Title: The Struggle is Real: Getting better at life, stronger in faith, and free from the stuff keeping you stuck
Author: Nicole Unice
Genre: Nonfiction – Christian Life
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Number of Pages: 255
Life is hard. But Nicole Unice shows why the struggle is actually good, that it makes us stronger, and that we can get better at overcoming hurdles in life.
It will take quite a while for me to soak up everything in this book. I’ll return to it many times to read portions of it. You can tell how much I liked a book by how much writing there is in the margins. This one has a lot of writing in the margins.
As I read the book, I thought it was good, but now as time has passed, I keep thinking about the book and parts of it pop into my head as I go through life. That tells me this book has helped me more than I realized and that the message is sticking with me.
This was a lot of fun to read. Unice talks about the struggles we face in life, but she does so with humor, grace, and courage. This book encouraged me and gave me a lot to think about. Reading it feels like listening to the author in person, in a small group setting with quiz time and story time. It’s like learning from a wise friend who never talks down to you and who is a gifted storyteller.
Something about the tone of this book just clicked with me. It wasn’t a “woe is me” or a Pollyanna tone. It struck just the right balance in its approach to the subject.
One thing I liked is the book says that yes, life is hard, but we can actually work to get better at facing the struggles. I was glad to hear that because a lot of books make it seem like we just have to bear the struggles, whereas this book talks about letting struggles make us stronger.
Another thing I enjoyed was how the author tells Bible stories. When she tells a story from the Bible, she makes it come alive. The stories are conversational and fun, full of wit and humor. The book sparked my interest in some Bible stories that I hadn’t thought much about before, and made me better at understanding the Bible. I took away some valuable insights from this book.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.