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"Submitting to the order God has in mind for us figures heavily in this sweetly narrated lesson on how to handle interruptions in the ideal life we make for ourselves. The author, who has written other spiritual guides, is a wife, mother, broadcaster, and minister who uses biblical stories, especially that of the prophet Jonah, to show how unexpected setbacks are God's way of redirecting us toward a destiny that is more suited to our true nature--and His will. Though many of these parables and lessons could drift into sentimentality, Robin Ray Eller's narration elevates them into the realm of memorable inspiration. Even with her youthful speaking voice, she makes a mature and appealing case for the author's message." 
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About the Author

Priscilla Shirer is a Bible teacher who enjoys bringing the stories of Scripture to life. She is also the author of popular books including One in a Million, A Jewel in His Crown, and Discerning the Voice of God. Priscilla is married to her best friend Jerry with whom she founded Going Beyond Ministries. And while Priscilla loves ministry, she prioritizes her role as wife and mother. Between writing and studying, she spends the majority of her time cleaning up after their three fabulous sons.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433670453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433670459
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Haelie on October 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Unexpected interruptions in life and schedules...truly the story of my life.

In writing Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected, Priscilla Shirer has practically written much of the story of my life. And she has never even met me! How is this?! Apparently my life situations and struggles are not quite as unique as I once thought. What a comforting realization.

Of all of the books I have read in the past few months, I would say this one speaks most specifically to me. As a matter of fact, I believe that you may discover the same for yourself if you so choose to venture into the waters of Jonah's story as told by Priscilla.

Jonah's story may be a bit familiar to most who have read the Bible or even heard Bible stories throughout their life. However, I have never read nor thought of Jonah's story in quite the way Priscilla Shirer presents it in Life Interrupted. For probably the first time ever, I actually found myself identifying with Jonah rather than judging him.

Have unexpected, even unwanted interruptions come your way causing your life course to be frustratingly altered?

Have you had a very large virtual fish swallow you in order to force you back on a path or mission you were trying to avoid and even run from?

Then I share with you something Priscilla says on this matter,
"...No matter how remote and relaxing, nothing fills the void of the abandoned purpose. Nothing feels the same anymore when you're running from God."

Have you made a mess of your life in the past?

Then, I echo a quote Priscilla shares by a lady named Carol Kent when she says,
"My mess has become my greatest message.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cell Phone User on March 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have only just completed week one in this study and find myself actually looking forward to reading it. I use blueletterbible.org to look up the scripture passages as it saves time. I find that this study is easily applied to daily life as a woman challenged by the pace of today's world and someone sandwiched between the needs of the elderly and the needs of the very young. I am a professional christian counselor who follows a biblical model for healing. I have a Master's Degree but I do not desire yet another exhausting woman's bible study that could require hours of work on my part. We are also watching the videos that come with this study. Twelve woman's groups meet in our sanctuary every Wednesday. Good study so far! Workbook format.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CindyBeall on July 10, 2011
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Priscilla is one of my favorite speakers! Her book, Life Interrupted, did not disappoint and actually spoke to the deepest parts of my heart! I love her take on the story of Jonah. She brought such insight that I had never thought of.

We are thrown all sorts of curve balls in our lives - things we never expected or wanted to happen. But, Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose. This has reminded me and challenged me to see the unexpected as an opportunity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isabel C on May 1, 2014
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I had heard so many great things about Shirer and this book, so I splurged and bought it. It started out wonderful, but then in the middle it seemed to just be repeating everything it had already said. So I still think it's a positive book, but it almost seemed like there was a word limit so she kept repeating herself to fill the spaces maybe?
Very good, true stuff in that book though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Imani Images on May 27, 2012
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I was given this book as a present from a dear friend. I realized as I was reading this book that I was actually living this book. The timing could not have been better. I experienced something that caused me to stand firm in believing Romans 8:28- All things work together for the good. Things were not going my way, but the way God would have them. And I realized that it was not an interruption but divine intervention. And for that I am greatly thankful to my friend and Priscilla for giving me just what I needed to receive and accept the blessings of my life.

This is a must read and then a must gift for those you care about. I am a fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deltareviewer VINE VOICE on November 5, 2011
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I read this book today while waiting on my girls at the beauty shop. Shirer discusses Jonah's story from the bible and uses it to illustrate how to "navigate the unexpected". She carefully uses scripture to show us that we shouldn't think about life stressors as interruptions but as divine interventions. Shirer uses everyday examples of how people turned their obstacle into an opportunity. This is a great book for anyone that sees the glass as half full and needs to see that Jesus. Died. For. You! She also has a bible study of the book of Jonah...I'm going to check that out too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robin prater on July 8, 2014
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Wow!! I have been reading book after book by Priscilla Shirer and let me tell you that this God chick is on fire! Every single book I pick up and close the last page and have gained a library of wisdom to carry in my heart.

She's honest. She's transparent and I absolutely love that about her. Priscilla writes like she is that girl next door you could share coffee with and feel completely comfortable with. The girl who can relate and so wants you to soar high with a Jesus life.

In this selection she brings us to travel along with Jonah. She not only shares the Book of Jonah, but she makes it personal. I love the way she pens from her heart. Her words flow. It makes sense. She writes it in a way that I have yet to see in another writer.

"Every interruption is a divine intervention."

"When we follow God through our interruptions, when we back away from the immediate shock to realize there's more to this issue than meets the eye, we become people who can say, "We're not sure what our next assignment will be, but we only want to be where God wants us to be.""

"We've all got a Nineveh of our own."

"We'll look up one day and be completely shocked to find ourselves face-to-face with the one thing we thought we'd never want and realize it's not so bad after all."

"What if we knew this interrupted life was less about the problem and more about the process? What if we knew this roadblock or aggravation hadn't caught God by surprise even if it's come as a shock to us? What if we knew that the direction He was taking us provided opportunities we'd always dreamed about, even if they didn't look exactly the way we thought they would?
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