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It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

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Lysa Terkeurst, Jolene Barto

6 Hours 8 Minutes

Thomas Nelson

November 2018

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Includes an audiobook exclusive interview with Lysa!

New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected.

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:

- Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
- Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
- Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
- Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
- Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth.

Reflection questions available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

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  • Janet D.

    A blessing during a sad time!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Very inspirational! Very encouraging!!

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  • Marisol L.

    A blessing. Thank you Lysa for sharing your heartbreak with us. It spoke directly to me in this difficult time I am being faced with. I feel your pain and I see your pain. Your vulnerable journey is inspiring. I love this book!

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  • Kim F.

    Marked moments of trust – Mark 14 “take this cup from me”; 2 Timothy 1-7 “Spirit of fear is not from god” 1 Peter 5-10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” The our father prayer Mathew 6 9-11 Matthew 6:9 is the ninth verse of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This verse is the opening of the Lord's Prayer, one of the best known parts of the entire New Testament. I liked this book. It is a little too much on the scripture for me, however, the author is enthusiastic and encouraging. I can just envision it being the type of book women sit around and discuss at their Sunday book club.

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  • Rhonda H.

    This was a great book. Very emotional. Much easier to listen to than to read.

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  • Cherise Bracken

    this helped me. love the book

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  • Rosemary D.

    The book was very interesting and captivating. However, the narrator was horrible. Too dramatic and distracting for me.

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