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Friday, January 14, 2011

I have to admit that when I saw Surviving One Bad Year – Spiritual Strategies for when Life Goes Terribly Wrong by Nancie Carmichael, I felt that it was not something that I can relate to. The reason for this being that I did not think that I had a bad year. When I picked it up to read it, I couldn’t believe how wrong my first impression of Surviving One Bad Year has been.

This book is made up of two sections. The first section deals with the immediate actions the author suggests you take when you go through a really bad situation such as a death in the family, or a traumatizing experience. The second section deals with what you can do to help yourself through a hard time for the long term. This addresses the problems we face that go on for years and years. 

Author Nancie Carmichael writes compassionately about this subject, pulling from her own family experiences of grief, troubled emotions, losing a loved one to adoption. It is interspersed with stories of other people who have gone through some severe life problems and got through it.


I have not regretted that I started reading this book. It was not until I started reading it that I realized that I did go through some really bad times in the past that I probably had not processed enough. I found myself in tears many times as I read. Mrs. Carmichael is encouraging, her suggestions are Biblically correct and practical. She constantly leads you in finding the Lord in those hard times. I think the most important thing that I got from reading this book is to decide to keep on with your life. That even the most difficult of circumstances need not overcome us, but with the help of God, the support of others, and a lot of prayers, we can make it through.

Note: I have been given a free copy of this book by Bring It On! Communications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions herein are mine. I did not receive any monetary compensation in exchange for this review. However, there are affiliate links within the post. Should you decide to purchase this item through my link, my family will be blessed with a percentage of that purchase. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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