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When God Doesn't Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can't Live Without Paperback – September 15, 2015
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About the Author
Laura Story is a Grammy Award−winning singer and songwriter. Her album Blessings was certified gold in 2011. She has served as the worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005. Laura lives with her husband, Martin, and their three children, Ben, Griffin, and Josie.
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I will admit up front, I think everything Laura Story does is "so cool", and read the book mostly because she wrote it. I wanted the subject matter, but I would read a cereal box if Laura had a quote on it. ;-)
But this isn't just me with my "hero worship" glasses I am tempted to wear. This book is REALLY good! And, I think a big reason is because we ALL have brokenness. We all have things we wish God would "just fix". We all have things that would be easier to not share or be vulnerable about. And Laura is really honest and open about that. She shares her personal story in a really raw, open, honest, and sometimes hilarious way. ;-) but interwoven throughout her story is universal truth. Not platitude. Not "Christianese", but for real for everyone truth. Almost every chapter ends with a Myth vs. Truth. And almost every single myth she lists is a lie that my heart so wants to tell me is true. Myths like (this is me paraphrasing cause she says it better) "When everything is healed then I can be used by God", "He is punishing me and that's why everything is broken.", "when everything is healed then I can be happy"- and she combats them truths like "God can use my story in the redemption of the nations", "He isn't punishing me, He loves me, and in His love and mercy He is going to use my story to bring hope to other hurting people." "Joy is deeper than just when it "feels better"" I could go on and on, but don't want to just regurgitate what she said - I want people to read it for themselves and hear His love and power and grace just washing over them.
I can think of something in every person that I loves life and story that needs healing and repair and redemption. And I think everyone would hear His voice saying "I love you - here is my hope to you" through her words.
Everyone could definitely benefit from reading this book! For 30 years, God has not "fixed" me and I thought He didn't hear my prayers. After reading this, I am more comforted in my brokenness. His grace is sufficient for me! I can again say "Blessed be The Lord"! I don't have to have great faith, because I have a great God! I only need the faith of a mustard seed and that is sufficient. God will provide the rest.
Thank you to a dear sister in Christ that heard my pain, and suggested this book. And most of all God, thank You for using believers like Laura Story (and people in my small group) to be instruments of Yours as I hear You speaking through them. All glory, praise and thanks to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!
I also want to add that this is the first Christian "help" book I was able to read start to finish without getting annoyed with the content or irrelevance. She shares some great truths from scripture as well as offering different perspectives. Please, if you are hurting and looking for encouragement, this book is a helpful instrument to offer healing.
"When God Doesn't Fix It" is well-written and inspiring. My primary critique is that Ms. Story seemed to struggle to bring the book to an end — the end dragged a bit. If you're struggling with unanswered prayers or unfulfilled expectations, this book should help you see your situation in a different light.