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I Didn't Sign Up for This: Navigating Life's Detours Paperback – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Author: Aaron Sharp
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.Read more ›
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Great book! Insightful! I appreciate the connection through experiences & scriptural relevance.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A well thought out and constructed text which got me to considering further the theology of detours in our lives. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by An Observer
Life is full of detours. Many of us are ready to testify that not all Plan As work. Often, there is disappointment after disappointment causing even the most pious Christians to... Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Dr Conrade Yap
Elijah has a varied career as a prophet of God, highs and lows, miracles and ordinaries, and a whirlwind with chariots of fire. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Rebecca G. Guinn
This book helped me in a time of great need. After being a "whistle-blower" at work, I was quickly demoted. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Harrisle
Enjoy sharing this book with three other men. Enjoy and realize those before us had good and bad days in their lives.Published on March 25, 2013 by Carl E. Herr
Will be easy to write this review. Aaron is my great nephew. Parts are funny, but that is his sense of humor. This book is very well writen. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by AVID READER
" I Didn't Sign Up For This" is a book many may want to say is basic and for new Christians. However, I would disagree with this, yes the book does cover some basic Christianity... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Dawn E. Whitmore