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Becoming Resilient (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          For most of my life I have struggled with bipolar depression. I have taken numerous medicines to help overcome the struggles I face, both in the manic side as well as depression side. While through all of this I have been and felt suicidal, at least three times in my life, I have marched on. These days, at the age of forty-four, I still struggle, but due to my walk with Christ, things are a great deal easier. Why? Jesus tells us, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful" (John 14:27, New American Standard).

          When I say this I don't mean to say I'm doing it through my own strength. It's never been my strength. We all have a need for a support system, whether it's our immediate family--brothers, sisters, parents--or even the family we have with our spouses and children. Relationships are the glue which hold us together. I say all of that to say this, Donna Gibbs has tremendous insight as to how to become resilient. She shows, in her book, how to go from suffering to getting unstuck, to thriving even when you do suffer.

          Again, Jesus tells us, "Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Look, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will suffer tribulation for ten days. Be faithful even unto death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10, Berean Study). Overcoming this life, the struggles we go through, the pain and suffering we have isn't simply something we go through on our own. Jesus has been there. Donna shows and reminds us, in her way, that Jesus was just as resilient as we can be. If anything, Jesus is the model of how we can stay and remain resilient. We all need help, so we ought to let God do His part, while we do ours: lean on one in another when we need to grieve (see Galatians 6:2).

          I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.