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You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado

Special thanks to Family Christian for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

Review of You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado

In the movie A Few Good Men, Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) has a classic line that I’m sure many of can relate to at some point in our life. “And the hits keep on coming” is a phrase that my sister and I would utter whenever life seemed to keep handing out hardship after hardship. It was a way to try to keep light-hearted when we felt anything but light-hearted.

We’ve all been through some sort of trial in our lives. If you haven’t had any trials, you will. It could be a death in the family, job loss, health issues, relationship troubles, or any combination of those. No matter what it is, it can be hard to focus on the good when all you can see is the bad. You start to wonder why you need to deal with these things. Why can’t life be easier?

In You’ll Get Through This, Max Lucado gives encouragement to those going through hard times by using examples from the Bible as well as stories from people in his life. He shows how evil can be used for good even if we can’t see it at the moment. He goes through the trials that Joseph went through, the temptations he faced, the heartache he endured. Through all of that, he still kept his faith in the Lord, and, in the end, not only was he blessed, but he was also able to bless others.

Max explains that it’s okay to get frustrated and cry out to the Lord. He gives examples of different individuals in the Bible that called the Lord out and questioned why that had to endure such pain. He shows how some people he has known personally have gone through horrible circumstances in their lives and came out okay in the end.

There isn’t really anything new presented in this book, but I do believe that it can still be an encouragement in times of struggle.

Side note: I began reading this book shortly before I was injured and subsequently put on bed rest, so there was some irony in the timing of this review. 😉

I sustained an ankle injury shortly after starting to read You'll Get Through This.

Book Description:

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.” Throughout readers will explore the story of Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20 – what Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good, even if it isn’t quick and painless for us.

About the Author:

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718031512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718031510
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Retail Price: $16.99

Fitness Friday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Fitness Friday - when injury interrupts your regularly scheduled fitness routine

The Good

Last week, I was having a great week not only getting projects done around the house but also with my fitness program. I was back on my regular 21 Day Fix Fitness program routine, and I had added yoga to the mix in the evenings. The combination of the two left me feeling tired and sore, but my body really appreciated the yoga as it helped me stay more relaxed and flexible. I was sleeping better and had more energy.

I was thrilled when I was able to help hubby more with his projects in the garage over the weekend because I was stronger and healthier. It was nice to be able to do more instead of just little things here and there. (He appreciates the little things, but it’s nice to be able to do more work by his side.)

The Bad

Then, on Saturday or Sunday night, (sorry days are blurring a little now…) I stubbed my toe on my left foot – hard – on one of my weights when I got up during the night to take care of the dogs. That toe quickly swelled and bruised. It hurt – really bad. I knew it was either a break or a bad sprain. Either way, I would just need to deal with it, so I hobbled along and got a few things done. I, unfortunately, was unable to help to any great degree with things that hubby was working on, but I could at least do little things here and there. Exercise just wasn’t going to happen. :(

The Ugly

Tuesday rolled around, and I headed out to pick up our CSA basket. When I stepped out of the truck, I was being careful not to put too much force on my bad toe and completely missed the hole that my other foot was about to go into. My ankle went, and I went down – hard. I’m crumpled on the ground in agony while the lady who saw this go down carries on with putting her CSA box in her truck and drives off.

Eventually, I’m able to stand up and sit in my truck. The person that runs our CSA puts my boxes in my truck, and I manage to painfully drive home. By the time I get home, I feel like I’m going to pass out from the pain. Munchkin manages to help me into the house, and she takes care of bringing stuff into the house. I get situated and elevate my right ankle and check out my knee. Munchkin gets me an ice pack. My left knee is scraped up and swollen. My right ankle is huge. I’m unable to put weight on it, and it hurts.

I let hubby know what has happened, and I then I wait until he can get home from work to take me to the ER. A trip to the ER and some x-rays show that it’s not broken. It’s a really bad sprain, so I have a sprained toe on my left foot and a sprained ankle on my right. The put a splint on it and give me crutches and pain meds. I’m off my foot for a minimum of a week, and I’m not allowed to drive. Because of the sprained toe, moving on the crutches is very painful, so I’m pretty much not moving around for now.

Needless to say, my exercise routine has been set aside, once again, until I heal up. **sigh**

Advanced Pre-Med Studies from Master Books

Special thanks to Master Books for providing a review copy of this curriculum for us to test out in our home. All opinions are my own based upon our personal experiences with the product.

Advanced Pre-Med Studies Curriculum Pack from Master Books

Do you have an aspiring biology or pre-med student in your home? Is your child fascinated with the study of human biology? The Advanced Pre-Med Studies curriculum set from Master Books may be just what you need. It includes the Parent Lesson Planner, Body by Design by Alan L. Gillen, Building Blocks in Life Science by Gary Parker, The Genesis of Germs by Alan L. Gillen, and Exploring the History of Medicine by John Hudson Tiner. It’s a 1-year science program geared towards 10th – 12th grade students and equals 1 high school science credit.

The Parent Lesson Planner has a 36 week lesson plan. Each week has 5 lessons that are approximately 30 to 45 minutes per lesson. There are worksheets, quizzes, tests, and the all important answer keys. It is set up so the student can work independently, if desired. The first semester covers Exploring the History of Medicine and The Genesis of Germs. The second semester covers Body by Design and Building Blocks of Life Science. The pages in the planner can be copied for use in the family or for groups up to 10 students. Optional science labs are given for further hands-on study. (These labs would require additional purchases to complete.)

In Exploring the History of Medicine, students are introduced to the key individuals in medical history as well as important breakthroughs in science. It goes over things scientists got wrong and right throughout history as well as thinking has changed over the years with new scientific information comes to light. Everything is presented from a Biblical worldview. Each chapter has a symptom chart which gives the problems that will be covered in the chapter, a diagnosis chart that covers the solutions to the problems covered in the chapter, and chapter review questions. The book is filled with illustrations, images, and biographies to help keep students engaged in the learning process.

In The Genesis of Germs, students are introduced to microbes, bacteria, protista, fungi, viruses, diseases, and plagues all from a Biblical worldview. Throughout the chapters you’ll find a variety of focuses: general focus, historical focus, design focus, creation focus, and creation scientist focus which point out key elements in the chapters. The chapters contain a lot of information which is why it is nice that there are a good number of images, charts, and graphs to make the information easier to understand. The book does have review questions for each chapter as well as critical thinking questions. Unfortunately, there is no answer key for the chapter questions.

In Body by Design, students are taken on a journey through the human body with a look at all 11 systems of the human body. An emphasis is placed on the biblical idea that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by our creator. Chapters are filled with information including images, charts, and tables. Each chapter concludes with a check your understanding section that contains questions to make sure the student understands what they are learning.

In Building Blocks of Life Science, students are introduced to subjects including: Darwin (evolution) vs Design (creation), Patterns in Structure and Development – Life before birth (creation, evolution, and the embryo), and DNA and the Origin of Life. Each of these units further breaks down into in-depth studies into the topics. While the book is not overly technical, there is a good bit of scientific information presented throughout the text. At the end of the sections within the units, a “building inspection” (quiz) is given to help the reader solidify the information in her mind. Prior to the “building inspection”, the “form your foundation” paragraph gives an information paragraph to help build a solid foundation for the reader’s belief system. Each building block points toward the truth of scripture and the errors of evolution.

Students will walk away from this course with a better understanding of the human body, medical history, germs, and life science all from a Biblical worldview.

 

Wordless Wednesday: Evening Ride

Heading out for a summer evening ride

Munchkin drove me around in the RZR for our summer evening ride

A fun summer evening ride in the desert

Riding into the sunset

Beautiful desert sunset

We wrapped up our long weekend of work with a fun evening ride in the desert. It was a nice way to relax a little and enjoy the beauty of the desert. The temps had been so high that an evening ride is the most comfortable way to enjoy the desert during the summer months.

High Flying with a Pocket Disc

Special thanks to Pocket Disc for providing a sample of their sport pocket disc for us to test out in our home. All opinions are our own based upon our personal experiences with the product.

Please don't take away my PocketDisc

But I don’t want to give it back. I like it too much! Wiley immediately fell in the love with the Pocket Disc. The fact that we could play with it both inside and outside could have something to do with that. Plus, he loves that the 100% cotton disc is soft and easy to catch.

Flying high with our PocketDisc

The Pocket Disc is a fair trade product that is made in Guatemala. The company believes in making the world a better place for all. It uses green practices and takes care of those who make their products. I highly recommend reading the entire story about how much the jobs mean to the artisans who make the discs and other products.

The Pocket Disc’s origin came from a few too many rows stitched on a doily which made the edge curl. A goofy toss of the disc lead to thoughts of what could be. With some time, research, and hard work, the Pocket Disc was created.

Wiley trying to snag the PocketDisc

The are a variety of discs for different applications, and a pattern for every taste and occasion. We received a beautiful blue sport disc. The sport disc is a little heavier than the regular disc and meant more for outdoor use although you can easily use it indoors as well. I’m impressed with how durable these discs are when using them with our dogs.

Wiley snagging the PocketDisc

Wiley loves frisbees, but this was, by far, the favorite disc that we’ve ever used. Wyatt, on the other hand, does not like frisbees – at all. I was pleasantly surprised when he decided to get in on the play with the Pocket Disc. He would steal it from Wiley and take off. I think the softness of the disc is more to his liking. He also likes that he can shake it like a rag doll. It didn’t show any wear even after a couple of tug-of-war sessions between the dogs when they were trying to steal it from each other.

To keep the disc looking bold and beautiful, you’ll want to wash it by hand. It cleans up nicely and holds its shape which is a good thing when you’re playing with dogs outside (or even inside).

Of course, the discs aren’t just for dogs. They are great for humans as well. Because they are soft, you can easily take them with you to the beach, to the park, on the go, or even tailgating. They don’t take up much space. They’d even be great for use in a college dorm. 😉

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