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When Will My Life Not Suck? Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned
By Ramon Presson
(Foreword by Gary Chapman)
Is This as Good as It Gets?
Personal crises and disappointments have led many to the pessimistic conclusion that "my life sucks." Underneath the contemporary slang are universal and timeless questions about the human condition. People of every age, in every kind of circumstance have wondered to themselves and others: Will my life ever be better than this? Is this as good as it gets?
This book is an honest and compassionate look at the real struggles we face in a broken world where bad things do happen. Ramon Presson, a marriage and family counselor, describes his own significant personal struggles, including hospitalization for depression. Using the letter that Paul wrote to the Philippians from prison, Presson shares that hope and joy are possible even when life disappoints. Full of practical suggestions for how you can live with purpose and meaning right in the middle of your everyday struggles, When Will My Life Not Suck? is a hopeful treatment of human suffering from someone who has personally lived it and counseled others through the wilderness.
Ramon Presson, M.S.,a clinically certified marriage and family therapist for over twenty years, is the founder of LifeChange Counseling and the Marriage Center of Franklin, TN and also served as a pastor with a special focus in ministry to single and single-again adults for twenty years. He is the author of eleven books, including Beyond the Shadows: Discover Hope for Overcoming Depression, Intentional Choices: Discovering Contentment in Stressful Times, and Love Talks for Couples with Dr. Gary Chapman. He is also an award winning poet and a newspaper columnist. Presson lives with his wife and two sons in Thompson Station, TN.
"Sorry Mom! I know 'suck' is an ugly word! But I just had to endorse this book. Ramon shows you through his life what he does to live a vital life that doesn't...um...well, you know! If you've ever had that uneasy feeling that you're stuck in a life that's just plain hard, you need this book. It will lift your spirits and challenge your perspective."
Author of Self Talk, Soul Talk and Lessons I Learned in the Dark; Publisher Womensministry.net
"Ramon Presson weaves together his own life experiences with stories from contemporary culture to make the book of Philippians come alive. Ramon's goal is to remap our suffering, to help us see it through Paul's peculiar and liberating lens of the gospel."
Author of Love Walked Among Us and A Praying Life; Director, SeeJesus
"Presson shows remarkable clarity with astonishing humility and candor. A book that helps readers onto a path designed to bring joy into their lives."
Stellasue Lee Ph.D.
Author of Crossing the Double Yellow Line; Two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry
"I'm so thankful Ramon Presson has written this book. I can only imagine the authentic hope and real help each person will receive through reading it. It's the kind of book we all need to read over and over! What a gift."
Author, Plan B
"Presson as a pastor/counselor has had a front-row seat to suffering. In his book, he goes to the mat with God over the Why questions of life. He cleverly gives the reader a truckload of cynic-resistant nuggets of hope. Presson brilliantly redeems the 'diary of why' written on the fabric of our souls."
Author of best-selling book, Lady in Waiting; President, Power to Grow Ministries
"When Will My Life Not Suck? is a rare combination of authenticity, wit, and Scripture-based wisdom. Dismissing the flimsy promises of the self-help industry, this book takes seriously the ugly fact that our lives simply don't look in every season like a fairy-tale ending--but that we also don't need to stay forever in a place of disillusionment and discontent. When Will My Life Not Suck? manages to be both thoroughly funny and deeply serious--not to mention eminently practical in its step-by-step approach toward a life of meaning and purpose."
Joy Jordan-Lake, Ph.D.,
Author of five books, including Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous and Blue Hole Back Home; Adjunct professor, Belmont University
"Let's be honest. We've all asked this question--Ramon Presson just pushes the question out into the open, precisely where it needs to be. If you want to laugh and ponder and move closer toward life, you will find a friend in these pages."
Author of Restless Faith and Holy Curiosity, winncollier.com
"When Will My Life Not Suck? is, in Ramon's own words, 'an exercise in perspective.' Walking with Paul, he ushers us into the presence of the living God and confronts us with the truth: the birthplace of Authentic Hope is pain. Spiritual transformation is discovered in a lifetime of suffering, brokenness, and perseverance. When Life sucks...God is at work. Ramon opens the door. I beg you to walk through it with him. Grasp the hand of the Spirit of God. Prepare for a journey
of a lifetime."
Author of Painful Gifts; COO of Polaris Hospital Company
"Ramon speaks truth from a sincere heart that has been there. He understands and knows how to communicate living through it. You will laugh and cry...and you will be better for it. Ramon actually answers the question he asks."
Pastor; Author of Resymbol: A Guide to Rethink, Redefine and Release the Church.
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