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Your storm doesn’t have to sink you....

At some point in our lives, we all find ourselves in a boat in the middle of a lake. We might be there due to a job loss or the death of a loved one. Maybe disability, divorce, or financial insecurity has stranded us. Patrick and Ruth Schwenk found themselves feeling battered after five miscarriages and then surrounded by the waves with Patrick’s cancer diagnosis at age 43. They were alone. Drifting. And that’s when their transformation began.

In this compassionate and powerful bookthe Schwenks weave together lessons from their own experience with insightful Bible teaching to remind us that one of the greatest ways God transforms us is through trials. As they unpack why Jesus called the disciples into the middle of a lake when dry ground was so safe and comfortable, they help us

  • Understand why the depth of our hurt enables us to experience deep hope
  • Learn to conquer fear to experience the freedom God has for us
  • Discover how God uses chaos, and not just the classroom, to shape and work through us.

Today - in your confusion about God’s intentions, your disappointment over lost dreams, your disillusionment about prayer - God is offering hope. Because Jesus is still Lord over the water. And while he is not moved by the waves, he is moved by you. And this flood might just be a path to abundance.

Reflection questions are available in the audiobook companion PDF download. 

“A powerful reminder that our current reality is not our final reality, and God is Lord over all chaos and suffering!” (Candace Cameron Bure, actress and New York Times best-selling author) 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Patrick and Ruth Schwenk (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Must read book of 2020

I was blessed to preview this book & now can’t wait to listen again. The Schwenk’s do an incredible job of personally showing you what it is like to feel caught in the storm of your life - in a boat in the middle of a lake - where you feel like there is no hope. Yet Ruth & Patrick point you to that hope through Jesus in every page. Their testimony is a powerful example of what God can do in the storms of our lives.

With everything that is happening in our world this year, this book release couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. Now is the time to grab onto our true anchor - Jesus - and weather this storm together through our faith. I pray you find the book as encouraging as I did.

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Beautifully written story everyone should hear that is walking through loss. It was as if you were telling pieces of my story after a diagnosis that also changed my life. Thank you.

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So perfect for the current storm am I in.

Not sure how I stumbled onto this book but with each page I read I felt like they were describing all of my emotions and it made me feel so less alone as my spouse was diagnosed with leukemia. We too have four kids and our world was turned upside down on that dreaded day but this book filled me with hope and reminded me of God’s promises. He will get us through the storm to the shore.