Where Will You Go from Here?: Moving Forward When Life Doesn't Go as Planned

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Has the unexpected knocked you off course? You lost your job to the latest round of layoffs. A relationship you thought would last forever, didn’t. A health challenge is disrupting your life. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but with the right attitude and skills, you can persevere through even the toughest situations—and emerge stronger and better than ever.
 
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Overview

Has the unexpected knocked you off course? You lost your job to the latest round of layoffs. A relationship you thought would last forever, didn’t. A health challenge is disrupting your life. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but with the right attitude and skills, you can persevere through even the toughest situations—and emerge stronger and better than ever.
 
Resilience to Get Through Any Challenge
 
In Where Will You Go from Here? Valorie Burton helps you navigate life’s obstacles and unexpected challenges. You’ll find all the tools you need to be resilient in the face of setbacks, now and in the future, including:
 
·   The Five Commitments that propel every successful comeback
·   Step-by-step guidance for restructuring your life
·   Strategies to unearth the courage you need for any situation
·   In-the-heat-of-the-moment words to combat negative thinking
·   Practical exercises to become better, not bitter, as a result of adversity
 
Packed with uplifting insights and powerful principles, this personal coaching resource offers the wisdom and  encouragement you need to think differently about your circumstances and take hold of the lessons God is offering you. As you experience the “post-traumatic growth” that comes only through adversity, you’ll be equipped to unleash a stronger, more authentic you.
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“Valorie Burton navigates us through the maze of life’s uncertainty with the skill of a GPS system placing us back on course. For those who refuse to live the rest of their lives stuck on the side of the road, this book gives guidance!”
—Bishop T. D. Jakes, New York Times best-selling author, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House

 “This compelling book offers a hands-on approach to recovering—and thriving—after crisis. Valorie Burton provides well-researched solutions, practical help, and many examples of real people who have faced dark times of adversity and come out on the other end stronger for it. In these pages, readers will find hope and answers for how to progress from a place of pain and setback to hope and abundant life.”
—Shaunti Feldhahn, best-selling author of For Women Only

“If you are in that ‘what now?’ place in your life, this is the book for you—filled with practical steps and profound principles to jump-start your comeback, but even more important, you’re repositioning for new levels of victory in your life. Valorie Burton speaks from experience as well as learned wisdom and offers the tools you need to master your life and get the results you desire.”
—Michelle McKinney Hammond, author of How to Make Life Work

“I’ve never seen such a clear road map to full recovery as Valorie Burton has so vividly drawn in this phenomenal book. She doesn’t just help you arrive at a better destination; she inspires you to savor the journey every step of the way. I’ll be using Where Will You Go from Here? with many of my coaching clients!”
—Shannon Ethridge, M.A., certified life coach, international speaker, and best-selling author of Every Woman’s Battle

 “In Where Will You Go from Here? my friend Valorie Burton offers a clear, concise, and manageable plan for dealing with the curve balls that life throws at you. If you open your mind to receive what she has laid out, you will be much more prepared to make the right choices at the right time.”
—Roland S. Martin, host/managing editor of Washington Watch (TV One cable network) and analyst for CNN and the Tom Joyner Morning Show

 “In her book Where Will You Go from Here? Valorie Burton has provided us with the perfect map for those times when we feel traumatized and can’t see the road in front of us. I am excited she has put her words of wisdom on paper. If an unexpected challenge has brought your life to a screeching halt, Valorie will help get you moving again!”
—Chonda Pierce, comedienne, author, and recording artist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307729767
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 815,921
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Valorie Burton is a certified personal and executive coach who has served hundreds of clients in forty states and eight countries. The founder of The CAPP Institute, she’s also the author of several books, including What’s Really Holding You Back? Burton has written for numerous publications, including Essence, Woman’s Day, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit her at www.valorieburton.com.
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Where Will You Go from Here?

Moving Forward When Life Doesn't Go as Planned
By Valorie Burton

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2011 Valorie Burton
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307729767

This Isn’t the Way You Planned It
When Your World Turns Upside Down

Life has a way of taking us by surprise. One day everything seems fine. You’re making progress toward your professional and financial goals, you’re finally getting in shape, you and your spouse are making plans for the future, and bam, you’re knocked senseless by some unexpected development. Suddenly everything you believed to be true about your life is in question. You’re disoriented. You’re scared. And you may feel as if you’ve landed in a foreign, lonely place.

My guess is you picked up this book because you know exactly what I’m talking about. Some unexpected turn in your life story has left you not only deeply disappointed but also unsure of what do to next. So my goal is to help you answer this vital question: where will you go from here? Whatever has sent your life plans careening off course—an unplanned career change, the death of a marriage, a health crisis, or something else altogether—I’ve written this book with your unique emotions, challenges, and destiny in mind.

As a personal and executive coach, I have worked with many clients around the world, and one thing I know for sure: when you ask the right questions, you get the right answers. The answers you are looking for will require you to be honest, open, and courageous—courageous enough to rise to the challenges you face despite your fears. I believe you can do it.

And I will walk with you every step of the way—from helping you assess where you are now to encouraging you to confidently step onto your new path and to pay it forward by serving others with your newfound wisdom.

In the following pages you’ll encounter people who, like you, have smacked up against painful and unexpected challenges, yet they’ve found a way to not only recover from their setbacks but actually press through adversity to find a better path for their lives:

• Roland was on track in his career when he suddenly lost his job. From there life became a downward spiral: divorce,
medical emergency, and bankruptcy fell like dominoes over the next two years. In his own words, he’ll share how he
made a seemingly impossible comeback. Better yet, he tells how his setbacks propelled him to higher heights than he’s ever reached before.

• Jacqueline was a twenty-eight-year-old mom, recently separated, when she was blindsided by a devastating seizure
that changed the course of her life, as well as her daughter’s. Her dark, lonely journey to recovery lasted more than a
decade—but it yields powerful inspiration for your own journey as you discover how the setback that almost ended her life ultimately saved her.

• Claire was a successful forty-something woman earning a six-figure salary when she met and married the man of her
dreams—or so she thought. In the span of a year, she lost her life savings, her marriage, and her mother. How could
she navigate it all—and even recover from her losses—without becoming bitter or overwhelmed? The answer is one all of us need to hear.

• Kevin was an all-star athlete whose athletic abilities landed him a full-ride scholarship to college. But shortly after his
arrival on campus, a devastating accident left him paralyzed. So how is it possible that he could confidently pursue—and achieve—the full and satisfying life he’d always dreamed of ? The unforgettable story of Kevin’s resilience will give
you renewed hope for your future.

What does your own setback look like? Whatever it is you have experienced, I’m sure of two things:

1. Right now your life isn’t the way you planned it.

2. You have the inner strength to get through this—and to grow through this.

How can I be so sure? Not only have I coached numerous others onto their own path to recovery, I have also personally learned from my own setbacks that all things truly do work together for good—when we walk on in faith.

My Story

As a personal and executive coach, people often come to me for a life makeover. But at times I’ve had to coach myself through my own makeover—forging into new territory, allowing my authentic self to emerge, and embracing
frightening uncertainty with hope and faith. I understand what it feels like to have your world turned upside down and your dreams crushed, to be headed down a path toward the future you’ve long planned—and find yourself knocked completely off that path. This isn’t the way I planned it, I thought to myself as I reached for my third box of tissues, my eyes red, nose stuffy, and face puffy. I stood bent over the kitchen counter, sobbing in desperation. So used to feeling in control of my life, I was suddenly and completely not in control.

This can’t be happening to me, I thought. This can’t be the end. But in my spirit, I knew it was. As that reality sunk in, my sobs turned into wails—uncontrollable and loud. If you’d been in the room, you would have recognized the unmistakable sound of grief that accompanies death. In this case I was mourning the death of my marriage. Reality overwhelmed me in wave after wave of sadness and uncertainty. I felt betrayed and fearful.

I knew what I had to do. But when you find yourself lying on a bed of thorns, remaining as still as possible seems less painful than attempting to extricate yourself.

As I sunk into utter misery, I was suddenly consumed by the fear that I might be having some sort of breakdown. I needed someone to hear me, to validate my despair. I picked up the phone and called my mother. She knew what I was going through, but she had never heard me like this. I couldn’t get any words out, just sobs and gasps for air.

“Valorie?” she said anxiously. “What’s wrong? What happened?”

“I can’t stop crying,” I finally muttered. “I feel like I’m going crazy. I feel like I’m losing my mind.”

If I expected commiseration and comfort, I was in for a surprise.

However, I should have known that my mother—a woman who has recovered from serious physical, financial, and family setbacks—wouldn’t let me wallow in my misery. Looking back now, the situation reminds me of a scene in one of those old black-and-white movies where a panicked woman (that would be me) starts sputtering nonsense, her words coming faster and faster until finally someone (that would be my mom) slaps her across the face to bring her back to reality.

“You’re not going crazy!” she declared. “You’re human and you’re in pain. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. The enemy wants you to say you’re losing your mind. You’re not. Now go into the bathroom,” she said firmly. “Wash your face, and then go take a walk. It’s a pretty day outside. Call me when you come back.”

My mother’s jarring words rang with truth. After some deep breaths, I felt just a glimmer of hope—a sudden uplifting of my soul. Sometimes, a glimmer of hope is all you need to take that next step forward. That step, for me, was a simple declaration: “This will not destroy me. I believe God, and in the Word He says He is with me wherever I go. So I will walk through this fire, but it will not consume me. It will not. On the other side of this, I will be a better and stronger woman.”

Your Recovery Begins Today

That day my mother reminded me of an important lesson—our first guiding principle for facing a setback: “I will not feel sorry for myself.” I had been knocked out, but her words were my wake-up call. Of course, it wasn’t the last time I cried, but I never again cried from that woe-is-me place. In that pivotal moment, I chose faith over fear.

Today I want to help you make the same choice and embark on your own road to a better tomorrow.

It may be hard to believe now, but I’m convinced that on the other side of your difficult circumstances, something good is waiting, something better than you’ve previously thought or imagined. But to find it, you’ll have to surrender your will and allow God’s strength and grace to guide you.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (nkjv). This truth gives you something to fiercely cling to when a setback pushes a dream so far out of reach that you start to lose hope. To the outside world, your hope may seem delusional. But that’s when faith is most critical. That’s when you are called to believe in the things “not seen.” That’s when you must choose to trust God to give you the desires of your heart, in His timing—or to turn your desires toward something ultimately better.

God may restore everything you have lost—or He may open your eyes to a new life, one filled with greater purpose and fulfillment than you can imagine at this moment. Our definition of success often differs greatly from His. If you’re willing to let God realign your life to match His definition of success, you’ll be able to view your setback not as a disappointment or failure but as a positive part of His plan to mold you and shape you according to His perfect design.

Tempered by Trials

Successfully recovering from a setback is not just about restoring the externals you may have lost—such as the job, the money, the physical ability, or the relationship—or just regaining your footing on the path to your goals. It also involves strengthening your inner resilience.

The essence of resilience is your ability to effectively navigate adversity and courageously face whatever life throws your way. Though you may be bruised and battered by challenges, your spirit still soars. In fact, you choose to believe that you can become a better, richer person because of your experience.

You may be familiar with tempered steel or tempered glass—elements made stronger by repeated exposure to heat and cold. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary cites one definition of temper as “to make stronger and more resilient through hardship.”1 This is the opportunity your current setback offers: to have your character strengthened by the heat of battle so you emerge not only victorious but also forever changed for the better.

You may feel as if you’re just hanging on right now, trying to survive. But I want you to do more than survive. My goal is to help you eventually thrive. So this book has two parallel goals: first, to help you rebuild the aspects of your external world that have crumbled, and second, to help you gain the tools you need to not only navigate current setbacks but also to deal effectively with future surprises—because we know that change is the one constant in life on a broken planet.

Despite our best plans, earnest preparation, and good intentions, the truth is we don’t have as much control of our lives as we like to think we do. You will inevitably face other challenges in the future, so why not embrace the opportunity now to gain skills that will help you recover more quickly next time? If you can grow through this difficult
season, expanding your character, faith, and wisdom, then the journey you are on right now may just be one of the most important turning points of your life.

The Journey Matters as Much as the Destination

A central theme in this book is embracing the process, not just the destination. Please don’t rush through each chapter in an effort to get answers. Instead, let the words speak to you, prompting insight and reflection, transformation and hope.

We’ll begin the journey together, right where you are—in the ditch of uncertainty, reeling from whatever unexpected shift has taken place in your life. Then step by step, as the pages turn, I’ll help you get your bearings, determine your next steps, and begin walking a path toward a positive future.

The principles outlined in this book are rooted in solid biblical principles and proven research in the field of positive psychology. While traditional psychology, especially since World War II, has focused primarily on fixing what’s wrong with people (a crucially important endeavor), positive psychology focuses on what goes right with people. What is it
that makes us happier? more resilient? more fulfilled? Recent discoveries in this area offer some compelling and extremely practical advice for how to navigate major life challenges and come out on the other side a happier and wiser person.

In my own graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, I was excited to discover that so much scientific research aligns with the ancient wisdom of the Bible. I used these strategies to navigate the unexpected turns in my own life; and in each chapter, I will give you practical steps to craft your personal comeback out of unwelcome  circumstances, whether your challenge is in the area of finances, work, relationships, health—or has impacted multiple aspects of your life.

Each chapter includes further guidance in the form of coaching exercises to increase your confidence, help you draw on your strengths, and deliberately propel you toward progress. Please don’t skip these exercises! Only through deliberate, thoughtful action will you generate real change in your perspective and your circumstances.

In addition, all along the way you’ll be inspired by real-life stories of resilience. You’ll hear from people who have been paralyzed, lost their jobs, been forced into bankruptcy, endured painful divorces, lost their homes and hundreds of thousands of dollars, endured the death of a spouse or child or both—and yet somehow not only survived but eventually thrived. They were able to move forward—and to discover the fulfilling life God had planned for them.

As I spoke with these individuals who have endured so much with tenacity and faith, I gained perspective on my own setback. In fact, I began to view my own experience less as a setback and more as an opportunity to learn and grow. I realized that my life experience had taken me to emotional and spiritual depths I would never have reached other-
wise. Would I have chosen to go through it? No. Am I a better person because I persevered and bounced back? Absolutely.

My sincere hope is that, one day, you’ll be able look back and say the same of your own experience. I’m planting the seed of hope because I know this to be true: “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, nkjv).

Don’t try to figure out how it’s going to “work together” just yet. Simply believe that it will and let God guide you forward, step by step.

Continues...

Excerpted from Where Will You Go from Here? by Valorie Burton Copyright © 2011 by Valorie Burton. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Tools To Get Through A Crisis

    Where Will You Go From Here? by Valorie Burton is written by one who experienced many deep hurts in her personal life. Her honesty in revealing her experiences is refreshing. So what knocked you off course? Have you lost your job? Does your spouse want a divorce? Do you have health problems where healing seems no where in sight? This book is for you. Life does not go according to plan, but with the right attitude and skills, and the hand of God, you can get through the toughest situations and emerge stronger than ever.

    The author provides a road map to navigate your unexpected challenges. She teaches the hurt to ~

    ?assess the damage, seeing your circumstance clearly
    ?determine what got you to this place, and can you change anything in your life
    ?conquer negative thinking
    ?find stability and strength
    ?learn to receive help
    ?seek Divine direction
    ?with God, we have everything we need to find our true self
    ?design your comeback
    ?determine what is holding you back
    ?reclaim your joy
    ?how to grow through trials
    You are not alone. The many testimonies of overcomers peppered throughout this book will bless you and give you the need strength to come through your fire. I was so pleasantly surprised to read two testimonies shared by women I know. What a blessing! If you counsel, are in the ministry, or are a life coach, you must get a copy of this tool to use or share. Each chapter contains thought-provoking questions which will help the reader in finding solutions to their situations. Whether you are in the middle of a crisis, or know someone who is, you will want to purchase a copy. This book will be released June 21.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    What an inspiration!

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    This is a review of "Where Will You Go From Here?" by

    This is a review of "Where Will You Go From Here?" by Valorie Burton. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read for me because I did not participate in any of the chapter questions. I recently went through a health crisis and used a lot of these techniques to help me through the tough times. Although it was a review for me, it was good to get the reminders. The Resilient People Know sections in each chapter were good recaps of each chapter's topic. It is obvious to me that Valorie Burton is well aquainted with her topic and has used these techniques in her own life. The Triumph Over Trials stories at the end of each chapter were very inspirational.




    I would recommend this book for anyone facing one of life's trials.

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

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    We all have less than desirable events that take place in our li

    We all have less than desirable events that take place in our lives so I was excited to receive Where Will You Go from Here? in hopes that it would provide simple steps to overcome trying situations. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to stay focused on what Ms. Burton was writing. At first I thought it was because I wasn't going through a particularly difficult time at the point of reading the book, but the further I got into it, the worse my wandering mind got! I was highly disappointed and have a hard time recommending this book to anyone else.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    Wonderful, inspiring book!

    Where Will You Go from Here? Moving Forward When Life Doesn't Go as Planned by Valorie Burton is a fascinating book! I received this ebook for free from Blogging for Books with Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange of a review. I usually don't like books that are from a coaching perspective, but this book had a lot of good points. We all face different things in our lives that seem to throw us into a ditch. For me, I have faced that feeling a couple of times. I am sure I'll face it more in the future! I loved how she shared some real life stories at the end of each chapter. I don't know about you, but I love reading about situations where people were able to resume their lives after having a major setback. It is very encouraging to me. I know that God works all things out for the good of His people, but the inspirational stories in this book helped me to see how people are coming out stronger on the other side of a crisis. I loved that. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that is feeling down and out and doesn't know how they are going to pull themselves out of the ditch they seem to have fallen into. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    Very Thought Provoking Book

    Has the unexpected knocked you off course? You lost your job to the latest round of layoffs. A relationship you thought would last forever, didn't. A health challenge is disrupting your life. Life doesn't always go according to plan, but with the right attitude and skills, you can persevere through even the toughest situations-and emerge stronger and better than ever.

    Resilience to Get Through Any Challenge

    In Where Will You Go from Here? Valorie Burton helps you navigate life's obstacles and unexpected challenges. You'll find all the tools you need to be resilient in the face of setbacks, now and in the future, including:

    · The Five Commitments that propel every successful comeback
    · Step-by-step guidance for restructuring your life
    · Strategies to unearth the courage you need for any situation
    · In-the-heat-of-the-moment words to combat negative thinking
    · Practical exercises to become better, not bitter, as a result of adversity

    Packed with uplifting insights and powerful principles, this personal coaching resource offers the wisdom and encouragement you need to think differently about your circumstances and take hold of the lessons God is offering you. As you experience the "post-traumatic growth" that comes only through adversity, you'll be equipped to unleash a stronger, more authentic you.




    ~~I read this book very slowly as I was trying to take it all in and I learned quite a bit. I can't believe how long it took me to finish it though because of chapters that were to me dragging along. Overall a slow but thought provoking book.~~

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Great Book!

    I have really needed this book lately with all the difficulties I've been going through.Miss Burton gives you some great pointers on looking at life positively from a christian perspective.Throughout the book are stories of people who have been through difficult life circumstances and persevered. Miss Burton gives you five commitments to help you through tough times. The Five Commitments are: 1. I will not feel sorry for myself. 2. I will not stare at the closed door. 3. I will dig deep to unearth the courage I need. 4. I will direct my thoughts - my thoughts will not direct me. 5. I will choose to believe that all things work together for good

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

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    A self-help book that will really help the reader

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite

    Valorie Burton, a certified personal and executive coach, gives readers in Where Will You Go From Here? a clear and certain path to overcoming difficulties and tragedies that appear in all lives. At the end of each chapter, the reader is told that using the power of thoughts, words, actions, relationships, and prayers will help through bad times. Where Will You Go From Here? is Christian without being offensive as the author shares the stories of people who have been through very, very difficult times. Author Burton reminds the reader that setbacks are rarely isolated events, that most people experience multiple negative issues at one time. The key, she relates, is to learn from experiences so as to not end up in similar situations in the future. Valorie Burton advises the reader to listen to his/her intuition, assess what has happened in his/her life and get a clear perspective before moving on in the right direction. This is a book everyone should read and treasure!

    Where Will You Go From Here? is a self-help book that will really help the reader. It is well written and well organized and very easy to read, understand and use in daily life. Valorie Burton has included an invaluable coaching guide at the end for support groups or casual groups to use. She also cites the sources she used in writing this book, which tells of its authenticity. This is a book that should be in churches, libraries and especially in people's hands.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Great Read

    Have you ever found yourself in the Ditch? Fallen and can't seem to get out of it. Weather it be by a setback in life such as Divorce,Money problems or Health problems. Sometimes you didn't even see it coming. In this book she shares different things you can do to climb back up again and live again from your setback you have fallen into. She give different quotes,Bible Verses and also real stories from people who found themselves down and climb up again. I found this book to be very good and enjoyed reading it. I found myself taking notes and writing down the quotes and verses she wrote. If you have faced a setback or something that has totally blindsided you this is the book for you. You can choose to stay down or choose to get up and face the setback head on. Good book and read!


    I received this book free from the publisher for my honest review

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Great Book For the Current Economy

    Where Will You Go from Here? This book is by Valerie Burton she is a personal and executive coach. She writes in this book to people who have been in that moment when Bam!
    1. You lost a spouse
    2. You lost your job.
    3. You have a health issue.
    I am sure you have been there when the unexpected and unwanted event happens and you left thinking what am I going to do? We this author will help you with this. She will give you five commitments to follow. I am not going to lie they are not always easy commitments for example I will not feel sorry for myself. I know if you are like me you are thinking really, I have been there, there done that and bought that t-shirt. Through out the book you will find stories about the author's life (which by the way has been not bed of roses) and others. I have to say after reading about some of the stories I though maybe my problems are not so bad. This book is one that for me was a reminder more than fresh ideas. What I liked about the book is that the author reminds us to know that all things work together for good and to use your power of prayer. I found that she also had a lot of great Bible verses spread through out the book. I liked that at the end of the chapters she even has homework a section where she asks question and leaves space to write your answers. I like that on page 90 you also have character strengths a reminder if you will to take stock to see what you have and what you might want to work on. The book also has sections called You Have Everything You Need. It is exercises to get you going and in a positive way. I feel this is a very good read for the time we are in. I think at this stage in life I have read several books and done several Bible studies that are on this subject and this was it a good read when compared. It is my opinion this is great for those starting out in the job world and can not find a job and have those college bills piling in. I really believe it will help. I give this book 3 1/2 star. The way I rate my books are on a star system, one star is the worst and five stars is the best. I received this complementary book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my review. The opinions are my own in this review.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Helpful Book to Help you Get back on track

    If you're finding your life is not where you thought it would be, or you were going along just fine and then "wham", something happened that knocks you off track...this is the book for you.


    Valorie Burton is personal coach who has had her own difficulties in life and has overcome them and gone on to reach her full potential and goals. In this book, she shows us how we can do the same thing.


    There are questions in each chapter to help you establish your goals, figure out where you've been and where you're wanting to go. There is also a wonderful, inspiring story at the end of each chapter to give you hope that there are people who have gone through great difficulty and yet have gone on to reach their goals and have purpose in their life. She also uses Scripture from the Bible to show you how God has a purpose for your life and that He is with you.


    This book is very good and I highly recommend it...especially if you are looking to get your life back on track

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Not what I was expecting

    I do not feel this book is meant for Christians. I mean, it should not be categorized as Christian. This book does not seem to be Christian to me.

    In the modern world where the term "Christian" has almost come to simply mean people who hang paintings on their walls with the word "faith" written in the sky, I have become very leery of just accepting the statement that something is "Christian". The reason why I find the book very NOT Christian is because with in the pages the reader can feel better about themselves and hopeful about God's future for them without any mention of Christ! This is a HUGE problem. There are a few problems which I will address in this review which sprout off of that, and maybe only one positive thing I see in the book, which is why I only rate it 2 out of 5 (and that very graciously).

    One of the first problems I noticed with the book is the verses which she takes out of context. She takes verses which cannot be fully understood without a knowledge of Jesus, and continues to apply them throughout the text without any reference to Him.

    With all of this said, if you pick this book up and are expecting great exhortations from the Word by someone who has been there, put it back down and pick up another one. If you are mature in your faith and want to read it out of curiosity, be careful, you may be able to glean a few accidental Biblical principles (which is the only positive), but don't expect a truly Christian worldview.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    More than just the big crisis...

    When flipping through this book, the first thing that caught my eye was a quote by John Wooden which reads, "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." I loved that quote and it is really what most of the book is about. The author wants the reader to learn to get out of his or her own "ditch" by doing it the right way and not just leaping out of the ditch to land in something even more treacherous.The author leads the reader through steps using examples of tragedies and struggles in other people's lives with scriptures and better ways to think to get the reader out of the slump and get back on his or her feet.

    As I was reading this book and all the struggles other people went through, I kept thinking to myself, "I don't really have any major struggles." So, then I started thinking about the things that stress me out from day to day and I realized this applies to those as well. I can use the same steps here and make a stressful day with a toddler a better day or turn an incredibly busy day into a... well, still busy and stressful but I will have a better view of the situation while going through my day. I found myself constantly thinking of her five steps introduced in the beginning of the book just to get me through my day to day activities as a mom and realized how much easier it is. I thought this was a fun book with excellent advice!
    *I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    A Course In Resilience

    One thing you can count on in life is that things don't always go according to plan. You can lose your job due to circumstances beyond your control. Health and finances can change in a heartbeat. Someone you love can leave without warning. What do you do when life deals you a devastating blow and you're forced to navigate a path you did not choose? During times of uncertainty, it's crucial to surround yourself with trusted advisors. You need to listen and learn from people who have walked down uncharted paths, navigated through murky waters, and grown stronger and wiser as a result of their experiences. You need a guide like Valorie Burton by your side. In Where Will You Go From Here, Valorie teaches you how to be resilient in the face of any challenge life may bring your way. The author arms you with the attitudes and skills you need to overcome adversity, and equips you with the same tools she shares with her personal and executive coaching clients. Need encouragement? You'll receive first-hand inspiration from ordinary people who have survived one difficulty after another as they candidly share their experiences and lessons. Need wisdom? You'll appreciate the biblical principles that are liberally sprinkled throughout the text. Need a plan? The five commitments and journaling questions will help you to put apply the lessons to your life and personal situation. I really loved this book. I found it inspirational, encouraging, positive, and practical. It's a book I will keep and a book I will recommend to those in need. If you need a dose of encouragement and guidance during a difficult time - let Valorie be your coach! Disclosure: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Awesome! Highly Recommended

    Thought Provoking and Inspirational - This page turner is a book I began reading and found it very difficult to put down. I felt as though the author was speaking directly to me and that we had had a one-on-one discussion about the challenges I faced in both my professional and personal life. I kept the book at my desk and every morning before I began my workday, I would do two things: first, I'd say my daily prayer and secondly, I would read several pages from "Where Will You Go from Here?" Afterwards, I would be Motivated and Good To Go!

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Uplifting, Inspiring, Surprisingly Great! Quick Easy Read

    I wasn't really enthusiastic when I got this book from the publisher inexchange for this review, but I figured maybe I would learn something. It took me a day just to pick up the book, but once I got started, surprisingly it captured me! You will love this book. It is so easy to read, it flows smoothly like an emotional sweet story, and it makes sense! The author is a good writer and she knows how to keep your interest. She filled the book with emotionally touching stories that you can relate to and that can help you feel better about your own tough situation.

    The thing I loved most about this book was that it lifted me up. I have been in a bit of a depression for a while now, but this book reminded me that God is in control and that He has plans for me. So even if I think I should be in place A, God knows that place B is better for me. This book reminds us of the beauty of God's perfect plans and how we should stop fighting for our way and turn the reigns over to Him. When we feel like we can't go on living, God carries us and helps us past this one bump (even if it is a BIG bump) and He will turn things around for His children. This book was inspiring and uplifting! I definitely recommend it!

    The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that some Christians may not agree with this thinking or solution to life's problems. But if you believe the solution, this book will for sure lift your spirits.

    Disclaimer: i gave my honest review. I received this book from teh publisher but a positive review was not required. But this book got one anyway!

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Too Self-Helpy and Not Realistic Enough

    This book was a little self-helpy for my liking - with the perfect steps to turn your life around. The steps to make your life all peachy are promising a bit too much. Problem is they ususally don't work. Maybe it's that we never carry through with them, but I guess I just feel like we could use a little more inspiration or motivation. There wasn't enough to give me a kick in the butt.

    That said, the book is accurate about "when life knocks you down, you can still get up". Problem is, many of us don't want to get back up. But with time, it probably is true that life's ups and downs do make us stronger people. I wouldn't necessarily agree with the author's "better than ever" because realistically, some downs are just too HUGE to really get over or to ever consider a positive or to consider something gained.

    Disclaimer: Received this book from the publisher in return for this review. Not required to give a positive review, so I give this book 2 stars. Borrow it, not buy it.

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