“When God Doesn’t Fix It”

Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without.

Book Review

Can goodness come out of broken dreams or unanswered prayers? When we ask for it to be fixed and God’s reply is silence, where do we go from there?

To be clear before we continue: The bible is full of promises of healing and divine intervention. We are encouraged to go to God with faith and to expect His healing touch. “Is anyone among you sick? … The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up;” James 5:14a,15a. But how should we proceed when God doesn’t answer the way we had hoped?


Laura Story had everything going right. Her life was like the perfect picture. Then something went wrong. Her husband Martin developed a brain tumor. No cure existed to restore Martin’s short-term memory, eyesight, and many other complications. Their ideal picture now seemed like a bad dream. But Laura says, “it never occurred to us that God wouldn’t fix it.” Laura and Martin gradually realized that God is not tied to our plan for how things should go. They learned that it’s so much more about bringing us to a place of faith and trust. Jesus prayed in the garden, “yet not what I will, but what You will.”

Laura observes, “There’s something about suffering that takes away all pretense. You get to a point where you must redefine your faith. Everything you thought about Who God is and about the promises of the bible are challenged by your new reality.” She says, “Our future is not secure in anything else but in our relationship with God, and that all things are in His hands.” She encourages believers to trust their Heavenly Father and believe that His plans for them are always good.

The book When God Doesn’t Fix ItLessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without helps us realize that we shouldn’t be surprised by trouble. It shows how to handle the unexpected and how to trust God in very difficult times.

The book repudiates the temptation we may have that the trial we’re in the midst of is there because God doesn’t love us or that He doesn’t care about us, or that He’s far away. The author reminds us of the Lord’s promise, “I am with you always.” Our spiritual life can’t be based on our feelings. It should be based on the truths of God. It’s not what we walk through, it’s how we walk through it. Our suffering is an opportunity for grace. She shows us how to discipline ourselves to choose grace.

Conclusion:  This is a profound read. We may come to a point in our lives when we too experience devastating events or circumstances. Let someone who’s been there, be a source of encouragement and guidance in dealing with life’s biggest challenges. There is plenty of content here to help the reader understand the lessons learned and how to align ourselves with biblical truth. A study guide is also available. “God desires to use even the most broken chapters of our story to showcase His faithfulness. He wants to shine His light through our brokenness.” This book is an excellent resource to help us grow spiritually through these chapters of life.

Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

5 thoughts on ““When God Doesn’t Fix It”

  1. Good article. Shifting our focus off ourselves and onto God and his plan and purpose for our lives is the way to maturity in Christ. May we learn to have balance in our lives, to not deny ourselves healing if that’s what God has for us but always to know that he’s in control and will use trials to fulfill his purpose for our lives.

    1. Ashley, thanks for the comment. As the author, Laura Story, says in the book: “may our faith be refined.“ each of us has his or her own journey, and we can always trust that God has our best interests in mind. Thank you for that, Lord.

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