Item description for Thrive, Don't Simply Survive: Passionately Live the Life You Didn't Plan by Ladd...
Overview Draws on biblical tenets to counsel readers on how to embrace a life that is contrary to one's original dreams, making recommendations for developing spiritual maturity in order to overcome disappointment and renew a sense of purpose. Original.
Publishers Description Life is unpredictable and often doesn't turn out as we'd planned. The things that matter most to us -- marriages, children, careers, families, and friends -- sometimes fall apart and leave us only with deflated dreams. Whether you're struggling with the big issues of life or simply overwhelmed by the demands of every single day, Karol Ladd's powerful biblical principles will give you the help you need. In this book, you will discover how to redefine your unexpected life, and you'll learn concrete skills that will help you move past simply surviving and into a thriving life that is lived passionately and with joy. New purpose and hope await you just beyond the cover of this book.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Apr 4, 2016
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 1416580492 ISBN13 9781416580492
Reviews - What do customers think about Thrive Don't Simply Survive?
Spoke to my heart Jan 30, 2010
I always have this book nearby; it has been a lifesaver for me. I have had a major medical crisis and am often very depressed but Karol's book offers wonderful ways to help cope with life's disappointments and tragedies. Just reading it and the Bible passages gives me a lift when I really need it. I am trying to do exactly what the title says-Thrive, not simply survive and I feel I am winning this battle! I want to thrive for my beautiful kids who are relying on me to stay strong. Karol's book should be on every woman's bookshelf who is going through a difficult time. It will keep you afloat. Beautifully written.
Very Uplifting and Helpful - Start Thriving! Sep 11, 2009
Perfect for : Personal Use, Gift, Women's Group, Bible Study Group
In a nutshell: This is a wonderfully uplifting book for anyone who has experienced disappointment in areas of their life or expectations. We make plans, and dream about our future, and sometimes these plans and dreams work out, and sometimes they don't. The author explains that there are seven common areas where women experience disappointment (I have a feeling that men do too): marriage, kids, self, others, circumstances, religion and God. She provides examples and information on each area. Karol Ladd has written a book that gives readers hope. She stresses that we are in control of our outlook and that we need to embrace the unexpected changes in our life and find good in them. She goes even farther to help readers see how to accomplish this. If you or someone you know is struggling with their circumstances in life, pick up a copy of this book. It will provide hope, guidance and skills to help you thrive in your life, not just survive it.
Extended Review: Content: The book includes an introduction to the book, and three main sections: 1. When Dreams Disappoint (Seven common disappointments in a woman's life, Time to let go, Worry and What-ifs, How can I trust a God who allows pain and suffering), 2. Embrace the Unexpected (The beauty of Plan B, The bitterness battle, Big-picture thinking, You are what you say), 3. Live Passionately (Your confident stride, Healthy connections, Life is not a spectator sport, Strength of soul). The book also includes a conclusion, leader's guide and discussion questions.
Format: Each chapter begins with information and examples that pertain to the topic. The reader will find both real-life and Biblical-life examples throughout the chapter, as well as passages from the Bible. One of my all-time favorite stories from the Bible is the story of Ruth, the Moabite priestess who married a Jewish man. Shortly after her marriage, her husband dies and she and her mother-in-law are left alone without an income. The author shows how the women maintain their faith in God, and how they take control of a bad situation and thrive.
There is a recap at the end of each chapter called "Stepping Forward" that provides a quick recap of the chapter, an uplifting passage from the Bible, a Prayer, and a plan to help the reader put what they just learned into practice.
Readability: The book is easy to read, and thanks to the examples and stories that are shared, it is easy to relate to.
Overall: This will be a very helpful and uplifting book for anyone who is realizing that life didn't turn out exactly as they expected it to, and for those who are disappointed in the life they currently have. Karol Ladd not only shows you that it is possible to thrive in the life God has given you, but she gives you the tools to do it!
LIVE NEVER LOOKED MORE HOPEFUL Aug 31, 2009
This past year has been a tough one and many people are living the life they hadn't plan. Karol Ladd gives you examples of women who are overcoming the odds with a smile on their face and hope in their heart. They are not just enduring the hard times but are thriving in the middle of them.
"In my simplistic way of seeing life, it seems to me that if Jesus is in charge of the weather, couldn't He have just made it smooth sailing the whole way? Wouldn't it have been easier on the boat and on the disciples' nerves to just skip the storm altogether and travel to the other side? Yet how could the disciples' faith grow unless they experienced God's miraculous power themselves? The storm allowed the disciples to see the mighty hand of God at work. They learned more about who Jesus was and what he was capable of doing through the storm, not the calm."
Wow!! This got my heart. The author has many powerful, simple encouraging stories of courageous women. You can read this all at once or savor it daily, by letting God talk to you on each page through biblical principles and applications just like what I've mentioned above. This is a book you'll refer to again and again. I'm thankful for this practical and helpful tool to help me get the most out of my life and be a light in the darkness.
Finding Hope Through Fiction Book Club Servant Leader
Reading Brings Help and Hope for a Brighter Future May 22, 2009
Karol Ladd has done it again! "The Positive Lady" infuses her readers' minds with positive energy and inspiration through the pages of this new release. Karol encourages women to embrace the reality of their lives and make the most of them, by sharing true stories of hope and victory in unexpected circumstances. Filled with biblical principles, Karol teaches women how to grab the reins of life and race toward the finish line with passion and joy.
A TIMELY book for our Life & Economy right now! Apr 29, 2009
I LOVED this book...especially since every woman, at some point in time, has had a dream crushed! What part of your life is not what you planned? In this eye-opening, life re-igniting book, Karol Ladd not only reveals that you are not alone, she also shows you exactly how to passionately thrive in this uninvited PLAN B life you've awaken to. Filled with pages of compassion, empathy and wisdom, Ladd includes true stories of women who have found their dreams shattered from the unplanned and unexpected, yet each of these women refused to simply survive, they chose to thrive. And here's the exciting part--these ladies were not superwomen, they were just like you and me! Ladd shows us how we too can embrace our lives, no matter what has or hasn't happened. Read this book and see how God knows exactly where YOU are. He indeed has an exciting fulfilling life for you right here, right now, in the midst of this life you didn't plan