When God Makes Lemonade

When God Makes Lemonade: True Stories That Amaze & Encourage
By Don Jacobson / Thomas Nelson
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* Unemployment, health problems, heartbreak . . . Sooner or later, we all encounter life’s “lemons.” Publishing executive Jacobson shows how in God’s hands, they can become lemonade! In this encouraging collection of true-life stories, he introduces a resilient bunch of “everyday folks” who discover unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances. 176 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through HarperCollins Christian Publishers book review bloggers 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.

In When God Makes Lemonade, author Don Jacobson has collected real-life stories from around the world that show everyday folks discovering unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances. Some are funny, others are sobering, and more than a few will bring tears of amazement. But these true stories all have one thing in common: hope.

There’s no question that life gives us “lemons,” like issues with health, employment, and relationships. But when those lemons become lemonade, it’s as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot summer day.

It’s true that in life “stuff” happens, but as you’ll see in these stories, lemonade happens too!

I truly love this book.  As soon as I started reading the first chapter I knew that this was an excellent book. Each chapter holds a person’s precious moments, which become life changing events, full of emotion. All glory is given to God throughout the book. Countless times, while I was immersed in the reading, I was overcome with emotion. Tears flowed down my cheeks. Sometimes they held sadness, other times joy. There are many true stories within this book, which I can relate to from my own life experiences. Then there are many other stories I have not experienced in my own life,  but through their accounts I feel as though I am there with them.

I have learned to see circumstances, no matter how bad they may be, in a different light and perspective. God knows what is best for us even though we may not understand.  He sees the big picture of our life, as we maintain a limited view. Some events can be extremely bad when we put all of our focus on them, but then we step back and look at how it could have been far worse. This is truly when we see the blessing in the disaster.

I highly recommend this book to all! One suggestion though; before you start reading the book, you will need a box of tissues by your side.

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