Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review - Making Sense When Life Doesn't

Beloved author Cecil Murphey empowers readers to discover the good in every situation and to make life better because of adversities.

Sometimes life gets messy. It’s cluttered with too many demands. Companies downsize. Love relationships end. Trauma hits. When chaos erupts, every person has a choice to make—to decide whether it’s the worst time of life, to find comfort in the way things used to be, to move on because change is forced, and then resent everything that happens, or to say, “This can be the best time of my life. I can try the things I wanted to do but never did.”

In Making Sense When Life Doesn’t, Cecil Murphey’s compelling stories, hope-filled insights, and gentle encouragement move readers with messy lives to the stunning realization that life won’t ever be perfect, but it can be good…even exciting!
Cecil Murphey has written or co-written more than 125 books, including the bestsellers 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold in the millions and have brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world.

Murphey stays busy as a professional writer and travels extensively to speak on topics such as writing, spiritual growth, caregiving, significant living, sexual abuse, and recovery.

Prior to launching his career as a full-time writer and speaker, he served as pastor of Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Metro Atlanta, as a volunteer hospital chaplain for ten years, and was a missionary in Kenya for six. For more information, visit


This is a book I wish I would have had when I was 18. This book is full of wisdom and insight that is so amazing! I had post-it notes that I stuck to the pages that I wanted to refer back to again. One thing I really learned is that God gives us all a passion to do something and we need to do whatever that is. Being fearful is natural but that shouldn’t stop us from moving forward towards our dream.
I think another reason this book resonated with me was that Cec Murphey knows disappointment and trials, yet with God’s help, he moves forward doing what God has called him to do. This book is written by a man who has been there and now shares his wisdom with us. 

Each little chapter focuses on a subject like rejection, success, or forgiveness and he gets right to the heart of the matter.  An important point is then written at the end of the chapter. One of my favorites is: “The searching isn’t as important as the finding: it’s more important.” In this chapter he talks about how searching is the way we gain insight to ourselves. Wow! The whole book is filled with wonderful gems like this. 

This book was such a breath of fresh air! I loved the simplicity of his wisdom and I really came away feeling so encouraged and excited about life! This book is going to remain on my table at easy reach – it’s that good.  I highly, highly recommend this book! 

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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God bless you - Julie

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