Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected

Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected

by Priscilla Shirer


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Interruptions. They're aggravating. Sometimes infuriating. They make us want to tell people what we think of them. But how we handle interruptions actually tell us more about ourselves. 

The prophet Jonah's existence was interrupted by a call of God that would require a complete change of life. And it scared him enough to make him run in the opposite direction. Yet, what seemed to him to be an unnecessary and useless interruption was really an opportunity for Jonah to be involved in something the likes of which the Old Testament world had never seen before. This interruption was really a divine intervention and it held more adventure and possibility than he could have ever imagined. 

We, like Jonah, tend to run from interruptions. When major pains and minor problems cause a hiccup in our carefully calculated plans and goals we head in the opposite direction. Who knows what we might be missing by running from what could very well be God’s means of steering us towards the most magnificent outcome of our lives. Jonah could tell us a story or two. So could you. And so does popular conference speaker and author Priscilla Shirer in this very personal account of opportunities lost and lessons learned—and the amazing freedom and fulfillment that comes from going with God even when He's going against your grain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433670459
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 124,821
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Priscilla Shirer is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is also the author of popular books including A Jewel in His Crown, He Speaks to Me, Discerning the Voice of God, and One in a Million. The daughter of author Dr. Tony Evans, Priscilla is married to Jerry with whom she founded Going Beyond Ministries. They have three sons and live in Dallas, Texas.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Interruptions, Interruptions

Chapter 1 And Now for Something Completely Different 1

Chapter 2 Consider It a Privilege 15

Chapter 3 Story of Your Life 32

Part 2 On the Run

Chapter 4 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 46

Chapter 5 Slippery Slope 59

Chapter 6 Wake-Up Call 72

Part 3 Repentance at Sea

Chapter 7 Now What? 84

Chapter 8 A Fish Called Grace 95

Chapter 9 Making Change 110

Part 4 Second Chances

Chapter 10 There's More Where These Came From 126

Chapter 11 Rinse and Repeat 137

Chapter 12 Go to Ninevah 152

Part 5 Unfinished Business

Chapter 13 God on Our Own Terms 170

Chapter 14 The Many Moods of Jonah 186

Chapter 15 There's So Much More to Tell 198

Notes 213

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Life Interrupted 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
jasonmason1 More than 1 year ago
I am currently reading this with a small group of women from my church. I have found so many things that mirror what goes on with Jonah in Life Interrupted. It is wisdom for your life and for your soul. I can't wait for each week to read and talk about the next chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly reccomend this book. It makes you look at your life and the way you react to those interruptions we all encounter and how to better handle them. Very well written and easy to follow and relate. Great author!!
tampinkhat More than 1 year ago
This book takes you through Jonah's journey and reminds you that life is full of interruptions. It is well researched. As with all her books/teaching she gives her own life examples that provide humor and inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book on how all our lives get interrupted..daily. How God can led us through those interruptions.
Mermaid55 More than 1 year ago
Author wrote with light hearted humor but scripturally true. As a mature Christian I personally did not experience an aha moment, just good reminders, but many ladies did find it very uplifting.
Haelie More than 1 year ago
Unexpected interruptions in life and schedules...truly the story of my life. In writing Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected, Priscilla Shirer has practically written much of the story of my life. And she has never even met me! How is this?! Apparently my life situations and struggles are not quite as unique as I once thought. What a comforting realization. Of all of the books I have read in the past few months, I would say this one speaks most specifically to me. As a matter of fact, I believe that you may discover the same for yourself if you so choose to venture into the waters of Jonah's story as told by Priscilla. Jonah's story may be a bit familiar to most who have read the Bible or even heard Bible stories throughout their life. However, I have never read nor thought of Jonah's story in quite the way Priscilla Shirer presents it in Life Interrupted. For probably the first time ever, I actually found myself identifying with Jonah rather than judging him. Have unexpected, even unwanted interruptions come your way causing your life course to be frustratingly altered? Have you had a very large virtual fish swallow you in order to force you back on a path or mission you were trying to avoid and even run from? Then I share with you something Priscilla says on this matter, ".No matter how remote and relaxing, nothing fills the void of the abandoned purpose. Nothing feels the same anymore when you're running from God." Have you made a mess of your life in the past? Then, I echo a quote Priscilla shares by a lady named Carol Kent when she says, "My mess has become my greatest message." If you can say yes to any or all of the above, you may identify with Jonah more than you think. And you will definitely identify with Life Interrupted. Additionally, I would like to leave you with an encouraging and true reminder from Priscilla, "When we respond to our second chances by obeying Him with new determination, entirety, and abandon, His Word and work can do amazing things through us, enough to spill over into second chances for lots of others." Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such an amazing Bible study. Thank you so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will probably read this many more times. Very encouraging. Easy to understand. Relatable to the nth degree. Reassuring of God's unchanging, unconditional love, grace, and mercy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This lesson on Jonah was an amazing revelation of how similar we all have acted in response to God's commands. The way out of life's obstacles is through them, as my pastor has said. But praise God that we won't burn in the fire , but none the less be spiritually refined!
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