You are more than the part of your story that you hate the most.
Bestselling author, cofounder of Girlfriends in God, and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries Sharon Jaynes reveals the secret to living a better story: understanding that the worst parts of our past are the very things God uses most.
Many people don’t like the story God is writing in their lives. The mistakes, failures, tragedies, and circumstances outside of our control linger in our minds and hold us back. How do we come to grips with the pieces of our stories that we wish weren’t there? How do we silence the pain of what has been done to us and the shame of what we’ve allowed to be done through us?
In When You Don’t Like Your Story, Bible teacher Sharon Jaynes shows us how God untangles our most painful emotions with the fingers of grace, putting his redemption on display. In the hardest parts of our narratives, we get to see God’s greatest work–and this changes the ending of our stories. As we overcome shame, offer forgiveness, and use our stories to help others, we find freedom from the past and learn to live in the restoration of the present.
Your worst chapters can become your greatest victories!
- stop picking at emotional scabs and start allowing God to heal your wounds;
- forgive others so their mistakes can’t imprison you any longer;
- break free from the shame of the past to live free in the redemption of the present;
- and see how God can use your story to give others the courage to hope again.
What has been done to you and what has been done through you does not disqualify you from God’s best for your life. It qualifies you for an even greater purpose than you would have ever known without it. In fact, the worst parts of your story might just be what God uses the most. So sink deep into God’s life-changing truths. The next chapter is just beginning.
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"I deeply understand the pain of not liking parts of my own story. Yet time and again, I've seen God restore and redeem my life even when it doesn't end up the way I would have chosen. The stories and hope within the pages of When You Don't Like Your Story are a gift to the world, and I'm grateful my friend Sharon has written this treasure for us all!"
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND PRESIDENT OF PROVERBS 31 MINISTRIES
What if your worst chapters could become your greatest victories?
Praise for When you Don't Like Your Story
"Sharon's introductory words gripped my heart and held it to the last page. When You Don't Like Your Story will help you see that no matter who you are, what you have done or what has been done to you, the world needs to hear your story of redemption, forgiveness, surrender and grace. This book will not only help you see why your story matters but will also help you tell it."
Pat Layton, author of Life Unstuck: Finding Peace With Your Past, Purpose in Your Present and Passion for Your Future
"For every season of life you wish you could forget, every choice you carry in secret shame and the anger that burns for what's been done to you, Sharon Jaynes has a message: God wastes nothing! In When You Don't Like Your Story, Sharon takes you on a journey through personal and biblical stories that will show you how God is using everything that has happened to you to prepare you for an extraordinary destiny! This is a book to read and reread as God's Truth poured through the pages will restore your heart for what is ahead."
Glynnis Whitwer, Executive Director of Communications, Proverbs 31 Ministries
"If you are living in the middle chapter of a painful story right now, I cannot recommend this book enough. So many of us attempt to wrap our heads around God's goodness and sovereignty, while our hearts continue to take a licking. Sharon Jaynes' When you Don't Like Your Story is the balm you need to heal the hurts and the courage to continue. This literary journey will give you the courage to persevere in your own journey."
Wendy Speake, author of The 40 Day Social Media Fast, The 40 Day Sugar Fast, and co-author of Triggers
"Few things are as lonely as an unexpected story. Faced with a reality that doesn't look at all like you imagined, it's oh-so-easy to slip into a pit of regret and despair. Is there any hope? Will I ever feel real joy again? With both truth and grace, Sharon Jaynes offers you the comfort of her presence and experience, gently reminding you that in even the hardest of stories, there is still Hope. And His name is Jesus."
Michele Cushatt, Author of Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves
"Sharon Jaynes knows how to offer kind and wise encouragement for those times when life brings an unexpected turn or a painful circumstance. With grace and gentleness, she points us to the certainty of divine providence as our source of hope and peace."
Bob Lepine, co-host, FamilyLife Today
"When You Don't Like Your Story is a powerful reminder that God's redemptive grace can rewrite the most tragic of tales--including yours. God invites each of us beyond our broken to His beauty. These pages give clear, Biblical direction to help you move forward and step into a better story."
Gwen Smith, host of the Graceologie Podcast, author of I Want It All and Broken Into Beautiful