Get Back Up by Sheryl Giesbrecht

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Get Back Up by Sheryl Giesbrecht is the latest book I’ve received from Litfuse for reviewing.

The book focuses on dealing with the times in life where we get knocked down, giving advice as to some strategies to help minimize the damage and felt the recovery along.

The advice itself is good, but I think the most helpful part is simply how open Sheryl is about her own struggles. She tells stories from her own life, even when painful. This makes it easy to relate to her, and also gives a more fleshed out example… instead of just giving answers that sound good but are difficult to really apply to your own life.

The one caution I would give is that you should probably take the time to read the chapter summaries at the start of the book. If you tend to gloss over them like I did, you’ll get thrown a few surprises in some of the last chapters as Sheryl’s story unfolds. Which I suppose is actually a good thing that they caught me offguard, as it shows how into her story I was that the twists and turns threw me curveballs. But if you’d like a bit of a heads up, don’t just skip the intro stuff before chapter 1.

ABOUT THE BOOKTrusting God When Life Knocks You Down

Life is not always easy or fair for the follower of Christ. Yet, Sheryl Giesbrecht has learned, from the depths of past pain, it is possible to be raised up. It is possible to heal. Most importantly, it is possible to exchange hurt for hope. In her inspirational new book, Get Back Up: Trusting God When Life Knocks You Down, Sheryl tells her own story. She uses scripture to tell the stories of so many other Biblical figures who stumbled before they could be helped up. Sheryl’s message is one of hope. Trusting God in the midst of a life turned upside down is essential to survival. Without Him, life would not be worth living. Climbing out of the pits of despair would be impossible. Yes, with God to lean on, finding hope is possible. Healing is possible. God is capable of taking our losses and mistakes and turning them into something remarkably beautiful. Won’t you let Him?

Purchase a copy here.



“Exchanging hurt for hope” is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus. She loves to share how God rearranges loss, bitterness, and mistakes, and turns them into something remarkably beautiful.


Blog tour

Train to annoyance

It wasn’t framed as a request. I was handed a flyer by kiddo, with information added that she was going to be helping a friend of my former step-dad to sell drinks on a special train event that lasts all day.

On mother’s day.

Now granted… mother’s day is about my mom in our family, not my role as a mom. And so while one of my brother’s and I usually make dinner for her, it’s not like we have major plans.

But still.

Permission wasn’t even asked… it was just announced that she was going. So I could have said no, but of course then that makes me the target of her resentment on the issue.

I’m annoyed.

But this is life…

Beginning the middle

We went and did kiddo’s first middle school orientation. She’s going to be sticking with the traditional magnet system in town.

It went well. She likes the school, and figured out her way around well.

But I have to admit, I’m sort of worried.

ADHD makes organization a lot more complicated… and this is the first year for changing classes and not having a set desk to keep things in. We had enough trouble keeping track of assignments already… so it makes me nervous to be jumping into having 7 different sets to track.

I know it’s going to be all about setting up a folder system in a binder… but setting it up and getting her to use it well are completely different topics.

With a million distractions in a busy school hallway between lockers and classes… with a kid who has never had a “hurry” setting.

This could be an interesting year.

When God Makes Lemonade

When God Makes Lemonade created by Don Jacobson is the latest book I’ve received from Thomas Nelson for reviewing.

This is a really sweet book. It’s a collection of true short stories, most of which are just a few pages, from a wide variety of writers.

The one thing that all of the stories have in common is that in each one, God turned something bad into something that worked into good in the big picture.

The stories really vary as to the circumstances… but a lot of them are really major life events like injuries and accidents. But in each one, there is a silver lining that puts the traumatic event into perspective.

It’s an encouraging book, and I’m glad to see mention at the end that they are working to make this the first of a series.

The only negative I can say about this book is that after a bit, knowing the theme… you start to get a sense of doom in the start of each story. Because you know, something is going to happen. But every time, a rainbow follows.

Thomas Nelson page for the book

Amazon page for the book

Grading fears

This semester, I’ve run into a new battle. The fear of graded procedures.

Technically, I suppose this isn’t new… I’ve feared the checkoffs and finals that are graded by the instructor for the previous semesters.

But this round, there’s a new challenge. It’s a process where the techs that are supervising us have to grade us twice on each different type of exam, and fill out paperwork on how well we did on a whole list of different factors… eventually deciding whether or not we are good enough at them to perform them with the tech in the next room instead of in the room with us.

The instructor also grades the images that result from these.

This makes it massively nerve-wrecking. Both during the exam, and preparing for the exam.

We do somewhat control when we are graded.. as we tell the tech we want them to before the exam. But we still have some uncertainty by never knowing which exams are going to come through when.

And so this is majorly throwing me off and making me nervous… even when I’m just doing an exam that I know I’m close to being ready to be graded on and so trying to get it as perfect as I can to prepare.

But somehow instead of making me feel more confident… the more of these I do, the more they make me feel like getting sick to my stomach.

I’ve got to get over it and start getting more of them done.

But it’s sure not going to be smooth for me from the looks of things currently.

Whichever way

The financial aid office at my college is starting to drive me crazy.

I’ve been talking with them back and forth since February, and have still yet to get to a firm answer on things.

Basically, my aid is going to be taking a drastic drop this year… low enough that I’m not realistically going to have a shot at paying the amount they are expecting me to.

As in, their number is over twice what I made in all of last year. And I’d already submitted my tax info, and so they knew this when they made the number.

And so we’ve begun the appeals process.

And been waiting.

It’s starting to really get to me.

Honestly, at this point, I’m mostly ok with either outcome. While I want to finish and move forward… with the current stress level, and current financial pressures… and the next semester likely to be worse, it could be a nice break.

But with the semester nearing an end… it’s really hard not having an answer to have any idea how to plan for what is going to happen.

My part time job wants to know what my schedule is going to be for the summer to be able to give me hours.

If I’m going to be looking for a full time job, the time to be applying is now.

And if I’m going to have a pre-term class as planned, the time to be arranging that is also now.

But I’m sort of stuck until I know what things are going to look like.

And it’s really getting annoying.

To keep things cold

At times, I have a tendency to be a smart aleck… particularly with people who I know share that sense of humor and can take it and usually give it right back.

But most of the time, with people I don’t know well, I tend to be really quiet.

These two worlds met a couple of weeks back.

At work, most of my coworkers are people that I am at mostly comfortable with… and a good number of them tend to be good humored and into teasing and such.

But the people who work in the building that I don’t see much, I still don’t say much to.

So, with some recent remodeling, the upstairs break room had been removed… making the nearest fridge for lunches downstairs and a long walk away. And so my head supervisor had put a small mini-fridge under the counter in the office… out of sight, but easily reached.

Apparently, this hadn’t been run by another, higher ranking manager. Because they expected him to protest and say it wasn’t needed. This part I wasn’t aware of.

So towards the end of the day, one of my managers was on the floor, cleaning the fridge, when this higher manager comes into the room and asks “Why do we have a fridge?”

The first thing that comes out of my mouth is “To keep things cold.” In a sort of “duh” tone.

He just stands there a minute… sort of makes this grumbling…. and only then does it really hit me that this might not have been a good response. I look to the manager cleaning the fridge, and she’s having a hard time not laughing.

Without having come up with a response, the questioner turns around and leaves the office.

I figured that was the end of that awkward moment.

But, in about 4 different instances, I’ve had various managers and coworkers laughingly mentioning the reply. Word apparently got around fast… and the whole office appears to be amused.

One said that it was pretty much the perfect response, because any of the rest of the staff would have gotten into trying to justify not walking downstairs and probably failed. Another laughed that it was probably the first time since my interview that this manager had actually heard me speak to him in person instead of just giving a message over the phone.

In any case, the fridge has stayed… and apparently, he has yet to bring the topic up again.

Sometimes unexpected awkward smart aleck moment is a useful tactic I guess!