Everybody Encounters the Unexpected! Whether it’s losing a job, receiving a bad report from a doctor, a late-night phone call, a relationship ending, a financial setback, or a dashed dream, “unexpected” shows up in unwelcome ways. Sometimes it feels like it’s raining rocks, and we’re doing our best to dodge a fatal blow. The question is, how do we respond when life unexpectedly disrupts our plans.
In this 5-session study, Stephen and Karen Blandino share their personal unexpected stories of pain and disruption. Karen shares how her peace was stolen during a robbery when five young men broke into her house, and then dragged her out of the shower at gunpoint. Stephen shares his journey of simultaneous congestive heart failure and pulmonary failure despite years of annual check-ups with good reports. Following their stories, Stephen and Karen share five compelling studies – great for personal reflection or small group discussion – on five powerful topics:
- Trust: Replace the Question with a Period
- Perspective: Refined or Defined?
- Community: Family, Friends, and the Power of Love
- Purpose: Leveraging What Is for What Could Be
- Legacy: Write It While You’re Living
This study guide includes content and concepts from the book, Unexpected: What to Do When Life Disrupts Your Plans. Whether you answer each question for personal study, or discuss them in a small group with friends, you’ll discover a road to successfully navigate your own disruptions. Plus, each session includes an emphasis on prayer as well as a practical takeaway for personal application. Whether you’re navigating an unexpected disruption, or your life is going great, these practical sessions will inspire hope, offer wisdom, and deepen your faith.
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“When life disrupts your plans – and it will – how will you respond? Karen and Stephen Blandino have walked through deep valleys of disruption and emerged with truth that will help you face your own times of pain and loss. Take advantage of their hard-won perspective for facing the unexpected setbacks and traumas in your own life.”Dr. Daniel Allen
Leadership Coach and author of Summoned: Stepping Up to Live and Lead with Jesus.
“An invaluable, honest and practical look at how we should respond when unexpected disruptions happen in our lives. This affirming message of hope and healing is a must read!”John McKinzie
Lead Pastor, Hope Fellowship, Frisco, Texas