I’ve long been a fan of Christian fiction books, but recently I’ve gotten into Christian non-fiction books too. I’m fortunate enough to be connected to many fellow Christian authors, one of whom is Karen L. Roberts. Karen is the author of Jack’s Story: A Love Story of God and You. (I read Jack’s Story a few years ago and loved it!) I had no idea, however, that Karen had written another book. As humble as she is, she’s not one of those who overly self-promotes.
Anyway, when I found out about her other book, I knew I had to read it too.
Turning Your Trails to Triumph: 65 Bible Lessons to Overcome Problems & Impossible Situations is what I like to dub a Christian self-help book. You see self-help books on the market all the time. Titles that teach you how to improve your self image or how to make more money sell like hotcakes. I’ve come to love Christian self-help books that teach you new ways to approach your relationship with God and how to deal with different situations from a Christian standpoint.
Karen’s book did not disappoint me! First of all, I love the format of her book. It’s broken down into short sections of lessons. Each lesson poses a question or idea, and then numbered points follow. For instance, there are sections like “How to Get Through Life’s Valleys” and “Lessons from the Story of Hannah.”
I cannot even begin to tell you how much Karen’s book has taught me. Not only does it provide you with many self-help tips and lessons, but it even teaches you things you probably didn’t know. I’ve read the Bible front to back, and there were Bible events Karen mentioned that I’d never really delved into that deeply before. They gave me a whole new perspective on them and made them that much more interesting and personal to me.
Personal Writing Style
Speaking of personal…Karen’s writing style is very down to earth. I love how she interweaves her lessons with real-life examples. One of the common complaints about the Bible and many religious texts is that they’re hard to understand. Karen presents everything in a comprehensive manner and a format that’s easily digestible. This books feels like you’re having a conversation with her, which I loved.
Perfect for Daily Devotionals
I don’t know about many of you, but I find it helps me a lot to read some devotions every day. Because I stay so busy, I like to choose short snippets that give me my Bible food for thought, and I meditate on that throughout the day as I work and so on. In addition to reading a few Bible passages and Dr. Charles Stanley’s daily devotionals, I incorporated Karen’s book into my daily devotional reading. It’s set up just too perfectly not to! Each one of Karen’s lessons makes for a great devotional to go along with your daily reading. They’re short and sweet and to the point, which I love. They impart so much valuable information without droning on and on.
Of course, if you’d prefer to read the entire book like a fiction book or other book, you are certainly free to do so. This is just how I prefer to read self-help books.
Whether you’re a Christian or not, this book is a must-read. For Christians, this book causes you to think of lessons to be learned from Bible events in ways you never had before. For non-Christians, this book can still offer you valuable advice on how to respond to different situations. I highly recommend this book to anyone!
About the Author
Karen L. Roberts is one of the sweetest and kindest authors you’ll ever meet. A beacon of light, she has this gentle aura that shines through even in her online presence. If you’d like to connect with Karen, you can do so via her Facebook author profile or her author blog.