Making Sense When Life Doesn't
When I first picked up this book I expected it to be related to those really tough times in life when disasters occur -- deaths, terminal illness, physical and psychological pain. Sort of a "Where is God when Bad Things Happen" book. The kind of book you buy for a friend in crisis. I guess I had this perception from the title.
Instead, it is a book about everyday life -- coping with the daily challenges that clutter up my and block my vision of God's love and mercy. Yes, there are chapters that deal with the big crises, but I continually found myself learning great insights that help me deal with my daily frustrations. Murphey uses his life experiences to help the reader deal with jealousy, anger, regrets, forgiveness, pain. Between the pages of his personal struggles, I learned from the vast wisdom that accompanies a life of challenges.
This is not a book by someone telling you how to 'get over' the situation or 'buck up'. It is the heartfelt, gut-wrenching type of life lessons that cause you to examine parts of your life that you didn't realize were broken and open your eyes to the possibility of moving on as a stronger person.
This is a book I want to reread every year.
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author Cecil Murphey empowers readers to discover the good in every
situation and to make life better because of adversities.
life gets messy. It’s cluttered with too many demands. Companies
downsize. Love relationships end. Trauma hits. When chaos erupts, every
person has a choice to make—to decide whether it’s the worst time of
life, to find comfort in the way things used to be, to move on because
change is forced, and then resent everything that happens, or to say,
“This can be the best time of my life. I can try the things I wanted to
do but never did.”
In Making Sense When Life Doesn’t,
Cecil Murphey’s compelling stories, hope-filled insights, and gentle
encouragement move readers with messy lives to the stunning realization
that life won’t ever be perfect, but it can be good…even exciting!
Meet Cecil Murphey:
Cecil Murphey has written or co-written more than 125 books, including the bestsellers 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
(with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold in the millions and have
brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world.
stays busy as a professional writer and travels extensively to speak on
topics such as writing, spiritual growth, caregiving, significant
living, sexual abuse, and recovery.
Prior to launching his career
as a full-time writer and speaker, he served as pastor of Riverdale
Presbyterian Church in Metro Atlanta, as a volunteer hospital chaplain
for ten years, and was a missionary in Kenya for six. For
more information, visit www.cecilmurphey.com