This book review and giveaway are sponsored by Family Christian Stores. All opinions are mine and mine alone.
I don’t usually do book reviews. It’s not that I don’t like to read; reading is one of my oldest and fondest hobbies. I actually worked at a library when I was younger. No, my lack of reading is more of a time issue. My daily devotion and studying for a Sunday School class is typically all the reading that I can fit into a day. I do miss reading, and I always wish that I could add more of it into my weekly routine. I have always found reading to be helpful in focusing my mind or dealing with life events. When the opportunity came up to read the book You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado, I was immediately drawn to the title. I’ve shared the things we’ve been going through with my son over the past few months, and I’m still in a place where I feel like I can use all the encouragement that I can get. I started the book on the skeptical side; I wasn’t sure if the book would really tell me anything that I didn’t already know. I assumed that it would be a “Have faith and that’s it” kind of read. You’ll Get Through This is anything but. I found it to be encouraging, eye-opening, and emotion producing.
The book parallels Joseph’s life and how we can relate his life to unforeseen circumstances in our own lives. A good quote from the book that can summarize much of God’s work in Joseph’s life is “In God’s hands, intended evil becomes intended good.” Joseph’s story is just one of the many deliverance themed stories in the Bible, and it is a good story for those of us seeking deliverance from our own life circumstances. One of Max Lucado’s primary statements in the book is “It won’t be painless, it won’t be quick, but God will use it for good.” Of course, he’s speaking of hard life events. For those of us who are God’s children, we have to remember that no matter what we may lose, that we still have our destiny as God’s child. God is always there.
In the chapter “Stupid Won’t Fix Stupid”, Max Lucado reminds readers that hard times can make people turn to bad decisions. Bad decisions typically only make circumstances worse. We should always do what pleases God regardless of the circumstance. Even though we may feel far from God, He is observing us during these times. As the book states, “The reward of good work is greater work.”
One overlying theme of the book is to focus on God during times of trial. There are so many nuggets regarding this topic within the book that it is difficult to mention them all! The book discusses God’s times, His perspective, and how He uses trials for our personal training. One of the things that I pulled from the book is to always demonstrate gratitude to God and compassion for others. Personally, it is easy for me to become self-absorbed during times of trial. But that is not what God desires.
Paralleling the life of Joseph with my own life through the words of this book was very helpful for me. The book opened my eyes to incorrect ways that I have handled past circumstances. I will carry many of the concepts of this book with me through future trials. I hope that what I have read and learned will make me a better person.
I highly recommend You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado for anyone. If you haven’t faced a difficult life trial, then it’s coming. If you’re in the midst of a trial, this book contains wonderful reminders and encouragement. If you are in the position where you offer counsel to others, I believe that you will find many words of hope that you can give to others. I cannot think of anyone who will not benefit from reading You’ll Get Through This!
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