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I Didn't Sign Up for This: Finding Hope When Everything Is Going Wrong

I Didn't Sign Up for This: Finding Hope When Everything Is Going Wrong

by John F. Westfall


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So many things have the power to change our lives dramatically—loss, fear, betrayal, failure. When everything goes wrong in life, it's so easy to give in to the pain, frustration, and anger that threaten to overwhelm us. Though we may feel like giving up, there is life—abundant, exciting, and fulfilling—after our world gets turned upside down. In fact, says John Westfall, it's often in the face of fear and loss that we truly learn to live with courage, faith, and surprising joy.

Westfall speaks from experience. He may have pretended everything was fine, but inside he was beaten down, burdened, and aching for freedom from the depression that gripped him after a sudden loss. Through his own story, the stories of others, and wisdom from Scripture, Westfall shares with readers the peace of acceptance, the pleasure of release, and the power of risk.

Joy can be ours, even after devastating events. This book lights the way to a bright and new beginning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800728076
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John F. Westfall is founding pastor of Harbor Church in the Pacific Northwest. A former radio show host, an ordained pastor, an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, and a popular retreat and conference speaker, John is the author of Getting Past What You'll Never Get Over. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Eileen.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

1 I Didn't Sign Up for This 13

2 We Are All in This Together 23

3 I'm Not Stubborn, I Just Don't Want To 37

4 Hope Comes in Unexpected Ways 49

5 Only One Thing Can Silence Fear 61

6 What We Leave Behind Makes a Difference 81

7 Between Safety and Risk, Always Take the Risk 97

8 Giving People the Weapons That Can Hurt Us 111

9 Eat More Ice Cream and Fewer Beans 125

10 Discover Your Quest by Asking Questions 141

11 All We Need to Know Is All We Need 159

12 New Beginnings Are Possible and Necessary 169

13 The Journey to the Center of You 187

Notes 201

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