God Makes Lemonade Paperback

True Stories That Amaze and Encourage

by Don Jacobson;

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God Makes Lemonade

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‘God Makes Lemonade’ is a community where true stories of hope and encouragement are told and heard. Author and compiler, Don Jacobson, believes that stories have always been the best way to help people and help them hold on to hope. But these stories are not legends, fables or involve super-human feats of strength and mind. They are true stories of ordinary people who are surprised by the unexpected sweetness that can come out of the sourest circumstances.

Don's collection of stories builds you a book with a message – ‘Don’t Give Up!’ Because you’re not alone. The stories are written and submitted by all sorts of people in almost every imaginable circumstance. Some are funny some are sad, but all have in common a sense of hopeful honesty.

This book is collection of short stories that give you the assurance that when life gives you lemons – truly sour and bitter experiences, it can and does turn then into sweet refreshing lemonade.

God Makes Lemonade by Don Jacobson was published by Thomas Nelson in April 2013 and is our 14020th best seller. The ISBN for God Makes Lemonade is 9780849964701.

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Do you know someone who needs some encouragement? Perhaps that someone is you.
In God Makes Lemonade, author Don Jacobson has collected real-life stories from around the world that show everyday folks discovering unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances. Some are funny, others are sobering and more than a few will bring tears of amazement. But these true stories all have one thing in common: hope.

There’s no question that life gives us “lemons,” like issues with health, employment and relationships. But when those lemons become lemonade, it’s as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot summer day. It’s true that in life “stuff” happens, but as you’ll see in these stories, Lemonade Happens too!
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“Hi, my name’s Don Jacobson, and I started the ‘God Makes Lemonade’ project because I know from personal experience just how tough life can be. A lot of people are struggling with lost jobs, lost homes, broken relationships, illnesses and fading dreams. They need encouragement; we all do.

“We’ve all heard the expression stuff happens. Here’s what I’ve discovered; along with all the bad stuff, Lemonade happens too. That’s why I’m inviting you to send us your story. Stories where the sour part of life turned out to be surprisingly sweet but not necessarily expected ending.

“God Made Lemonade Stories’ are true stories; stories that bring much needed hope and inspiration. This is not only a chance to receive encouragement but to give it. It might be exactly what you need - Or maybe share the book with a friend who needs encouragement.

“I’ve lived my own lemonade story and telling it has brought encouragement to others. I’d like to invite you to tell your lemonade story and also encourage others. So if you have a story in your life that turned out to have a surprisingly sweet but not necessarily expected ending… remember, lemonade happens.”


“I was moved to tears by some of the stories and laughter by others. What a wonderful book! Reading so many great stories was kind of like taking a mini-vacation. I recommend it to anyone who needs some refreshment.” – Other retailer’s reviewer.

“I like the way they set up the book with short stories! My life is full and I don't have a lot of time, so it's great to be able to pick it up and finish one of the stories in just a few minutes, then get back to my day!” – Other retailer’s reviewer.

“The many short real life stories allow you to take a short reading time, and yet be anxious to come back for more. It's one that can be read, and then reread, and then reread again! A time of crisis will come and remind you of a story that will encourage and lift you up, knowing that others HAVE gone through these valleys, and with God's help, so can YOU!” – Other retailer’s reviewer.

Stories of sweeteness from life's bitter times

Originally self published, God Makes Lemonade is a compilation of true stories which encourage people in sour circumstances that God is at work making lemonade in their lives.  That means readers will be able to see divine direction in Lemonade stories.  The best stories focus on the compelling and dramatic events that make up the three parts of the lemonade outline — sour circumstance, surprise, and sweet outcome — showing God at work in the process.

Some, but not all, include conversion stories. But all start with an external event such as adopting a child, recovering from an illness, losing a job, etc.  These external events are what make every story different and compelling. Stories are true and sent in by ordinary people, though they’re often anonymised or publishedn under another name.

“We all have lemonade stories,” says originator of the concept, Don Jacobson, “so what would happen if we could share them with the people around the world who need them most? That’s the dream of the ‘God Makes Lemonade’ series: to publish true stories to encourage people in sour circumstances that God is at work making lemonade.”

Stories often mirror accounts like that of Tracy Healy. Hers is the beautiful story of a severely abused child who finds the true love of a mother. She told her story as an encouragement to anyone who has been told “never” either about themselves or someone they love.

Doctors originally said that her son would never roll over, sit up, understand anything, etc. By God’s grace and healing, he is doing those things and more.” God is so much bigger than all of the “nevers” in our world,” she says, “and hopefully my son’s journey can be a reminder of that for others during their own hard times.”

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Details for God Makes Lemonade

Page last updated 21st November 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherThomas Nelson (April 2013)
Number of Pages368
Thickness28 mm
Height211 mm
Width137 mm
Product Code4058500
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