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It's Not Supposed to Be This Way
It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered | Lysa TerKeurst
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.
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A must read by this author. Full of scripture and truth.

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Pam.Kokomo
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Lysa‘s book Made to Crave was really helpful for me, and I listened to this because I knew she‘d walked a long, hard road the last few years and I wanted to hear her journey through it. As always, this book is saturated in Scripture and is written straight from the heart.

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The astonishing rawness, and realness in which Lysa talks about what she‘s faced in the last few years is truly inspiring.

MaggieCarr I got to see her in person on her most recent tour. Amazing what God has done through her and their marriage. 3mo
ssravp @MaggieCarr That‘s great! She‘s definitely one I‘d love to hear speak. It truly is amazing. (edited) 3mo
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OneCent76
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I am in a Bible study group and we are watching the videos that go along with this book. Disappointment. It's all around us at varying degrees. How do we deal with it? How do we learn from it? And where should we turn to get us through it? This is a pretty good book that makes you think of things you may not have.

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God loves me too much to answer my prayers at any other time than the right time and in any other way than the right way.

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A completely random find at the bookstore this week; I would typically never browse the Spirituality section. Sometimes the book chooses us, not the other way round.

Cancer has changed my family‘s life and this book has been good for my soul. 📖🙏

Crazeedi 💕😞it's hard 5mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I'm not religious at all & this book found me when I needed it too...i hope it brings you some peace ☮️ 5mo
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Princess-Kingofkings
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Out with the ugly and in with Scripture!

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Wow! This book contains amazing encouragement for people dealing with disappointments and struggles. Lysa doesn‘t hold anything back but makes it clear she‘s fighting big battles in her own life. She shares hope and help. I have bookmarked several sections I will revisit often. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

CouronneDhiver Wholeheartedly agree! 6mo
Alexander_Meng Bookly is that an app and is it for Android as well? 😊 6mo
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jenniferajanes @Alexander_Meng Yes, I think it is available for both platforms! 6mo
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I think this means that I need to look forward to sharing these opportunities with Jesus rather than anticipating that I have to suffer alone.

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Lysa is a meticulous author, one you can almost envision the paint strokes of each word in each sentence. She crafts her writing with a beautiful intentionality. I've happily devoured her works for years. In her latest book, It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, she returns full force, and takes the smallest of concepts, dust, and molds a masterful answer to "Where is God when...."

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Recognizing the kind of trigger situations is a painful part of navigating thru life.

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Encouraging compassion rather than criticism...💙 #itsnotsupposedtobethisway

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MaggieCarr
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I've had the great pleasure of reading 5 of Lysa's books, 'The Best Yes' is my favorite to date, but her newest one 'It's Not Supposed To Be This Way' definetly still spoke into my heart. Beyond grateful to spend last evening with my sister and friend in Kokomo hearing her share. "We are so quick to judge the quality of our lives and the reliability of God based on individual events rather than the eventual good God is working on putting together.

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Sometimes it isn't enough to choose to refuse to be pulled in by the world. Sometimes you have to realize that you are being attacked by Satan. Move along Satan, there is no chance of you undermining my salvation and I'm going to fight with all I have to encourage others to pursue eternal life. #itsnotsupposedtobethisway

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I love Lysa's transparency. She has the same feelings that I try to hide but she shares them in a book for the world to read. #ItsNotSupposedToBeThisWay #P31OBS

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MaggieCarr
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My electric blanket has been in more photos this week then people. We, my blanket and I, have a very dependent relationship- I turn it on and it warms me up 😆. My heart is being treated to some pampering too, thanks to the always lovely speaker of truth, Lysa TerKeurst. Hoping to meet her at an event next Thursday. Fingers crossed.

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so many eye opening statements are in this book ~ I'm turning the focus to my reactions rather than trying to control others

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making time to keep up with the Bible study video by Lysa Terkeurst and twine my rug ~ my Monday morning has begun with pressures #p31obs #itsnotsupposedtobethisway

Laura317 I loved her book, “The Best Yes.” I‘ve not tried her studies. Right now I‘m doing Angie Smith‘s “Seamless” study for the second time. 7mo
Princess-Kingofkings @Laura317 I did the Seamless study with Proverbs 31. I fell in love with Angie Smith. I had to read her book during that story so I could get to know her better. She is a scheduled speaker for the Teaching Series with this Bible study. I'm looking forward to hearing from her again. 7mo
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This is the type of book I would give to a Christian friend struggling with circumstances in her life. In fact I am thinking about giving it to my cousin with twin boys in the NICU, one of which is not doing well. 3.5⭐

Ashley85 I‘ve enjoyed quite a few of her books. 7mo
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#24in48 #24b4monday 2:05:16
It is not going as I had planned. Coming home a day early really messed up my planned schedule. Taking turns driving on ice last night, was not great, an 8 hour car ride turned into 10 hours.

TheReadingMermaid That's okay sweetie you still have lots of time to add to that. Double digits is a great number! 👍🏻😃👍🏻 7mo
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Rissa1
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Hotel lobby. Family around table talking. Me sitting in a chair reading. This is typical of my family gatherings.

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Finally someone who doesn't lie to us by telling us to fake it until we make it!

Laura317 Exactly! 7mo
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CouronneDhiver
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I love this author. She‘s experienced all kinds of pains (teen pregnancy, abortion, loss of a sibling, infidelity, major health crises, etc) and writes about disappointment with beautiful authenticity and wisdom.

If you‘re journeying through a hard time, read - or listen to - this!

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#Christian #NonFiction

Crazeedi Sounds like a book to savor 7mo
CouronneDhiver Yes! I went through it super quick, but I‘m planning to listen to it a couple times over the next few weeks (library loan). Really insightful. @Crazeedi 7mo
Crazeedi @CouronneDhiver this is a book I think I would like the audio version. I'm trying to up my use of audio, I have not acquired the habit of it yet. I think I have to be active to listen. If I'm sitting or lying down I'm afraid I'd fall asleep!😟 7mo
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justanothermusing I didn't even know she had a new book. Her books have helped me so much Unglued is so me. 7mo
sammisho @Crazeedi I love audiobooks, but the only way I can listen is if I am busy. Driving, doing laundry, dishes. Any mindless task. 7mo
Crazeedi @sammisho yes absolutely 7mo
CouronneDhiver She narrates this one herself, so it‘s extra special 👍🏽 @sammisho @Crazeedi @justanothermusing (edited) 7mo
Stacypatrice I just went to a two day event to hear her speak, teach about His word, and worship with a bunch of women. It was fantastic!! 7mo
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This is another reason I'll have a hard time finishing this book today... I want to post all the quotes! 🤦🏻‍♀️😆

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I'm hoping to read 50% and finish this before the year ends... TALL ORDER, for me. Very good and raw commentary, just very heavy for me to take in all at once. She is slowly starting to answer all of the questions and make right all of the accusations she's put forth so far in the book. 💚
#NetGalley copy.

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"The longer we ignore the feeling, the more we delay our healing."

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This boy of mine is trying my patience. Maybe I will gather some knowledge from this book to better help me control my annoyance levels.

readingjedi My daughter was pushing my buttons tonight with undisguised glee. I'm so glad she fell asleep before my patience ran out 🤯🤯🤯 8mo
Rissa1 My husband is finally home and I have locked myself in bbn our bedroom. 8mo
justanothermusing I reread unglued for this reason all the time. I need to pick this one up. 7mo
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bg_reads "But what if the victory is only in part how things turn out? What if a bigger part of being victorious is how well we live today? This hour. This minute." 8mo
bg_reads "We will never appreciate or even desire the hope of our True Love if lesser loves don‘t disappoint." 8mo
bg_reads "I want to assume that my definition of best should be God‘s definition of best. And that my definition of good should be God‘s definition of good. I want to write the story of my life according to all my assumptions. Therefore, it‘s impossible to escape the truth that I don‘t want to relinquish control to God. I want to take control from God." 8mo
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Starting this tonight. I got a copy through NetGalley and, for me, the holidays kind of make me crabby. I look around and want to be thankful but the back of my mind is thinking "this isn't where I wanted to be at this point in my life." I wanted to own a house. Work in a library or other book affiliated job. I never expected to have kids (or get married). I never expected to be living 900 miles away from my parents and family. I need this now. ♡

DivineDiana Hope it helps! ❤️ 8mo
bg_reads @DivineDiana she is so raw. She is laying it all out there. I can't wait to read the answers to all the questions she's raising so far! I'm loving it! 8mo
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I proudly welcome my mum and fellow book reviewer, Karren Hodgkins to the blog to review a book we both thoroughly enjoyed and has led us into interesting discussions. Over to her: This is a must-read… there are words of wisdom on every page, based on true realities of life Every chapter of this book is a combination of authenticity and truth.
https://moonglotexas.com/2018/11/13/guest-book-review-its-not-supposed-to-be-thi...

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