Coffee, Books and Bikes with Lisa Harper and Laura Story

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Q & A with Lisa Harper and Laura Story

LH: I’m so excited, you’re in my town. It just makes me so happy — I feel like I get to eat french fries and dark chocolate today and I love, love, love this book. This title, When God Doesn’t Fix It, when I read it, I almost started crying because I think I lived under the assumption, I love that you call it a “myth”, that when this gets fixed, then either I’ll have faith or life will get better. I’m slowly learning that a lot of times God doesn’t fix it. That doesn’t mean He’s any less faithful or any less good.

I love that you wrote,

The myth is that things have to get better before I can get better, the truth is my situation may not get better but I can get better.

Is that the theme of this book?

LS: Absolutely. I grew up kind of believing that the abundant life that Jesus talked about in Scripture is when He fixes all of our problems and He answers all of our prayers exactly the way that we want Him to, in the time-frame that we want Him to. You live any amount of life and you realize that’s just not true.

I think the beginning of all this was when Martin, my husband, got sick nine years ago with a brain tumor. The Lord graciously spared his life and he has improved, but he hasn’t gotten a 100 percent better.

There’s a chapter in the book where I talk about the why? questions. If we could change from the why? questions to asking how these situations can be used for God’s glory.

LH: I want my daughter to see faith as not just a Sunday thing, or just a sugar-sweet thing, but it’s our breath.

LS: It’s interesting that our books, they’re on two different subjects, but such similar content because I believe that how the Lord keeps our faith vibrant is those trials that we walk through. God never says in His Word that we are going to understand our lives this side of Heaven.

LH: No, as a matter of fact, He says we won’t understand sometimes.

LS: Exactly, He always promises every chapter of our story, every broken thing we’ve walked through, they all find their purpose in His greater story of redemption.

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Have you ever walked through a time in your life when you asked God to change your situation and He didn’t come through like you prayed or hoped He would? Join the conversation on our blog! We’d love to hear from you about having faith even when God doesn’t fix your situation.

Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person... but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit. For six years Lisa was the national women’s ministry director at Focus on the Family, followed by six years as the women’s ministry director at a large church. The author of nine books, with a Masters of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary, Lisa is a featured speaker with Women of Faith.

Laura Story is a Bible teacher, worship leader, bestselling author and Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter known for such hits as “Blessings,” “Indescribable,” and “Mighty to Save” .“Blessings” was certified gold in 2011 and inspired her first book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops. Laura’s music and writing show God’s love and grace intersecting with real life and serve as a reminder that despite questions or circumstances, he is the ultimate author of our story, as told in her second book, When God Doesn’t Fix It. She has a master’s degree in theological studies and a doctorate degree in worship studies. She has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and mother to Josie, Ben, Griffin, and Timothy.

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