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Didn't See It Coming

Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences
Narrated by: Carey Nieuwhof
Length: 6 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

An influential pastor, podcaster, and thought leader believes it's not only possible to predict life's hardest moments, but also to alter outcomes, overcome challenges, and defeat your fiercest adversaries.

Founding pastor of one of North America's most influential churches, Carey Nieuwhof wants to help you avoid and overcome life's seven hardest and most crippling challenges: cynicism, compromise, disconnectedness, irrelevance, pride, burnout, and emptiness. These are challenges that few of us expect but that we all experience at some point. 

If you have yet to confront these obstacles, Carey provides clear tools and guidelines for anticipation and avoidance. On the other hand, if you already feel stuck in a painful experience or are wrestling with one of these challenges, he provides the steps you need to find a way out and a way forward into a more powerful and vibrant future.

©2018 Carey Nieuwhof Communications Limited (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Over the years, one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about being a public speaker is having opportunities to hang out with Carey. We’ve had dozens of meals and more coffees than I can count. I’ve had the good fortune to hear these ideas as they developed and as they’ve helped leaders across the country. It’s not a matter of if you’ll run into these challenges; it’s a matter of when. Be prepared by spending a little time with a leader who has already been there.” (Jon Acuff, New York Times best-selling author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done)

“Burnout, cynicism, disconnection, compromise - are these just the inevitable curses of growing older in a rapidly changing, technology-addicted world? Carey Nieuwhof believes we can see these ills coming before they befall us and can take steps to avoid them. If you’re looking for gentle, empathetic life coaching from a Christian perspective, this book is sure to help you.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of New York Times best-sellers When and Drive)

“Leaders do well when they continually examine themselves, and they set themselves up for failure when they don’t. Carey points leaders to some very important areas to observe.” (Dr. Henry Cloud, leadership consultant and author of The Power of the Other)

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Like a 2 by 4 to wake me up

I am such a Carey fan. This book hit me up side the head like a 2 by 4! It is a book every pastor should read! Thanks for writing it!

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Pretty Good

This book is more descriptive then prescriptive. It was comforting to know that other people go through very similar things. Carry shares some helpful tips on dealing with each of the seven issues. There is very limited scripture even though the focus is mostly for Christians. I would have liked to have seen more biblical examples. It’s a quick read (listen) and Carey Does a pretty good job reading it. Pete

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Didn’t see that coming

Love the simple, clear, and honest examples that are given. It’s a great book that wets individuals appetite for God.

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Great Read

Thanks Carey for such an insightful book. As a leader it was so timely!I want to finish well!

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Much Needed

Thanks, Carey! This was just the right read at just the right time. Your wisdom, transparency, and humility bless me beyond measure.

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Excellent help for growing leaders and senior lead

the author spends a lot of time talking about self-awareness, which is a key and far too uncommon trait in leadership. he also spends a lot of time on the issue of burnout, which is a danger more common than most people understand.

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Very encouraging!!

Carey walks you through identifying areas in your life that need help, then walks you to the Answer.

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Great book, insightful encouragement as well as practical, practical take aways to keep anyone from train wrecking.

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Worth reading

Starts off slow but becomes extremely relevant and helpful as he shares his experiences & knowledge

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Spot on!

Carey’s raw honesty and insights make this a must read for any leader! I’ve listen to it 4 times and find myself convicted, challenged, & inspired towards personal change and growth for the sake of those around me and the gospel!

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A life-changing read!

I am in the first section but I am amazed at the clarity of insight of this book!

The author is nailing me about cynicism, which mostly originates from being hurt by people. Though not a pastor myself, I identify deeply with what the author is describing. I feel more self-aware now but also more aware of the issues facing my own leaders.

This is a must-read!!