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ReaderLas VegasAge: 55-65Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5Not a good readJanuary 17, 2020ReaderLas VegasAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Didn't care for this book. Seems to repeat the same thing over & over.
JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5His Way of Leading Us HomeNovember 21, 2019JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of the best Christian non-fiction / inspirational books I have studied this year! Lysa TerKeurst is a Christian woman, wife, mom, ministry leader, book and Bible study author who found herself in three major life crises in a short time. The situations highlighted in this book to show the power and love of God when we endure similar or entirely different circumstances that just weren't supposed to happen. Circumstances that He can and does use for our good.
The author takes us through her feelings and faith challenges she experienced as a result of those situations, and how she wrestled through with scripture, prayer, and reliance on the Lord. Her vulnerability is refreshing, her wisdom inspired by the Lord. "Disappointment isn't proof that God is withholding good from us. Sometimes it's His way of leading us home." (pg. 5)
Lysa doesn't mince words. She does not minimize the Lord in any way, rather, He is everything! She is honest, showing that bad things do happen to Christians even while believing that God is good. She writes in a manner that someone who has been a Christian for any length of time, whether new or seasoned, can grasp when in the midst of a trauma. There are stories of people from scripture, and parts of her own life. The wisdom imparted comes from serious wrestling in a walk with God through painful disappointments. I could see myself in some of her feelings and reactions not in circumstances like she was experiencing, but things going on in my own life. It isn't the situations that are front and center, it is how we can learn to respond despite times that simply weren't what that should have been.
Those responses may sound overly simple to those not going through a trauma but are profound to the person who is trying to put one foot in front of the other for one more day. There are two ways we can get through with God, or giving in to our flawed desires. One quote that is important is "We must set our minds and our hearts on things above by choosing to remember God's words, repeat God's words, and believe God's word about us." (pg. 65)
I listened to the audiobook and read the print copy while doing the associated Bible study (and purchased the e-book), and I feel it is a valuable resource to the person going through struggles or the friend of someone struggling through hard times. Don't compare the author's situations to yours; instead, compare your reactions, feelings, and responses. I very much like the writer's approach to seeking God, wrestling, praying, and getting into scripture. Our responses in times of crisis are vital to how we live our lives from those times forward.
Regarding the audiobook, it is read by the author. I felt in many ways as if we were sitting in her kitchen over coffee or tea from the writing style and simply hearing her word sin her voice. Why did I get three formats? Because some things I learn better by repetitive hearing. Other times it is easier to open the book and search for the relevant pages, including chapter endings of "Going to the Well", "Receive (a scripture)", "Reflect", and prayer. Back sections include scripture and helps for situations.
I highly recommend this unique and timely book to Christians who are going through trauma of any kind and want to know that God is still in control and appreciate solid biblical teaching.
SAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Disappointment is RealitySeptember 18, 2019SAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"It's not supposed to be this way." How many times have we all said it? And yet Lysa TerKeurst takes you on her own journey, through personal heartbreak, loss, and eventually hope as she sees the God of even her disappointment. Her honesty is refreshing since, as Christians, we often try to hide our hurts from each other.
I cried, chuckled, made a lot of notes, and came away feeling understood--like I wasn't a bad person for feeling sad, frustrated, or disillusioned; I am human. And the Lord knows me, every part of me, and interacts with me in love. As Mrs. TerKeurst explains, though our goal may differ from God's--we want to be comfortable; He wants us to be conformed--He can use any circumstance to bring about growth and ultimate glory to His name. Healing takes time, trust must be cultivated, but we are never alone--even when disappointment shatters our world.
Yes, disappointment is real, but so is God.
Ruthe Fonfrias5 Stars Out Of 5Very GoodJuly 26, 2019Ruthe FonfriasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lysa is an excellent speaker and writer. Very down to earth and addresses many situations and circumstances women find themselves in. A must read. I was part of a women's bible study group that read the book and viewed the accompanying CD.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Deeply PowerfulJuly 24, 2019MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a powerful book. I decided to review this because I heard Lysa speak on the subject of "between two gardens" and found it deeply intriguing.
This book is written from a very vulnerable place in in Lysa's life. She was in the middle of her marriage falling apart, cancer diagnosis and she didn't know the end of the story. If you follow Lysa at all you know God has brought her through and healed her marriage, but as she wrote this book she didn't know what would happen.
I love the illustrations that she uses to teach the reader her points. At the end of each chapters is a place to go deeper. Reflect on what chapter and answer questions about your own journey.
A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.