Detours, Tow Trucks, and Angels in Disguise: Finding Humor and Hope in Unexpected Places

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Laughter and tears. Somehow they go hand in hand. Just when you’re in the midst of sobbing, laughter erupts. It’s in these moments of laughter and tears that we often find unexpected truth. In this heart-warming collection of true-to-life vignettes, best-selling author Carol Kent combines inspirational stories, hilarity, and sorrow to illustrate the joys and trials of life.

Sometimes God is where you least expect Him to be: “Sometimes months or even years after experiencing a ...

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Laughter and tears. Somehow they go hand in hand. Just when you’re in the midst of sobbing, laughter erupts. It’s in these moments of laughter and tears that we often find unexpected truth. In this heart-warming collection of true-to-life vignettes, best-selling author Carol Kent combines inspirational stories, hilarity, and sorrow to illustrate the joys and trials of life.

Sometimes God is where you least expect Him to be: “Sometimes months or even years after experiencing a life event, I figure out the why,” she writes in Detours, Tow Trucks, and Angels in Disguise. “As I view the situation in the light of God’s Word and ask Him to reveal what He wants to teach me—only then do I discover the truth He wanted me to learn.”

You’ll laugh and cry as you listen to God’s voice in the funny, poignant, and inspirational stories and situations that make life so worth living. And you’ll find yourself reflecting on the stories of your own life, seeing God’s grace at work in you. Tyndale House Publishers

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"Here is a winning book! It's for laity to read for inspiration and clergy to read for inspiration and sermon illustrations. The book's moods cover tragedy, hilarity, and all degrees in between. Excellent writing style; crisp, moving, and contemporary. I can't urge preachers and teachers too strongly to get this book. It's exceptional." — The Communicator, May 1997
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Meet the Author

Carol Kent is hilariously funny, biblically sound, and heartbreakingly transparent in person and in print. Founder and president of Speak Up for Hope (a prison ministry) and Speak Up Speaker Services (a speakers' bureau), Carol is the best-selling author of many books, including When I Lay My Isaac Down, A New Kind of Normal, Becoming a Woman of Influence, Speak Up with Confidence, Secret Longings of the Heart, and Tame Your Fears. She is an expert on public speaking, writing, and evangelism. Carol travels the world, speaking to tens of thousands each year at events such as Extraordinary Women, Vision New England, Women of Faith, THRIVE, and Women of Grace. Carol and her husband, Gene, make their home in Florida.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

PART ONE: WHEN GOD SURPRISES
     The Wrecker Driver
     A Surprise Ending
     The Atheist's Daughter
     No Solution in Sight

PART TWO: WHEN ALL YOU CAN DO IS LAUGH
     Big Lips
     The Dead Cat
     Living by the Book
     Husband for Sale
     High Drama at the Bank
     I Love Chocolate!

PART THREE: WHEN YOU TAKE A WRONG TURN 
     The Baby-Sitter's Lesson 
     Is Anybody Home? 
     The Policeman and the Purse 
     The Happy Mohawk Canoe Trip 
     No Place to Hide 
     The Man on the Bicycle 
     The Mouth That Roared

PART FOUR: WHEN GOD TURNS TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH 
     Lord, It's Father's Day 
     At Gunpoint in the Dress Shop 
     Sid's Homegoing 
     Two Fathers

PART FIVE: WHEN YOU DON'T LIKE GOD'S DIRECTION 
     Can You See the Angels? 
     Did You Know My Neighbor, God? 
     My Favorite Sin 
     Do We Have to Move-Again?

PART SIX: WHEN YOU WANT OTHERS TO KNOW GOD
     The Funeral, the Alcoholic, and the Preacher
     The Death Threat
     The Unexpected Confession
     Daisy's Best Advice
     The Unwanted Seat
     The Face I Can't Forget

PART SEVEN: WHEN YOU LEARN LIFE LESSONS FROM YOUR KIDS
     Mom's Medal
     The Power of Words
     Jonathan's Story
     High Heels and Tennis Shoes
     Daddy, Why Did Grandma Die?

PART EIGHT: WHEN YOU NEED HOPE
     Project 23
     Crossroads A Love Story
     Tiny Tim
     Afterword: What About Your Stories?
 

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