1. It's Not Supposed to Be This Way
    It's Not Supposed to Be This Way
    Lysa TerKeurst
    Thomas Nelson / 2018 / Hardcover
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouragement, support & hope
    November 15, 2018
    K Fischer
    In her newest book, It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa TerKeurst speaks directly to readers who have experienced an unexpected life situation. She provides sympathy, support and encouragement while examining how we can move through these moments by leaning on God. At the end of each chapter, TerKeurst offers things to remember, supporting Scripture, reflection questions and a prayer. I love that she continually returned to God's word throughout the book.

    She is very real and vulnerable, citing many examples from her own life. Her personal situation circles mainly around her husband's infidelity, making it a little challenging to apply to my own experiences, but I still found the information to be very helpful in processing a few things in my own life. I appreciate that she doesn't pretend this will solve our problems. She acknowledges that additional help may be needed, but provides a realistic level of hope throughout.

    I have read several of TerKeurst's books, and this is by far my favorite. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for insight as to how to move through a challenging time in their life. Regardless of how big or small, her ideas can be applied to just about anything that we are struggling with.

    I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    It's Not Supposed to Be This Way
    November 13, 2018
    AmyL
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are some times when you receive a book and know that it was meant for such a time as this. Reading this book was one of those moments for me. Through sharing her story, Lysa TerKeurst reminds us that life is not a fairy tale just waiting to happen. Life is hard and full of disappoints. And yet - God still is good. I've been wrestling with that truth for a long while, and the pages of It's Not Supposed to Be This Way reminded me that I'm not alone on this journey. God is still moving when we can't see what the ultimate plan is. He provides us with hope through scripture.

    This book is for anyone who's ever felt like life isn't going the way it should. And don't we all feel that way sometimes in our lives?

    This book is refreshingly honest, acknowledging the hard while at the same time pushing us to trust God and see his goodness even in the hard. It's a reminder to fight for what we know is true. And to look outside of our expectations for this life and see what God wants for us in this life.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Best Book On Walking through Heartache
    November 13, 2018
    Shuana Huggins
    If you are in a place where life is falling apart and you are walking through something that you thought would never be the way it is then this book is for you. Lysa navigates this book with love and compassion. As you read you these pages you will know that you are not alone. Your it's not supposed to be this way may not be a broken marriage like hers was the principles of the book fit any life situation. The book has Eleven chapters with reflection questions, cling to statements from the chapter and a prayer. The book is not something that you will want to speed through but process. This quote from the Lysa summed the book up for me though it was in chapter two "Dust doesn't have to signify the end. Dust is often what must be present for the new to begin."
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Spiritual Truths vs Practical Help
    November 13, 2018
    stevensabby
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Who among us hasn't found her/himself staring in the mirror, broken in ways previously unimaginable, whispering, desperate to believe, "It's not supposed to be this way. Right?"

    If you're lucky, this hasn't yet been you. If you're honest, it already has.

    Lysa Terkurst's newest book tackles those moments: moments when life is indecipherable and unruly; when it is violent and downright cruel. Digging deep into her own life and experiences -- starting with the story of her own marriage falling apart and bringing the reader through to her cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy -- Terkurst's voice is honest and raw. There were places where I wanted to look away from what seemed too vulnerable and real. But her focus is true, and she relies on Godly truths to address the questions and anguish of "this life between two gardens."

    Each chapter ends with a section entitled "Going to the Well," where readers can pause to "Remember, Receive, and Reflect" on what was presented in the preceding pages, as well as a scripted prayer. For someone who has or is -- holding the pieces of their life in weary hands, it's easy enough to realize that sometimes someone else needs to give you the words to pray. The book ends with several pages that simply capture all the scripture used throughout. Passages and verses in their entirety, with references, I saw them and thought of all the time spent in other books, trying to find that one verse that I remember underlining in pink, toward the bottom of the page . . .

    She begins the book by issuing an invitation, really, to face life's disappointments with honesty and head-on. "The most tightly knit aspects of life snag, unravel, and disintegrate before our very eyes. And so we are epically disappointed. But we aren't talking about it. We don't even feel permission to do so or we don't just know how to process our disappointments. Especially not in Bible study or Sunday church. . . . If we don't open up a way to process our disappointments, we'll be tempted to let Satan rewrite God's love story as a negative narrative, leaving us more than slightly suspicious of our Creator."

    Terkurst's honesty and real-life/real-time anecdotes serve to make this book feel like a heart-to-heart that's taking place in messy buns and sweats over cups of coffee and, hopefully, cobbler of some sort. There was something else recognizable in this book, though, that while also reminiscent of a conversation with a mentor also made me pause.

    Although every truth that she expressed is true, there seemed to be a lot of "trust God," "remember God is telling you a love story," "God is using this for his glory and for your best," that would make me consider carefully who I handed this book to. For those of us who have grown up in the church, the church answers true though they may be are sometimes less than useful in our real lives. "I know I'm supposed to trust God, but HOW? How do I 'let go' and give this to him so I can sleep?" The practical steps that so many people whose lives have crumbled crave are missing.

    This is a book full of spiritual truth but not of practical help. It's a book of what to know and how to believe but not of what to do and how to behave. (This would, in no way, keep me from recommending it, but it would guide me in understanding to whom it would be most useful.)

    My grandmother died when I was in my early 20s, while I was living in a foreign country. I spent days wandering the city, thinking of her and weeping, and one day I went home and picked up my Bible. I felt lost. As I opened its pages, I remember saying, "This can't be right. This can't be the way it was supposed to be." It wasn't. It isn't. And Terkurst's book just might be the resource to help people find the truths they need to walk through it.

    *I was given an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    November 13, 2018
    EmP2416
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Having read Lysa's previous books, I had an inkling of what I was in for: Biblical expository, real life experiences and a down to earth style. What I didn't expect right away was for this book to change my view on hard times and suffering. Because of this book, my perspective on dealing with life's struggles--some of which may be life altering-- has totally changed. I'd say that makes "It's Not Supposed To Be This Way" a book we each should read sometime in our lives.

    Lysa not only shares her own personal struggles: from dealing with marital infidelity on her husband's part, to facing two challenging health diagnoses and her eventually learning that her life of comfort zome living was about to drastically change. I was moved by her personal stories, as well of those of close friends and associates who faced things some of us consider a nightmare scenario.

    I loved the imagery created and idea of "the life between two gardens," referencing the Garden of Eden and the Garden mentioned in Revelation. The idea is fleshed out in each chapter, and at the end of each, Lysa gives the recap of the high points of the subjects discussed, in a portion called "Going To the Well." This is further broken down into three subheadings: "Remember, Receive and Reflect." I found much great encouragement here, and it draws the reader to follow up with their Bibles to learn more about the topics discussed.

    Because of its timely topic and the sensitivity with which it is handled, I truly applaud Lysa for this book. Many lives can be positively affected by this journey, which will burn its mark on the hearts of those who truly take the time to invest in this read and apply it to study. I believe this would be a great group study book and could speak to those facing suffering and/or life altering situations. There is much wisdom, grace and perspective in these pages and I believe just about anyone can benefit from this book. Be prepared for your heart to be opened, dissected and healed by the Great Physician. Beautiful read!

    I received an early reader copy from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review and all opinions above are my own. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review.
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