It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

by Lysa TerKeurst (Author)

New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers 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.

In "It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered," Lysa TerKeurst offers a beacon of hope to those who are grappling with the bitter reality that life doesn't always unfold as we envision. This heartfelt and deeply personal account delves into the depths of disappointment, guiding readers on a journey of healing and empowerment.

With unwavering authenticity and empathy, Lysa TerKeurst shares her own struggles with shattered dreams, broken relationships, and life's unexpected curveballs. Through her poignant storytelling, she dismantles the illusion of a perfect life, allowing readers to embrace the messiness and unpredictability of the human experience. Her vulnerability creates a safe space where readers can acknowledge their pain without judgment, fostering a sense of camaraderie and understanding.

TerKeurst's writing is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. She skillfully weaves together personal anecdotes, biblical wisdom, and practical advice to equip readers with the tools they need to navigate disappointment and emerge from it stronger. Her message is clear: disappointment is not a sign of failure; it is an opportunity for growth, transformation, and a deeper connection with oneself.

Through a series of thought-provoking chapters, Lysa TerKeurst addresses the emotional toll of disappointment, the art of lamenting loss, and the importance of releasing bitterness and resentment. She emphasizes the need for self-compassion, reminding readers that they are not alone in their struggles and that it is okay to grieve and seek support.

One of the strengths of "It's Not Supposed to Be This Way" lies in its ability to offer solace and guidance to readers from all walks of life. Whether it's dealing with the loss of a loved one, the aftermath of a failed relationship, or the disappointment of unmet expectations, TerKeurst's words provide comfort and encouragement. Her message transcends religious boundaries, resonating with anyone who seeks solace and strength in the face of adversity.

"It's Not Supposed to Be This Way" is not just a book; it's a lifeline for those who are hurting and seeking hope. Lysa TerKeurst's words have the power to mend broken hearts, restore faith, and ignite a renewed sense of purpose. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt the sting of disappointment and desires to rise above it with grace, resilience, and unwavering hope.


256 pages