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Friday, August 17, 2018

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Blessed in the Darkness by Joel Osteen @JoelOsteen @FaithWords

AUTHOR: Joel Osteen
PUBLISHER: FaithWords
PUBLICATION DATE: October 24, 2017
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 304 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781455534326
The same God that leads you through green pastures guides you through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good.

All of us at some time encounter dark places that we don't understand: a loss, a sickness, a divorce, a child who breaks our heart. It's easy to get discouraged, give up on our dreams, and just settle there. We may not realize it, but when we feel buried in dark places, we are being blessed. God is using those experiences to help us grow, because we cannot reach our highest potential if we're standing in the light all the time. With Blessed in the Darkness, you will learn how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn't make sense.

If we will go through the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, then we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.

MY REVIEW:

I read Osteen's Daily Readings from It's Your Time: 90 Devotions for Activating Your Faith, Achieving Your Dreams, and Increasing in God's Favor and just loved it! I was looking forward to reading something from him again.

This was a very good read that helped me to process and understand some of things that have happened in my life. At those times, I often didn't understand why those things were happening but on reflection I can see how my life has changed and become better because of what I've endured. I do wholeheartedly believe that Osteen is right about this, that our worst experiences can be the impetus we need to change and draw closer to God.

Osteen's words are always a source of comfort for me, and he gives me food for thought. I love this passage, which basically sums up what this book is about:


"Sometimes God will let us be uncomfortable for a dark, difficult period so He can bless us later on. He'll close a door which we don't like and don't understand, but later on He'll open a bigger door. He'll take us to a new level of our destiny. God is not as concerned about our comfort as he is about our purpose. There are times when He will shake things up -- a friend will do you wrong, the business will slow, you'll lose a loved one. God will use persecution, rejection, and loss to force us to change. His goal is not to make our life miserable; He's pushing us into our purpose. Not every closed door is a bad thing. Not every time a person walks away from us is a tragedy. God knows we won't move forward without a push. When everything is going well, we're comfortable. We don't want to stretch, or to find a new friend, or to develop new skills. To step out into the unknown can be scary. What if it doesn't work out? We may not like it, but if God had not shut that door, we would have been satisfied to stay where we were. God loves you too much to let you miss your destiny. You have too much potential, too much talent, too much in you for you to get stuck where you are. He'll put you in situations that make you stretch, make you grow, make you spread your wings. None of the difficulties you've gone through, none of the bad breaks you've experienced, and none of the times when someone hurt you were meant to stop you. They were meant to push you, to stretch you, to mature you, to make you stronger. They deposited something inside you. It's made you into who you are today."

MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR if you need some inspiration.
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