You'll Get Through This Study Guide: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times [NOOK Book]

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You fear you won't make it through. We all do. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. In the pits, surrounded by steep walls and aching reminders, we wonder: Will this gray sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten?

In this six-session small group Bible study, pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Max Lucado offers refreshing assurance. Max reminds participants God doesn't promise that getting ...

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Overview

You fear you won't make it through. We all do. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. In the pits, surrounded by steep walls and aching reminders, we wonder: Will this gray sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten?

In this six-session small group Bible study, pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Max Lucado offers refreshing assurance. Max reminds participants God doesn't promise that getting through trials will be quick or painless. It wasn't for Joseph—tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned, forgotten and dismissed. But his Old Testament story is in the Bible for this reason: to teach us to trust God to trump evil.

With the compassion of a pastor, the heart of a storyteller, and the joy of one who has seen what God can do, Max explores the story of Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20. What Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good.

The six sessions include:

  1. You’ll Get Through This
  2. Down and Out, But Never Alone
  3. Stupid Won’t Fix Stupid
  4. Is God Good When Life Isn’t
  5. Now, About Those Family Scandals and Scoundrels
  6. God Can Use This for Good

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849923005
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 256,889
  • File size: 817 KB

Meet the Author

Max Lucado
More than 100 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
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you'll get through this

HOPE AND HELP FOR YOUR TURBULENT TIMES


By Max Lucado, KEVIN HARNEY, SHERRY HARNEY

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2013 Max Lucado
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8499-2300-5


CHAPTER 1

SESSION 1


You'll Get Through This


Introduction

No one travels far down the road of life without discovering that this journey is not always smooth or perfect. We can pray and wish for safety on the way. We should enjoy the stretches of the ride when the sun shines and things go beautifully. We ought to thank God for the times when we find ourselves singing, whistling, laughing, and smiling as we travel along.

But every single human being has discovered that there are bumps, detours, and even collisions that can bring our joy to a screeching halt. This is not fatalism. It is not negativity. It is certainly not a lack of faith. It is life on this planet.

If you meet someone—a preacher, teacher, or sales person—who tries to tell you otherwise, BEWARE! If someone is peddling promises of a life with endlessly calm seas, perpetual blue skies, freedom from back pain, a guarantee of financial security, and ear-to-ear smiles all of your days, be very, very careful.

The Bible is filled with faithful friends of God who suffered in this life. Moses was violently opposed by the people he spent his life loving and trying to lead. David learned to dodge spears hurled at him by a mad king. Ruth walked through the death of her husband and became a stranger in a strange land. Jeremiah was beaten and thrown into a pit. Stephen, an early church leader, was stoned to death. The apostle Paul was strapped up and beaten no less than five times. The list could go on and on.

Then there is Joseph. He discovered at a young age that the road of life is not always smooth. His story is peppered with rejection, false attacks, deceitful accusations, enslavement, imprisonment, and long stretches of loneliness.

If you have ever hit a hard patch of road and thought, "I'll never get through this," you just might want to look over Joseph's shoulder and learn from his journey. It was hard. It was not a weekend trip but a tour of duty that lasted about two decades! But his story echoes through the centuries to remind us that we can make it through even the toughest of times. We really can.


Talk About It

Tell about a situation you faced during which you felt, "I don't think I will ever make it through this." How did you feel when you made it through?


Video Teaching Notes

As you watch the video teaching segment for session 1 featuring Max Lucado, use the following outline to record anything that stands out to you.

Ordinary people face very real pain!

Meeting Joseph's family, with all their warts

Spending time in a cistern

You meant it for evil, God re-wove it


The truth of the matter:

It won't be painless

It won't be quick

God will use this mess for good


Video Discussion and Bible Study

1. In the video, Max talks about the hard times we face on life's journey, and he says, "God will use this mess for good." How have you experienced this in your life?

Read: Genesis 37:12–24

2. Tell about a time you ended up in a cistern and how you got there. How did you feel while you were in the cistern? How did you plead with God and even with people in an effort to get out of that painful situation?

3. If you are in a cistern right now, briefly share the situation (if you feel comfortable doing so) and how your group members can support and care for you in this time.

Read: Genesis 37:1–11

4. Some of the pain we face in life comes from the very people who should love and care for us—our family. This was certainly true for Joseph. What dysfunctions and unhealthy patterns in Joseph's family led to heartache and pain?

5. When you consider the road of life you have traveled thus far, how has your family (or maybe your church family) caused you pain and heartache? (Please refrain from using specific names; simply share generally about the experience.) Why do these wounds pierce so deeply?

6. There are many ways we can respond when thrown into a pit by family, friends, strangers, or life's circumstances. What are some of the typical responses?

Read: Genesis 50:19–21

7. Years after Joseph's brothers threw him into a cistern, their father dies and they fear that Joseph will at last exact revenge. What do you learn about Joseph's heart and outlook on life as you read his response in this critical moment? What can you learn from his example?

8. If you were in Joseph's shoes and came to a point where those who had hurt you were now under your power, how do you think you would have responded?

Now, replace the hypothetical scenario with a real situation in your life. How do you believe God wants you to respond to and treat someone who has hurt you?

9. Max talks about how God re-wove the evil planned by Joseph's brothers and redeemed it for heavenly good. How has God rewoven something that was done to you with evil intent? What good did he bring from it?

10. Joseph's journey from a cistern in his teenage years to finally becoming a man of influence in Pharaoh's court lasted about twenty years. How did walking a hard road over time shape Joseph's character and outlook on life?

How has God used a journey of struggle in your life to shape who you are today? How have you looked up and seen God and drawn closer to him through your times in a pit?


Closing Prayer

Spend time in your group praying in any of the following directions:

• Turn your voice and eyes upward in prayer and ask for the ability to see the face of Jesus looking at you as you do.

• Ask God to be with your group members in the cisterns of life and pray for an attitude of grace, even in the darkest pits.

• Lift up prayers of forgiveness for those who have thrown you into a cistern, whether recently or as far back as childhood.

• Invite the Holy Spirit to unleash his power to re-weave the evil intents of others and bring good from them.


Between Sessions

Look Back Down the Road

Reflecting on your life, identify as many as three cisterns in which you have spent time. Then ponder the person who had a hand in putting you there. Pray for a heart of forgiveness toward these people. Also, think about how God has used their intended evil and turned it toward his glory and good.


Cistern #1

What cistern was I thrown into?

How can I pray for the person(s) who put me there and grow in grace toward them?

How was God with me in that dark time?

What good did God bring through this bad situation? How has God shaped and formed me through what I experienced?


Cistern #2

What cistern was I thrown into?

How can I pray for the person(s) who put me there and grow in grace toward them?

How was God with me in that dark time?

What good did God bring through this bad situation? How has God shaped and formed me through what I experienced?


Cistern #3

What cistern was I thrown into?

How can I pray for the person(s) who put me there and grow in grace toward them?

How was God with me in that dark time?

What good did God bring through this bad situation? How has God shaped and formed me through what I experienced?


Let Vengeance Belong to God

If you have been harboring judgment, anger, or bitterness toward someone who wronged you in the past, reconsider Joseph's story as well as Romans 12:17–21:

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Self-Examination

Family history can repeat itself. Far too often the abused becomes the abuser, the neglected becomes the neglector, and sins are passed down to the next generation. Make a list of some of the patterns, sins, and dysfunctions that existed in your home as you grew up. Actually take time to write them down:

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Next, look over this list and do three things:

1. Pray that you will not repeat these patterns in your family.

2. Get help from a pastor or Christian counselor if you have already begun to repeat the sins of the past.

3. As the Lord leads, talk with parents, siblings, or other family members who have hurt you and seek to build bridges of restoration and healing.


Journal

Use the space provided below to write reflections on any of the following topics:

• Ways you can extend grace and forgiveness, even to those who have thrown you into a cistern

• How God has shaped and formed you into the person you are today, even through the hard times (especially through the hard times)

• How God has been with you in the cisterns and pits of your life


Recommended Reading

As you consider what you have learned in this session, read chapter 1 of the book You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado. In preparation for session 2, you might want to read chapter 2.

CHAPTER 2

SESSION 2


Down and Out, but Never Alone


Introduction

In the first Rocky movie, the climax comes near the end of the film when an unknown Italian southpaw gets a chance to box the reigning heavyweight champion. Apollo Creed, the flamboyant titleholder, sees the fight as an exhibition more than a serious boxing match. He plans to dance around the ring, give his opponent a chance to have his moment in the spotlight, entertain the crowds, and then knock out Rocky. The problem is, no one told Rocky Balboa, the "Italian Stallion," that it was a show. He came to fight.

In the first round, Rocky catches Apollo Creed with the full force of a left uppercut and Apollo hits the mat like a sack of wheat. It is the first time he has ever been knocked down in a fight. When he gets to his feet he begins to beat on Rocky mercilessly, but the challenger simply won't stay down. He won't quit.

When the bell sounds for the second round, these two men go to war. They exchange punches over the next twelve rounds and Rocky is on the receiving end of most of them.

By the fourteenth round, Rocky is stumbling around the ring like a drunken man. Then Creed floors him with a fierce right upper-cut that sends him sprawling to the mat. The referee begins the ten-count as Rocky tries to stand. His face is swollen and bloody, his body is beaten, and his energy reserves have been on empty for at least three rounds. His trainer, Mickey, screams, "Down! Down! Stay down!" He pleads with Rocky to just give in to the inevitable and stay on the mat.

But as the referee gets to "nine," Rocky staggers to his feet. The crowd chants his name over and over again. Apollo, who has thrown his hands in the air as a declaration of victory, looks over at Rocky in disbelief. The fight continues. Rocky pounds the champ with a shattering punch that cracks his ribs just as the bell sounds to end the fourteenth round.

In Rocky's corner, the fatigued and relentless boxer's eye is so puffy that he can't see. He orders Mickey, "Cut me." In Apollo's corner, his trainer tells the champ, "You're bleeding inside; I'm gonna stop the fight." The injured champ responds with fierce determination, "You ain't stopping nothing! You ain't stopping nothing!" Just before the bell sounds to bring the two boxers back to the center of the ring, Rocky says to his trainer, "You stop this fight, I'll kill you." By the end of the fifteenth and final round, both fighters are standing—but barely!

This movie won three Oscars, including best picture of 1976. It was made on a budget of 1.1 million dollars and was filmed in twenty-eight days. But it eventually made over 225 million dollars and inspired six more Rocky films.

There is something compelling about a person with an unquenchable spirit. We are drawn to those who won't give up, won't give in, and won't stay down on the mat. In our hearts, all of us wish we had the strength and courage to get back up on our feet when life has knocked us down ... again.


Talk About It

Give an example of a movie or book character with an unquenchable spirit and shocking resiliency when faced with powerful adversity. Why are people drawn to a character like this?


Video Teaching Notes

As you watch the video teaching segment for session 2 featuring Max Lucado, use the following outline to record anything that stands out to you.

Bounce back like Bozo

Joseph, an ancient, biblical Bozo

Joseph's dreams

From the heights to the depths in a matter of hours—have you ever been there?

Going down, down, down

Your destiny—what keeps you on your feet when life tries to knock you down?

What do you have that you can't lose?


Video Discussion and Bible Study

1. Tell about a person you know who has a Bozo-like resiliency and seems able to bounce back and stay on their feet even when life tries to knock them down. What is it in a person that fortifies them and empowers them to keep getting up when many people would throw in the towel and stay on the mat?

2. Describe a time you were dealt a powerful blow that could have knocked you out, but your faith in God gave you strength to get back up again. How did your faith carry you through?

Read: Genesis 37:5–11

3. What do you think Joseph's dreams taught him about himself and his future?

4. How did Joseph's family members respond to his dreams?

How do you think you would have responded had you been one of Joseph's older brothers and he told you these dreams?

5. Joseph knew that God had a destiny for his life. He was confident that one day he would have a place of influence and impact—God had shown him this. How does knowing that God has a plan for our lives help us bounce back when times get dark, painful, and just plain hard?

What has God shown you about his plan and destiny for your life that could help you stand strong in difficult times?

Read: Genesis 37:23–28

6. If you were Joseph, what might have been going through your mind as your brothers plotted and then sold you as a slave? What might you have felt as you were walking in a caravan, looking back as your brothers, homeland, and dreams disappeared over the horizon?

7. Joseph begins Genesis 37 as the favored son, the recipient of dreams predicting his prominence, and a special assignment from his father. By the end of the chapter he has been stripped of his beautiful robe, rejected by his brothers, and sold as a slave. Tell about a time your own life took a radical shift in a short period of time. How was your faith impacted by this sudden and unexpected change of events?

Read: Ephesians 1:3; John 15:13–16; 1 Peter 1:18–20; and 2 Corinthians 5:1

8. When the apostle Paul tells the believers in Ephesus that God has "blessed [them] with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (NKJV), what does he mean? Make a list of some spiritual blessings we have through faith in Jesus.

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How could a deep and abiding awareness of these blessings help a Christian stand strong in hard times?

9. Jesus tells his followers that they are his loved and chosen children. How can a firm conviction that we are precious and valued children of God help us through the tough seasons of life?

10. How can a firm conviction that heaven is our home and we will spend eternity with our loving heavenly Father help us bounce back and stay on our feet in the challenging times of life?


Closing Prayer

Spend time in your group praying in any of the following directions:

• Thank God that heaven is your eternal home and destination through faith in Jesus, and pray that this reality will fortify and strengthen you in the hard times of life.

• Thank God that he has a plan and destiny for your life. Pray that it will become clearer with each passing day.

• Lift up friends and family members who are in a time of going down, down, down. If they are Chris tians, pray that they will remember who they are—chosen and loved children of God.
(Continues...)


Excerpted from you'll get through this by Max Lucado, KEVIN HARNEY, SHERRY HARNEY. Copyright © 2013 Max Lucado. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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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Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION Hitting the Wall....................     9     

SESSION 1 You'll Get Through This....................     13     

SESSION 2 Down and Out, but Never Alone....................     29     

SESSION 3 Stupid Won't Fix Stupid....................     43     

SESSION 4 Is God Good When Life Isn't?....................     59     

SESSION 5 Now, About Those Family Scandals and Scoundrels..................     73     

SESSION 6 God Can Use This for Good....................     91     

Small Group Leader Helps....................     105     


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  • Posted September 5, 2013

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    You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado is among the most upliftin

    You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado is among the most uplifting books that I have read. Max Lucado books will never disappoint when you are expecting encouragement in times of severe distress. This book specifically helps those who are enduring really difficult times, to endure and persevere. The author address real issues- job loss, terminal illness, grief and loss. This book is designed to help those who are suffering from extreme circumstances. If you are bellyaching because you burned your husband's dinner, or the grass stain won't come out of the soccer uniform, or if missed an appointment for your pedicure, or your favorite coach bag sold out before you reached the mall, then this book isn't for you. What you need is a fluffy, superficial, condescending, feel- good, women's devotional book. But, if you truly suffer from life's heartaches, then this book will offer the comfort you need.
    In true Lucado fashion, Max writes in an animated, easy to understand style that communicates biblical truths to the reader. His books bring bible stories and biblical truth to life in an inspirational way that speaks out to the reader. He talks about real personalities and heroes from the bible- like Joseph sold into slavery and stuck hopless in a dungeon. He gleans every story about extreme suffering and faith from the bible for his readers. His animated language draws in the reader who needs a quick burst of thought. "Catch God in a bad mood? Won't happen. Fear exhausting his grace? A sardine will swallow the Atlantic first. Think he's given up on you?" ..... Lucado's use of colorful language and his conversational tone, make it so that biblical truths are memorable and meaningful to the average modern reader.This inspirational book will be certain to leave the reader with a lasting impression. In today's self centered society, without offense Max Lucado illustrates the importance of living life based on biblical principles. After reading this book, and really meditating on the biblical truths communicated via Max Lucado, one can feel a renewed sense of empowerment to live a selfless life style. Max makes use of personal anecdotes as well as bible stories to illustrate the importance of depending on God rather than on the material things of this world. If you are looking for an apologetic defense on the purpose of depending on God then this book isn't for you. But, if on the other hand you are simply looking for bible based motivation and a relief in a world that takes pride in materialism, selfish ambition and competition, then this book is perfect.

    This book is the perfect spiritual salve for those experiencing intense pain and grief!!! This is a book to read and return to- it won't collect dust on a book shelf. The ending includes questions for reflection for greater interaction and study. As a blogger for booksneeze, I receive books from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for writing an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    "You'll Get Through This" by Max Lucado is a book full

    "You'll Get Through This" by Max Lucado is a book full of hope and inspiration for those facing tumultuous times. In this book uses a perfect blend of biblical inspiration and personal stories to lead you to a new hope. The theme of this book is resounding hope and faith even when it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Lucado uses biblical figures in their times of trial to highlight the need for continuing the fight and being persistently hopeful.




    What I liked about this book was the feeling that I had when I finished it. Hopeful, positive, and motivated to not only survive my struggles, but thrive in spite of my circumstances. I literally could not put this book down. Everyone understands struggles, and this book can speak to the soul of the struggling, brokenhearted, and hurting.




    I would give this book a 5/5. Lucado speaks a message of faith and hope that is anchored in biblical truth. Wonderfully written. Highly recommended for anyone

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Highly recommend.

    Greatly encouraged me in explaining a lot of people have turbulent periods in their life and that this is my "Egypt."

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2013

    He has done it again! This time, Lucado has inspired and stretch

    He has done it again! This time, Lucado has inspired and stretched me with his insightful views and no nonsense approach to suffering.  His artistic writing skill of Old Testament’s story of Joseph penetrated into my spirit deep within. The book would hopefully provide an encouragement and relief to those who are going through severe trials that indeed, God will get them through! In the end, one thing is clear in this book, we will go through trials and most of the time, there is no easy way out. Yet, we will get through trials if we do not give up on God! Words of men sometimes are not enough to heal a hurt but when the eyes of sufferers are focused on God, they would eventually sail through!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Max Lucado's book, entitled, "You'll Get Through This : Hop

    Max Lucado's book, entitled, "You'll Get Through This : Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times" is a wonderful book that is jam packed with hope for those in times of need. Who among us hasn't felt like we are in a terrible situation and silently asked ourselves why God hasn't helped us? Whether it is a medical issue, relationship issue, familial issue, or something completely different that you are struggling with, this book will give you hope.




    Max Lucado uses his typical writing style, combining stories of Biblical strength, hope, and faith with stories of everyday folks and their stories to create a book filled with reason to be hopeful. We know that God doesn't enjoy seeing his children struggle, but this book really sheds light on how these trials and tests can be for a purpose! And not just any purpose - God's!




    This book chronicles the life of Joseph interwoven with modern day trials and tragedies to build inspiration and faith. Loved every minute of it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Awesome! Highly Recommend

    We have read and re-read and passed along to others who are going through difficult journeys as well. My husband and I both intend to teach the study guide at church next year. Much needed encouragement!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    You will get throuugh it

    Great

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    This book got me thru a horrible couple of weeks!

    I felt like I was thrown into the pit by my church! Max and Joseph, son of Jacob, led me out by staying strong, trusting that God would turn evil into good. Now we are joining a new and inspiring church, based on Jesus teachings!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Awesome

    I previously read Max's book "A Gentle Thunder" & just loved it, so when I saw this book released I jump to buy. It's another awesome book. I just love the way Max applies today's practical living experiences with stories & bible characters. It always helps me to learn & understand scripture in a different light & gives me encouragement for my current situation & season of life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Must read!

    Max Lucado has done it again! This book is the story of Joseph , but it could be your story. He has woven the past with the present and made it applicable to everyone. What an incredible gift of words and storytelling that God has given Max. Thanks for another book that is speaking to me in many ways.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Another Amazing book by Max Lucado and just what I needed at this time in my life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Well written book

    I have read most all of Max Lucado's books. This one, in particular, deals with issues that every person experiences and provides answers.
    Well worth reading.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

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    YOU'LL GET THROUGH THIS by Max Lucado

    In "You'll Get Through This," Max Lucado sounds a clarion call as he blows a trumpet of victory through the shattered ruins of Joseph's life and portrays his amazing transformation from Joseph, the Coat-Wearer and Dreamer of Dreams, who was thrown into the dungeons, and sent to prison, from where he survived and thrived, to ascend to the palace and become the second-most powerful man of his time. Like all Max Lucado's books, this one is a work of art that reveals profound truths to inspire us. Here is biblical truth at its best, as it digs deep into turbulent times, and captures the still small voice of God in all its glory and grace. Max skillfully weaves Joseph's story of faithful endurance, perseverance and steadfastness into our own, exhorting us to lean on God's promises, as He leads us through our trials into a bright new day. God leads us up the mountain of adversity and down into the valley of grace. No matter how bleak our own dreary circumstances are, God's love is greater still, as He flexes his glorious might to display His transcendent glory. Our trials teach us about the sweetness of Christ and the fragrance of His grace. God gently guides us through our troubles to find out our true calling in His divine plan and purpose for our lives. © Miriam Jacob

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

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    Max Lucado is a best-selling author and writer and preacher at O

    Max Lucado is a best-selling author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. His latest book is You’ll Get Through This (hope and help for your turbulent times).

    Max uses the life of Joseph to talk about a problematic life.  It was ironic I got this book when I did, because I just finished reading Joseph’s story in Genesis.  I ordered this book for a lady in my church whose daughter was just told she has cancer. it seems a lot of people in my congregation has cancer lately and the “title” of this book seemed liked something that many people could relate to.

    …And that’s probably why Max wrote this book.


    We’ve all been there – we get bad news – we get fired – we lose someone we love – and when it happens it feels like the end of the world. We say things like, “this always happens to me” and we freeze up.  In this book Max encourages his readers that “you’ll get through this.” And let’s be real for a second – c’mon this is Max Lucado so right away you know it’s a good book.


    Everything Max does is filled with wonderful stories and quotable content in user-friendly content. Not to mention that this is a subject matter that strikes home for everyone. “Does God really care what happens to me? Or is he busy with something else?”  Max talks about how Joseph was thrown into the pit and in that hole, I am sure Joseph didn’t feel like life was turning out how he wanted.


    At the end of Joseph’s story, his brothers sheepishly approach him to beg for his forgiveness.  And in Genesis 50:20 Joseph lays out the thesis of Max’s book:

    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

    Joseph’s life was a mess – but God used that mess for good; and so whatever you are going through now – you’ll get through this – maybe not today or tomorrow but one day and in the end, you’ll see that what God had in mind, was freedom.

    Thank you to BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson for a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

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    4.5 Stars 'You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turb

    4.5 Stars

    'You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times' is a truly inspirational book that everyone can benefit from at some point in life. Whether you have depression, are grieving a loss, or if everything seems hopeless, this book has answers for it all. Lucado is a renowned author of Christian inspirational and self-help books, and his immense experience and talent are evident on every page in this book. Using scripture mixed with anecdotes, the author gives the reader hope and shines some light into the darkness they're currently experiencing. The book is written in a conversational tone, so it feels like the author is speaking directly to you. The way he presents situations and problems - and how he speaks as though he knows exactly how the reader is feeling, what they may be experiencing, and goes about addressing those fears, questions, and doubts. The chapters were written so that each had its own theme, which makes it easy for those who want help and advice for a certain problem or situation to find exactly what they need without having to dig for it. For those readers who elect to read the entire book, it's a fast read because of the accessibility and conversational writing style. The author has amazing talent with inspirational speaking and it shows greatly throughout the book. I read the entire book and I know I'll be re-reading it for many years to come. I personally found the book to be exactly what it advertised to be and then some. I loved all the elements used in the book - they came together to create a refreshing and reassuring narrative. Very highly recommended for everyone - whether you suffer from mental illness, are grieving, or are just experiencing a rough patch - this book is like a calming and soothing balm to help you see things in a better light.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    Our Bible Study group is loving this book! We are a small group

    Our Bible Study group is loving this book! We are a small group of 10 people but, this is the perfect size to discuss these real life issues. We are talking about problems and how we can get through all things with Christ. Is God good when life isn't?-definitely YES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    The cat drags him to res 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    I love max lucado

    Max lucado is a good christian man after god's own heart. Yeah he might make mistakes like the rest of us but he is a good christian pastor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Highly recommended

    This book is amazing. One of the best self help books I've read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Great read

    Picked up this book during one of the darkest valleys in my life. Great inspirational truths that parallel to Josephs life. No matter the valley you are facing, this book will minister to you.

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