Max Lucado’s YOU’LL GET THROUGH THIS- A Review
July 5, 2015
“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.” –Max Lucado
These words echo throughout the entire text of You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help For Your Turbulent Times* from Max Lucado. Mr. Lucado uses the great story of Joseph from the Bible to support the truth that no matter what we face in this life, whatever evil comes our way, God uses it all and turns it around for our good.
Although while reading this book, I am not currently experiencing “turbulent times,” just like everyone who is born on this earth, I have experienced trouble and pain in my life…
…once or twice…
…or more than I can count, truthfully.
I was so thankful that Max used Joseph’s story to tell of the journey from trial to triumph because I have always connected with his life. At one time in my life, I found myself in a deep, dark pit. Sexual abuse and a spirit of lust were heavy chains that wrapped themselves around me as I was seduced into a life of sexual bondage and brokenness. Thankfully, like Joseph, God didn’t leave me and I didn’t give up on God. He delivered me from that pit and turned my mess into a message for His glory!
Max easily connects Joseph’s chaotic life to both personal stories and other Biblical characters’ life-stories who also experienced tragedy, trial, and temptation. The reader encounters one simple truth- they are not alone in their pain.
As Joseph’s story progresses throughout the book, we see how God is always in control of everything that happens and in the end, as the Creator, creates something beautiful from the ashes in His time. His process may take time, but as each day passes, He is molding us into a wonderful masterpiece, looking more and more like Jesus!
I believe this book is a cheerleader for the downtrodden, shouting “Don’t give up! Hang on! God’s got this!” The ultimate reason is because Jesus has already won the victory. When we embrace the work of the Cross and live for Christ, death has no sting. Pain has an expiration date. And eternity is our reward!
I pray that the reader finds understanding that God is good no matter what, even if they don’t fully comprehend His perfect plan. When He is in control of our situations and lives, He will have the last say and will fight on our behalf. Even in the midst of struggle, we must stand firm on the promises of God, keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, stay thankful, and trust that God’s ways are higher than our own!
The process that God is taking us through has a purpose, even if it painful. We may not see the purpose on this side of eternity, but one day, it will all be clear to us. We will look back and know that God was there the whole time, working in and through us.
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*I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”