Making Sense When Life Doesn't  -     By: Cecil Murphey
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Sometimes, life can feel like cleaning up your house--no matter how hard you work to clean the mess, tomorrow the clutter and disorder will reappear, and it needs cleaning again. In Making Sense When Life Doesn't: The Secrets of Thriving in Tough Times, author Cecil Murphey writes that while life's messes are unavoidable, it's how a person chooses to respond to the mess that matters. Readers will begin to view life from a new perspective and be better equipped the next time they are faced with difficult times.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 183
Vendor: Summerside Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1609362241
ISBN-13: 9781609362249
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Beloved author Cecil Murphey empowers readers to discover the good in every situation and to make life better because of adversities. Sometimes life gets messy. It's cluttered with too many demands. Companies downsize. Love relationships end. Trauma hits. When chaos erupts, every person has a choice to make--to decide whether it's the worst time of life, to find comfort in the way things used to be, to move on because change is forced, and then resent everything that happens, or to say, "This can be the best time of my life. I can try the things I wanted to do but never did." In Making Sense...When Life Doesn't, Cecil Murphey's compelling stories, hope-filled insights, and gentle encouragement move readers with messy lives to the stunning realization that life won't ever be perfect, but it can be good...even exciting

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"This book, I trust, will be a classic primer on overcoming the messes of life, a blueprint of how to navigate our lives with the least amount of scars and the most amount of achievement. Making Sense When Life Doesn't is a twenty-first-century template for your most meaningful life. Read! Learn! Enjoy!"
---Don Piper, co-author of 90 Minutes in Heaven

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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Making Sense When Life Doesn't
    August 11, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cecil Murphy in his new book "Making Sense When Life Doesn't" published by Summerside Press gives us The Secrets of Thriving in Tough Times.

    From the back cover: Life is messy, cluttered, disorganized.

    Companies downsize. Relationships end. Trauma hits. When chaos erupts, every person has choices. We can call it the worst time of our lives, wishing for the way things used to be and resenting the changes that have been forced on us. Or we can say, "This can be a positive time in my life. I didn't choose the crisis, but I can choose to learn through it."

    "Making Sense When Life Doesn't" is about making your life better-not in spite of, but because of the adversities you face. Life won't ever be perfect, but it can be good. It can be exciting_better than you ever imagined.

    Everyone is going to face chaos. Even God faced chaos; just look at Genesis chapter one, verse two. It is how we face the chaos that determines how our life is going to be. We can become bitter or we can face it, learn from it and grow. Look at what God did: He made Heaven and Earth, chaos hit and then He had to remake Earth. Some of our crises feel just like that. How do we cope with the tragedy, the trauma? Cecil Murphy tells us in real life stories. Mr. Murphy gives us short chapters that contain practical guidelines, with inspiration, motivation and application. They provide devotional material for refection, spiritual renewal, encouragement and hope. This is a book to give to all your family and friends. It will be a book that they will read and thank you for. "Making Sense When Life Doesn't" is a keeper.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Turning Tough Times into Treasured Life Lessons
    August 8, 2012
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    "Making Sense When Life Doesn't" addresses the secrets of facing chaos, tragedy, trauma, and adversity being faced in today's uncertain world. Award winning writer Cecil Murphey is no stranger to crisis and tragedy. He writes with compassion and understanding.

    Murphey offer sage advice, wisdom, and insight for learning from your hardships to go on to living a meaningful, significant, full life. He helps the reader be better equipped to get new perspective for facing the future.

    The short chapters can be used for chapters contain helpful challenges and practical guidelines for inspiration, motivation and application. They provide devotional material for refection, spiritual renewal, encouragement and hope.

    Making Sense When Life Doesn't," the Secret of Thriving in Tough Times," is an excellent resource tool for pastors, counselors, and lay leaders. It can be used to minister to the needs of your congregation, your clientele, or your peers? The cover design, format, and content of the book make it an ideal gift, and a practical encouragement when used in hospital visitation.

    A complimentary copy of the book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
  3. Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 7, 2012
    hannahetrotter
    Gender: female
    Making Sense When Life Doesn't covers issues that I think are relevant for each and every person that has ever lived. We all face circumstances and situations that are way outside of our control, not to mention outside of what we had planned. But it's how we face and even accept these circumstances that define who we really are.

    Cecil Murphey has certainly experienced trials in his own life. Much of what is in this book is written from things he has experienced first-hand, giving the advice found within a very personal feel. The book is written into very small chapters; most being only one or two pages, and would make for a good devotional reading.

    One of my favorite points that Murphey makes is in a chapter titled "Missing the Meaning". He quotes T.S. Elliot as saying "We had the experience but missed the meaning." It really made me stop and consider what circumstances in my life could I possibly be completely missing the meaning of?

    Whether you have been going through a tough time or if you have been seeking some insight into accepting with ease the curves life throws us, I recommend this book.

    About the Author:

    New York Times best-selling author and international speaker Cecil (Cec) Murphey has written or cowritten more than one hundred books, including the runaway best seller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold millions of copies, been translated into more than forty languages, and brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world.

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity agency. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts espressed above are entirely my own.
  4. TN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Tough Times Are Good for You
    May 10, 2012
    Emily Akin
    TN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Are you going through a rough patch right now? Maybe you've lost your job or you're having difficulty with a personal relationship. Whatever your situation, Cecil Murphey provides encouragement in this, his latest book.

    Murphey uses anecdotes from his own experience as a writer, pastor, missionary, and family man to analyze typical "bumps" in the road of life. The premise of the first chapter is: "Life is messy. I can't avoid the chaos, but I can choose my response to the crisis." In the forty-five remaining chapters, Murphey covers many common life situations. For example, I particularly appreciated the chapter on valuing what we have rather than grieving about what we don't have. "I don't need more things to be happy. I need to value what I have," says Murphey.

    Perhaps we need the unplanned, unwanted events in our lives to make us stronger and help us appreciate what's really important in life. The last chapter states: "I'm not who I used to be, and I don't know who I'll be at the end of my life. I'm an work in progress." I'm reminded of a friend's favorite quote, "There's joy in the journey." As Murphey suggests, the journey is what life's all about.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from author Cecil Murphey without any strings attached. I was not required to publish any review at all. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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