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When Will My Life Not Suck? Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned
New Growth Press / 2010 / Paperback
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In When Will My Life Not Suck? Ramon Preson takes a compassionate look at human suffering in a world where bad things happen. Full of practical suggestions and personal stories of everyday struggles, the author offers hope for those going through wilderness days.
"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."
"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."
Is This as Good as It Gets?
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.
Ramon Presson, M.S., a clinically certified marriage and family therapist for over twenty years, is the founder of LifeChange Counseling and the Marriage Center of Franklin, TN and also served as a pastor with a special focus in ministry to single and single-again adults for twenty years. He is the author of eleven books, including Beyond the Shadows: Discover Hope for Overcoming Depression, Intentional Choices: Discovering Contentment in Stressful Times, and Love Talks for Couples with Dr. Gary Chapman. He is also an award winning poet and a newspaper columnist. Presson lives with his wife and two sons in Thompson Station, TN.
When Will My Life Not Suck? asks the question that many Christians want to know an answer. The title of a book draws the reader in first. Ramon Presson's new book does just that. His book offers hope to those who wonder if their life is as good as it can be. Presson has more than twenty years of experience as a marriage and family counselor, as well as the author of numerous books about hope, stress, and relationships. His history, both in the office and in his own life, provides real support for everything he says.
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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