Making Sense When Life Doesn’t {Review and Giveaway}

by Trish

Although Cecil Murphey has written over 125 books, I had not heard of him before I requested a review copy of his recent book, Making Sense When Life Doesn’t: The Secrets of Thriving in Tough Times. I was quickly drawn in, however, by his warm voice and down-to-earth writing style. He illustrates his points with many interesting stories from his years of mission work and pastoring, as well as a number of fascinating examples from his career as a writer, making the book very readable as well as inspirational. Also, the short chapters are ideal for a busy mom who is lucky to get even 5 minutes to focus on something outside of her daily routine.

Things happen to all of us in life that we cannot control, and sometimes we make things happen by our own choices. Change is inevitable, but it is not always easy to navigate. Making Sense When Life Doesn’t is, at its heart, a book about finding the greater meaning in the ups and downs of life, which is a question that we all face at various times in our lives. Although each chapter focuses on a specific topic, several different themes resurface as Murphey takes us through his philosophy of life, such as:

  • finding balance, even during a crisis
  • identifying and following our passions
  • handling change, whether chosen or forced upon us
  • understanding what to do with negative experiences such as rejection or loss
  • reaching out to others to help and be helped
  • forgiving others – and ourselves
  • dealing with strong emotions such as jealousy and anger

Murphy’s candid openness about his experiences, combined with his unflinching honesty in examining his own heart, make this little book so much more than a series of homegrown sayings or pithy expressions. Instead, his words are treasures gleaned from the time he has spent reflecting on his life along the journey which will hopefully help us avoid some of the more painful lessons he has learned or, at the very least, give us some insight as we go through our own struggles and challenges.

I’m pleased to say that as part of this Litfuse blog tour, we have one copy of Making Sense When Life Doesn’t to give away (open to US or Canada addresses). Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter now. We’ll announce the winner in our Monday book column on August 20.

The winner of Emily Giffin’s book Where We Belong is #105 LaTanya Thornhill.

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Trish is a mom with Asperger's raising an amazing son with autism. When she's not cheerleading, advocating, or chauffeuring for her son, you can usually find her with her nose in a book! She joined the 5 Minutes for Books review team in late 2011 and blogs about autism, books, and daily life at In So Many Words.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Georgiana O. August 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

My favorite events are swimming and gymnastics.


2 Jenny August 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

We have enjoyed watching the Olympics – our favorite events are track and swimming.


3 June August 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I like the gymnastics the most.


4 Jen B August 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I think the swimming has been great this year. My usual favorites are gymnastics and track and field.


5 Linda August 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I’m confused. Is this where I leave a comment about Cecil’s book? I’ve read a couple books by him and love his compassionate style of writing. I’d love to win
Making Sense When Life Doesn’t.


6 paige August 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Track is amazing and so is soccer.


7 Linda August 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Believe it or not, I haven’t been watching this year. But I love gymnastics and synchronized swimming, oh, and diving.


8 MommyPage August 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

This looks like an enjoyable summer book. I’m glad that you wrote a post about it. I’ll have to check it out.


9 Tonya August 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

We love gymnastics — because my daughter takes gymnastics and hopes she’ll one day be at the Olympics


10 Cecil Murphey August 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Trish, I couldn’t have paid money for a better review of Making Sense When Life Doesn’t. Thank you. I deeply appreciate your positive review AND your obvious appreciation for what I wrote.
Thank you.


11 Trish August 20, 2012 at 9:33 am

You are welcome – I meant every word. Thanks for sharing things that I needed to hear!


12 Daniel M August 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

yep, like the gymnastics


13 liz August 8, 2012 at 3:14 am

Do Olympics say Sandusky to anyone else?


14 riTa August 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

So many twists and turns in life, yet the steady stream of God’s peace throughout.


15 mrsshukra August 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Gymnastics has been the fave!


16 Annette {This Simple Mom} August 10, 2012 at 5:40 am

Gymnastics is likely my favorite, but we’ve been watching lots of swimming.


17 Beth C August 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win it.


18 Jessica T August 13, 2012 at 12:18 am

Looks like a great, thoughtful read


19 Mia Dentice Carey August 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’m interested in forgiving others – and ourselves AND FINDING A BALANCE!


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