and others: Will my life ever be better than this? Is this as good as it gets?
This book is an honest and compassionate look at the real struggles we face in a broken world where bad things do happen. Ramon Presson, a marriage and family counselor, describes his own significant personal struggles, including hospitalization for depression. Using the letter that Paul wrote to the Philippians from prison, Presson shares that hope and joy are possible even when life disappoints. Full of practical suggestions for how you can live with purpose and meaning right in the middle of your everyday struggles, When Will My Life Not Suck? is a hopeful treatment of human suffering from someone who has personally lived it and counseled others through the wilderness.
Presson's voice comes out boldly in every chapter. Every paragraph feels like the author is talking directly to the reader. He blends easy-to-understand teachings, entertaining wit, and genuine hope into each chapter. He backs his lessons with real-life examples and applicable Scripture verses. The book of Philippians is the foundation of his message, with numerous other verses from the Old and New Testament used to supplement them. His book breaks down common questions and fears (poor health, job loss, wayward children, lack of faith), and then builds up to the hope and assurance that Christians can find in God.
One problem I had with the book stems from Presson's bluntness; the title itself is very forward in its subject. Presson does not pull back from difficult issues, and some readers may be uncomfortable with his direct tone. Presson also tends to belittle other works. He cites a few books by other authors that he thinks are presenting the wrong message. These few times can come across as unprofessional. He does cite other works that he agrees with, but they are few. Support from other authors may have made his points that much stronger.
There are many books that promise hope to the reader, but few that actually follow through with it. When Will My Life Not Suck? is one of those books that really offers authentic hope and confidence. Presson guides each reader through hardships in his life and the lessons he has learned from them, as well as from his counseling work. He shows how real life can hurt, but how there is real hope to be found. I would recommend this book to any Christian who is struggling with finding his or her place in life. Todd Naevestad, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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