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“My wife and I have read and reread every word in this book. It was like God’s voice to us in one of the toughest seasons in our lives. Don’t stop because it’s dark. Read this book, and follow the proven steps of a man who lost everything but lived to recover it all.”—Jentezen Franklin

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Nobody knew adversity like King David.

He was called and anointed to reign in life, and yet he had to find a way in God to keep from losing it all. In What to Do on the Worst Day of Your Life, Brian Zahnd looks into the life of David to discover a pattern of faith we can apply to overcome life's daunting obstacles.

In David's story we find a timeless model for how to encounter God's restorative power in the midst of deep tragedy. Join Brian Zahnd, and see what David did on his worst day.

You'll see David weep but not get bitter. You'll see him reorient his vision and regain his passion. All along the journey you'll be reminded that God's great work in David's life was not an odd, one-off miracle but a pattern of faith for all who are facing the worst day of their life.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Life (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599797267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599797267
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Christine Abraham TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2013
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What To Do On The Worst Day of Your Life by Brian Zahnd is so amazing, once I read the book I bought three more copies for my friends! I first heard about the book while watching a sermon at Saddleback Church one day after Rick and Kay Warren's son Matthew took his own life after a long battle with mental illness. One week before the worst day in his life, Pastor Rick was reading this book and preparing for a sermon. The Holy Spirit was preparing Rick's heart for the days ahead of him and the Lord was clearly making His Presence known. I was captivated by the power of the message so I purchased and downloaded the book to cope with my own worst day. Two of my family members died in the past week, and I was still grieving my beloved Grandmother who passed into heaven three months ago. I needed a book backed by the Holy Spirit!

From the start, the book What To Do On The Worst Day of Your Life is calming to a mind filled with grief and traumatic stress. I followed the story of King David's own journey and identified with many of the moments woven into scripture. It was encouraging to recognize the emotions David endured in his season of loss and the eventual recovery through the work of God.

What To Do On The Worst Day of Your Life should be a required reading assignment for Biblical study, a handbook for walking through the painful embers of a Christian life. It's powerful, uplifting, inspiring and backed with scripture. Don't wait until your worst day to purchase a copy...get one today and prepare your mind with wisdom. Keep a few extra copies to deliver in a crisis to a friend or family member...you will not want to give away your own precious copy of this book. I intend to re-read my copy several times in the months ahead as I continue to grieve the loss of three loved ones.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Derek Vreeland on March 4, 2009
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This is the book I want with me when all hell breaks loose and I am battling the worst day of my life.

I have had some difficult days, some challenging days, some tearful days, but on the worst day of my life would somebody please hand me a copy of Brian Zahnd's, What to Do on the Worst Day of your Life.

This book is more of a story than a how-to guide. Zahnd retells the biblical story of King David and the tragedy at Ziklag (1 Samuel 30:1-8, 16-20, 26). He masterfully weaves the reader into the story, so that like David, we feel the heartbreak, the disillusionment, the turn-around, the grace-infused renewal, the righteous anger, the thrill of victory, the celebration of recovery, and the proclamation of hope.

King David was having a bad day. As Zahnd tells it: David went bankrupt, had his house burned to the ground, his possessions stolen, and his entire "family kidnapped by terrorists--all in one day [author's emphasis]" (3). For sure this was a bad day, the worst day in David's life up to this point.

Zahnd's retelling of David's story gives us an encouraging template, a heart-stirring testimony of grace and hopes, so that we cannot only endure our own worst days, but reach a place of full recovery. He peppers the retelling of David's story with his own stories of struggle and celebration and he appeals time and time again to the Scripture. (There are 163 biblical references recorded in the "Notes" section in the back of the book.)

As an unfolding story itself, What to Do on the Worst Day of Your Life does not offer a picture of naïve optimism or a catalyst for superficial emotionalism. This story is centered on the grace-filled message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LeAnn Moorhead on February 19, 2009
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If you've ever wondered why some people come through difficult times better and stronger and others seem to get stuck in a tailspin, this book will open your eyes. Brian Zahnd's look at the 10 steps King David went through to overcome the worst day of his life is so simple and compelling, you'll wonder how you never saw it before. I had several ah ha moments while reading this book. This is a MUST READ for anyone going through a difficult time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Danielle E. Tomlinson on February 19, 2009
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When you read this book, it may help you or someone you know going through a tough time. With many people losing their jobs, companies folding, and the price of living still rising, this is the perfect book for the perfect time. Many people are frightened right now and are wondering if they are next. If something horrible does happen, people need to know how to handle the situation and this book will take you step by step on that process. I pray that if you are going through a hard time that God will use this book to help you over come those obstacles in your life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Condiff on February 22, 2009
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The title alone had me anticipating that this was a special book. It is the story of David in Ziklag - but Brian Zahnd brings it alive in a way I have not experienced since Bruce Wilkerson introduced "The Prayer of Jabez" to the Christian marketplace! It is destined to be a Best Seller!

Pastor Zahnd leads us through scripture that I have read many times in the past. He brings it alive and leads me with application in a way that
kept me riveted to the text - so it was a quick read. Not since I have read Frank Perretti's "This Present Darkness" was I able to visualize the power of God's Word as the scripture brings Him alive for me.

I recommend this book to anyone who has found themselves dumbfounded by the turn of events we seem to experience every week in todays turbulant times. We are living in times of uncertainty and this book has power to bring calm and hope in both your own life and also to the lives of your family and friends.
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