Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When God Makes Lemonade by Don Jacobson - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Thomas Nelson)
Do you know someone who needs some encouragement?  Perhaps that someone is you.

In When God Makes Lemonade, author Don Jacobson has collected real-life stories from around the world that show everyday folks discovering unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances.  Some are funny, others are sobering, and more than a few will bring tears of amazement.  But these true stories all have one thing in common: hope.

There's no question that life gives us "lemons," like issues with health, employment, and relationships.  But when those lemons become lemonade, it's as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot summer day.

It's true that in life "stuff" happens, but as you'll see in these stories, Lemonade Happens too!

My Thoughts:

“My prayer is that with a little hope, courage, and time, you, too, will begin to sense God at work, crafting your life into a beautiful story of redemption.”  (p. 14)

Reading Don Jacobson’s story and the resulting collection of “Lemonade” stories,  is the most encouraging thing that has happened to me in quite some time!  When life circumstances are sifted through God’s hands and His purposes, truly…something amazing happens!  What happens mystifies and astounds the world that intersects with God through the life story of the transformed believer.  If you are like me, and grew up in church, you have often heard Romans 8:28 spoken in the aftermath of tragedy and thought, “What a senseless thing to say at a time like this!”  When, in fact, the truth of those words were being worked out in a heart and life in ways that only God could orchestrate.  Perhaps you were never able to be refreshed by the lemonade that resulted from the tragedy.  Well, now, through the pages of this remarkable book, you can!  I daresay you won’t be so quick to dismiss this refreshing truth next time you hear it! You might even begin to look for the evidence that lemonade is in the making!

Lemonade is a book that can be sipped or gulped, depending on your thirst for encouragement.  I have done both, and my heart and soul have, indeed, been refreshed in a lasting way.  This is the perfect book to give as a gift of encouragement!  And if you have your own lemonade story, you can go to Jacobson’s website and share it!  This is a gift that keeps on giving!!  Start reading today and be refreshed!!

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