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Resilient

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- This book. I have to confess that I am biased because I haven’t come across a book by John Eldredge yet that I haven’t been challenged, encouraged, and inspired by. The truths contained in these pages, are exactly what my soul needs. It is exactly what we need for this time. This was written for every heavy or broken heart. The drained, the weary, the hopeless. The ones who have lost the desire to move!  The answer isn’t to push harder, pretend to be stronger, and ignore what is going on emotionally. This book gives the answers and I highly recommend it. I’d also recommend checking out the audiobook (read by the author and he adds even more nuggets) and also his Pause app, where he has 30 Days to Resilient to go through for free!

Huge Thank You to NetGalley for an opportunity to read this book!!
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Resilient is a call to trust in the sovereignty of God by placing our hope in truth. Similar to the man who builds his house on the rock of Christ, Resilient gives readers tools to help push away anxiety and fear, and rest in the person and work of Christ.
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Did the pandemic leave you feeling weary, uncertain or with a sense of loss? John Eldredge’s new book Resilient speaks to our cultures lack of devotion to the Lord and that  we need to live for the Lord not our own pursuits. Our lives need to focus on eternity instead of the chaos/turmoil that surrounds us daily. 
This is such a great book, aptly written for today’s times.
Thank you NetGallery for my ARC.
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What a powerful book! The whole world has faced challenges during these last two years leaving many people depleted. This book provides many helpful exercises focused on building back our resilience in different facets of our lives. I used many of the exercises in the book as I read and have purchased the book to read again and continue to practice what this book preaches. I'm stronger now emotionally, mentally, and spiritually because of reading!

Thank you NetGalley for providing this book for an honest review.
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This is the perfect post-pandemic book for the Christian reader.  John Eldredge puts into words the emotions that we have all felt as we lived through the uncertainty of the past few years.  During a time of fear and unrest, our souls have taken on a low-level anxiety that is compounded by each traumatic event.  In Resilient, Eldredge teaches the importance of showing grace to ourselves and others as we work to heal our souls with calm, quiet times of prayer and meditation.
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I really enjoy reading books from John Eldredge. He has a great writing style and this book is on a very current topic. I think the amount of trauma the pandemic caused on a personal level varies a lot from person to person but the impact on the world is undeniable. John makes a good case explaining the trauma and pointing us to resilience. In the end it does get a bit repetitive but I can still recommend the book.
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Resilient builds on the thoughts introduced in Get Your Life Back. (See my review here: http://landofmysojourn.net/blog/?p=18644). You don’t have to read them both, but I certainly found it helpful.

I got the digital version of Resilient from the publisher, bought the hard copy and downloaded the audio book. I first listened to a chapter and then I read it. I take in some things better visually and some things better through listening. I’ve been digging into the idea of resilience this year and I didn’t want to just read this book, I wanted to deeply study and apply anything helpful. And this was a very helpful book.

Those of you who regularly read my reviews will know that I deeply appreciate Eldredge’s voice and that he has been influential in my own spiritual growth. So it may surprise you to know that I had to fight my way through the first part of this book. Not because of the content, but because of the language that framed it. Maybe more than ever I am feeling the dissonance of living in a culture outside of the American mindset. I could see the reality of the things he referred to, but I had to first say, “Oh, people think the end times will actually look like a zombie apocalypse?” before I could dig into the truth of what he was discussing. And that underlying truth was really beneficial! So I’d just say if the terms he uses to frame things seem odd, if the way that he presents something doesn’t immediately spark a connection, just keep reading and look for the heart of what he is saying. I’d also recommend praying over your reading. One thing the enemy of your soul doesn’t want is you engaging with something that can help move you toward renewal and restoration.

One thing in particular that I greatly appreciated in the content was John’s insistence at getting to the heart of the matter. He gave several of his own beliefs about end times and prophecies and yet he kept coming back to the fact that how exactly it plays out doesn’t really matter, but understanding that Scripture tells us that there are things that ARE playing out is the key.

The thoughts on desolation and renewal have been invaluable to me. The teaching on worry, anxiety and reclaiming both our minds and emotions is significant. I can’t imagine anyone reading this book and putting it into practice wouldn’t be transformed in some way.

There is a free 30 day module (two sessions: one morning and one evening) in the Pause App that you can work through as you read through this book. If you haven’t tried the free Pause App yet I recommend it to everyone! I started using it in 2020 and it’s a wonderful resource.

As I said, I’m digging into resilience. I’m reading all kinds of things on the subject. I’m listening to podcasts. I’m diving into the dynamics of belief, truth and spiritual warfare. And one thing that I’ll offer here in miniature (read the book for more) is that across the board, every resource I’m investigating leads me back to renewing our love for Jesus: remembering who He is, what He has done and letting the goodness of His character lead us back to a heart of surrendered worship. If you want to start today to renew your resilience then start with renewing your love for and intimacy with Jesus.

Bottom line: I bought the book and I received a free digital copy. And I highly recommend it.

As always, I am not required to give a positive review, but an honest one.
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In this thought-provoking work, John Eldredge shares the experience of many people (not just Christians) during the covid-19 pandemic pandamonium. 
He takes on the root cause of the panic and shares how we should be handling the world as we continue to make our way back to some semblance of normal. 
He even shares some insights on the end times and the great falling away.
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John Eldredge has always been one of my favorite writers once I was fortunate enough to have discovered him.  He writes to my soul, straight to my heart.  This is because he gets it.  He gets the struggle of being in this world.  He understands too the victory that Jesus has already won - and the tension between those two realities.  Reading this book will help you slow down, take a deep breath, and focus on the God who can help you with the pace of life and the challenges of the day.  I love how he starts each chapter with a real-life situation or story that we can relate to and allows him to expound on his points, and then ends with a vulnerable, heart-felt open prayer to bring application to our spirit.  The theme running through his works is that God is after our heart, but so is our enemy.  All of life is related to that struggle, that battle.  The timing of the book is too, because just Eldridge, we have all gone through more than we know these past couple years and lost some things along the way during the pandemic.  If we are not aware and careful - it impacts our heart and the way we see life, which he so eloquently discusses.  He calls the book "a survival guide" with "tools for strengthening heart and soul".  That alone should be the reason you too want to read this one.  I was advanced a copy through NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review without commitment to recommend the book, though it was so good I did buy a copy for myself.
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John Elderidge's Resilient is definitely a book for our times. As we struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, global disasters and social unrest, it reminds us that Jesus can calm our storms, restore our hearts and comfort our souls. The author is a trained counselor and this book is a balm for the weary and troubled. Highly recommended.
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Great Christian read for understanding your trauma of COVID. Also the fact that things aren't back to normal and will never be, this book helps ease the feelings we all have surrounding the situation. I loved the interspersed stories of survival situations. Being "resilient" is mind, body and spirit. This book captures them all.
I did find chapter 5 a little awkward of a comparison between mothers breastfeeding us as children and the nourishment God gives us, "assurance of abundance".
Other than that I felt he was spot on with biblical verses and stories relating to this topic.
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This was such a great and timely read for me. I think with everything that’s happened the last 5 years we have all been living from our reserve. Even if it’s just to survive our new to us way of living, I know how important it is to lean in to the Holy Spirit. And to lean in before you are empty, everyday even in the mundane little parts of life. We need Him.

This book was really able to put words to a few ways I was feeling that I couldn’t explain. I know if others read thi book they won’t regret it, I hope that they feel seen and heard like I had.
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Resilient is an eye-opening, timely work of realistic, but encouraging Christian nonfiction addressing issues of the modern age. This book offers insights and tools for staying steadfast in following Jesus, as we struggle with the need to have a break and get back to “the good life”. We are all weary and worn down and seeking a break from the hardships of life. That’s understandable, relatable, and truly how we are created-for order, peaceful productivity, creativeness and beauty. But what price are we willing to pay for it? And where are we seeking this relief and restoration? 

As John Eldredge explains a great falling away is, and will continue to occur, even amongst believers, who are suffering from prolonged disappointment and disillusionment. Learning how to be resilient, a much needed trait in this generation, is key. Lasting resilience can only be found in Jesus, himself. With scripture, biblical principles, and historical anecdotes, Resilient gives you the tools and inspiration to deal with the trauma of these past years and enables you to move forward with strength and a firm foundation and faith in Christ. 

While this book is not my favorite of his books, the context rings true and is a much-needed, deeply insightful book. I am grateful I had the opportunity to read it and feel enriched and from its content.
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What a beautiful and encouraging read after walking through the pandemic! Mr. Eldredge encourages to see that this is God's story and His story is coming to a climax. It is important to see our story as He shapes it within His larger story! Mr. Eldredge writes with such grace, encouragement and conviction.
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In the book Resilient, author John Eldredge, shows us that resilience is important for our lives more today than ever. After coming out of the Covid pandemic Eldredge writes: “We haven’t yet paid the psychological bill for all we’ve been through. We would never tell a survivor of abuse that the trauma must be over now that the abuse has stopped. And yet that mentality is at play in our collective denial of the trauma we’ve been through.”
But its not just working through the trauma of the events, its also the aftermath. Eldredge writes: “….when trials and heartbreaks wash in, the longing rises to the surface like a whale coming up for air, filled with momentum and force. This is especially true after times of severe testing, because during the testing we are rallying. But when the storm subsides, the longing for things to be good again rises up to demand relief. How we shepherd this longing—so crucial to our identity and the true life of our heart—how we listen to it but also guide it in right or wrong directions, this determines our fate.”
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is going through or coming out of a crisis. Eldredge gives great insight and tools to help. I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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John Eldredge managed to have another book that is wonderful!
I love the name and how Resilient we are in Christ and we can have rest and our soul can be restored.
lots of prayers and ideas are in it and you have to do the hard part of cultivating it in your life.
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John Eldredge offers insightful observations about how many Americans are currently experiencing post-Covid trauma. He believes that one way this trauma displays itself is in behaviors that indicate a sense of loss and detachment similar to that of a child who never bonded with his or her mother. Interesting reading! He interweaves short examples of well-known people whose resilience in hard circumstances literally saved their lives.  For Christians, Eldredge declares how God is our solid foundation for having the resilience we need to survive these perilous times of Falling Away and other dangers. This book helped me to recognize and understand Covid's non-physical ramifications.

I received a copy of this book for review.
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Resilient by John Eldridge offers restoration for the soul and hope on the heels of a global pandemic and for today’s turbulent times. Intended to be a survival guide John shares true stories of human resilience as well as practical tools and sound, biblically-based instruction to strengthen your heart and soul.

The author covers such topics as wanting life to be good again, finding the strength to prevail, the assurance of abundance and how readers can develop their own plan for resilience and victory. I found Resilient, complete with various prayers to help develop resilience, to be both interesting and insightful. I highly recommend this book for those looking for spiritual restoration and renewal.
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The goal of God’s work in us is Jesus taking up residence in every part of us. I love this quote. I read it in an advance copy I received of Resilient: Restoring Your Weary Soul In These Turbulent Times by John Eldredge. 
This is how I think of my Centering Prayer sits. I sit with Jesus. I let go of me, allow Jesus to work in me and take up residence in every part of me. Then I get up from my sit and walk with Jesus. We partner as I move through the day. I return to my sits each day to be refilled by Jesus.
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It took me a lot longer to read this book than I had anticipated. I have read books by Mr. Eldredge before and have greatly enjoyed and been moved by them. I usually learn a lot from his books and am encouraged in making changes in my own life. 

That said, I was expecting something very different from this book. Resilience is something which I think our society and people in it greatly need a renewal in. I had hoped for a book which would incite and encourage such a renewal. However, the book took on a more depressing tilt with more dialogue (seemingly) about COVID breaking us and the end of the world being near. 

So what if it is and what if we are broken? We have a God who will restore us. A God whose grace will be sufficient for everything that we face. We need only rely on him, for he makes all things, even the seemingly impossible, possible. I had hoped the focus would be on a response like that! While there were comments and prayers to that effect, they were not the primary focus. 

I found the title and description a little deceiving in that sense. The book didn’t seem to be so much about resilience as of our brokenness and struggling. I did gain new insights and was led deeper into considerations about these matters. So, I did not necessarily dislike the book entirely! However, it was very much not what I expected from the title and description and, because of that, made it hard to read and approach in the proper way. 

This is a hard topic to cover, especially when we are still so near to what happened. Maybe what I am seeing in the book is the processing of the events still when I was hoping for more conviction and conclusion. 

I still highly suggest Mr. Eldgrege’s books! Including this one if you’re prepared to go into this topic. 

*This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are completely my own.*
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