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It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

A six-session video Bible study by Lysa TerKeurst

Get lifetime access to the streaming videos with every study guide purchase, plus bonus free resources

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

A six-session video Bible study by Lysa TerKeurst

Get lifetime access to the streaming videos with every study guide purchase, plus bonus free resources

What if all of this is actually...good?

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God.

In this six-session video Bible study, Lysa TerKeurst offers fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations and life-giving perspectives for living in between Eden and eternity.

You don’t have to fight through your disappointments, tears and unanswered questions alone. The Author of "all that is" has seen every disappointment, trial, and uncertainly of today and still saw every second of it necessary to get us to where we are going.

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To experience Lysa TerKeurst's It's Not Supposed to Be This Way video Bible study, purchase the It's Not Supposed to Be This Way study guide, which includes an individual access code to stream all six video sessions online at StudyGateway.com. Watch on any device - laptop, tablet, phone, or Smart TV!

To elevate your study experience we recommend the companion hardcover book and NIV Devotional Bible in our custom Premium Bundle - with savings at 52% off exclusively in FaithGateway Store!

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STUDY GUIDE + STREAMING

About the study guide

Join New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst in this six-session video Bible study and experience fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living between Eden and eternity. This study guide includes group discussion prompts, activities, personal Bible study, video notes, and a leader's guide, as well as an individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). 

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STUDY GUIDE + BOOK + BIBLE

About the study guide

Join New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst in this six-session video Bible study and experience fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living between Eden and eternity. This study guide includes group discussion prompts, activities, personal Bible study, video notes, and a leader's guide, as well as an individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). 

About the book

The best-selling companion book to the study guide. What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful? New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected.  

About the Bible

Go deeper in your Bible study experience with a compact devotional Bible, with daily devotions written by Lysa TerKeurst and the women at Proverbs 31 Ministries. The devotions in the NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women will meet you right where you are, in the good days and in the hard days, in the car pool line or the doctor’s office. With God’s truth as the foundation, this Bible will help you maintain a peace-filled place of balance in spite of your life’s hectic pace. 

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STUDY GUIDE + STREAMING & BOOK

About the study guide

Join New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst in this six-session video Bible study and experience fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living between Eden and eternity. This study guide includes group discussion prompts, activities, personal Bible study, video notes, and a leader's guide, as well as an individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). 

About the book

The best-selling companion book to the study guide. What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful? New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected. 

Shop study materials

To experience Lysa TerKeurst's It's Not Supposed to Be This Way video Bible study, purchase the It's Not Supposed to Be This Way study guide, which includes an individual access code to stream all six video sessions online at StudyGateway.com. Watch on any device - laptop, tablet, phone, or Smart TV!

To elevate your study experience we recommend the companion hardcover book and NIV Devotional Bible in our custom Premium Bundle - with savings at 52% off exclusively in FaithGateway Store!

Recommended
BEST VALUE

Premium Bundle

STUDY GUIDE + BOOK + BIBLE

About the study guide

Join New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst in this six-session video Bible study and experience fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living between Eden and eternity. This study guide includes group discussion prompts, activities, personal Bible study, video notes, and a leader's guide, as well as an individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). 

About the book

The best-selling companion book to the study guide. What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful? New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected.  

About the Bible

Go deeper in your Bible study experience with a compact devotional Bible, with daily devotions written by Lysa TerKeurst and the women at Proverbs 31 Ministries. The devotions in the NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women will meet you right where you are, in the good days and in the hard days, in the car pool line or the doctor’s office. With God’s truth as the foundation, this Bible will help you maintain a peace-filled place of balance in spite of your life’s hectic pace. 

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STUDY GUIDE + STREAMING & BOOK

About the study guide

Join New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst in this six-session video Bible study and experience fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living between Eden and eternity. This study guide includes group discussion prompts, activities, personal Bible study, video notes, and a leader's guide, as well as an individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). 

About the book

The best-selling companion book to the study guide. What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful? New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected. 

Basic

STUDY GUIDE + STREAMING

About the study guide

Join New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst in this six-session video Bible study and experience fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living between Eden and eternity. This study guide includes group discussion prompts, activities, personal Bible study, video notes, and a leader's guide, as well as an individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). 

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For just $48.99 + free U.S shipping* included you'll receive these 3 incredible resources!

STUDY GUIDE + STREAMING

BOOK

BIBLE

A note from Lysa

lysa terkeurst headshot

This isn’t how I pictured my life right now. And this probably isn’t exactly how you thought things would look in your life right now either. I’m not telling you anything new. I’m just giving voice to thoughts you’ve already had but maybe didn’t know how to verbalize. 

But, here’s the hope.

Though we can’t predict or control or demand the outcome of our circumstances, we can know with great certainty we will be okay. Better than okay. Better than normal. We will be victorious because Jesus is victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57). And victorious people were never meant to settle for normal.

Through these pages I’m going to help you find a soft place to land in the story God Himself is perfectly orchestrating with our good in mind. Some will live their whole lives missing the chance to see all the good God has placed around them just for them. Partly because the hard stuff has demanded so much of their attention. And the seeming permanence of some of the heartbreak has stolen their affection for life.

But what if the victory is only in part how things turn out? What if a bigger part of being victorious is how well we live today? This hour. This minute.

You are about to have a completely different experience with this thing called life. Together we will find a way to tie our hope not to the specific outcomes we thought were the only way back to normal, but rather to the very heart of God. The Author of the story your heart could never conceive but begs to live with every thumping beat. There is more to all of this than you know. And I can’t wait to watch it unfold in your life and mine.

Love, Lysa

Praise for It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

Linda B

This book and study came to my life at a perfect time...and apparently for a lot of others as well. I so appreciate the honesty, transparency, and "realness". Lysa has the ability to put into words the things I've felt and thought, but couldn't, or wouldn't, say. It was also a huge relief to have someone explain why "It's Not Supposed to Be This Way" because it's NOT supposed to be this way! Thank you! -

Terri K

This is the best book/ Bible study I have done. It was very timely for me just months after the death if my husband at 52. It was like Lysa was reading my mind. God is definitely speaking through Lysa and using her disappointments to encourage others.

Sheryl H

This hit home on so many areas of my life. Thank you for sharing your very personal story. God's perfect model leads us back to him during struggles that try and pull us into billions of pieces, God uses and builds us into better people to share our stories one day.

Meet Lysa Terkeurst

Author, Speaker, Bible Teacher

Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Forgiving What You Can't Forget, It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Uninvited and The Best Yes.

Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and her devotional, Embraced, is the ECPA's 2019 Christian Book of the Year. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.

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