Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected [NOOK Book]

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From telemarketers to traffic jams to twenty-item shoppers in the ten-item line, our lives are full of interruptions. They're often aggravating, sometimes infuriating, and can make us want to tell people what we really think about them. But they also tell us something quite important about ourselves.

The prophet Jonah's life was interrupted by a clear call of God that made him mad enough and scared enough to run in the completely opposite direction. Yet it wasn't really an ...

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Overview

From telemarketers to traffic jams to twenty-item shoppers in the ten-item line, our lives are full of interruptions. They're often aggravating, sometimes infuriating, and can make us want to tell people what we really think about them. But they also tell us something quite important about ourselves.

The prophet Jonah's life was interrupted by a clear call of God that made him mad enough and scared enough to run in the completely opposite direction. Yet it wasn't really an interruption. It was an opportunity for Jonah to be involved in something the likes of which the Old Testament world had never seen: national revival in a Gentile country.

What if Jonah had seen God's interruption for what it truly was—a divine intervention that held more adventure and possibility than any other thing he could have been doing at the time? What could have felt any better than being directly in the center of God's will?

Yet we play it that same way—always running from major pains and minor problems that just don't seem to suit us at the time. Who knows what we're missing by being so interruption avoidant? In this very personal account of  opportunities lost and lessons learned, popular conference speaker and author Priscilla Shirer shows how to embrace the amazing freedom and fulfillment that comes from going with God, even when He's going against your grain.

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"Submitting to the order God has in mind for us figures heavily in this sweetly narrated lesson on how to handle interruptions in the ideal life we make for ourselves. The author, who has written other spiritual guides, is a wife, mother, broadcaster, and minister who uses biblical stories, especially that of the prophet Jonah, to show how unexpected setbacks are God's way of redirecting us toward a destiny that is more suited to our true nature--and His will. Though many of these parables and lessons could drift into sentimentality, Robin Ray Eller's narration elevates them into the realm of memorable inspiration. Even with her youthful speaking voice, she makes a mature and appealing case for the author's message." 
T.W. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433673269
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 94,892
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)
  • File size: 913 KB

Meet the Author

Priscilla Shirer is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is also the author of popular books including A Jewel in His Crown, He Speaks to Me, Discerning the Voice of God, and One in a Million. The daughter of author Dr. Tony Evans, Priscilla is married to Jerry with whom she founded Going Beyond Ministries. They have three sons and live in Dallas, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Interruptions, Interruptions

Chapter 1 And Now for Something Completely Different 1

Chapter 2 Consider It a Privilege 15

Chapter 3 Story of Your Life 32

Part 2 On the Run

Chapter 4 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 46

Chapter 5 Slippery Slope 59

Chapter 6 Wake-Up Call 72

Part 3 Repentance at Sea

Chapter 7 Now What? 84

Chapter 8 A Fish Called Grace 95

Chapter 9 Making Change 110

Part 4 Second Chances

Chapter 10 There's More Where These Came From 126

Chapter 11 Rinse and Repeat 137

Chapter 12 Go to Ninevah 152

Part 5 Unfinished Business

Chapter 13 God on Our Own Terms 170

Chapter 14 The Many Moods of Jonah 186

Chapter 15 There's So Much More to Tell 198

Notes 213

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Excellent Book - don't wait to get it

    I am currently reading this with a small group of women from my church. I have found so many things that mirror what goes on with Jonah in Life Interrupted. It is wisdom for your life and for your soul. I can't wait for each week to read and talk about the next chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Great Book!

    I would highly reccomend this book. It makes you look at your life and the way you react to those interruptions we all encounter and how to better handle them. Very well written and easy to follow and relate. Great author!!

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Judging Jonah? Not after this book. I am Jonah.

    Unexpected interruptions in life and schedules...truly the story of my life. In writing Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected, Priscilla Shirer has practically written much of the story of my life. And she has never even met me! How is this?! Apparently my life situations and struggles are not quite as unique as I once thought. What a comforting realization. Of all of the books I have read in the past few months, I would say this one speaks most specifically to me. As a matter of fact, I believe that you may discover the same for yourself if you so choose to venture into the waters of Jonah's story as told by Priscilla. Jonah's story may be a bit familiar to most who have read the Bible or even heard Bible stories throughout their life. However, I have never read nor thought of Jonah's story in quite the way Priscilla Shirer presents it in Life Interrupted. For probably the first time ever, I actually found myself identifying with Jonah rather than judging him. Have unexpected, even unwanted interruptions come your way causing your life course to be frustratingly altered? Have you had a very large virtual fish swallow you in order to force you back on a path or mission you were trying to avoid and even run from? Then I share with you something Priscilla says on this matter, ".No matter how remote and relaxing, nothing fills the void of the abandoned purpose. Nothing feels the same anymore when you're running from God." Have you made a mess of your life in the past? Then, I echo a quote Priscilla shares by a lady named Carol Kent when she says, "My mess has become my greatest message." If you can say yes to any or all of the above, you may identify with Jonah more than you think. And you will definitely identify with Life Interrupted. Additionally, I would like to leave you with an encouraging and true reminder from Priscilla, "When we respond to our second chances by obeying Him with new determination, entirety, and abandon, His Word and work can do amazing things through us, enough to spill over into second chances for lots of others." Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Recommend--Another great book from Priscilla

    This book takes you through Jonah's journey and reminds you that life is full of interruptions. It is well researched. As with all her books/teaching she gives her own life examples that provide humor and inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Awesome book..great writer...super speaker

    Great book on how all our lives get interrupted..daily. How God can led us through those interruptions.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Recommend for Christians dealing with disappointments and frustration

    Author wrote with light hearted humor but scripturally true. As a mature Christian I personally did not experience an aha moment, just good reminders, but many ladies did find it very uplifting.

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