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With Joseph in the University of Adversity: The Mizraim Principles

With Joseph in the University of Adversity: The Mizraim Principles

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by Jerry L. Parks Th D.
The University of Adversity presents thirty-two timeless and life changing lessons for successful living, drawn from the discouragements and hardships of Joseph the Hebrew in Egypt (Mizraim). These principles cover topics such as effective parenting, money-management, personal relationships and prayer.

The University of Adversity is a 'how to'


The University of Adversity presents thirty-two timeless and life changing lessons for successful living, drawn from the discouragements and hardships of Joseph the Hebrew in Egypt (Mizraim). These principles cover topics such as effective parenting, money-management, personal relationships and prayer.

The University of Adversity is a 'how to' manual for practical living in a sinful world. These principles have been tried, tested and proven effective for nearly three thousand years, and are just as relevant today as they were in the life of Joseph. What worked for Joseph will work today.

Who will benefit most from The University of Adversity?

  • Parents--seeking sound biblical keys to teaching integrity and personal responsibility, and raising children with character and conscience in a troubled world.
  • Leaders--searching for dynamic models of how to influence and persuade those whom they serve--even through adverse circumstances.
  • Teachers--desiring to convey to students basic acceptable skills of proper conduct in a world gone wrong.
  • Students--in need of role-model exemplars to follow in a 'how to' survival manual for life.
  • You and I--hoping to be all we can be in our decision-making, workplace, prayer life, and the sorrows and hardships that we must all endure.

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    With Joseph in the University of Adversity: The Mizraim Principles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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    Guest More than 1 year ago
    If this book weighed what it was worth, it would certainly be a heavyweight! Like some others who have mentioned, I also read Rick Warren's book 'The Purpose Driven Life' hoping to learn some of the deeper principles of God. That book was good. I like this one much better. Why? First of all, I absolutely love the Joseph story. He is like a role-model for every young (or old) person to emulate. But this book isn't totally about Joseph. Oh yes, the whole story is in there, but Joseph is just a springboard for the life lessons the book illustrates. I really like the chapter on prayer and the creative little 'Prayer Prescription' that reads like a medicine bottle! (I am curious to read this author's new book on that subject that are emails!). There's another one on 'How to Ruin a Child' (Parenting). I have copied (oops!) these and given them to other moms--really cute. While you could almost call this a theology book, it is written in a user-friendly way, with homework. I would say the chapters about Parenting, and Leadership could almost be used by themselves to teach certain skills, and illustrate great scripture principles. The last chapter ('Life in the rear-view mirror') is a wonderful summary of how God really is in control and can weave our adversities into a life most beautiful. This final chapter nearly had me in tears. I do think this book is quite expensive. But be assured it's not only worth its weight, it's also real HELPFUL information to use in our life, and not just superficial 'plasticized' Christianity. And the Psalm of Joseph should have been a real Psalm--if Joseph could have written one, he'd have written this.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I'm a veteran teacher--21 years. I'm enjoying your book on Joseph. I was a teaching leader in Bible Study Fellowship for 7 years. Your understanding of doctrine is refreshing in a post modern culture. Thanks for spending the time to write the book. I'm giving copies to my children for Christmas!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    What a great Roadmap for Life! This book offers something for everyone! The author uses the life of Joseph to show how we should live our lives according to Scriptural principles. There are so many wonderful lessons! All the principles are shown through the life of Joseph in the Old Testament, and then the author explains them through other wonderful stories and lessons so that we can apply them to our own lives. This book is not just about adversity and getting through it. This book helps the reader AVOID adversity through living life more wisely.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book is a great roadmap for life! It has so many wonderful chapters about all aspects of life! There's a chapter in it that addresses almost anything you might encounter in your life, and by reading it, you can avoid some of the pitfalls that happened to Joseph. Principles taken from the Word of God, illustrated through the life of Joseph, and put in easy to understand terms by Jerry Parks! He illustrates the lessons with wonderful stories, as well. I highly recommend this book for everyone!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I outlined {for my book} nineteen priniciples that emerged from Jospeh's life...there are others in addition...which is obvious from your book. You are interested in principlizing--and do a good job at it!'
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    A fresh new look at Joseph. There are so many great teaching points in the book that I would like to keep a copy on hand for my own use. An excitng and practicial book!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    '...again, I can only repeat, the reader can't help but be hooked! The content is excellent, appealing strongly to the large readership engaged in self-improvement. The end-of-chapter sections are quite interactive and compel the reader's full attention...really excellent!'
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    'Thirty-two timeless principles' is an understatement of what With Joseph in the University of Adversity has to offer you. It is filled from beginning to end with ancient wisdom interpreted for the modern day. This wisdom flows from Scripturally sound teaching of the life of Joseph, Jacob's gifted son who awoke jealousy in his brothers and was sold by them into a life of suffering that his faith in God turned into triumph. Dr. Parks tells Joseph's story in terms of his overcoming thirty-two trials that can, and often do, occur in the life of every one of us. Dr. Parks uses these trials as starting points for Scripturally based and practically tested lessons in overcoming these trials in our lives today. The presentation of the principles is a marvel of organization. You can learn to deal with any of the trials by following it through the Scripture telling of Joseph's trial, through a lesson explaining what was going on behind the scenes in that Scripture, through a discussion of how that same trial can arise in our own lives, and through a set of clear and helpful recommendations on how to overcome that trial. The recommendations are followed by clear and helpful exercizes that will reinforce in your mind and your life what you have learned from the story of Joseph. With Joseph in the University of Adversity is written in a warm, conversational style that will carry you along from page to page. The book is so written that you can gain equally well from reading it from end to end, or from looking up whatever need has arisen in your life just now. Besides being a home Bible study and self-help book, With Joseph in the University of Adversity is perfect for Sunday-school teachers needing a long-term set of lessons, and for pastors needing sound and useful sermons for their flocks. Even if you are not Scripturally oriented, you will find a wealth of practical lessons in living within the covers of this book. Dr. Parks has put some fine finishing touches on his work. The 'recipes' for living are both fun to read and enlightening. Above all, the original psalm with which he closes the book is a wonderfully moving retelling of Joseph's trials and of the faith with which he overcame them. I predict that you will read the psalm, as well as the book as a whole, over and over.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book has something for everyone! In 'With Joseph in the University of Adversity', we are shown how to live successfully in any situation. The author manages to teach the reader in an interesting and understandable format many lessons so necessary for daily life. The book teaches these lessons through the life of Joseph the Hebrew from Genesis. Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, then falsely accused and thrown into prison. From this dark situation, Joseph learned many lessons and eventually emerged as the Visier of Egypt, the second most powerful man in the ancient world. Joseph learns that God is always standing in the shadows, watching over His own, as He does for us all. The Old Testament is so often seen as old, dusty, and not relevant to today's world. This book shows that although Joseph is an Old Testament hero, he is also faced with so many temptations similar to ours. He shows us how to live successfully. Not just a study guide to the Old Testament, this book is a practical, easy-to-read guidebook that teaches practical and useful lessons for today. Organized into thirty-two chapters, each presents a timeless principle anyone can use. Each chapter and principle are based in an episode of Joseph's life, but then many illustrations and stories are told to help the reader apply these lessons to life in our modern world. This book teaches solid scriptural principles and doctrines without ever being dull or boring. This book is NOT, however, just a book that teaches how to overcome adversity. Many of the lessons are ones anyone could use to face and conquer the challenges of everyday life. Chapters on effective parenting, money management, leadership, etc. provide lessons that will help anyone seeking to live a better life. This book can be used by individuals who would like to strengthen their daily walk, by people in the midst of adversity - who need to know how to overcome, by Bible studies and Sunday school classes wishing to take a fresh look at the Old Testament, and by students just beginning their lives. The book is in an easy-to-read format, in sections that are just long enough, but manageable for a daily study session. There are sections at the end of each chapter which sum up the major points, helps the reader apply the lessons in his/her own life, and reflect on what was learned. This section is also useful in helping the reader keep a record of spiritual growth in an easy fashion. I highly recommend this book for everyone! Readable, entertaining, applicable, and challenging - this book will certainly help anyone lead a better, more successful life.