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The Opposite of Certainty

Fear, Faith, and Life in Between
  • By Janine Urbaniak Reid
Fear, Faith, and Life in Between
  • By Janine Urbaniak Reid
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"Brilliant, rich...breathtakingly honest and sometimes very funny."

--Anne Lamott

"I loved this book."

---Glennon Doyle

"Extraordinary." --Caroline Leavitt

"Observant and warm...the finest company."--Kelly Corrigan

"A beautiful sucker punch, like life."

--Ron Fournier

"Subtle, powerful, and hypnotic..."

-- Martin Cruz Smith

What happens when we can no longer pretend that the ground underfoot is bedrock and the sky above predictable?

All Janine Urbaniak Reid ever wanted was for everyone she loved to be okay so she might relax and maybe be happy. Her life strategy was simple: do everything right. This included trying to be the perfect mother to her three kids so they would never experience the kind of pain she pretended not to feel growing up. What she didn't expect was the chaos of an out-of-control life that begins when her young son's hand begins to shake.

The Opposite of Certainty is the story of Janine's reluctant journey beyond easy answers and platitudes. She searches for a source of strength bigger than her circumstances, only to have her circumstances become even thornier with her own crisis. Drawn deeply and against her will into herself, and into the eternal questions we all ask, she discovers hidden reserves of strength, humor, and a no-matter-what faith that looks nothing like she thought it would.

Beautifully written and deeply hopeful, Janine shows us how we can come through impossible times transformed and yet more ourselves than we've ever allowed ourselves to be.

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After leaving her public relations career, Janine Reid embarks on a new vocation where she tries to meet her children's every need and anticipate those that aren't yet obvious. Her strategy is to control, manage, and do everything right so her kids won't be hurt, scared, or scarred. What she doesn't expect is that she will be entering the chaos of an out-of-control life that begins when her bright, charming, ten-year-old son Mason's hand begins to shake. Mason is diagnosed with a brain tumor, and the day-to-day drama takes her from the pits of despair to wild hope.

But it also draws her deep into herself and the eternal questions we all ask ourselves. Who are we really, way down deep, when everything we thought we knew turns out to have been conditional? Where do we land when the lifelong foundations we have lived on seem to crumble beneath our feet? Where is faith in darkness and terror? And where can joy be found in uncertainty?

When Janine is diagnosed with breast cancer, she also must come face to face with the pain of her past. She says, "I wasn't conscious I'd created a formula until I started becoming aware that God was not holding up His end of the bargain." But God . . . He makes a way out of no way and tragedy is transformed into profound healing that offers us a place where grace is bigger than circumstances, and we can be okay no matter what.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780785230595
    • Manufacturer: Thomas Nelson Pub
    • ISBN 13: 9780785230595
    • Publication Date: 05/01/2020
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Janine Urbaniak Reid
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 1.00 pounds
    • SKU: 9780785230618
    • Manufacturer: Thomas Nelson Pub
    • Author: Janine Urbaniak Reid
    • ISBN 13: 9780785230618
    • Publication Date: 05/01/2020
    • Format: Electronic Media
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