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Book Review: It's not supposed to be this way by Lisa Terkeurst

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

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.

Available from leading booksellers nationwide, such as C.U.M. Books, Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Wordsworth Books, PNA – As well as online at C.U.M. Books, Loot and Takealot.

This book was reviewed by:

Michelle Schafer

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a member of Grace Cov Church in Centurion. A mother to a beautiful 4 year old and love my family!

What drew you to read this book?

The book was given as an option to read on our ladies church group. I googled the book and it looked like an interesting read.

What impact did this book have on your life?

It has helped me to see that sometimes the circumstances we find ourselves in are of our own making, and maybe sometimes they are not as bad as we think they really are. We need to learn to hand over our troubles to God every time and not just the ones we think we cannot handle on our own.

In a paragraph, what is the main point of the book?

To know that the the troubles we face in our lives are there for a reason and we need to trust in God that he will pull us through them, even if we don't know why we going through that specific thing at the time. We shouldn't try doing it on our own but rather hand it over to Him and go through the trouble with Him and trust that in His timing He will see us through it.

Who would benefit from reading this book?

People who feel like they are not living the life they dreamed of or expected to have. Those who constantly feel like life has thrown them a curve ball and they've hardly managed to get passed the last one. Or anyone who struggles with letting things go and moving on.

Star Rating:


Published by Thomas Nelson and distributed by Struik Christian Media.

All comments are the reviewers own.

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