#daringtohopebook This book taught me so much and I am glad I read it. I think that God wanted me to. I honestly didn't want to read it at first and acted like a know- it- all, thinking that it couldn't teach me anything I already knew. But I was wrong!
I already said on FB how in the beginning it was teaching me that we can't always get what we want in life and that life and even love can be messy. The beginning of the book also taught me that true love is sacrificing, and that there is beauty in brokenness. But there is more. I learned throughout the rest of the book that hard times will happen as it's just part of life, and it saddens God just as much as it saddens us, but He uses those times to strengthen us. This is because He is good, and in this book I truly learned that God is good all the time even when tragic things happen. Those times are what bring us closer to God, as we kneel and pray and cling on to Him for help. It can be hard to believe, but He really is good all the time, and he can heal us and comfort us in those tough situations and strengthen us. It is those hard times that bring us even closer to him, into a beautiful relationship with God.
I learned in this book that without a storm there'd be no rainbow. Something beautiful can come out of a mess.
Lastly, I learned, not just through this book, but also in the past few months, that our plans will not always succeed and life won't go our way. But God's plans are better and we should trust Him. Also, what may seem like a failure to us is not a failure in God's eyes. Glad to have read this; it helped me mature.