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5 Stars Out Of 5
Helpful Guide to deal with difficult struggles
June 4, 2011
When Will My life Not Suck: Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned is written by Ramon Presson, an author, speaker, and clinically certified marriage and family therapist. This book explores the life of the apostle Paul to show how hope and joy are possible even when life disappoints. Through biblical and personal examples the author seeks to answer the question, "When will my life not suck?" This book helpfully explores anxiety, prayer, dealing with one's past and much more.
Mr. Presson throughout this book demonstrates not only that he knows the material he is teaching but that he has experienced the material to varying degrees in his own life, and takes to heart its message. Some books are good at offering theory while others in this genre lean towards offering to many practical suggestions without any sufficient grounding in the Scriptures. When Will My Life Not Suck thankfully is a book that combines biblical knowledge and practical experience wonderfully while at the same time pointing the reader to the person and work of Jesus Christ.
This book would be helpful to those who are struggling with anxiety, dealing with anxiety or wondering how to be content in Christ. At the end of this book the author invites the reader to think big because the believer serves a big God. In doing this the author sets the readers gaze away from themselves and towards the Cross of Christ. I encourage you to pick up this book and learn what it means to biblically deal with significant struggles in ways that bring glory to God.
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This is an interesting book, but some of you will have to get past the title in order to enjoy it. Try not to let that bother you, for if you've experienced pain & loss, heartache & frustration, despair & anxiety, then you'll find this volume helpful.
Presson gives his chapters some very clever headings that make you want to turn ahead and read them. Here are just a few examples:
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Dancing With the Scars
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Whenever Whatever Happens
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Content or Discontent: Choosing My Tent
Ã¢â¬Â¢ There's Rat Poop In my Corn Dog
The author uses many humorous anecdotes, most from his own life, to lead into the helpful advice he holds out to any who have lived in the school of hard knocks. I found that I identified with the author and he with me as I read through this book. You may wish to read it twice, however; the first time, read it quickly just for the sardonic humor, usually directed at himself; then read it again more slowly and absorb the thoughtful insights.
I only have the one disclaimer about the title (and I know Presson's addressed this before). When I was in the sixth grade, I used this word directly at a classmate sitting next to me. Back then (1969-1970) this word was definitely verboten. I got hauled into the principal's office, had to stay after school until my parents picked me up. When both of them were in the car, I knew I was dead. A severe scolding, mouth-washing-out and grounding later, I knew never to use that word again. It is with that unfortunate memory that I reluctantly took on this book. Thankfully, the author dissuaded me not to pan this book right off the shelf. Remember the old adage: don't just a book by it's cover (or title).
Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes only.