3 Stars: Where Will You Go from Here from Valorie Burton

PROS: This book is accurate about "when life knocks you down, you can still get up" and how we Christians should still be happy despite our tough or negative circumstances. What kind of example are we if we are only good when times are good? Isn't it best for us to be able to deal with life's kicks and get back up and show our strength and that we can be good and happy even when times are difficult? I love this message in this book. It is very important for us all to remember this - especially when going though life's ups and downs. With time, it probably is true that life's ups and downs do make us stronger people, even if we don't always want to have to live through them.

CONS: Problem is, sometimes we don't want to get back up.  I wouldn't necessarily agree with the author's you are "better than ever" after a trial, because realistically, some downs are just too HUGE to really get over or to ever consider a positive or to consider something gained. Some people suffer huge losses to their loved ones or their own freedoms and these are almost impossible to come away with a "glad I went through that one - it made me stronger" feeling.

This book was also a little self-helpy for my liking - with the perfect steps to turn your life around. The steps to make your life all peachy are promising a bit too much. Problem is they ususally don't work. Maybe it's that we never carry through with them, but I guess I just feel like we could use a little more inspiration or motivation. There wasn't enough to give me a kick in the butt.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I am not required to post a positive review, so I am giving my honest opinion about this book.

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