My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“We all have stress, bad days, and hard times. We all know what it’s like to have life disappoint us. We’re all on this wild and crazy ride together. So as the roller coaster of your life zooms, I want to place my hand on top of yours—the hand that’s desperately clinging to the safety bar in front of you—and holler into the wind whipping past our faces, “You’re going to be okay!”
You’re going to survive this ride. One way or another. It will not last forever. It will not destroy, derail, or defeat you. Someday you may even be able to look back at it and see it differently than you do today.
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.” And we do. But then he added this: “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).”~Holly Gerth
Holly Gerth is an encourager and that shines through her book, “You’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days”, because there are going to be a lot of hard days that may sometimes seem to out pace the really good days that are going on.
Written with biblical and simple, common sense truths that every woman needs to hear in whatever stage of life she is going through, Holly writes with an unbeat and yet truthful clarity that is needed and particularly in a busy and chaotic world that the every day woman is living through these days.
As she writes in her book, “When we face hard times, bad days, and stress, we see the immediate dangers like lost time and sleep. But the greatest risk can be harder to recognize: losing our identiities”….and in her book, Holly helps guide and directs women who are facing whatever issues that is facing them, be it at the time of the reading of the book, or just at any point of their lifes, to not forget who they are and particularly who they are in and through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.
She reminds throughout the book, like a cheerleader, the repeating reminder, “You ARE going to be okay” while offering personal experiences of herself and those she knows who have gone through difficult situations, but despite those situations, came out, hand and hand with God through what ever it is that life was throwing their way.
“You’re Going to Be Okay” is a book that reminds people to not forget to do the all important thing we can easily forget to do in our lives….breathe….focus on God….move forward…we can do it.
It is a, take a deep breathe, this is only temporary and we will find ourselves, yes…facing chaotic, maybe stressed filled days but that at the end of the day, there is a new tomorrow and another step to take…moving forward….not backward.
As Holly reminds in one area of the book, “Reflecting back is part of learning…..But reflecting is not about beating yourself up”.
Instead she shows in her encouragement form of style, how to try and look at bad or stressful situations in a different way and find a solution that is not so much as about control as it is about learning from our weakest moments and finding our strengths to move through and more productively forward.
I liked this book very much. It was a reminder of how human we can be…how we can make mistakes…how days can and will be bad, but we can’t let those days and mistakes define us but have to learn how to glean what we need to learn from them and move forward from our experiences, our education, our relationships, everything that makes us ….us.
The book is also a reminder to stay focus, to connect or even re-connect to God, but to use all those things that make us, us, and use it to help us grow stronger…not weaker, or as she puts it…the lessons we learn and the obstacles we have to overcome, are often preparations for whatever tomorrow will bring us.
Each chapter ends with exploratory questions that are designed to have us think of God’s purposes for us….to evaluate the skills, the education and the experiences we have and how can we turn them for more positive lessons that we can build from and all throughout the book, Scripture and examples from the Bible to remind us…we are not alone and we can do this if we just persevere each step.
“You’re Going to be Okay” is a great encouraging rah rah to lift the spirit and in many cases, encourage us to stop what is distracting us and re-focus on how to not let whatever it is that is tearing us down that moment but instead go…how can I turn this around in a better way.
“Thank you to Baker Publishing Group on behalf of Revell in exchange for my personal review and opinion”