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When God Makes Lemonade : True Stories That Amaze and Encourage

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

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    When hard times strike, and they always do, it helps to share th

    When hard times strike, and they always do, it helps to share them with friends and family. Sometimes it provides wisdom when the answers we seek fail to come; sometimes it's a shoulder to cry on when grief and loss are too much for one pair of shoulders to bare the burden alone; other times it's to provide hope when the situation in front of us is simply too much for us to deal with. In the latest inspirational book that is slated to be part of an ongoing series, author Don Jacobson, is compiling those stories that show what happens When God Makes Lemonade from the lemons life deals us. These short stories written by real people teach us all and encourage us that even though we can't always see the good in our storms, God brings about life changing experiences so we might encourage and help others out along the way.

    Don Jacobson begins the book with his own personal story of just how God walked with him when his life literally hung in the balance. Picking up his shotgun and taking a spare moment to venture off into the woods to try it out, Don was more than amazed when his gun malfunctioned and he ended up shooting himself. Failing to leave word behind to his wife of his intentions, his only companion was his dog, Big Boy. Not knowing how bad things really were, he heard the voice of God guiding him along the way. What happens next is something you'll have to pick up the book and read for yourself.

    "The stories in When God Makes Lemonade are from everyday people who are surprised by unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour life circumstances. Why true stories? Because they give us hope, and in these difficult times, most of us don't need to be told to work harder - we're already working as hard as we can! What we need most is to be reminded that God is here working all things together for good.

    So if you're struggling beneath the weight of unemployment, depression, broken relationships, an unexpected death, or any of life's other difficulties, don't give up!

    Though the settings, names and outcomes are unique in each lemonade story, they all say the same thing - you're not alone!

    Yes, stuff happens in life, but so does lemonade, and when it does, it's as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot August day. May you find that kind of refreshment in the stories you read in this heartwarming book, and may God bless you with the courage you need to hold on." (Pg 18.)

    I received When God Makes Lemonade by Don Jacobson compliments of B and B Media Group and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. The best part about this book is that each story is unique and each one provides the reader an opportunity to walk in the shoes of each author and see what the long term result was. Too often we think that no one understands just what we're going through, but this book provides friendship in knowing we are not alone in our personal struggles. Sometimes it gives us perspective that others have it worse than what we are dealing with. The best part is the opportunity to share your own story on When God Makes Lemonade's website. Who knows maybe you're story will be published in the next book and the struggles you deal with now, will be used to help someone else who reads them find the light at the end of their own dark tunnel again. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    I'm not going to lie, I read the description for this book and I

    I'm not going to lie, I read the description for this book and I honestly didn't think that I would be interested. But, being the nerd that I am, I had to read it just to challenge myself, and because I loved the title.

    Ladies, and gentelmen?, let me tell you. I laughed, I cried, I made my mom read a story or two, and I finished reading this book feeling like a different person.

    I cried when I read about a father suffering the loss of a child due to miscarriage, I cried when a teenage girl was raped and her abortion attempts were thwarted THREE times. God spoke to her three times in a row. Can you imagine, hearing that still small voice in your heart the first time? A second? The third and final?

    I was brought to my knees when I read about a little baby girl who saved her family's life.

    Each story was full of emotion, and an overwhelming sense of peace and love for the Almighty Father. Over 40 stories of how God has proven, time and again, how He is always there for us, and loves us unconditionally. The "main author" even tells his story in the first chapter, and it is nothing short of a miracle. He was found after accidentally shooting himself, and just as he's about to give up, he's told "If you can make it to morning, you'll live." And just before sunrise a search party found him lying in the brush.

    This book was so well written, many of the authors are free lance writers themselves, and almost all of them are bloggers

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    I am disabled and have some serious back issues that I will now

    I am disabled and have some serious back issues that I will now have to live with the rest of my life, there are no more surgeries that the Doctors can do, my bones break for no reason, and I live in horrific pain every day. I do get in those slumps and start the ‘oh poor me’ and I thank God I chose this book to read and review. When God Makes Lemonade is such a refreshing, up-lifting and inspirational read, once you start reading it you will not want to put it down. I loved the stories from each individual. They will lift you up and give you the inspiration and faith to keep on keeping on. Never give up, keep that faith.

    Don shares his traumatic life event, which led him to write, and thank goodness, he wrote this book. There are stories that will tug at your heartstrings; I found that there some stories in this book that make my problems with my disability look minor. It is true that life can throw us some serious lemons, but as you will read the stories, lemonade can be made from them.

    I was given this book free by Thomas Nelson Publishing via the blogger book review program Booksneeze for an honest un-biased review, I did not receive and compensation for my review. I would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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