The Surprising Grace of Disappointment  -     By: John Koessler
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The Surprising Grace of Disappointment

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Jesus disappoints, but He never fails us.
We all bring false expectations with us to parts of life, even to Jesus. When Jesus doesn't deliver, we are disappointed. Koessler explains how these difficult experiences can be the best thing for us despite how much they hurt. He shows how disappointment takes our wrong expectations and sets them straight. And this is surprising grace--all the pain and frustration can bring us closer to Jesus.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Moody Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .44 (inches)
ISBN: 0802410561
ISBN-13: 9780802410566
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Disappointment is a feeling everyone knows well - failed relationships, buyer's remorse, unmet expectations. In a broken world disappointment surrounds us, but Christians know that Jesus will never disappoint us, right? Wrong. John Koessler explains how Jesus disappoints everyone. He never fails, but he does disappoint.

We come to Jesus with false expectations, demanding or expecting things he doesn't promise and then when he doesn't deliver we are disappointed by Him. But Koessler explains how this can be the best thing for us even though it doesn't feel good. He describes how this sort of disappointment takes our wrong expectations and sets them straight, bringing us closer to Jesus and into a deeper understanding of his very surprising grace.    

This book is a wonderful resource for people struggling with life's hard times as well as for counselors or pastors seeking to help others.

Author Bio

JOHN KOESSLER (D.Min., Trinity International University; M.Div., Biblical Theology Seminary) is Chairman and Professor in the Pastoral Studies Department at the Moody Bible Institute. He is author of a number of books including True Discipleship, God Our Father, and Names of Israel. John and his wife, Jane, live in northwest Indiana and have two sons.

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  1. Bucks County, PA
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    In Recent Years, God Has Been Teaching Me This
    July 21, 2014
    Beacon2Light
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    Age: 35-44
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    One of the lessons that I have learned admittedly late is that too often we pray expecting God to answer our requests our way. We get disappointed when His way is different than ours and His timing is longer than our desired end. If we would be honest, we want a way out rather than a way through, even if the way through is God's best for us.

    The Lord doesn't want us to have faith in an outcome but in a person. Yet we pray fervently for outcomes and get seriously upset with God or disillusioned when He doesn't do as we will. Is it that we forget that Jesus prayed for the cup of suffering to pass by Him and He didn't get what He wanted most? Unlike Christ, have we been insincere in our prayer that "Not my will but Yours be done?"

    Then there is our life's vocation. We plan, we pray and feel called or led to certain work or ministry. Our expectations are that we will be successful. Within our hearts and minds is an idea of what success looks like. Yet how many of us have come to a point in which we look back with disappointment? What happened to those dreams? Why didn't things turn out as you or I thought they should; as you and I dreamed they would?

    John Koessler dives deep into our disappointments and into the Word to unlock what is going on and why. He provides answers, encouragements and insights that are much needed when you or I feel like our lives haven't turned out as we expected or our prayers seem to fall on deaf ears.

    Is it okay to be disappointed with God? Can we complain to Him? What examples of the saints from the Scriptures shed light on our struggles? How do we process our pain and crises biblically to the glory of God and our ultimate good? Is God present and powerful in our disappointments? Do we see things the way He does or is that part of the problem that clouds our vision and fills our eyes with tears?

    This book is worth the reading. Perhaps it will help you to learn a bit earlier and easier than I did what God is up to with the surprising grace of disappointment. I pray that it is a big help to you and many others. To God be the glory.

    I have received this book at no cost to me for review purposes by Moody Publishers
  2. United States
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    February 4, 2014
    Irene
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    This book is a must read for every Christian. You will find hope and encouragement throughout the book. I happily gave this 5/5 stars! I would recommend this book to anyone who has recently dealt with a time in their life where something did not happen the way they thought it should. You may not agree with everything the author puts out there for you to think about but you will not be able to deny he has done his research. I liked the style of writing and the attitude of the author is definitely friendly and non judgmental. This is a book I would read again.

    I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  3. Bdale,IL
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    Seems like the perfect book to encourage a few very depressed and disappointed friends that I have.
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