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As Silver Refined: Learning to Embrace Life's Disappointments Kindle Edition

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ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT LIFE ISN?T TURNING OUT LIKE YOU PLANNED? HOW DO YOU RESPOND when your husband or wife tramples your emotions? When your boss fires you unexpectedly? When you lose your life?s savings? When the child you?ve loved and prayed for turns his back on you and your values? When disappointments like these smash their way into your life, you may want to scream, ?How could God let this happen??

BUT WHAT IF GOD didn?t just ?let it happen?? What if the things you call disappointments are really His appointments ? events He is using to make you more like Christ? What if He is using your disappointments like flames to melt and burn away the undesirable elements in your life, leaving you pure and radiant ? like refined silver?

YOU CAN BE DEFEATED by life?s unavoidable disappointments, or you can become stronger because of them. Kay Arthur paints a graphic picture of the dangerous downward spiral of disappointment that can lead to discouragement, depression, or even despair. But you can learn to break that cycle and embrace disappointment with a faith that recognizes the trials of life as tools that God uses to make you ? as silver refined ? a reflection of His goodness.

About the Author

KAY ARTHUR is the author of numerous books, including When the Hurt Runs Deep and Lord, I Want to Know You. An international teacher and communicator whose work has touched millions of lives, Kay has received several awards for her writing and media programming. She currently serves with her husband, Jack, as co-CEO of Precept Ministries International, the organization they founded together more than forty years ago and which today operates in one
hundred fi fty countries in seventy languages. Kay and Jack live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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  • File Size: 2975 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 16, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PU7W64
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Kay Arthur is one of America's best-known and most-beloved Bible teachers and authors. With her husband, Jack, she is the co-founder of Precept Ministries International, the leaders in inductive Bible-study resources. Kay also reaches hundreds of thousands of people internationally through her "Precept upon Precept" inductive Bible studies. In addition, her daily and weekly television programs air on over 900 stations in 30 countries.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Gwaltney on May 10, 2005
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To think, this book had been in print for five years before I found it! It's extraordinary in its frankness, concerning present failures, past regrets, and absolute faith in God's sovereignty. What a blessing that I found it at last! I recommend it to any Christian who is troubled by past sins or mistakes. Even though God has forgiven you, do you have trouble forgiving yourself? This book is a great encouragement, and an enormous comfort.

The title drew me in. EMBRACE disappointments? Pardon me?

The book proved to be a keeper, and beyond that, one to buy for others too. I have a large collection of Christian books, but few of them have earned a place on my bed stand. This book is the most dog-eared of all. I have read it again and again, and God has blessed me each time, with a new discovery about my own life, or a fresh concept to encourage me. Kay's insight is breathtaking to me.

She writes of trials that the enemy wishes would serve to destroy us, and what we can do about it, to reclaim our lives and our joy.

She writes of God: "if this trial were not for your benefit and His glory, He would never have allowed it to seep through His fingers of love into your life. The disappointment has come, precious child of God, not because God desires to hurt you or make you miserable, or to demoralize you or ruin your life or keep you from ever knowing happiness. Rather, it comes because He wants you to be perfect and complete in every aspect, lacking nothing... God will use the disappointments of life to teach and train you and to make you more like Jesus Christ. God will use them to do something awesome: to reproduce Himself in you."

And: "Let's look at a second particularly dangerous kind of disappointment: our regrets over the past.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Midge Cole on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book while enduring a very difficult trial, and I can't begin to express how much this book changed my perspective. It reminded me of how great God truly is, of how much He loves me, and how His grace is sufficient for my life, especially during difficulties. I was reminded that everything that comes into my life first passes through the Lord's "finger's of love". If you are feeling disappointed, discouraged or depressed, read this book and it will refresh your joy and give you the courage to endure whatever comes into your life. Thank you, Kay Arthur, for proclaiming the truth of God!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Noelene Slatem on October 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
My Mother-in-law passed away in February 2002. I really did not know where to turn. God seemed so far away. My husband and I decided to join a griefshare group, and Kay Arthur forms part of the videos, sharing her own experiences through her tough times. This book was on the "suggested read" list for griefshare. Although our group did not have this book on the shelf, I decided to go and buy it. (there were many to chose from, but because I am a Precept-upon-precept leader and student (try and find a study goin in your area - it will change you life forever). Well, i never looked back, I just could not put the book down, it helped me through those very dark tunnels, it guided me into seeing that my dissapointment could very well be God's appointments. The book has gone through my ladies book club as well as some of the students within my class. What makes this book brilliant is that God uses it to help us in our deepest pain and this I know because of all of the people that have borrowed my copy and read it - they have gone out to buy their own copy and some have even bought it as a gift for someone who needs encouragement and hope! I thank God for this book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jane Squires on September 6, 2001
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Kay sent me this book while I was going through one situation after another. It has totally uplifted me and changed my outlook on the things that keep happening to me. I am able to look as every disappointment as God's appointments. I am able to restore my confidence in God and trust Him because I know He has the whole picture where I can only see part of it.
I never succeeded in reading straight through this book on a daily basis as a Bible study. It seemed God had me read only what I needed on day's I needed but it sure was annointed by the Holy Spirit. I think every person needs this book
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chael B. Tookes on August 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This teaching has helped me to redefine disappointment. I am endeavouring to look at my life from God's perspective. As a result of this teaching, I am learning to enbrace disappointment as a tool in which God is refining me and developing in me something far greater than I often understand. Depression and disappointment are one of the enemy' greatest tools for plundering the hearts and mind of Gods people. Instead of allowing myself to wallow in disappointment and self pity, I immediately fall at the feet of Jesus and ask him to help me focus on him and what he wants to teach or reveal to me. This has been a very wonderful tool in overcoming the often subtle attack of the enemy to steal my joy.
Furthermore, anything and anyone annointed by God will always produce life bearing fruit.
Thanks Kay Arthur for allowing God to work in you to perform the blessing of teaching us how to stay connected to the source of living water.
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