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The same God who leads us to green pastures guides us through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good. All of us will go through dark times that we don't understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one The same God who leads us to green pastures guides us through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good. All of us will go through dark times that we don't understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Those types of experiences are part of the human journey. But when we find ourselves in such a place, it's important that we keep a positive perspective. Joel Osteen writes that if we stay in faith and keep a good attitude when we go through challenges, we will not only grow, but we will see how all things work together for our good. Through practical applications and scriptural insight, BLESSED IN THE DARKNESS focuses on how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn't make sense. If we will go through the dark place in the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.


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The same God who leads us to green pastures guides us through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good. All of us will go through dark times that we don't understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one The same God who leads us to green pastures guides us through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good. All of us will go through dark times that we don't understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Those types of experiences are part of the human journey. But when we find ourselves in such a place, it's important that we keep a positive perspective. Joel Osteen writes that if we stay in faith and keep a good attitude when we go through challenges, we will not only grow, but we will see how all things work together for our good. Through practical applications and scriptural insight, BLESSED IN THE DARKNESS focuses on how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn't make sense. If we will go through the dark place in the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.

30 review for Blessed in the Darkness: How All Things Are Working for Your Good

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    So Very powerful! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Joel Osteen has written a brand new book that deals precisely with being able to see the blessing inside of the darkness. He explains how God promises He will walk with us and lead us through still waters. He is promising us as we walk through the valley that He will be with us through the struggles. And on the other side we will be rewarded with greater blessings. I hadn’t even got past chapter one and I found myself reading with tears streaming down my face. Eve So Very powerful! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Joel Osteen has written a brand new book that deals precisely with being able to see the blessing inside of the darkness. He explains how God promises He will walk with us and lead us through still waters. He is promising us as we walk through the valley that He will be with us through the struggles. And on the other side we will be rewarded with greater blessings. I hadn’t even got past chapter one and I found myself reading with tears streaming down my face. Even as I’m writing this I’m becoming emotional because I know there are greater blessings on the other side of the struggle, in the darkness. We just have to continue to put our faith in God and know that He is preparing us for better things. For bigger blessings. And has Joel reminds us, God didn’t bring us this far to leave us now so we have to remain faithful. This book is a blessing in itself. A reminder that we all have the peaks and the valleys in our life. Whether it be sickness, finances, death of loved ones, family or employment issues; whatever your struggles may be, God is always with us and preparing us for something better. He will heal the brokenness. You won’t be empty-handed. We will never be mediocre as long as we believe in God and his blessings. If you know someone who has a broken spirit, do them a favor and give them this book. And pick up a copy for yourself. You might look at your struggles a little bit different. You will find there are blessings in the darkness. *copy received for review consideration Full review - http://amidlifewife.com/blessed-in-th...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I like this author. He has a positive message that he perpetuates with great passion. Given all the drama in my current work place, I thought that this was just what I needed, but for some reason, it didn't have as great of an effect on me as I had hoped for. While I appreciate the positive message, there were some things I strongly disagreed with. There was also a fair amount of repetition in this, so 3 stars. I still like the author but this book didn't do it for me. I like this author. He has a positive message that he perpetuates with great passion. Given all the drama in my current work place, I thought that this was just what I needed, but for some reason, it didn't have as great of an effect on me as I had hoped for. While I appreciate the positive message, there were some things I strongly disagreed with. There was also a fair amount of repetition in this, so 3 stars. I still like the author but this book didn't do it for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Mitchell

    Blessed in the Darkness confirms what I have always believed about life that are struggles have purpose. In Pastor Osteen’s most recent book, “Blessed in the Darkness: How All Things Are Working for Your Good” Joel not only make a case, but provides plenty of evidence (both from the Bible and real-life examples) to support the belief that everything in our life happens for a reason. I had always believed that my disabilities: • being born with birth defects from the rubella syndrome including catar Blessed in the Darkness confirms what I have always believed about life that are struggles have purpose. In Pastor Osteen’s most recent book, “Blessed in the Darkness: How All Things Are Working for Your Good” Joel not only make a case, but provides plenty of evidence (both from the Bible and real-life examples) to support the belief that everything in our life happens for a reason. I had always believed that my disabilities: • being born with birth defects from the rubella syndrome including cataracts that left me legally blind and a constricted aorta, • A sever speech impediment • The diagnosis of ADHD • Being verbally abused • Depression • Surviving an ischemic stroke to my spinal cord had some purpose in my life. I had to believe that God would not have allowed those things to happen without a reason. In fact, I had to cling onto that hope I might not be as well-adjusted as I am today. For years I lived by the theory that everything happens for a reason. I believed that I might not understand why something happened in my life that day, that week, that month, that year or even that decade, I might not even know why I went through a difficult time until I return to heaven, but I believed that everything had a purpose. This book confirmed that I was not the only person who believed this Osteen’s book is chalked full of examples, both from biblical and modern times, that show how God uses our darkest times, our biggest setbacks and our largest advertise to prepare us for what is waiting for us later in our lives. This is a great book for anyone who has went through, or is currently going through, a difficult (or dark) time in your life. It will give you hope that there is a reason why God has allowed this obstacle to stand between you and your hopes, dreams and goals that He has placed in your heart. The only drawback to this book is: I hate to say anything bad abbot this book, but some of the stories you either have read in Joel’s other books or heard him talk about in his sermons are included in this book, but do not let that deter you form reading this title. Joel has new examples to keep you so interested you won’t want to put the book down!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Lewis Kozoriz

    "You lost a job, a position, a major client, but God has a new position, new opportunities, new levels for you. If you go through the valleys, trusting, believing God is in control, you will come to the table prepared for you. Into the fresh anointing, into increase where you cup runs over." (Joel Osteen, Blessed in the Darkness) God has planned your future and it is a great one. All the things that you are going through today is not where you will end up in the end. You may be going through diff "You lost a job, a position, a major client, but God has a new position, new opportunities, new levels for you. If you go through the valleys, trusting, believing God is in control, you will come to the table prepared for you. Into the fresh anointing, into increase where you cup runs over." (Joel Osteen, Blessed in the Darkness) God has planned your future and it is a great one. All the things that you are going through today is not where you will end up in the end. You may be going through difficulties, a sickness, a setback, a bad break, but God is going to cause all these things to work out for your good. Keep faith, keep honouring God. He will cause all things to work for your good and He will cause everything to work for your benefit, even the bad things that are occurring in your life. That's what this book is about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    IMHO. Joel Osteen writes the best inspirational books out there. They are all quite similar, say the great same messages, but bless me just the same.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Afrijewel

    -I called upon the Lord Almighty God in November 2017. I wept out. I was lost, confused, sad, and in pain. I did not know where else to go, I was scared and almost gave up on me. -He answered my call on 12/8/2017 by sending his disciples and angels who delivered this book to me. It was placed on top of a trash can at a Bus Terminal. Of course, I checked around and waited. I was silently shocked, but I knew immediately, it was Him. -God is real. He listens and loves us. God watched me and knew. ( -I called upon the Lord Almighty God in November 2017. I wept out. I was lost, confused, sad, and in pain. I did not know where else to go, I was scared and almost gave up on me. -He answered my call on 12/8/2017 by sending his disciples and angels who delivered this book to me. It was placed on top of a trash can at a Bus Terminal. Of course, I checked around and waited. I was silently shocked, but I knew immediately, it was Him. -God is real. He listens and loves us. God watched me and knew. (I am in tears as I recall the exact date/time/moment). -Please trust in the Lord, listen to Him, and be obedient to Him. I do. -I am forever grateful to Him and my Guardian Angels. They saved me and injected life back in to my soul, mind, and heart! The Lord spoke his words of advice, guidance, protection, love, and understanding to me...through Joel Osteen's Blessed in the Darkness. Thank you. Amen. P.S. When you ask Him you must listen; more importantly, thank Him for the breath of life, the sight to see, hands to write, feet to walk, organs to function, mouth to speak, ears to listen, and your abilities to be all that He has planned for you. Yes, walk your path, just know that He will be there to guide you along the way no matter the journey you choose. He is watching, always!

  7. 5 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    I found this book to be an enjoyable reflection on choosing to believe the best, even in difficult circumstances. Joel Osteen gives personal and professional examples of overcoming obstacles throughout the book, and compares the suffering and problems people face to a seed of faith germinating for later fullness. There are many words of encouragement and kindness offered here - words that will no doubt linger with readers as they move along their path of faith with God.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    All of us go through dark times that can test our sanity and sometimes even our faith. These times are a part of the human journey. We have to remain positive and know that God is in control. Pastor Osteen states that if we stay faithful and have a good attitude, all things will work out positively. This was a good book when you are under a load of stress and need a reboot. Most of the book was super positive, but a chapter or two focused on the negative sides of different dilemmas. I didn’t fee All of us go through dark times that can test our sanity and sometimes even our faith. These times are a part of the human journey. We have to remain positive and know that God is in control. Pastor Osteen states that if we stay faithful and have a good attitude, all things will work out positively. This was a good book when you are under a load of stress and need a reboot. Most of the book was super positive, but a chapter or two focused on the negative sides of different dilemmas. I didn’t feel as uplifted as I did from previous books I read from the author. But, I will read another book from Pastor Osteen. An advanced reader’s copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Vincent

    When everything is going your way, it's easy to count your blessings. But what about the times when absolutely everything goes haywire and it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel? That's when it's much more of a challenge. And this book specifically addresses those times, and shows how God can really be blessing you during those dark times. In fact, God may even use those times to further you, and cause you to reach and grow. Remember, without Goliath, there would be no David. When everything is going your way, it's easy to count your blessings. But what about the times when absolutely everything goes haywire and it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel? That's when it's much more of a challenge. And this book specifically addresses those times, and shows how God can really be blessing you during those dark times. In fact, God may even use those times to further you, and cause you to reach and grow. Remember, without Goliath, there would be no David.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Celina Giddings

    This is a very powerful book. This book showed me that there is always hope in rough times even when you think there is none. During these times it's difficult to stay on the right track. We just have to keep our faith and know that good will come. This is a very powerful book. This book showed me that there is always hope in rough times even when you think there is none. During these times it's difficult to stay on the right track. We just have to keep our faith and know that good will come.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charles Reimler

    Narcissistic “I” Religion: Joel Osteen Signs Autographs Like A Celebrity & Saint Peter At Gates Of Heaven Will NOT HONOR His Autograph As A Guaranteed Ticket Into Heaven! Mature People Live Humbled Lives! Book Rehash Self-Help Has Similar Content “Other” Self-Help Gurus Nothing New Content! “Large $ Profits” In The “Not-For-Profit” Religion Business, Plus “Prancing Status” Before Suckers!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Sometimes the right book just happens to come along at the exact right time. This did live up to it’s title, offering much to think about, real-life examples and testimonies as well as Bible stories to further add to the points it made and some well-given advice. I appreciated that. I also appreciated that the author shared times he went through dark periods. It helps when the person writing about topics like this has some personal experience with it, and that is even one of the points he makes: Sometimes the right book just happens to come along at the exact right time. This did live up to it’s title, offering much to think about, real-life examples and testimonies as well as Bible stories to further add to the points it made and some well-given advice. I appreciated that. I also appreciated that the author shared times he went through dark periods. It helps when the person writing about topics like this has some personal experience with it, and that is even one of the points he makes: sometimes God allows us to go through trying times, so we can help others. The last two years plus have been filled with difficulties—the kind that really stretched my faith. I cried through the first chapters of this book because of the things I have been through, and I felt a release of so much that I had kept bottled up inside. After that, the ideas on how to grateful for this time, because of the growth made sense to me. Years ago, I read a book called The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life which I got a lot out of. I remember one thing she said that has stuck with me over the years: after you accept Jesus as your Savior, no one can ever do anything mean to you unless God permits it. (That’s not an actual quote) Joel brought that to mind for me, and took the time to explain in great detail what that means for us. The only thing that I was a bit unsure of was Joel’s statement that God will balance the books, and if we’ve been through difficult times, He will make it right. I’m not sure if the problem is my reluctance to believe that is always true that hinders this being true for me. So this is something I will continue to look for answers to. I’m sure most people who take a look at this book to see what it is about, have experienced difficulties in their lives, and this book is definitely one that will help with understanding, acceptance and ultimately move on to acceptance and the ability to go forward.

  13. 5 out of 5

    thewestchestarian

    The latest in the Houston preacher's collections of homilies. Give Osteen credit for having a formula and working it hard. Osteen will take simple, every day, experiences (getting stuck under a bench press weight bar) or just devices such as the navigational system in his car (remember those?) and turning them into lessons on God. As usual, the focus is God and not Jesus whom Osteen rarely touches upon. This may be related to Joel's very frequent references to his own father. This outing present The latest in the Houston preacher's collections of homilies. Give Osteen credit for having a formula and working it hard. Osteen will take simple, every day, experiences (getting stuck under a bench press weight bar) or just devices such as the navigational system in his car (remember those?) and turning them into lessons on God. As usual, the focus is God and not Jesus whom Osteen rarely touches upon. This may be related to Joel's very frequent references to his own father. This outing presents the same small set of stories about the senior Osteen as the previous books, they just seem to appear here with greater frequency. Osteen's vision of God may be an extension of an idealization of his father. Another tidbit to look for is Osteen avoidance of metaphor or simile beyond the central metaphor for that homily. Joel will use sentences such as "...running as fast as anything..." but will never employ some type of literary comparison. He also never seems to meet any new people, or at least any who make enough of an impression on him to make it to the book. This latest collection limits itself to the standard cast of characters nearly all of Joel's immediate family. Occasionally, someone addicted to drugs or inspirationally recovering from some other moral failing will appear but they normally do not even warrant a name.Despite these idiosyncracies, Joel's simple lectures do carry a motivational punch and a strong relatability. You may have doubts about the verisimilitude of some of the tales he tells but most wind up being oddly inspirational. In short, read it, you'll feel better afterwards.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am going to be honest, I am not a huge Joel Osteen fan, but "Blessed in the Darkness" was a great book that I really enjoyed and I think he did a great job with this book. We all have experienced seasons in our life where things don't go the way we have planned. Whether you have been in financial turmoil, difficult relationships or your family has been attacked, we have all faced trials in our life. However, it is what we do and who we look to in those situations that make us the people God ha I am going to be honest, I am not a huge Joel Osteen fan, but "Blessed in the Darkness" was a great book that I really enjoyed and I think he did a great job with this book. We all have experienced seasons in our life where things don't go the way we have planned. Whether you have been in financial turmoil, difficult relationships or your family has been attacked, we have all faced trials in our life. However, it is what we do and who we look to in those situations that make us the people God has called us to be. The main message of this book in that regardless of the issue or circumstance you are facing, turning to God when life doesn't make sense or when it's messed up, is the only way to find your way through the valley. When we come to him and truly seek his face, he will help us in the difficult circumstances of our life. Joel is transparent from his own life experience and professional experience of where he has faced trial and difficult circumstances. This book is a huge encouragement if you are going through a stressful season in your life and you will find it inspiring as you seek the God of all wisdom who can help you through any difficult season or circumstance. God will work everything together for your good! Thank you to to the publisher for providing a complementary copy for review. A favorable review was not required. I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angie Dent

    Blessed in the Darkness is truly a blessing! If you’ve been waiting a long time for a prayer to be answered or have ever asked God “why” about anything you’ll love this book! Pastor Joel really helps you to understand those “whys” and what to do when your prayers aren’t getting answered or the problem isn’t turning around. At the very beginning, you’re encouraged. Reading this book was like walking through the “halls of faith” of Hebrews Chapter 11. Every personal example pointed to a faith chap Blessed in the Darkness is truly a blessing! If you’ve been waiting a long time for a prayer to be answered or have ever asked God “why” about anything you’ll love this book! Pastor Joel really helps you to understand those “whys” and what to do when your prayers aren’t getting answered or the problem isn’t turning around. At the very beginning, you’re encouraged. Reading this book was like walking through the “halls of faith” of Hebrews Chapter 11. Every personal example pointed to a faith chapter or verse. I was so encouraged to be surrounded by so many examples of faith and triumphant! This book really makes you excited about God’s power! It helps you to see how possible your situation is. And I like that chapters are independent of each other. You can choose ones that are specific for you without feeling disconnected or as if you’ve missed something. Make sure you have a highlighter when you begin reading! You’ll surely come across something you’d want to keep going back to again and again! I highly recommend Blessed in the Darkness. I loved this book so much, I’m getting audio version, too!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mariel Cardinal

    Joel Osteen’s Blessed in the Darkness feeds your soul with bible verses and some life lessons that will surely give you hope. The book is good for self reflection and also a great reminder that one must have faith in God. We might lose our loved ones, our jobs or even everything in life. Joel tells us that God will always be there for us. And reminds us that "This is not yet over for you, it could be the start." Like the other books, Joel Osteen this never failed to bring God's words to your ever Joel Osteen’s Blessed in the Darkness feeds your soul with bible verses and some life lessons that will surely give you hope. The book is good for self reflection and also a great reminder that one must have faith in God. We might lose our loved ones, our jobs or even everything in life. Joel tells us that God will always be there for us. And reminds us that "This is not yet over for you, it could be the start." Like the other books, Joel Osteen this never failed to bring God's words to your everyday life. As you read every page you will be part of the story and every turn is life changing. I highly recommend this book to those who are starting to lose hope or are stuck in a situation that seems to be unbeatable. Since I love this book, I will give 5 stars for this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John Johnson

    Everyone goes through difficult times in their lives. This book is about how God will help you through those hard times and use them to promote you. God uses the challenges in the dark times to bring you to our destinies. Nothing can stop you from reaching the destiny God has for you except you. This is the message of this book. Osteen always delivers a positive message of God's favor and this book is no exception. If you are a fan of Joel Osteen, I believe this is one of his best books. If you a Everyone goes through difficult times in their lives. This book is about how God will help you through those hard times and use them to promote you. God uses the challenges in the dark times to bring you to our destinies. Nothing can stop you from reaching the destiny God has for you except you. This is the message of this book. Osteen always delivers a positive message of God's favor and this book is no exception. If you are a fan of Joel Osteen, I believe this is one of his best books. If you are facing challenges in your life and want a positive message to help you through, this is a great book for you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    I was grateful enough to receive an e-copy of this novel through NetGalley! All that is asked of me is to give an honest review and that's what I plan to do here. This is another "spoiler-free" review. It's nonfiction and hard to spoil. This book is currently out! It came out on the 24th of this month. So, you can go ahead and grab a copy if you are interested. :) Okay, so if you aren't aware I am a Christian.  don't talk about my faith too much because of how negative people can be. Of course if I was grateful enough to receive an e-copy of this novel through NetGalley! All that is asked of me is to give an honest review and that's what I plan to do here. This is another "spoiler-free" review. It's nonfiction and hard to spoil. This book is currently out! It came out on the 24th of this month. So, you can go ahead and grab a copy if you are interested. :) Okay, so if you aren't aware I am a Christian.  don't talk about my faith too much because of how negative people can be. Of course if you are not religious then this review/book isn't for you. I love to grow in my walk with God and I was happy to receive this book, because Joel is one of my favorite pastors. Anyway, if y'all are interested I could always do a separate post about my experiences with religion and I can share my story. Just let me know in the comments! This book is definitely a book I would read again. It's such a good book to read a little every day. I didn't do that but I definitely would in the future. Joel has such an amazing way of explaining things and describing things that made this book very easy to read. This book was very enjoyable because of how Joel writes and how he teaches. "In the dark places you pray more, you draw closer to God, and you take more time to get quiet and listen to what He's saying." This book is about trusting God through the hard times. It's very easy to get off track and discouraged when you're going through a hard time. This book helps to show you that you need to stay in faith even when everything seems to be going wrong. It teaches you that if you keep a positive attitude and you stay thankful for what God is bringing your way then you will look at life in a more positive light. Instead of getting upset over small or big things you'll be able to trust God and you can be confident knowing you're in the palm of His hand's. This book was really good to read this month because I have had some pretty rough days but this book has taught me to turn to God more. I know that for me I usually question God and why bad things are happening and I wonder if it's my fault, but this book lets you know that we need these hard times in order to grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. This book definitely helped me grow closer to God. This book could get repetitive, but I don't think it was repetitive in a bad way. I think it really helped to drive the point across and really get it into my head that bad times are exactly that. Bad time. They're not forever, they're just periods that everyone goes through. "To have no opposition, no problems, and nobody coming against you may sound good, but it will stunt your growth." It's very easy to lose faith and lose hope when you are having troubles or going through some tough stuff. Joel does a great way of showing that even if you're hurting that God has something better in store for you if you keep faith. If you make sure you let God know that you trust Him then he'll deliver you through the pain and hard times. Joel also has great examples throughout the book of real life situations that people have been through and how they kept a positive attitude and they put their trust in God and how He showed them the light. I think having real examples of people going through difficult situations and then showing how God changed things for them is just amazing. It shows just how amazing He is and what he can do if we just put our trust in Him. There are so many amazing points Joel makes throughout the whole novel. Just so many things I never even thought of that are all so true. He does an amazing way of making you realize that if you just change your thinking, just shift it a little, that it can open doors and give you so much happiness. It's not easy but it is possible and he let's you know that. He talks about how sometimes it will take years even for things to change in your life, but at the end of it all it's still just a period in your life. The darkness doesn't last forever. Everyone has hard times. No one can avoid that not even Christians. A lot of people think that just because you're Christian that you think, Nothing will happen to me because I have God, that's not how it is. We realize that we will go through bad times, but we know that God will always be there for us and he will be enough. That's one of the points Joel makes that God will always do things for our good even if we don't understand it. "He never said that we would understand everything along the way. God didn't promise that there wouldn't be any pain, suffering, or disappointment. But He did promise that it would all work out for our good." Joel's writing is similar to his talking if you've ever watched any of his services. That's probably why I liked this book so much, because I love listening to Joel speak and watching his services. He's a very positive and happy guy and that reflects in his writing. He writes beautifully and it's just easy to read and understand. I could talk about this book for hours but then you wouldn't have a reason to read it haha. I'm pretty sure I covered everything I wanted to. I didn't have any negative things about this book. I really enjoyed this book and I honestly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's great if you are struggling in your faith, it's great if you are curious and just like to learn about others and their beliefs, it's great if you're doing good in your faith, it's just a good book for anyone who wants to read it! My blog: abigailsbooks.wordpress.com

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mspraise50

    I have read Joel's books before but this one has gone right to the top of the list for me. I am going through a very difficult time right now in my life. Something I never ever thought I would experience. Reading this book has given me hope that out of this awful circumstance I find myself in that some how God is going to work this situation out for my good. I have started to listen to it for the second time. I listened to it on Audio. Great read if you are going through a challenge in your life I have read Joel's books before but this one has gone right to the top of the list for me. I am going through a very difficult time right now in my life. Something I never ever thought I would experience. Reading this book has given me hope that out of this awful circumstance I find myself in that some how God is going to work this situation out for my good. I have started to listen to it for the second time. I listened to it on Audio. Great read if you are going through a challenge in your life. Definitely worth a read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lenita Sheridan

    Hope for the Hurting The only disappointment I had with this book is that when I finished it, it was over. After the recent loss of a loved one, this book appeared in my Kindle at just the right time. One of my favorite chapters was one about being anchored to hope. The author ends on the right note, that your ending will be good, which is what the last chapter is all about.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Henson

    A fantastic read as is all the books from Joel. A lot of insight in this book, not my absolute favorite, but definitely deserves a second read-through. It has opened my eyes to a new perspective on my own life and also my outlook on life. I recommend for any Osteen fan. This book will be cathartic and help you through those dark times.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Blessed in the Darkness is a little simplistic at times and full of trite phrases, but touches on finding God amid the disappointments and sorrows of life and powerfully shares personal stories of the author coping with his own challenges, especially his father's passing. It is a quick read and a nice salve for one who may be facing doubt in faith from sorrow or loss. Blessed in the Darkness is a little simplistic at times and full of trite phrases, but touches on finding God amid the disappointments and sorrows of life and powerfully shares personal stories of the author coping with his own challenges, especially his father's passing. It is a quick read and a nice salve for one who may be facing doubt in faith from sorrow or loss.

  23. 4 out of 5

    sylvia

    This book is awesome and I haven't finish reading it yet. It show me what's going on with my storms in my lift and turn my raging storms into calm seas thank Joel God is using you in a mighty way. I glad you wrote this book and it's helping me a lot can wait until I finish reading it I will keep it in my library. God bless you and your family. Sylvia from north Carolina This book is awesome and I haven't finish reading it yet. It show me what's going on with my storms in my lift and turn my raging storms into calm seas thank Joel God is using you in a mighty way. I glad you wrote this book and it's helping me a lot can wait until I finish reading it I will keep it in my library. God bless you and your family. Sylvia from north Carolina

  24. 4 out of 5

    Via

    This has provided me withassurance and relief during this time of pandemic. Also, I now see my trials as means by which the Lord is working His grace in my life to lead me to His destiny. My key take away is to try my best to sustain my faith 'in the middle', and trust that God has my best intentions in mind. This has provided me withassurance and relief during this time of pandemic. Also, I now see my trials as means by which the Lord is working His grace in my life to lead me to His destiny. My key take away is to try my best to sustain my faith 'in the middle', and trust that God has my best intentions in mind.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Misty Nordyke

    I love Joel and his ministry! I love his uplifting and positive messages. If you love the Lord and want to be uplifted and encouraged, I would recommend you read, listen and watch Joel. This is another one of his awesome books!!! Read and be blessed 🕇

  26. 5 out of 5

    Justin Heilman

    My favorite from Joel. When things go wrong is when we start to question everything. This book helps you find the good in everything. It will even explain how even death of a close one can be a blessing. Very powerful.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Roberson

    Excellent book! I have read many books by Osteen and as expected, this one is excellent. I found it very encouraging and full of ways to apply the biblical principles to your life. I am challenged and changed for the better.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Arianne Joyce

    Changing perspectives This book is a great reminder that trials are blessings in disguise and used by God to help us become strong and prepared for the glorious future he in stored for us. A must read to revive your discouraged spirit to maintain your trust in the Lord.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carleen

    "I've learned that every time something dies in my life, something else is coming to life." -Joel Osteen "Hold tightly to what God put in your heart, but hold loosely to how it's going to happen." -Joel Osteen "Don't complain about the trouble; that difficulty set you up for double." -Joel Osteen "I've learned that every time something dies in my life, something else is coming to life." -Joel Osteen "Hold tightly to what God put in your heart, but hold loosely to how it's going to happen." -Joel Osteen "Don't complain about the trouble; that difficulty set you up for double." -Joel Osteen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina Mitchell

    Super inspiring book, very encouraging and uplifting. Helps you to get refocused and to change your perspective back around to good. I've gone through this book several times and it's helpful everytime. Super inspiring book, very encouraging and uplifting. Helps you to get refocused and to change your perspective back around to good. I've gone through this book several times and it's helpful everytime.

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