God Makes Lemonade: True Stories That Amaze and Encourage - eBook  -     By: Don Jacobson
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Thomas Nelson / 2013 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780849964411
ISBN-13: 9780849964411
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Do you know someone who needs some encouragement?  Perhaps that someone is you.

In When God Makes Lemonade, author Don Jacobson has collected real-life stories from around the world that show everyday folks discovering unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances.  Some are funny, others are sobering, and more than a few will bring tears of amazement.  But these true stories all have one thing in common: hope.

There's no question that life gives us "lemons," like issues with health, employment, and relationships.  But when those lemons become lemonade, it's as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot summer day.

It's true that in life "stuff" happens, but as you'll see in these stories, Lemonade Happens too!

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  1. USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lemonade For Sale {In Disguise As Hope}
    July 17, 2013
    Bess
    USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    You know the old adage {I'm certain you do}, ‘When life gives you lemons make lemonade'? Have you ever wondered if the lemons, the sour moments of your life, can be used by God's hand to make something wonderful, refreshing, & restorative? In the sunny yellow covered book When God Makes Lemonade: True Stories That Amaze & Encourage created by Don Jacobson, you will find a plethora of real situations where God makes a redemptive lemonade, of sorts, out of the moments that are much less than sweet.

    The first "lemonade" story is by Don Jacobson, himself, & tells about a desperate time in the woods of Oregon when a malfunctioning in his new hunting gun almost takes his life. The stories that follow {there are over 60 in all, each written by a different author} are equally compelling truths from each writers' life. Each story is an easy read, typically about 3-4 pages. God takes illnesses, grief, heartaches, accidents_ & squeezes until unexpected good comes out. It isn't easy to see the good in the sour disappointments & hurts of life, but this book has made me more aware to look about me for God's guiding hand, to hope, & to trust that He is present & working even in the midst of the lemons.
  2. Wichita, Ks
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A book of silver lining reminders
    June 24, 2013
    Blue Raindrop
    Wichita, Ks
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When God Makes Lemonade created by Don Jacobson is the latest book I've received from Thomas Nelson for reviewing.

    This is a really sweet book. It's a collection of true short stories, most of which are just a few pages, from a wide variety of writers.

    The one thing that all of the stories have in common is that in each one, God turned something bad into something that worked into good in the big picture.

    The stories really vary as to the circumstances_ but a lot of them are really major life events like injuries and accidents. But in each one, there is a silver lining that puts the traumatic event into perspective.

    It's an encouraging book, and I'm glad to see mention at the end that they are working to make this the first of a series.

    The only negative I can say about this book is that after a bit, knowing the theme_ you start to get a sense of doom in the start of each story. Because you know, something is going to happen. But every time, a rainbow follows.
  3. Plainfield, Indiana
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read!
    June 12, 2013
    JohnDeereGirl
    Plainfield, Indiana
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Title: When God Makes Lemonade: True Stories That Amaze and Encourage

    Author: Don Jacobson

    Date I Finished Reading: June 12,2013

    My Rating: 5/5

    I know from my own life that sometimes the hardest, hopeless, most painful circumstances in life often become God's greatest blessings. And that is what this book is all about. A compilation of 68 individual stories and testimonies, it truly is an excellent read.

    Each story you read in When God Makes Lemonade shows God's grace and wisdom as well as his love in the lives of those involved. Some of the stories made me laugh, some amazed me, some brought tears to my eyes, yet all of them gave praise to God.

    I would most definitely recommend this book, especially to those presently experiencing a trial or struggle. It is sure so inspire you as well as to strengthen your faith.

    Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.
  4. Southern USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great stories for encouragement
    May 30, 2013
    MuseReviews
    Southern USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Life can be tough. Really tough.

    One thing I've learned, though, is that if you look hard enough, something great comes out of pretty much everything....even the unfortunate stuff.

    This inspirational book of short stories, When God Makes Lemonade, takes you through life experiences of normal, everyday folks who have experienced God's super-ceding over life's "bad dealings." Don Jacobsen brings together 68 common stories with a supernatural theme: God's turning life's "lemons" into sparkling, satisfying lemonade in one way or another.

    A few of the themes and topics were a bit heavy, and even though they ended with a bright ray of hope and restoration, I still could not get past the sad beginnings.For the most part, however, the book's sharings served to encourage and uplift me in many ways.

    For the weary, for the disenchanted, for the downhearted, When God Makes Lemonade is a great reminder of the fact that God is ultimately in control, and that this world and all within it is temporal and fleeting.
  5. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An inspirational MUST READ book to give you hope!
    May 2, 2013
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When hard times strike, and they always do, it helps to share them with friends and family. Sometimes it provides wisdom when the answers we seek fail to come; sometimes it's a shoulder to cry on when grief and loss are too much for one pair of shoulders to bare the burden alone; other times it's to provide hope when the situation in front of us is simply too much for us to deal with. In the latest inspirational book that is slated to be part of an ongoing series, author Don Jacobson, is compiling those stories that show what happens When God Makes Lemonade from the lemons life deals us. These short stories written by real people teach us all and encourage us that even though we can't always see the good in our storms, God brings about life changing experiences so we might encourage and help others out along the way.

    Don Jacobson begins the book with his own personal story of just how God walked with him when his life literally hung in the balance. Picking up his shotgun and taking a spare moment to venture off into the woods to try it out, Don was more than amazed when his gun malfunctioned and he ended up shooting himself. Failing to leave word behind to his wife of his intentions, his only companion was his dog, Big Boy. Not knowing how bad things really were, he heard the voice of God guiding him along the way. What happens next is something you'll have to pick up the book and read for yourself.

    "The stories in When God Makes Lemonade are from everyday people who are surprised by unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour life circumstances. Why true stories? Because they give us hope, and in these difficult times, most of us don't need to be told to work harder - we're already working as hard as we can! What we need most is to be reminded that God is here working all things together for good.

    So if you're struggling beneath the weight of unemployment, depression, broken relationships, an unexpected death, or any of life's other difficulties, don't give up!

    Though the settings, names and outcomes are unique in each lemonade story, they all say the same thing - you're not alone!

    Yes, stuff happens in life, but so does lemonade, and when it does, it's as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot August day. May you find that kind of refreshment in the stories you read in this heartwarming book, and may God bless you with the courage you need to hold on." (Pg 18.)

    I received When God Makes Lemonade by Don Jacobson compliments of B and B Media Group and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. The best part about this book is that each story is unique and each one provides the reader an opportunity to walk in the shoes of each author and see what the long term result was. Too often we think that no one understands just what we're going through, but this book provides friendship in knowing we are not alone in our personal struggles. Sometimes it gives us perspective that others have it worse than what we are dealing with. The best part is the opportunity to share your own story on When God Makes Lemonade's website. Who knows maybe you're story will be published in the next book and the struggles you deal with now, will be used to help someone else who reads them find the light at the end of their own dark tunnel again. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
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