August 15, 2014

Review: You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado

You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times 
Author: Max Lucado
Genre: Nonfiction/Inspirational
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson


"You'll get through this."

"It won't be painless."

"It won't be quick."

"But God will use this mess for good."

"Don't be foolish or naive."

"But don't despair either."

"With God's help, you'll get through this."

You fear you won't make it through. We all do. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. In the pits, surrounded by steep walls and aching reminders, we wonder: Will this gray sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten?

In" You'll Get Through This," pastor and" New York Times" best-selling author, Max Lucado offers sweet assurance. "Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere." Max reminds readers God doesn't promise that getting through trials will be quick or painless. It wasn't for Joseph--tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned, forgotten and dismissed--but his Old Testament story is in the Bible for this reason: to teach us to trust God to trump evil.

With the compassion of a pastor, the heart of a storyteller, and the joy of one who has seen what God can do, Max explores the story of Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20. What Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good.

You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times is a truly inspirational book that everyone can benefit from at some point in life. Whether you have depression, are grieving a loss, or if everything seems hopeless, this book has answers for it all. Lucado is a renowned author of Christian inspirational and self-help books, and his immense experience and talent are evident on every page in this book. Using scripture mixed with anecdotes, the author gives the reader hope and shines some light into the darkness they're currently experiencing. The book is written in a conversational tone, so it feels like the author is speaking directly to you. The way he presents situations and problems - and how he speaks as though he knows exactly how the reader is feeling, what they may be experiencing, and goes about addressing those fears, questions, and doubts. The chapters were written so that each had its own theme, which makes it easy for those who want help and advice for a certain problem or situation to find exactly what they need without having to dig for it. For those readers who elect to read the entire book, it's a fast read because of the accessibility and conversational writing style. The author has amazing talent with inspirational speaking and it shows greatly throughout the book. I read the entire book and I know I'll be re-reading it for many years to come. I personally found the book to be exactly what it advertised to be and then some. I loved all the elements used in the book - they came together to create a refreshing and reassuring narrative. Very highly recommended for everyone - whether you suffer from mental illness, are grieving, or are just experiencing a rough patch - this book is like a calming and soothing balm to help you see things in a better light.

*A big thanks to the people at Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of the book for review!*

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