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How do we keep going when life sends hard things our way: illness, financial struggles, broken relationships, and so many kinds of loss? Sometimes it’s hard to even imagine a way forward. When author Rachel Wojo’s dreams of a perfect life were shattered by a failing marriage and a daughter’s heartbreaking diagnosis, she learned that hope rises to greet us when we find the strength to take One. More. Step.
In her new book, One More Step; Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up, Rachel candidly shares her pain and empathizes with yours, then points you to the path of God’s Word, to find hope to carry you forward. Even when you’re tempted to quit, she’ll show you how to find the strength and courage to keep going. No matter what the circumstances, One More Step will teach you to persevere through out-of-control situations and gain a more intimate relationship with Jesus.
You’re not alone. So don’t give up. God won’t let you down. That’s a promise.
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2015
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Suzanne Eller, international speaker, blogger, and author of numerous books including The Mended Heart
"Weve all had situations in our lives where we just couldnt see how wed make it through another day. With this book, youll be encouraged and lifted up by Rachel, a friend who understands how to seek Gods strength and healing in the midst of the pain!"
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"This book is both personal and practical. Like our heavenly Father, Rachel is fluent in the language of pain. Anyone who has struggled or is struggling will find healing and hope on each page."
Jon Weece, senior pastor and lead follower at Southland Christian Church in Lexington,
Kentucky, and author of Jesus Prom
"When you sit across from Rachel in real life and look in her eyes, you see a woman who wants nothing more than to please and know Jesus and give him away. Her passion for God is as contagious as it is sincere and no doubt built from much time in the trenches of suffering with him."
Jennie Allen, founder and CEO of IF:Gathering, author of Restless and Anything
"If your life circumstances have ever left you full of fear, dread, or worry, then this book is for you. Rachel is the friend who has been through lifes cruel wringer and knows exactly how you feel. She gently shows you how to let God pull you out of the muck of life and point you back in the rightand righteousdirection. Encouraging and practical. This will be my new go-to book for hurting friends."
Karen Ehman, New York Times best-selling author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker
"Just when you think you cant go on, a friend whos been there offers you her hand. Rachel Wojo is a rare, beautiful writer who gets to the heart of the matter. In One More Step, Rachel writes honestly about pain but points to the beauty God wants to bring out of the broken places in our lives."
Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
"Rachel Wojos personal journey, insights from her walk with Jesus, and hope-filled words make One More Step an encouraging guide for every heart when lifes path gets rough."
Holley Gerth, best-selling author of Youre Going to Be Okay and What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days
"Where do you turn when life simply feels too difficult to even keep going? Told with both wisdom and honesty, Rachels story is equal parts heart-wrenching and encouraging. In the end, she offers a strong dose of hope for the hopeless and the strength to take just one more step."
Ruth Soukup, New York Times best-selling author of Living Well, Spending Less
"Rachel combines powerful biblical truth with very real everyday life. If youre looking for help to simply take the next step, you will find it here."
Sheila Walsh, author of Five Minutes with Jesus
Alison5 Stars Out Of 5A honest, vulnerable call to TRUST.December 22, 2015AlisonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I like that I cant put Jesus in a box. I like that he does the unexpected and the weird. I like that hed rather have some crazy lady crying and wiping his feet with her hair than have a normal foot washing. I like that he is unconventional and doing things that make me say, Is he allowed to do that? But then I remember he is Jesus, so he must be. I like that C.S. Lewis writes about Jesus being wild, not like a tame lion in the character of Aslan. I like that he gives babies to old people, who by all rights should never have gotten pregnant. I like that he does the impossible and the miraculous.
I like it until he does something that doesnt make sense to me. Or something that feels terrifying. Or asks me to do something that makes me want to run away and hide. Or until it is ME stepping out of the boat to walk to him on the water, not just cheering on someone else to do the brave act of faith. Then, my heart flip flops and I feel so afraid. The pit in my stomach grows and I wonder what on earth Jesus is doing. I wonder if I have an ounce of courage left to follow him into the pain of this next assignment. My enjoyment of Jesus wild side starts to turn to fear as I look at how hard things have become or what it might cost me.
It turns out Im not the only one who thinks about throwing in the towel or who is afraid of what the Lord asks of us. Rachel Wojo writes about her failed marriage. She married a Christian man, one who had aspirations of becoming a pastor. She did all the right things, with regular church attendance and showing up for everything she was supposed to. But in the end, she still ended up as a single, divorced mom.
Rachel tells about the painful, heartbreaking discovery of her sweet daughters diagnosis of a disability. She is honest and forthright about caring for a child with special needs. My heart ached to read the details of her daughter losing abilities and skills she once had, including her speech, and I along with Rachel had to echo, This feels too hard. Too awful. Too much.
In her book, One More Step Rachel shares openly about what it feels like to want to give up. We like that Jesus does crazy things, until he does things that we dont understand or hurt beyond words can say. Rachel shares about how the Lord asked her over and over again to trust him, to believe what is true about his character even when everything seems crazy. When things seem out of control, God is always in control. (42) We dont need to be afraid when things feel wild and when God is doing things that dont make sense. Redemption is God transforming crazy circumstances into beautiful blessings. (45) Rachel shares over and over again about the difficulties in her own life: death, divorce, disability. In the midst of the pain of these, she claims the truth that God is a good father. He can be trusted. Even when she feels afraid, she clings to the truth of Scripture, the truth of who Jesus is.
I think one of my favorite parts was when Rachel shared a story of treating herself to a root beer out of a vending machine, only to discover a startled bird came out instead! She could hardly believe what her quarters had produced! She uses this analogy as she shares about a prayer she prayed in response to the Lord asking her to trust him. In a season where she felt totally inadequate, stuck at home with her kids, and very introverted, the Lord asked her to show up and trust him to use her. She said yes, telling the Lord she was willing.
Okay, Ill do whatever you want. You can have all of me--the cracks, the pieces, the fragments. The divorce, my moms death, my daughters terminal illness, the negative emotions, and the blessings of today. I give it all to you. Even the leftovers. But if you want me to tell others about you, then youre going to have to bring the people to me. Youre going to have to tell me what to say. And youre going to have to show me what to do
But one particular day, I noticed an extra busyness centered at the front door of my home. The UPS man. Neighborhood children. Piano students and their parents. Twenty seven people visited our house that day.
And toward the end of the day God whispered, I brought them to you...
He beckons you too. The assignment? I dont know the details, but its something you may not necessarily have wanted. A role that wasnt part of your childhood dreams. A task that you dont want to do. An assignment for which you have been chosen and now the Lord is whispering to your heart to sign the dotted line. He affirms your heart with words similar to these: I know you wanted a root beer. But I have something so much better than that. (159-160)
Rachel quotes Elisabeth Eliot saying, We never know what God has up His sleeve. You never know what might happen; you only know what you have to do now. (158)
How different it feels to look at my life with anticipation rather than dread. When I am trusting the Lord with my life, I can believe that good will come out of the horrible. When I believe that he is good, I dont have to be afraid when crazy things happen that dont make sense. I can expectantly ask what my assignment is and ask for the help to accept both root beer I want and the bird Im still not quite sure about.
As Christmas approaches this week, I dont want to miss the crazy, wild God who offers restoration to the broken bits of my life in the flurry of activity and the familiarity of the Biblical narrative of Jesus coming. I dont want to miss that this isnt just a story of a baby being born or miracles that happened way back when. This is the story of who God is. He is the one who comes into our mess. He is the one who does the impossible and crazy. He is the one who loves us and invites us into an adventure of redemption.
We dont have to be afraid. Our life may be more painful than we imagined and more frightening than we can handle. The story doesnt end here. We can trust him, whether we get birds or root beer. We cant put the Lord in a box, but we can trust who he is. The Lord isnt done doing unexpected, wild, crazy, loving things for those he loves.
"Who said anything about safe? Course he isnt safe. But hes good." C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
*I recommend Rachel Wojos book. It is an honest, vulnerable call to trust in the Lord when circumstances are painful and overwhelming. Blogging for Books has provided me with a complimentary copy of One More Step, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement born out of exerienceNovember 18, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an encouraging book! Wojnarowski starts off by reminding us that based on Psalm 88, God longs to listen to our sad songs, our heart's cry. God would rather hear about your bad day than not hear from you at all. God understands our feelings and our need to express them. Even when we don't understand His plan or miss the lessons He wants us to get, we are in a good place when we are desperate for Him.
This is a good book for people who feel crushed. Perhaps all your friends have left you. Wojnarowski gives you permission to ache freely. She understands. She shares her own story, weaving into it lessons from Bible stories. She helps to identify misplaced hope. She helps you grasp how much God loves you. She knows about being in the desert, waiting on God, not understanding His plan. She's struggled to understand why God allows some things to happen and knows the difficulty of living in faith. She also knows about receiving and sharing God's grace.
This is a good book for people dealing with an overwhelming situation. She'll help you know how to forgive others when they let you down. She has suggestions for replacing negative internal chatter with truth, for getting rest, reaching out, finding joy, letting go of dreams, and more.
Wojnarowski describes herself as an example of brokenness that has been transformed into God's masterpiece an unfinished project. She has written this book as a spiritual encouragement born out of her own experience. I highly recommend it.
She has included important verses at the end of each chapter as well as ideas for practical responses to her teaching. There is also a four week discussion guide at the end of the book.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.