It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

Written by:
Lysa Terkeurst
Narrated by:
Jolene Barto , Lysa Terkeurst

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2018
6 hours 20 minutes
READ BY THE AUTHOR | Also includes exclusive interview with Lysa!


What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, his lack of intervention hurtful, and his promises doubtful? Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances, inviting you to live assured when life doesn't turn out like you expected.

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a season, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned at best and overwhelmed and hopeless at worst. We quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness and why he allows us to suffer and experience grief and loss.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But after many tears, godly counseling, and prayerful seeking, she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:

- Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
- Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy, so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
- Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
- Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
- Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth, the Bible.

Look for additional biblically based resources and devotionals from Lysa:

- Good Boundaries and Goodbyes
- Forgiving What You Can't Forget
- Uninvited
- You're Going to Make It
- Embraced
- Seeing Beautiful Again

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Janet D.

A blessing during a sad time!!!!!!!!

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Very inspirational! Very encouraging!!

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Marisol L.

A blessing. Thank you Lysa for sharing your heartbreak with us. It spoke directly to me in this difficult time I am being faced with. I feel your pain and I see your pain. Your vulnerable journey is inspiring. I love this book!

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I didn’t like this book. I was hoping it would make me feel better about not being where I pictured I would be. This was to much about religion for me.

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Kim F.

Marked moments of trust – Mark 14 “take this cup from me”; 2 Timothy 1-7 “Spirit of fear is not from god” 1 Peter 5-10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” The our father prayer Mathew 6 9-11 Matthew 6:9 is the ninth verse of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This verse is the opening of the Lord's Prayer, one of the best known parts of the entire New Testament. I liked this book. It is a little too much on the scripture for me, however, the author is enthusiastic and encouraging. I can just envision it being the type of book women sit around and discuss at their Sunday book club.

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Awesome book. Love this author!

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Rhonda H.

This was a great book. Very emotional. Much easier to listen to than to read.

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Cherise Bracken

this helped me. love the book

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Rosemary D.

The book was very interesting and captivating. However, the narrator was horrible. Too dramatic and distracting for me.

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