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Best for Ages: 12 and up
Description: From bestselling author Elizabeth George comes a book born of her desire to help others through difficult times. Finding God's Path Through Your Trials acknowledges the hard times we all face and reveals how people can "count it all joy," including:
• understanding trials are not punishment
• realizing God's grace is sufficient to get them through trials
• knowing the benefits brought by trials—patience, endurance, empathy
• experiencing deeper faith as they depend on God through trials
• trusting God to use everything for His glory
Emphasizing God is always with them and will help them every step of the way, Elizabeth reminds readers they will not be given trials they cannot bear without including a way of escape. She encourages people to turn to Jesus, where they will find hope, joy, and meaning in the journey, no matter how bumpy it seems.
I am always blessed when I open one of George’s books. This was no exception. I was going through a couple of rough weeks, and I needed this book to remind me of the truths about trials. Too often, I can feel like a victim, focus on my own pain, and justify my own sinful reactions. This book reminded me to consider it all joy, and gave practical ways to do that.
Many other books about going through hard times excuse behaviors and emotions because of circumstances. Elizabeth never does that. She states what the Bible says and gives both biblical and practical advice on how to follow it. She did not leave any space to say ‘but it is okay not to follow it when…’ Yeah, I do that enough, I don’t need an author giving me excuses.
Another thing I love about her? Her lack of gossip. Some of the books I have enjoyed about trials end up talking too much about issues with other people and it crosses the line into gossip. Of course, this sometimes means Elizabeth uses stories that might not be the greatest examples, but it is an aspect of her writing I am coming to appreciate more and more.
I love her step-by-step guides for things. I am planning on copying some of them and hanging them around my room. They are practical ways of applying the Bible. Who of us can say we couldn’t use that kind of help?
Overall this book helped me to see that these trials WILL are for my good, and not my harm. It gave me a deeper understand of not only how, but why, I can count every trial as a joy.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is going through a trail, needs encouragement, or who wants practical advice on the subject.