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Detours, Tow Trucks, and Angels in Disguise: Finding Humor and Hope in Unexpected Places (Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ) Paperback – July 1, 1996

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This collection gave me what most readers want from a book like this-a sense of love and encouragement in the midst of a loss...[This book] is a container of unexpected pleasure, gentle laughs, and occasional tears as you witness God's mercy and love. (Leigh Neely, Christian Single, April 1997)

Here is a winning book! It's for laity to read for inspiration and clergy to read for inspiration and sermon illustrations. The book's moods cover tragedy, hilarity, and all degrees in between. Excellent writing style; crisp, moving, and contemporary. I can't urge preachers and teachers too strongly to get this book. It's exceptional. -- The Communicator, May 1997

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LAUGH AND CRY AS YOU SEE GOD’S HAND AT WORK IN YOUR LIFE. Laughter and tears. Somehow they go hand in hand. Just when you’re in the midst of sobbing, laughter erupts. It’s in these moments of laughter and tears that we often find unexpected truth. In this heart-warming collection of true-to-life vignettes, best-selling author Carol Kent combines inspirational stories, hilarity, and sorrow to illustrate the joys and trials of life. “Sometimes months or even years after experiencing a life event, I figure out the ‘why,’” she writes in Detours, Tow Trucks, and Angels in Disguise. “As I view the situation in the light of God’s Word and ask Him to reveal what He wants to teach me-only then do I discover the truth He wanted me to learn.” You’ll laugh and cry as you listen to God’s voice in the funny, poignant, and inspirational stories and situations that make life so worth living. And you’ll find yourself reflecting on the stories of your own life, seeing God’s grace at work in you.
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Product Details

  • Series: Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; English Language edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891099743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891099741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Kent is a popular international public speaker best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical. Founder of Speak Up With Confidence (a communications training seminar), Speak Up Speaker Services (a speakers bureau), and Speak Up for Hope (a prison ministry), Carol is an expert on public speaking, on writing, and on encouraging people to hold on to hope when life's circumstances turn out differently from their dreams.

Carol has spoken internationally in South Africa, Germany, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada. She regularly appears on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts.

She entered the public eye with the story of her only son's imprisonment for murder, a journey she shared in the powerful book, When I Lay My Isaac Down. This painful experience has led Carol and her husband, Gene, down a long road of sacrifice and redemption.

Carol holds a master's degree in communication arts and a bachelor's degree in speech education. Her bestselling books include: A New Kind of Normal (starred review in Publishers Weekly), When I Lay My Isaac Down (winner of Christian Retailers Choice Award), Becoming a Woman of Influence, Mothers Have Angel Wings, Secret Longings of the Heart, Tame Your Fears, Speak Up With Confidence, and Detours, Tow Trucks, and Angels in Disguise (all NavPress). She has also co-written with Karen Lee-Thorp the Designed for Influence Bible Studies (six books in the series, NavPress). Carol was the co-author and general editor of the Kisses of Sunshine Series of five books (Zondervan). Her articles have been published in a wide variety of magazines and in on-line resources.

Her new book, Between a Rock and a Grace Place, will be released by Zondervan in October. This book is the ongoing story of her journey with her son and it includes riveting letters he wrote from behind the razor wire of a maximum security prison. It also addresses the felt needs of people who hurt, and instills a surprisingly new way of thinking, leaving readers irresistibly drawn to see God's astonishing "grace places" in the middle of their roadblocks.

To book Carol for speaking engagements, or for information on her itinerary, or go to www.CarolKent.org. Join Carol on Facebook, follow her on Twitter@carolkentspeaks, or read her blog on the above website.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on July 23, 2007
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I love Carol Kent's writing. In this book, she shares such good and humorous stories, but ones with a poignant side as well. I have used many of them to read on tape for a vision impaired, bed-ridden friend of mine who suffers from multiple sclerosis and can't read herself. She has enjoyed them and asks for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Living thru the Pages on October 5, 2008
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The way Carol has written this book it can be read in just a few readings - not that you would want to rush it though. For each chapter she has attached additional thoughts/prayers and verses from the Bible.

Just like Carol speaks at Seminars - she gets right into the heart of the matter and makes the reader feel as though she is just talking to them, one on one. She subtly weaves humor to cushion several very serious topics.

Be sure to read the section where she describes a chain letter she received about sending your husband to the woman whose name is at the top of the list.

Can't wait to read other materials she has written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Few on March 7, 2010
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This book is full of true-to-life stories that inspire, motivate and encourage you to make a change in your life for the better.
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These stories are wonderful and many are
humorous. The stories are short and to the point.
They encourage readers who may be experiencing
some of the same problems the author experienced.
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