I received a book from Bethany House Publishers as part of their bloggers review program entitled Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down by Jeremy Kingsley to read and then post a blog review on here, good or bad. Overall I’d have to say I wasn’t all that impressed with this book. I have taken such a long time to blog about it (I received it just over a month ago) because I’ve been trying to think of something impressive to write about the book. I will just tell you what my impression is, rather than making the book something I believe it is not. It has your typical formulaic self-help type book with Scripture tucked in here and there to remind you that ultimately God is the one who helps us to get back up. I think part of the problem I had with this book is that it is also ultimately God’s plan to allow us to go through hard times to mold us (us being those who have given our lives to Jesus Christ and profess faith in Him) to be more like Him, which I feel that the author did not portray. He used a particular Scripture in this book – Romans 8:28 which says “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – which is a great verse for someone who is going through turmoil of any kind. What most people forget though, or just don’t care to continue reading in Scripture is that the next verse, Romans 8:29, shows us some major information that we cannot forget when quoting Romans 8:28… “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Aha! This is so important because it lets us know that yes, all things DO work together for good to those who love God but that in the crises of life, when we are telling ourselves that in this battle we are in that it is all working together for our good, that it is also for the purpose of CONFORMING us to the image of HIS SON!! We go through everything that we go through, as believers, in order that we may become more like Christ! This is such an amazing blessing, I believe, to a believer to hear, but the author fails to bring this to the reader’s attention.
All in all, I would say that turning to the Scripture in your time of trouble would be more helpful to you than picking up this book. I would much rather read the lamenting of David in the Psalms and how God walked him through his troubles to glory.