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God Over Good: Saving Your Faith by Losing Your Expectations of God

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It's hard to say that God is good when God isn't always what we expect good to be. A good father wouldn't make it so difficult to get to know him, would he? And if God is all-powerful, wouldn't he ensure that we never suffered? Either our understanding of God is incorrect, or our definition of good is inadequate.

In a world that is messy and a church that is imperfect, it's
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Baker Books
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Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I approached this book with a fair bit of skepticism but I was anxious to read it since I had heard the author on a podcast. It was intriguing so I grabbed the book and was prepared for an average amount of amazement.
It blew my socks off! I have underlined something on nearly every page!
I grew up in church but some concepts never clicked for me... I had questions and I struggled with doubts and no one could seem to get me anything resembling an answer and I knew that
Lauren  Tomlinson
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I really appreciated this book and what the author shared. I found it helpful and encouraging. I'm glad I finally made time to eat it after being on my shelf for so long.
Katie Cullum
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This book had a beautiful truth story writing and compelling to read with also encouraging to all of us to finding our real faith and still fighting so hard to finding the answer. It because of we are all had to trapped by the system of humanity and trying to be better person with the world that not easy to make us to living. The story of this book will help and guiding us to understanding more about God that was always beside you and all we have to do is trust in God. I highly recommend to ever ...more
Kristi Hartman
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After listening to Luke's podcast, Newsworthy with Norsworthy, for a couple of years, I was excited when he announced he was publishing a book. I was intrigued from the first page, had to buy a new package of highlighters, & am going to have to purchase a new copy. Luke's honesty about his doubt was my story twenty years ago, and it occasionally rears its head now. His story is told in metaphors (parables?!), real-life examples, with some Luke-humor thrown in for good measure. His result is a be ...more
Rachel Schmoyer
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me think. Not everything that made me think had to do with the goodness of God or what we understand about God and his goodness, but I'm glad I read the book because there was a lot that did invite me to understand more of who God is and to move beyond what I know about HIm already. I also really liked the invitation to see the Bible not as a dry instruction manual, but as an invitation to a faith journey with imaginative, kingdom centered language. ...more
Erin Henry
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5. Beautiful memoir of one mans struggle with his faith and how he hung on to God. I appreciated his honesty and his emphasis on hanging onto to spiritual practices when going through times of doubt.
Amy Langmaack
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Luke Norsworthy is a new author for me. I heard Norsworthy first on Annie F. Downs That Sounds Fun! podcast, and decided I wanted to give God Over Good a shot.

Norsworthy tackles a lot of tough questions in the pages of this book. The questions are raw and real and entirely relatable. Some of the questions he asks were questions I didn't realize I had until I saw them written on the page.

But rather than leaving you with just a bunch of lingering questions, Norsworthy reminds that there's another
Jason Herrington
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Luke Norsworthy shares the struggles of his faith journey and his wrestling with doubts that many have with faith but are too afraid to discuss or acknowledge. Luke’s vulnerability is extremely refreshing and the journey to the other side of hope is encouraging.

This book makes room for those of us who love God but also doubt as well as provides perspective and a challenge to those that may not realize that the two can coexist.

My only complaint...I wish I had been able to read this book 7 years a
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Luke's authenticity, his balance of vulnerability and wit, his honesty (except for the "assistant, Jonathan" characterization), and his ability to engage both intellect and emotion make this book very helpful for those of us who are pursuing a growing faith, or a resurrection of faith. ...more
Karl Dumas
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Fess up! You’ve tried to put God in a box, we all have. Some of the lucky ones figure out fairly quickly that it doesn’t work, while others keep trying, long after any reasonable person would have given up. Sadly, many people give up on God when He doesn’t meet their expectations, but the lucky ones, give up on their expectations before giving up on God.
Luke Norsworthy tells his story of the struggles he faced trying to reconcile a good God, with the bad things that happen in our world. Not o
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
God Over Good is an approachable, relatable, personal book about faith and doubt. I've been a long-time listener of Luke's podcast, "Newsworthy with Norsworthy," so many of the main points and the stories were familiar. But since I'm somewhat late to this (about 3 years post-publication), they still seemed fresh.

I appreciate Luke's honesty and vulnerability, which is definitely not easy to do in writing, much less for someone with a podcast audience and an active preaching ministry. But it's his
Patricia Pate
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God over Good by Luke Norsworthy is a book about changing your expectations of God. When we pray for a certain thing, we often have our expectations of what that certain thing will look like. Often we are wrong, and can even miss the answer to our prayers, because we don't see it, it doesnt look like what we expected. Also, there are sometimes circumstances in life, that we see as bad, but God sees as good. Take my health for example. If I haven't had such a bad year, health wise, then I don't t ...more
Tracey Kapitz
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book! One that showed up just when I needed it. If you or someone you know is struggling with their faith I highly recommend this book. Learning to let go of expectations is no easy task. It is the difference of believing who God is and who I expect God to be and show up. Disappointment and hurt shook my faith and I doubted God’s goodness. I had to relearn who God is. Luke’s words were like hand and foot holds appearing on what seemed like an insurmountable wall.
Joy Matteson
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one. His podcast is also a winner, and I really appreciated his thoughtful, warm commentary on faith and doubt. His pithy and hilarious stories will keep you turning the pages. A pastor not afraid to poke fun at himself and stay honest throughout his writing will keep me reading his works.
Gina Fox
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have hear Luke on his own podcast talk about the struggles he has had with his faith and how to process them. In this book, Luke does a good job of bringing faith around to the basics. It reminds us of how we should see God through His Word and not by what others say. I recommend this book to anyone who has questioned their faith and wants to become more solid in their thinking.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that I will read again. The author is a bit cynical and expresses dry humor which I greatly appreciate given the context of struggling through one’s faith. There are some powerful sections that brought me to tears and other sections that brought clarity and I found myself saying “Amen” out loud. I highly recommend.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Luke's a good author, and his story is relatable to many of us who were raised in more conservative traditions. I appreciate his vulnerability, and there are some genuinely laugh out loud moments as well. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's struggling with their faith. ...more
Bethany Dufilho
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
“Why do we worship God when God doesn’t always fit our definition of good? Because unlike the transience we’re surrounded by, the transcendent offers something eternal... We’ve experienced everlasting life, and where else can we go?”
Dale Friesen
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Closer to 4.5
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is, at times, laugh-out-loud funny and, at times, deeply profound. I appreciated all of the encouragement to "keep on keepin' on" in the faith - even if your doubts loom large. ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Faithful, disarmingly honest, stories. But Richard Beck, author of Unclean, Reviving Old Scratch, and Stranger God says it all:
<"Luke does such a brave job in this book--telling the truth, asking the questions many of us aren't willing to ask (but hear in our heads), and walking us all toward honesty and freedom and the person we really want to be. God over Good will rescue you in ways you didn't know you needed rescuing. That's what it did for me too. I'm forever grateful.">
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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As usual, my assessment of popular books is out of step with the popular masses. I don’t know if it’s because of a more critical temperament or because of a higher standard for the media I consume (at least, insofar as books about god — the supreme reality, for god’s sake) is concerned.

Whatever the case, my reading of Norsworthy’s God Over Good: Saving Your Faith by Losing Your Expectations of God was par for the course. The average rating online was somewhere near four or four-and-a-half stars
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