“Don’t complain about the dark times; there’s a blessing in dark places. God is working something in your life that can only be worked in the fire of affliction.”
All of us will go through dark times that we don’t understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Those types of experiences are part of the human journey. But when we find ourselves in such a place, it’s important that we keep a positive perspective. Joel Osteen writes that if we stay in faith and keep a good attitude when we go through challenges, we will not only grow, but we will see how all things work together for our good. Through practical applications and scriptural insight, BLESSED IN THE DARKNESS focuses on how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn’t make sense.
If we will go through the dark place in the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.
I was grateful enough to receive an e-copy of this novel through NetGalley! All that is asked of me is to give an honest review and that’s what I plan to do here. This is another “spoiler-free” review. It’s nonfiction and hard to spoil. This book is currently out! It came out on the 24th of this month. So, you can go ahead and grab a copy if you are interested. 🙂
Okay, so if you aren’t aware I am a Christian. don’t talk about my faith too much because of how negative people can be. Of course if you are not religious then this review/book isn’t for you. I love to grow in my walk with God and I was happy to receive this book, because Joel is one of my favorite pastors. Anyway, if y’all are interested I could always do a separate post about my experiences with religion and I can share my story. Just let me know in the comments!
This book is definitely a book I would read again. It’s such a good book to read a little every day. I didn’t do that but I definitely would in the future. Joel has such an amazing way of explaining things and describing things that made this book very easy to read. This book was very enjoyable because of how Joel writes and how he teaches.
“In the dark places you pray more, you draw closer to God, and you take more time to get quiet and listen to what He’s saying.”
This book is about trusting God through the hard times. It’s very easy to get off track and discouraged when you’re going through a hard time. This book helps to show you that you need to stay in faith even when everything seems to be going wrong. It teaches you that if you keep a positive attitude and you stay thankful for what God is bringing your way then you will look at life in a more positive light. Instead of getting upset over small or big things you’ll be able to trust God and you can be confident knowing you’re in the palm of His hand’s.
This book was really good to read this month because I have had some pretty rough days but this book has taught me to turn to God more. I know that for me I usually question God and why bad things are happening and I wonder if it’s my fault, but this book lets you know that we need these hard times in order to grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. This book definitely helped me grow closer to God.
This book could get repetitive, but I don’t think it was repetitive in a bad way. I think it really helped to drive the point across and really get it into my head that bad times are exactly that. Bad time. They’re not forever, they’re just periods that everyone goes through.
“To have no opposition, no problems, and nobody coming against you may sound good, but it will stunt your growth.”
It’s very easy to lose faith and lose hope when you are having troubles or going through some tough stuff. Joel does a great way of showing that even if you’re hurting that God has something better in store for you if you keep faith. If you make sure you let God know that you trust Him then he’ll deliver you through the pain and hard times.
Joel also has great examples throughout the book of real life situations that people have been through and how they kept a positive attitude and they put their trust in God and how He showed them the light. I think having real examples of people going through difficult situations and then showing how God changed things for them is just amazing. It shows just how amazing He is and what he can do if we just put our trust in Him.
There are so many amazing points Joel makes throughout the whole novel. Just so many things I never even thought of that are all so true. He does an amazing way of making you realize that if you just change your thinking, just shift it a little, that it can open doors and give you so much happiness. It’s not easy but it is possible and he let’s you know that. He talks about how sometimes it will take years even for things to change in your life, but at the end of it all it’s still just a period in your life. The darkness doesn’t last forever.
Everyone has hard times. No one can avoid that not even Christians. A lot of people think that just because you’re Christian that you think, Nothing will happen to me because I have God, that’s not how it is. We realize that we will go through bad times, but we know that God will always be there for us and he will be enough. That’s one of the points Joel makes that God will always do things for our good even if we don’t understand it.
“He never said that we would understand everything along the way. God didn’t promise that there wouldn’t be any pain, suffering, or disappointment. But He did promise that it would all work out for our good.”
Joel’s writing is similar to his talking if you’ve ever watched any of his services. That’s probably why I liked this book so much, because I love listening to Joel speak and watching his services. He’s a very positive and happy guy and that reflects in his writing. He writes beautifully and it’s just easy to read and understand.
I could talk about this book for hours but then you wouldn’t have a reason to read it haha. I’m pretty sure I covered everything I wanted to. I didn’t have any negative things about this book. I really enjoyed this book and I honestly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It’s great if you are struggling in your faith, it’s great if you are curious and just like to learn about others and their beliefs, it’s great if you’re doing good in your faith, it’s just a good book for anyone who wants to read it!
I hope y’all enjoyed this review! I know it wasn’t super long but I hope y’all enjoyed it nonetheless! Have a great day y’all. 🙂