Book Review: I Can Do Hard Things With God

April 30, 2015


I Can Do Hard Things With God
Ganel-Lyn Condie
304 pages
Kindle edition

From the Publisher:
We talk of emergency preparedness for the big earthquakes or world events. More often, it is the personal trials that hit close to home that are the most difficult. If we wait to prepare spiritually until the storm hits, we may find ourselves blown over . . .The question is not Will I face challenges? but rather, How will I deal with challenges when they come?

I Can Do Hard Things with God is an inspiring collection of essays by a variety of LDS women who have confronted this very question. Replete with examples of sisters who have faced trials of death and disability, infertility and illness, and so much more, this poignant anthology brings to life the fact that these women are prevailing against all odds. They offer glimpses into lives that have been uplifted and enriched through stalwart preparation and unwavering faith, and readers will come to understand that they too can rely on God’s grace to strengthen them in their adversity.

This book is a collection of essays written by different women and how they have faced challenges.  I believe a couple of these women are in a stake (congregation) that I previously lived in, because a lot of the names and geography in the book are really familiar to me.

I’m not sure if this makes sense, but sometimes I read books similar to this one and they are great stories, and they always come out with happy endings and I am left sitting and thing, “well that’s great. But what about when things still aren’t working for you?”  In this book not all the stories end up wrapped in in a bow and are perfect.  BUT these women are strong and inspiring and share how and what helped them get through hard times.  These are stories of healing. They women were relate-able too, which I liked.  They are real life stories and some of them really touched me.

I read this book on my kindle, but I think this would make a great book if you know someone who is having a hard time or needs a little pick me up.  Perfect little gift. And a great reminder that we need to turn to God during hard and challenging times.  Loved this book.

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