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You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado

You'll Get Through This cover artTitle: You’ll Get Through This

Author: Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Book Description:

You’ll get through this.

It won’t be painless.

It won’t be quick.

But God will use this mess for good.

Don’t be foolish or naïve.

But don’t despair either.

With God’s help, you’ll get through this.

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 You’ll Get Through This, pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Max Lucado offers sweet assurance. “Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere.” Max reminds readers 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 world is full of bad things, and everyone on the planet will experience bad at some point in their lives. Max Lucado takes a look at some of these bad things and shares real life examples of how God has used them for good. Interspersed throughout the book is the biblical story of Joseph. Sold into slavery by his older brothers, wrongfully imprisoned in Egypt, forgotten, scorned, and mistreated, Joseph’s story is the perfect example of how God can take the biggest messes in our lives and use them for good.

Once again, Lucado has written a book that takes everyday challenges and holds them up for closer examination. Through the conversational tone of his writing, he reaches straight into the reader’s heart and invites them to let go of earthly troubles and focus on God instead. Each chapter has a theme that ties a piece of Joseph’s story and a modern example together in a way that offers hope that God can and will use even the worst events in a person’s life for good.

You’ll Get Through This doesn’t offer a quick and easy solution to surviving the stressful times in life. Instead, it reminds readers that God is always in control and has a plan, and no matter how bad life may get He will ultimately use those bad things for something good. Our job is to trust God and cling to our faith regardless of what happens.

One of my favorite quotes in the book comes from the first chapter and sums up the theme of the entire book: “You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good.”

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is going through a difficult time and anyone who wants to read a book full of hope and advice for surviving the difficult times that will undoubtedly come.

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Fearless by Max Lucado

Fearless cover artTitle: Fearless

Author: Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Book Description:

Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.

They’re talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?

Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less.

Can you imagine your life without fear?


Max Lucado has written another excellent book in Fearless. His “tell it like it is” style opens readers’ eyes to the reality of fear and how deeply it can effect a person’s daily life. A touch of humor keeps this book from weighing the reader down as he is forced to look at what fears are in his life and how they effect the choices he makes.

Fearless provides plenty of reminders that God never intended people to live in fear. If we have faith in Him, we have nothing to fear. With God in your corner, what do you have to be afraid of? As Lucado points out time and again, Christ often used phrases like, “Do not be afraid.” With a straightforward instruction like that, God makes it clear He intends for us to be courageous in our faith.

This book is full of practical advice and real-life examples that bring the concepts down to a personal level and help them hit home. Lucado’s words provide a great reminder that God doesn’t give us fear; His love overcomes it.

There are a few lines in chapter seven that, for me, capture the tone of the entire book. Lucado is talking about praying about our worries and fears rather than letting them eat away at us.

“Be specific about your fears. Identify what ‘this cup’ is and talk to God about it. Putting your worries into words disrobes them. They look silly standing there naked.”

This entire books disrobes many common fears, and Lucado is right. They do look pretty silly standing naked in the light of faith and logic.

Whether you worry incessantly, live in a state of constant fear, or just wonder if God really cares, Fearless is a great book to help you find your way to stronger faith and a life where you fear less.

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