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Includes an audiobook exclusive interview with Lysa!

New York Times best-selling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows listeners how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected.

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:

  • Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
  • Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
  • Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
  • Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
  • Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth.

Reflection questions available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Lysa TerKeurst (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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grateful for your insight

this book came at a most critical time for myself I too am going through much of what Lysa disappointments in marriage have been. I have been married 40 years and have worked diligently with God by my side to have a healthy marriage I am hoping that my outcome would be restoration but that story is yet to be completed thank you so much for your Insight

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What we all need to hear...

Everyone will go through some kind of trial in life, but the way Lysa bares her soul and has searched for God and His goodness despite heart wrenching circumstances is inspiring, encouraging, and comforting. She has a beautiful way of communicating, and her story has resonated with me in a way I can’t adequately explain. She gives tools near the end to help give hope and a tangible way of persevering in the face of uncertainty and difficult times. Can not recommend this book highly enough! So, so good.

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Wow

Loved it! This is my book by Lysa Terkeurst can't wait to read more of her books!!

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  • David Hill
  • COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, United States
  • 12-09-18

Heart-piercing precision

If you're hurting, you need to read this book. Lysa does an incredible job of sharing her vulnerability while walking with Christ, giving you permission to do the same and get closer to Him in the process. Will you be healed by the end of the book? Maybe. But will you be impacted for the better? Definitely. Giving this to every woman (and man) I know that has been going through a tough season in life.

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  • 12-08-18

Thank you God for leaded me here. <br />

it felt like she was speaking to me and me only. Like she had written this book to help me travel through the rough roads that I have been going through. I so greatly needed this book right now. I'm not sure if I can find another one that will speak to me like this one asked. they are few and far between.

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A MUST read!!

If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, get this book! I am a counselor and have recommended it to clients. I love the way Lysa shares enough of her story that you trust she’s intimately familiar with suffering but let’s Scripture and God’s love and direction take center stage. I LOVED this book and will be reading/listening to it repeatedly!!

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Just WOW!

You can hear the heart of this author through her reading. What an encouraging book in the face of hardships.

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Bravo

Thank you for sharing the intimate details of your life, may you continue to embrace the presence of the Lord the comfort of His Spirit and the truth of His words always.

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A book that speaks the words we wish we could say.

Great Book! It made me cry at points when it felt it talking to my heart. It is a great book and makes you realize that disappointments is part of our story but not the entire story.

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Just what I needed.

Going through a similar situation myself, Lysa’s words made me feel seen, understood, acknowledged. She was able to put so many feelings I’ve had for the last year into words. This book is transparent and honest and comforting and encouraging and challenging and so much more. I just wish it wasn’t addressed only to women because EVERYONE should read it. I will definitely will read again. Thank you, Lysa!