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Some roads in life have detours that take you on a path you would have never chosen to travel. Having to take the long way around and feeling as if you have no way of charting your course can be frustrating, discouraging, and even frightening. In his book, I Didnt Sign Up for This, Aaron Sharp offers insight from the experiences of the prophet Elijah to help you navigate your way when circumstances in life suddenly reroute you into a wilderness experience. Gain a fresh perspective on the need for Gods direction in your life. Find guidelines and tools to fuel your faith, encourage your soul, and help you overcome your fears. Discover how you can align your expectations with God's plan and rely on Him to help you find your way through the detours you face on lifes journey.

 

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Aaron Sharp graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a master of theology degree and a passion to see people study and understand God's Word. His writing has been published in several magazines. He and his wife, Elaina, also a Dallas Seminary graduate, live in Little Elm, Texas, with their two children. Aaron works for Insight for Living in the Information Technology department.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery House (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572935138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572935136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,121,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Biblical foundation for this book is 1 Kings 19 about Elijah and how he wanted to get out of his detour but God had another plan for him. Chapters 4-10 list the parts of 1 Kings 19 that each chapter is about. This book teaches what causes detours in people's lives and explains that often when people go through detours they are really searching for a way back home. The downward spiral that happens when people are often on detours is also explained. This book paints a very clear picture about how Elijah ended up on his detour and breaks down 1 Kings 19 in a very understandable way. It also explains how to use the Bible to find ways to relate to situations to help people retrace the steps of how they ended up on detours, instead of looking for personal messages when they are on them.

I learned from this book that the beginning of a detour often happens because of unmet expectations. We often get frustrated about our expectations because they revolve around us while God is focused on his purposes. When we are thinking of just our future or our family's future we are thinking of ourselves and not of people we don't know, this gives me the impression that we need to try to take time each day to focus on the needs of others while not neglecting our families, or ourselves. Also, everyone will experience times of sadness, doubt, fear, and depression and it's unspiritual to hide these emotions. It was also interesting to learn that the author thinks we are all trained actors; human beings often putting on acts that everything is okay to make others think that we have no serious problems. And a special bonus in reading this book for me was when I learned that a chiasm is a Hebrew way of telling a story, which is how 1 Kings 19 is told.
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A simple look at how God dealt with Elijah when he ran away to the wilderness. Another similar book is THE LAND BETWEEN by Jeff Manion, which presents lessons we can learn from Israel's wilderness wanderings. But my all-time favorite is Dave Shive's NIGHT SHIFT: GOD WORKS IN THE DARK HOURS OF LIFE. Based on the life of David, this book gives practical advice when we feel side-lined and fruitless. Shive's book revolutionalized my thinking so I can accept God's unwanted assignments.
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This is an excellent book and should be read by all Christians. Everyone goes through a time in their life when they questions if being a Christian should be this hard. This book shows you how to take those moments and turn them into positive growth. Once you realize that the hard times are the times you need the Lord the most, you will learn to rely on Him to help you instead of trying to do it on your own.

I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the examples used were excellent and related well to the principle the author was highlighting. I liked the tone of the book, very encouraging and uplifting. I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through difficult circumstances and needs a reminder of the Lords love and support. I would also recommend this book to all Christians, as it is a great reminder of the Lords presence in your daily life.

I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to Aaron Sharp and his publisher for sending me a copy of "I Didn't Sign Up For This: Navigating Life's Detours" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Aaron Sharp's "I Didn't Sign Up For This: Navigating Life's Detours" is a fantastic study using Elijah as its teaching focus. Each of the 11 enlightening chapters contains stories from the author's life that illuminate Elijah's own story as shared in Scripture. Topics range from Unmet Expectations to Emotions to Isolation to Imperfect Understanding and much more. Each chapter closes with insightful and thought-provoking questions that can be used for discussion in a small group study. These questions can also be used for private study and personal growth.

I deliberately did not scrutinize the complete text at this time because I plan to use this book for my in-depth summer study.
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Title: I Didn't Sign Up For This
Author: Aaron Sharp
Pages: 224
Year: 2012
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers
Note: I received a complimentary copy for reviewing.

What does the name Elijah remind you of? Is there someone you know who has that name or do you remember a man in the Bible with that name? Is there anything specific you remember about him? My favorite story of Elijah comes from the Old Testament. He was a man who was a powerful prophet and proved that an idol had no power, but the LORD did have power and still does. Next, I remember him feeling exhausted, beaten, and done with his ministry. He goes out to the desert to talk to God, and the amazing thing about it all to me is that God never once tells him to be quiet. God listens.
Does any of the above ring a bell with you? Where exactly is that located in the Bible anyway? In this book, writer Aaron Sharp focuses on 1 Kings 19 and Elijah specifically. Why? Elijah probably felt like he didn't sign up for what he was going through, and sometimes we feel like we didn't sign up for what we are going through either. Aaron Sharp unpacks 1 Kings 19 to show the detours Elijah went through in his life and how God was working, even if Elijah didn't see or know that truth. We need to be reminded too that detours aren't always comfortable, but God is working beyond our capacity to see or understand.
In this book of twelve chapters, Aaron Sharp shares what he has learned in the sometimes painful detours he has lived through in his life. The wisdom he gained and the struggles he went through are reminiscent of what some of us have gone through too.
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