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ISBN: 1935273809
Author: Ramon Presson
Language: English
Publisher: New Growth Press; First edition (March 1, 2011)
Pages: 160
Category: Christian Living
Subcategory: Bibles
Rating: 4.1
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His own disillusion allowed him to bring direction to others; When Will My Life Not Suck? is Presson's manifesto as much as it is direction for his readers.

He is co-author with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman of the "101 Conversation Starters" trilogy of books. His own disillusion allowed him to bring direction to others; When Will My Life Not Suck? is Presson's manifesto as much as it is direction for his readers.

This book by Ramon Presson has a subtitle; Authentic Hope for the Before I go any further, I have to clear one item .

This book by Ramon Presson has a subtitle; Authentic Hope for the Before I go any further, I have to clear one item up. One might assume that any person reading a book titled When Will My Life Not Suck must, in fact, believe that their life currently inhales with great force. I assure you, this is not the case. I deeply appreciate New Growth Press, and I read nearly everything they publish. Ramon Presson intrigues me as a new author, but his book’s title really bothers me.

Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned, (New Growth Press, 2011). When you’re stuck in the middle of painful circumstances and don’t know how long you’ll have to deal with them, it’s easy to wonder whether or not your life is ever going to get better.

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He is the author of a dozen books, including "When Will My Life Not Suck? Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned. Also an award winning poet and a newspaper columnist, Dr. Presson lives with his wife and two sons outside of Nashville, TN. show more.

Ramon Presson, a marriage and family counselor, describes his own significant personal struggles, including hospitalization for depression. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2.

Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned.

Is This as Good as It Gets? Personal crises and disappointments have led many to the pessimistic conclusion that "my life sucks." Underneath the contemporary slang are universal and timeless questions about the human condition. People of every age, in every kind of circumstance have wondered to themselves and others: Will my life ever be better than this? Is this as good as it gets? This book is an honest and compassionate look at the real struggles we face in a broken world where bad things do happen. Ramon Presson, a marriage and family counselor, describes his own significant personal struggles, including hospitalization for depression. Using the letter that Paul wrote to the Philippians from prison, Presson shares that hope and joy are possible even when life disappoints. Full of practical suggestions for how you can live with purpose and meaning right in the middle of your everyday struggles, When Will My Life Not Suck? is a hopeful treatment of human suffering from someone who has personally lived it and counseled others through the wilderness.

Comments:

Wishamac
Before I go any further, I have to clear one item up. One might assume that any person reading a book titled When Will My Life Not Suck must, in fact, believe that their life currently inhales with great force.

I assure you, this is not the case.

I am very much like a middle school boy and I was drawn to the book because of its blatant use of a word I tend to avoid. What can I say, the immature tendencies still rise up within me.

This book by Ramon Presson has a subtitle; Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned. Nope, I don't feel like I have a bitter taste in my mouth towards life either. Though we should not judge a book by its' cover, I do often find myself sucked in (pun intended) by a title.

I am glad I did. Ramon is a counselor by trade and he has plenty of experience dealing with people who, to be sure, have told him how much their life just isn't what they had hoped for.

He believes a perspective shift is required. Using the book of Philippians, Ramon takes us on a journey of the life and times of the Apostle Paul. When writing the cheery book to the church in Philippi, Paul found himself relaxing deep in the shangri-la of a Roman prison.

He had no hope of escape. He had no end line that wasn't his death. Yet we get such gems from Paul as:

The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. ~1:18

But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. ~2:17-18

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. ~3:7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! ~4:4

Yeah, Paul rejoices through the whole letter with no tangents for complaints. So Ramon takes us through how we can do the same thing in our own lives. Here are a couple of my highlights.

On living like Paul;
I’m totally on board with Paul’s first two desires: knowing Christ and experiencing his power—that sounds like great stuff. But what about number three, the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings? Are you kidding me? What kind of present on your Christmas wish list is that?

On dealing with the bad stuff;
I have discovered in my years of counseling that most people can endure almost anything if they are assured of at least one of two things: 1) they are loved or 2) the current situation or condition is temporary and will either improve or completely pass.

On what to do after the bad stuff happens;
It’s not wrong to ask why, but don’t stake your happiness or your faithfulness on getting a satisfactory answer. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus shifts the question from why to what next. The people’s implied question is both past tense (why did that happen?) and pointed outward, away from the speaker (why did that happen to them?). Jesus asks a more immediate and personal question: How are you going to live now?

On helping others with their baggage;
My clients often hear this phrase from me: “Yes, your concern is valid and your pain is true. But it’s not the only truth.”

In the end Ramon reminds us that if we truly feel our lives are not what they could be or should be, then we have to make some difficult decisions about how our lives can be different.

One step for you could be checking out this book.
Fordg
Most people have thought and spoken something similar to the title of this book. I for one think the title is unfortunate because it makes the book sound more sophomoric than it actually is. However, I think that every Christian has thought or uttered the words of the title - if not the actual words - definitely with the attitude that the title conveys. It's actually a very good book which deals with and answers a lot of the questions and struggles that Christians wrestle with living in a fallen world.

The author primarily uses the apostle's Paul's writing to the Philippians as a guide in helping the reader deal with scars from the past, moving from "why?" to "what next?" and going from discontent to contentment. If there is a theme that ties everything together it's the fact that we can use everything in life that we have encountered and integrate into our lives for something good and in order to bring glory to God.

I think this book has a lot of good principles from the life of Jesus, the apostle Paul, and the author's personal life experiences as a counselor and pastor (he is very transparent and authentic) in order to show how we can go from our default modes to a God oriented way of thinking that leads to a productive, effective, and purposeful life.

The book is very encouraging, helpful, and full of wise advice. I recommend it highly - especially for people who feel like they have been given a raw deal. It will help get you out of the doldrums and onto the right track again.
Xar
To be honest, I didn't know what to think when I first read the title of this book. Part of me was shocked and wanted to be haughty about the use of such "language." But another part of me giggled and then groaned, for I realized it was a question that I had asked many times. While I may have used different wording, the question and heartache behind the query were exactly the same. If you've ever wondered if there's more to this life than what currently meets the eye, this book is for you. If you've grown accustomed to simply surviving rather than thriving, there's hope for you here. If you've ever judged your worth or your spirituality by comparing yourself to others, take heart that you're not alone. You are not the only one who is discouraged and weary in well-doing. But the good news is that life doesn't have to be this way. There is joy in the journey, and Ramon Presson uncovers some of the "secrets" to discovering (or possibly rediscovering) that joy.

While some have claimed that the book was "too preachy," I didn't feel that it was that way at all. Yes, the author used the Bible as a reference and basis for his solutions to life's struggles, but that's not preachy; it's simply the way Christians are supposed to approach our struggles. We are to turn to God and His Word for the answers we seek. This book is not a substitute for the Bible, nor does it claim to be. It is, however, a guide to what the Bible has to say about finding joy in life and gaining contentment with the things that we have. It is a well-written book that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
Kulalbine
I really loved this book. I purchased during a time in my life whole going through a serious ( but not life threatening ) illness and a stressful job situation, I really felt like my life sucked. I was also guilty I felt this way, I mean Christians are supposed to be joyful, right?

Reading this book really made me see things from a better perspective, a more Christ like one. Using the Book of Philippians as its core, Ramon Presson unravels how the Apostle Paul could have joy while sitting in jail. It really opened my eyes to really taking stock of your life and showing how God can still do great things through you, really making you into a light and still understanding how you can bear fruit during tough times

I would suggest that anyone who thinks life sucks should pick this book up and read it, maybe more than once

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