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When Times Are Tough: 5 Scriptures That Will Help You Get Through Almost Anything

4.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,107 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Bestselling author John Bytheway takes a break from speaking to his typical teenage audience and shares an uplifting message for Latter-day Saint adults. In this hardcover book, John helps readers find perspective, hope, and happiness, whether their trials are personal hardships or national tragedies. In addition to the five scriptures to help you get through almost anythi ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Deseret Book Co (first published April 2002)
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May 16, 2013 D rated it it was amazing
This highly readable little books gives five scriptures and lots of good insight for five areas: Help for Almost Anything, Strengthening Marriage, Improving Family Relationships, Strengthening Faith and Motivating to Action. In the book, author Josh Bytheway shows us that the power, hope and perspective we need are found in the scriptures. As the cover flap explains, "in his interesting and distinctive way, John encourages us to look to the word of God for strength in fighting life's battles, an ...more
Mar 21, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Angela by: Jana Peterson
This is an absolutely fantastic book - motivational and inspiring. While the entire book is full of scriptures and quotations, the specific 5 that headed each section were especially varied and applicable.

Near the end, he mentions that the scriptures he chose may not be the same ones we would choose, but that is the amazing power of the scriptures: they belong to each of us and can guide us in all the very personal aspects of our lives. It inspired me to do some extra study and choose 5 scriptur
Aug 31, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
In addition to 5 scriptures for tough times, it also has scriptures to strengthen your marriage, strengthen your faith, improve family relationships, and motivate you to action. I loved this book, it had a great perspective.
Mar 21, 2015 Glenda rated it it was amazing
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May 19, 2013 Erika B. (SOS BOOKS) rated it really liked it
Shelves: spir-tual
"No matter what "it" is, we can do it because of our faith in Christ. So we fight on, knowing that, "they that be with us are more than they that be with them." We will "fear not: knowing that God delights to bless his children. And we will doubt not because with God, all things are possible to those that believe." -pg. 119

I needed this book right now! Not that times are insanely tough but some of my decisions are and sometimes it's nice to be reminded that even in our daily trials there is hope
Mar 27, 2011 Britt rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful. It has five chapters. Each chapter presents 5 scriptures that will:
1. get you through anything
2. strengthen your marriage
3. improve your family
4. strengthen your faith
5. motivate you to action

I was entertained and inspired. One of my favorite segments came from the "5 scriptures that will strengthen your marriage" chapter. The scriptures was "Is it I?" (Matthew 26:22). Brother Bytheway explains that when the Savior told the Twelve that one of them would betray Him, thei
May 12, 2016 Jodi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
This one of the best LDS inspirational books I've read. It contains so much more than what the subtitle suggests. This book does include a chapter talking about "5 scriptures that will help you get through almost anything" but that is just one of many chapters. This book also includes chapters such as "5 scriptures that will strengthen your marriage" and 5 scriptures that will strengthen your faith". There are also chapters with scriptures to help you improve family relationships, and motive you ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have found that I have read this book several times and also have been able to help others with some of the thoughts that John Bytheway expresses in this book. It is LDS but can be used for people of all faith.
Jul 31, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Loved this book more than I can describe. Excellent scriptural examples along with present real world experience. Very uplifting and a very easy read. I will quote this book for the rest of my life! :)
May 22, 2012 Kira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deseret
This book was incredible. One of the many reasons I love to read Bytheway is because of his wonderful insight in the scriptures. He can take something from a verse that I never saw there before and make it amazing. Some of his favorite scriptures were mine as well, and some of the ones he picked were ones I had just read right over. This is definitely going on my favorites shelf, and I plan on reading it aloud to Jonah when we are done with The Graveyard Book. One of my favorite things about the ...more
Mar 10, 2009 Brianna rated it it was amazing
I love the way John Bytheway gives insight into the scriptures he chooses. This book started out as a speech to the columbine lds youth who were affected after that horrible shooting. He was asked to speak to them. I can't imagine the magnitude of being asked such a thing. He came up with "5 Scriptures That Will Help You Get Through Almost Anything". In his book he has sections on different areas of life and a set of 5 scriptures he discusses for each area. I really enjoyed this book and highly ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Ane rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! in the forward, john by the way talks about how this book came about as he was asked to speak to the LDS seminary students following the Columbine High School Massacre. With that piece of information in mind, it just gave me a deep perspective and love for the scriptures John By the way chooses for his "5". They truly are uplifting and inspiring in tough times. The rest of his book is for Marriage/Family Relations/Faith & Action. In his true humorous and insightful way, I ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
I really love this book. John Bytheway has five chapters in his book, and with each chapter he suggests five different scriptures that would help you with the topic he is teaching.

Here is his table of contents:

Five Scriptures That Will Help you Get Through Almost Anything
Five Scriptures That Will Strengthen Your Marriage
Five Scriptures That Will Improve Your Family Relationships
Five Scriptures That Will Strengthen Your Faith
Five Scriptures That Will Motivate you to Action.

There are only 153 pag
Very, very good. And again, one that I really needed now. A couple of the scriptures are ones that I really love. And he shared one of my favorite scripture stories (Alma and Amulek). I liked the big and the small examples he gave of our lives today. Especially when this talk was given and referring to two awful tragedies that made very powerful impacts on my life and views of the world and Second Coming. Very well done. (And much appreciated to hear--for my first time--a talk that he did not gi ...more
May 13, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
I once gave a family home evening lesson based on this book.
Adelia Gail
Oct 26, 2015 Adelia Gail rated it it was amazing
Great book. Easy to read and very helpful.
Sep 19, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
John Bytheway is always good.
Mar 26, 2014 Scharlotte rated it it was amazing
Great read anytime!
Oct 17, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a talk on tape but still worth the listen. John Bytheway is one of the best motivational speakers ever and this lastest offering does not disappoint. He weaves humor in with gospel truth to have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next. The scriptures were meaningful. The most touching part, for me, was when he talked about visiting the kids in Littleton, CO after the school shooting and how he used scriptures to help comfort them. Excellent talk-don't miss it!
Mar 16, 2011 Arwen rated it really liked it
This was a great read! Quick and easy with great thoughts and insight. Again, I love how John Bytheway is able to use and relate the scriptures in ways that I wouldn't necessarily think of and how his thoughts and testimony make me evaluate my own. A wonderful blend of inspiration and humor. It makes me want to stand on my feet and do better right now! I especially enjoyed the section on "Family" and "Motivation".
Apr 05, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
This was a good book and it had some inspiring scriptures in it that Bytheway discusses. It is divided into 5 chapters and it has 5 scriptures in each chapter. The very best chapters to me were the 1st and the last chapter. I will be reading those again. Chapter one is entitled, five scriptures that will help you get through almost anything and chapter five is five scriptures that will motivate you to action.
May 05, 2015 Suzan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
Wonderful book full of great scriptural helps and insights.
Mar 02, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
Coming from someone who almost always thinks times are tough i found the majority of this book helpful. There are some chapters that won't really come in handy for me until later stages in my life but i still found it worthwhile. It's one that you need to read often to keep the ideas in mind but i thought it was pretty good. Bytheway has a way of writing that makes anything understandable.
Aug 10, 2015 Suzanna rated it it was amazing
Loved this! I thought it might just have only scriptures to help you get through trials but in addition to that section of scripture references, there are sections to help strengthen your marriage, improve family relationships, strengthen your faith, and motivate you to action. He shares his favorite stories and quotes throughout and it just ended up being a great, uplifting read!
Feb 21, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
I recommend this to everyone! John Bytheway is one of my favorite motivational youth speakers. Through his unique humor, the Book of mormon, quotes from prophets and leaders and research about inspiring people's lives he discusses tough topics. He was chosen to speak to the seminary group of Columbine school and frequently talks about heroes in the book of mormon.
Dec 09, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
"When Times are Tough" is the first book I have read by John Bytheway, but it certainly will not be my last. This book contains 25 scriptures with powerful thoughts based on the messages of those verses. The writing is very accessible and it feels like you are receiving counsel from a dear friend. I highly recommend this book!
Feb 12, 2011 Mandi rated it it was amazing
This book gave me some much needed comfort and encouragement. I love John Bytheway. He puts things so that my "ah-ha" light goes on. I noticed that even throughout the day some of his thoughts and passages would pop into my head. I will read the book again. And probably again. A good, quick, stay-with-you read.
Nov 16, 2011 Lara rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I felt like the last two chapters of the book were the best part and that is pretty rare. This book reads like a self-help book but with the benefit of tons of scriptures. I loved looking at well-known scripture references in a new/inspiring way. I fast, good read. (And Ty- it's on kindle.)
Mary L.
Jul 29, 2014 Mary L. rated it it was amazing
This is a really uplifting book with great ideas for giving yourself that little extra boost that you need.
Dec 28, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
Really, really liked this. Short, to the point. Very inspirational. John Bytheway has a way of saying things that really makes you understand. Loved his choice of scriptures. We all need to be reminded what the Lord has said to assist us. Great book for youth and adults.
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John Bytheway (born October 1962) is an American author and academic, who is well known as a comic motivational speaker for youth within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Salt Lake City, Bytheway attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, receiving a Master's Degree in Religious Education. He also served as a missionary for the LDS Chu ...more
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“If our testimonies are strong onthis point and if we feel the absolute assurance that God loves us, we will change our questons. We won't ask, 'Why did this happen?' or 'Why doesn't God care about me?' Instead, our questions will become, 'What can I learn from this experience?' or 'How does the Lord want me to handle this?” 198 likes
“Everyone would like to have stronger faith. By themselves, the scriptures may not strengthen your faith, but being faithful to what they teach, does. In other words, faith cannot be separated from faithfulness.” 121 likes
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