When God Doesn't Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can't Live WithoutJennifer Schuchmann, Laura Story
After author Laura Story's husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, she began wondering if blessings can arise from broken dreams. In When God doesn’t Fix It, she offers assurances that just because our situations may never get better, we can grow because of it.Sample Pa... Read More
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Page Count: 224
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 25, 2015
- UPC: 9780718036973
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 304
- Publish Date: Sep 15, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012120"
- ISBN: 0718036972
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- What if God wants to fix us instead? by Kelly on 12/3/2015
Maybe your friend was diagnosed with cancer. Maybe your son is fighting an addiction. Maybe you don't know how you're going to pay the mortgage this month.
If you've been walking with God for any length of time, you can probably think of an instance when you've wanted Him to fix something - you prayed, you asked everyone you know to pray, you begged and - no answer.
Nobody likes pain. It's in our very nature to desire our lives to go as smoothly as possible. No one wakes up in the morning wanting to be Alexander, who had the most infamous of horrible, no good, very bad days. We want sunshine, riches and health. Not rain, poverty and illness.
But what if - rather than fixing our problems - God wants to fix us? Would that change the way you look at your problems?
Laura Story is a worship leader in Atlanta and best known for her song "Blessings." I thought it was so interesting how God wrote the story of "Blessings." The song was actually an afterthought to Laura and her record label. The record was almost finished but they needed one more song. They had already hit their budget for the album so it was decided that "Blessings" would just have piano and vocals. The song is full of raw emotions, and Laura was hesitant to bear that much of her heart to the world.
"Blessings" was born out of pain and honest doubts. Laura didn't know if it was okay for a worship leader of a large church to have doubts. Was it okay to show that she didn't have it all together? Laura and her husband, Martin, hadn't been married very long when they found out Martin had a brain tumor. He was in the hospital for a few months and had months after that of rehab.
They were so thankful that Martin pulled through the surgery and the doctors were able to remove the tumor. Everything could go back to normal now, they thought. Their first year of marriage, before Martin began developing symptoms, had been wedded bliss. They were eager to leave behind all of the doctors appointments, surgeries and stress and get back to their carefree way of life.
But that was not in the cards. In the weeks, months and years ahead, it became apparent that Martin suffered lasting effects from the tumor that effects his short term memory. It is so severe that he is unable to work and tasks are extremely difficult for him that most of us don't even think about. Laura and Martin's world was shaken when they had to come to grips with the fact that this was not going to get better. God was not going to fix it. This book tells their story.
- Honest, Tough Read by Beth on 10/13/2015
Sadly we all have lessons in our lives that we never wanted to learn. We also have to, unfortunately, learn them in ways that are not always pleasant. Laura Story’s personal story is such an eye opener and perfect example of how this is oh so true in life. In her book, “When God Doesn’t Fix It”, Laura chronicles the life changing events associated with her husband being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Laura gives a real, first hand, honest account of what it is truly like to have to have battle life’s challenges when God doesn’t answer your prayers as quickly or the way you would like Him to. She also takes the opportunity to share that it’s not just her who faces trials. She shares about others in the world who have needed to hear her words and have found healing and reassurance through her music. Laura paints a picture that makes it clear that it’s okay to not “have it all together” and that at the end of the day, it’s okay to question why God does the things He does. Laura also shares about the reality that sometimes God doesn’t “fix” things the way we’d like and we may just have to find ways to live in the situation.
Overall, this book is a breath of fresh, honest air.