The Gift of Hard Things: Finding Grace in Unexpected Places by Mark Yaconelli was soothing to my soul during a particularly rough period of time. Of late I have been dealing with wedding planning stress and a chaotic work schedule. My soul has been struggling with several of the hard things talked about in this book and I feel blessed to have read this story. This book is divided in to 10 chapters that talk about the different hard things we may face in life, from burnout – a definite emotion for all brides-to-be, to disappointment, difficult people, brokenness, anger, powerlessness, loss, suffering, darkness, and death. Because Yaconelli engages all of these concepts, it is easy to relate to. All of us suffer or have suffered from one or all of these emotions in our lives.
In fact, if we have not suffered the author asserts that we have not lived and truly experienced for ourselves God’s grace and love. Grace is that feeling when realizing that you’ve been saved from the only life you ever knew. It’s the feeling Mary felt when Jesus wrote in the sand rebuking her accusers. It is that feeling of unconditional love and acceptance. I think this is a book everyone needs to read. There were only a few moments of this book I did not like and that was when I felt the author may have gotten a little bit too ‘spiritual’ in some of his writing, where some of the words and stories brought more mysticism in to the moment than God. At least from my perspective. Otherwise the book was great and a must read for anyone that struggles with being a weary sinner in a broken world. As such, I am giving this book 5/5 stars for being well written and engaging from start to finish.
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.