I ordered this book nearly forever ago, the moment I heard Kristen Strong was releasing a new book. I’ve never actually sat on a porch with her, but Kristen’s words have encouraged me before and I trusted they would again.
Spoiler: Her words are wise and rich again in my life right when I need them.
“When Change Finds You: 31 Assurances to Settled Your Heart When Life Stirs You Up” is a lovely companion. Change is going to happen, regardless of how much we resist, so let’s take this guide along with us. Plus the pages are slick and feel good, the words are accompanied by beautiful photographs, and the layout and fonts are pretty.
I trust we’ll be better for it. I know I’ll be better for acknowledging changes and losses and gifts.
I think about a friendship that’s adjusting to a new season, a schedule that forces me to rearrange my capacity, three kids who are navigating their own changes, and the work God is doing in my mind and heart. Changes are happening before my eyes.
“Every single change that comes into our lives brings losses, and it’s right and good to lament the losses by naming them and giving them space at the table. … This change may feel like the end of things, but God will see you through it. Then you’ll be able to look at the view in front of you and realize that change is not the end. God’s Grace and goodness are.”— Kristen Strong
See? Her words are life-giving. And I’ve only read the first few days of Kristen’s new book. I’m looking forward to the next 27.
Consider this a recommendation to go ahead and order it for yourself.
About the book
When difficult or unwanted change enters our lives, it can cause fear, anxiety, and anger to bubble up from within. We want to quiet that simmering stress, but how do we do that, especially when we know our circumstances aren’t going to calm down any time soon? By regularly meeting with God and exchanging our worries and fears for his assurances that he is using our difficult change for us, not against us.
Easier said than done? Not if you have Kristen Strong alongside you as your understanding guide. Offering thoughtful, humorous anecdotes and powerful prayers to recite, she invites you to think and feel differently about change on the inside so you can live and love differently on the outside. As the tender companion she is, Kristen will show you how not to get over difficult change but rather to get through it. She’ll help you acknowledge your change, give your anxieties over to God, and abide well in the days to come—no matter what transitions life brings.
Specifically, this book encourages readers to acknowledge, accept, adapt, and abide when changes come. “When Change Finds You” is a 224-page hardback book published by Revell (Oct. 12, 2021).
Learn more about the book and Kristen’s website, where she also has a fun quiz to discover what season of change you’re in. I’m sure it surprises no one that I’m in a season of summer, perpetually!
About the author
Kristen Strong, author of “Girl Meets Change“ and “Back Roads to Belonging,” writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with more hope and less worry. She and her U.S. Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children. Together this military family zigzagged across the country (and one ocean) several times before settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. You can find her at kristenstrong.com, DaySpring’s (in)courage, and on Instagram @kristenstrong.
I bought this book with my own money and nobody asked me write a review, but I wanted to share this gem with y’all.