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I just finished reading Lysa Terkeurst book entitled “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way“. I chose this book as a part of a book study with a group of women from my church. This book did not disappoint.

I am familiar with Lysa’s ministry Proverbs 31 Ministries and I have heard her speak before. However, I have not read any of her other books.

This book tells the story of what life looks like when things don’t go the way we expected them to go. What does normal look like when your life is completely turned upside down?

Lysa has tremendous insight and encouragement in telling her own personal story for the benefit of everyone who reads this book. I found the book to be a treasure chest of wisdom and relief because I could relate so well. In fact, everyone can relate because we all have or will have messy experiences in our lives.

Unpredictable change can bring great stress in our lives and make us feel out of control. The truth is, we aren’t meant to control everything. We aren’t meant to have all the answers. In fact much of the time we must simply take a step forward in faith day by day.

We often want to avoid all pain, discomfort and inconvenience. The problem is that this is the stuff that creates our journey. The heartbreak, the pain and the stuff that doesn’t work out all leads us to discover, change and become stronger for the new normal in our lives.

This book is a beautiful yet “real” picture of disappointment and redemption that will encourage everyone who reads it. Life isn’t easy and is often messy but we must never view the entirety of our lives through the lens of only one moment. We must step back and view the whole picture of where we started, how far we have come and where we are headed.

This book was a joy to read and I highly recommend it as a “must read”.


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