Overcoming Life’s Challenges: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
by Bill Crowder (1998)
This is not the sort of book I would normally choose for myself. It was given to me by somebody close to me and I am glad I finally read it–and wish I had read it sooner. In fact this book was exactly what I needed to read, and by the providence of God, my delay in reading it turned out to make for just about the perfect timing for having the greatest impact. (Sorry to be so vague, but this gets more personal than I am prepared to share in this sort of forum.)
So, with all that, I can highly recommend this book to anyone needing a little (or a lot of) inspiration to persevere in the midst of troubles.
This book uses the story of Joseph from the Old Testament (he of the coat of many colors) to show how we should trust in God, even when those closest to us turn on us. The chapters include overcoming treachery, temptation, disappointment, success, and bitterness. The author does a great job of showing how Joseph wasn’t altogether blameless and needed to develop humility–and that these experiences were tailor-made to help him do just that, as long as he trusted that God had a plan for him–a plan that was ultimately good, no matter how it might seem at any of the several low points along the way.
As it turns out, this entire little pocket-sized book is online, so here is the link to it (the original 80 pages reformatted to 32). Personally, I liked reading the actual hard-copy book during breaks in a day filled with appointments and errands, better than I would have on my phone.