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An insightful biblical and conversational response from Dr. Tony Evans and his four children—Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, and Jonathan Evans—on how God uses the hard things of this life to draw us into a deeper faith in Him. Divine Disruption explores the many hardships we experience in life and how God breaks through with the power of hope. In the An insightful biblical and conversational response from Dr. Tony Evans and his four children—Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, and Jonathan Evans—on how God uses the hard things of this life to draw us into a deeper faith in Him. Divine Disruption explores the many hardships we experience in life and how God breaks through with the power of hope. In the book, Dr. Tony Evans and his four children—Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, and Jonathan Evans—discuss their faith-shaking experiences: from the deep grief of losing six loved ones in less than two years' time, with the most devastating blow being the death of Lois Evans, the matriarch of the family, to a deep dive into dealing with the various hard, unexpected things we all face. Life throws many curves—whether the loss of a job or health due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, or marriage and relationship issues, problems with children, even the recent racial and political unrest.   The authors step together into a unique Kingdom Legacy partnership, opening themselves to the honest questions, raw emotions, and solutions they learned to cling to amid their various struggles as they honor their mother’s wish to work together. Through their bond and individual strengths, they demonstrate how even the most devastating tragedies can bring glory to God as He continues to meet their needs and build their faith.


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An insightful biblical and conversational response from Dr. Tony Evans and his four children—Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, and Jonathan Evans—on how God uses the hard things of this life to draw us into a deeper faith in Him. Divine Disruption explores the many hardships we experience in life and how God breaks through with the power of hope. In the An insightful biblical and conversational response from Dr. Tony Evans and his four children—Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, and Jonathan Evans—on how God uses the hard things of this life to draw us into a deeper faith in Him. Divine Disruption explores the many hardships we experience in life and how God breaks through with the power of hope. In the book, Dr. Tony Evans and his four children—Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, and Jonathan Evans—discuss their faith-shaking experiences: from the deep grief of losing six loved ones in less than two years' time, with the most devastating blow being the death of Lois Evans, the matriarch of the family, to a deep dive into dealing with the various hard, unexpected things we all face. Life throws many curves—whether the loss of a job or health due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, or marriage and relationship issues, problems with children, even the recent racial and political unrest.   The authors step together into a unique Kingdom Legacy partnership, opening themselves to the honest questions, raw emotions, and solutions they learned to cling to amid their various struggles as they honor their mother’s wish to work together. Through their bond and individual strengths, they demonstrate how even the most devastating tragedies can bring glory to God as He continues to meet their needs and build their faith.

30 review for Divine Disruption: Holding on to Faith When Life Breaks Your Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Johnny-Elsie Peralta

    This book was an amazing read. It was wonderful to be able to see how each of the members of the Evans family responded to their losses. I was able to see myself in each of their experiences throughout different times in my life when God didn’t respond exactly as I would have wanted Him to. It reinforced so much for me that despite my prayers not being answered in the way I would have liked or even Preferred, God was, is, and continues to be a good God. I highly recommend this book. It will rest This book was an amazing read. It was wonderful to be able to see how each of the members of the Evans family responded to their losses. I was able to see myself in each of their experiences throughout different times in my life when God didn’t respond exactly as I would have wanted Him to. It reinforced so much for me that despite my prayers not being answered in the way I would have liked or even Preferred, God was, is, and continues to be a good God. I highly recommend this book. It will restore your faith, lift you up, and encourage you all along the way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsie Brown

    Divine Disruption • this book is sacred. The Evans family is one that I have much respect for. This book felt like a conversation, rather than a novel. A glimpse into the Evans family and their journey through grief and healing as they endure some of the most difficult months their family had ever faced. It’s easy to look at a family like the Evans, and assume they have it all together, even through the difficulties. But their honest, vulnerable and raw emotions come out in this book. Trails bri Divine Disruption • this book is sacred. The Evans family is one that I have much respect for. This book felt like a conversation, rather than a novel. A glimpse into the Evans family and their journey through grief and healing as they endure some of the most difficult months their family had ever faced. It’s easy to look at a family like the Evans, and assume they have it all together, even through the difficulties. But their honest, vulnerable and raw emotions come out in this book. Trails bring blessings too. God is always behind the scenes, working and sowing the pieces of our stories together. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, we can fully trust Him. Grateful for the opportunity provided by the Evans family & NetGalley to be part of the launch team for this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    Divine Disruption: Holding on to Faith When Life Breaks Your Heart provides a rare and intimate glimpse inside Tony Evans and his family after enduring an extended season of great trial and loss. In a two year period Tony and his family endured the loss of eight family members including his brother, sister, brother-in-law, niece, father and precious wife, Lois, of fifty years. It was also during this time his daughter, Priscilla Shirer, underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in her lung. Divine Disruption: Holding on to Faith When Life Breaks Your Heart provides a rare and intimate glimpse inside Tony Evans and his family after enduring an extended season of great trial and loss. In a two year period Tony and his family endured the loss of eight family members including his brother, sister, brother-in-law, niece, father and precious wife, Lois, of fifty years. It was also during this time his daughter, Priscilla Shirer, underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in her lung. Then, his other daughter, Crystal, was worked up for a suspicious growth on her leg. All of this was followed by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown giving Tony and his family much time to pray, reflect upon and grieve their tremendous losses. In this book you will hear from Tony and each of his three adult children, who are all involved in ministry, as they all openly discuss their struggles, disappointments and the role their faith played as they continue to work through and process their grief by leaning into God and onto one another. I so appreciated their honesty and transparency as each shared their thoughts and feelings as to the hope they were able to hold onto even in the darkest and most difficult times. This book is a must read for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Seefeldt

    Processing grief when you're in the public eye must be excruciating. The Evans family walks this road with courage and hope, resilience and a clear dependence on Jesus. The conversational style of the book makes you feel as if you're sitting over coffee and sharing the story together. I recommend this book for anyone walking through unexpected change, or loss - or anyone who wants to deepen their walk with Jesus. Just so good. Processing grief when you're in the public eye must be excruciating. The Evans family walks this road with courage and hope, resilience and a clear dependence on Jesus. The conversational style of the book makes you feel as if you're sitting over coffee and sharing the story together. I recommend this book for anyone walking through unexpected change, or loss - or anyone who wants to deepen their walk with Jesus. Just so good.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was an amazing tribute to the beautiful and blessed spirit of Lois Evans. What a great way to honor her legacy and help those suffering with the changes of the world today. Dr. Tony Evans and each of his four children wrote about their grief and hope since losing so much over the past couple of years. I was so excited to read the foundation of the “Kingdom Legacy” they are building and hope to read more about this anointed family’s walk together into the future. Here are a few gems I collec This was an amazing tribute to the beautiful and blessed spirit of Lois Evans. What a great way to honor her legacy and help those suffering with the changes of the world today. Dr. Tony Evans and each of his four children wrote about their grief and hope since losing so much over the past couple of years. I was so excited to read the foundation of the “Kingdom Legacy” they are building and hope to read more about this anointed family’s walk together into the future. Here are a few gems I collected in this short but powerful read: • We have a sovereign God, so we’re not at the mercy of others. Evil must past through the fingers of God to even touch us at all. • For believers, the present is not life. This is only an introduction to life. • Emotion should follow faith, you can’t let your emotions lead you. • Every believer must face a time in which they must say “yes” to God when He’s said “no” to them. • God didn’t ask for us to be okay with being broken, but that we submit to our brokenness and trust Him with it. The time must come to say “let the cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will but Your will be done.” • Sometimes the Lord lets us hit rock bottom so that we can see He *is* the rock at the bottom. Needless to say, the book was timely and encouraging to me as a believer who’s also experienced pain over the course of this pandemic. I needed this and recommend it for anyone struggling with reconciling God’s will with their own. Also, If you get the audiobook. You hear Tony, Chrystal, Pricilla, Anthony and Johnathan narrate the parts they wrote. It’s truly a beautiful book. 5 stars!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott Kedersha

    Packed with scripture, honest reflections on loss and trial. Loved the way they wrote it from 5 different perspectives, yet all Christ-exalting and founded in Truth.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Trollope

    I would give this 10 stars if I could. I drank this up like I hadn't had a drink in years. Their story spoke to my soul, refocused my purpose and removed me of the legacy I am creating for my daughter. Bitterness has no place is leaving a legacy. Thank you for bringing such a word. I would give this 10 stars if I could. I drank this up like I hadn't had a drink in years. Their story spoke to my soul, refocused my purpose and removed me of the legacy I am creating for my daughter. Bitterness has no place is leaving a legacy. Thank you for bringing such a word.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Viola Beyer

    This book is an amazing book. I’d you have it have gone through touch times you will know that you are not alone and it shows you how they stood even through the toughest times when things did not go as planned. Highly recommend you read this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Long

    I couldn’t put this book down once I started. Finished reading it in two sittings. The conversations drew me in. So on point. Thoughts expressed from five different, yet overlapping, perspective, with the same message of hope and encouragement strewn throughout. If life has ever knocked you down, or you’ve felt deep pain or loss, pull up a chair, grab your favorite blanket and a cup of your favorite brand of coffee, and dive in. You’ll be glad you did. As part of a launch team, I received an adv I couldn’t put this book down once I started. Finished reading it in two sittings. The conversations drew me in. So on point. Thoughts expressed from five different, yet overlapping, perspective, with the same message of hope and encouragement strewn throughout. If life has ever knocked you down, or you’ve felt deep pain or loss, pull up a chair, grab your favorite blanket and a cup of your favorite brand of coffee, and dive in. You’ll be glad you did. As part of a launch team, I received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cicely Silva

    I love that we get multiple perspectives and personalities in this book. As I read, it felt as though I was sitting at a table with the family and listening to their stories. I appreciate their honesty in talking about their faith and their grief. It was refreshing to see them wrestle for their faith and not just bury their questions and emotions. Their testimonies of what God spoke to them during those times and putting what they know and preach into practice left me feeling encouraged. *I rece I love that we get multiple perspectives and personalities in this book. As I read, it felt as though I was sitting at a table with the family and listening to their stories. I appreciate their honesty in talking about their faith and their grief. It was refreshing to see them wrestle for their faith and not just bury their questions and emotions. Their testimonies of what God spoke to them during those times and putting what they know and preach into practice left me feeling encouraged. *I received an advance copy of this book for the purpose of promotion and review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Casey | Essentially Novel

    “𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦?” Gifted by Front Gate Media and W Publishing: This book is unique, raw, truth-filled, and I loved it. Five family members writing a book together about such tragedies that rocked their worlds and the special part about that is you get five individuals with different personalities, different perspectives sharing how they responded to the pain and shock. After they lost several family members, some to cancer and others completely une “𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦?” Gifted by Front Gate Media and W Publishing: This book is unique, raw, truth-filled, and I loved it. Five family members writing a book together about such tragedies that rocked their worlds and the special part about that is you get five individuals with different personalities, different perspectives sharing how they responded to the pain and shock. After they lost several family members, some to cancer and others completely unexpectedly, while also dealing with a lot of personal hardships and struggles, I know that from my own and my family’s experiences, you get to the point where you cry “Enough is enough, how much more?! Where are You, God? Why?” Some of what the Evans’ family shares here in this book has never been told before, and they each write portions of every chapter. The first half is them sharing their story while the second half is more of what they’ve learned, how they’ve grown, and Biblical truth. I appreciated the honesty and they remind us that “𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘰.” while also urging us to keep the faith and do Kingdom work. The whole book was like having an intimate conversation with the entire family. Whether you’ve dealt with unexpected loss or simply just hardship after hardship, struggling with grief and questions, I recommend reading this. It does not have all the answers but it does remind us that 1) our emotions are valid, 2) no one is exempt from pain, 3) we all respond to difficulties in our own ways, but most importantly, 4) God is still in control and sovereign. Gosh, I needed this book so much. Other noteworthy quotes: “𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘺 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘧𝘶𝘭. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘴. 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭. 𝘏𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱. 𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘮.” “𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘏𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘮.” “𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘴. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘳. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬.” “𝘛𝘩𝘦 [𝘰𝘯𝘦] 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨.”- 𝘋𝘳 𝘓𝘰𝘪𝘴 𝘌𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘴 “𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘪𝘳𝘤𝘶𝘮𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘪𝘳𝘤𝘶𝘮𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘢𝘺.” “𝘐𝘧 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴.” “𝘉𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘏𝘪𝘮.” “𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢 𝘯𝘰 𝘏𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶.”

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I have known of Tony Evans since I was a child and he would be a gues preacher at my church in Dallas. I have followed all four of his children, Priscilla Shirer, Crystal Evans Hurst, Anthony Evand and Jonathan Evans and his niece Wynter Pitts and her husband Jonathan Pits on social media for quite awhile too. I have been nothing but impressed by their family both in their Biblical teachings and ministry but also in their personal life as I have seen the events mentioned in this book happen in r I have known of Tony Evans since I was a child and he would be a gues preacher at my church in Dallas. I have followed all four of his children, Priscilla Shirer, Crystal Evans Hurst, Anthony Evand and Jonathan Evans and his niece Wynter Pitts and her husband Jonathan Pits on social media for quite awhile too. I have been nothing but impressed by their family both in their Biblical teachings and ministry but also in their personal life as I have seen the events mentioned in this book happen in real time over the past few years. Divine Disruption is a conversation between Dr. Evans and his four kids as they process the hard things that have happened to their family over the past few years including the death of Lois Evans, their wife and mother and 5 other family members. They are honest about how they weathered this difficult season, both the hard things and the times they were frustrated with God and also how they learned to lean on Him and one another. They are 5 unique people and they dealt with this trial in 5 different ways. I listened to the audio book and it was beautiful. I felt like I was sitting in the living room with this amazing family, listening to their personal conversation. I think anyone would enjoy this book but if you are in a season of loss, I beg you to go grab it and listen. It is just 5 hours of audio and you will sail through it. Some sections I bookmarked: "If God showed us the whole journey, we would never take the first step." :24 - Jonathan "We have all been through hard seasons. Times in life when it sems like the hits keep coming and you can barely catch your breathe. Sometimes we look at Christians in the spotlight of public ministry and think 'they have some secret measure of faith. like they figured out how to stay above the struggles of life. But no one is above them. We'd all love to find a way to go around trouble but often you just have to walk through it. And our family has been through it. 6:10-35 Pricsilla If there's one thing that you can count on in life, it is that your path will not be easy 8:10 Dr. Tony Evans Family and God. Everything else is just an illusion -Anthony We have to believe God knows what he is doing when he is not doing what we want Him to do. 20:23 Dr. Evans We have not solved our problems by running from God. The goodness of God is all around us. It only comes into question when bad things happen. So now, when facing tragedy, we question God. We have to put the sorrow and pain against the history of God's goodness. 38:40 Priscilla Sometimes God allows discomfort and stress because he wants us to move close to him. 59:45 Dr. Evans

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    In this collaborative book, Tony Evans and his four adult children share a personal inside look at the divine disruptions they've walked through as a family. Starting with the death of a cousin, the Evans family endured loss after loss, resulting in the death of six family members and culminating with the arrival of a global pandemic. Life was literally turned upside down, leaving them all questioning, "Where are you, God?" This book, Divine Disruption, is a result of a promise the Evans children In this collaborative book, Tony Evans and his four adult children share a personal inside look at the divine disruptions they've walked through as a family. Starting with the death of a cousin, the Evans family endured loss after loss, resulting in the death of six family members and culminating with the arrival of a global pandemic. Life was literally turned upside down, leaving them all questioning, "Where are you, God?" This book, Divine Disruption, is a result of a promise the Evans children made to their mother before she passed from cancer. For years, it had been her wish that they write a collaborative book, and it was after her death that they found a common project: how do you work through life's unexpected losses and challenges, while holding on to faith? Their unique voices share how they found peace with God, persevered through the difficulties of life, and determined to work past the disruptions of life. This book was honest, transparent, and, at times, heart breaking. With the loss of their mother only a few years removed, the pain is understandably still fresh. The authors don't shy away from the unfairness of the past few years, but rather lean into the sovereignty of God through Biblical wisdom and open conversation. One of my favorite quotes came near the end of the book when Jonathan Evans says: "Faith is depending on God when you're living in the unknown, and sometimes the Lord lets us hit rock bottom so we can experience that He is the rock at the bottom." Wow! That one powerful statement gave me a lot to meditate on in my own life. And that's just one of the many insightful observations in this book. Divine Disruptions was my first introduction to any of the Evans' writings, but I can guarantee, it won't be my last. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Norman

    As I began reading Divine Disruption, I could easily picture myself sitting down at the table and talking to the Evans family. Their lives, filled with much loss, grief, and disruptions over the past few years, mirrored the road that my family is walking right now as well. Each member of the Evans family so graciously and humbly shared their hearts, giving us a view of their highs and lows during a very trying time in the life of their family. Dr. Evans encourages the reader to look at the trial As I began reading Divine Disruption, I could easily picture myself sitting down at the table and talking to the Evans family. Their lives, filled with much loss, grief, and disruptions over the past few years, mirrored the road that my family is walking right now as well. Each member of the Evans family so graciously and humbly shared their hearts, giving us a view of their highs and lows during a very trying time in the life of their family. Dr. Evans encourages the reader to look at the trials and test in this life as a "divine disruption," a time God can use to change our hearts and the trajectory of our lives going forward, making the conscious choice to view these disruptions through the lens of an eternal perspective. Having gone through the sickness and loss of my father in what was already a unprecedented year (2020), I too, have tried to look at things from an eternal perspective, searching for what God wanted to teach me through all the " divine disruptions" that kept coming. The following quote from Dr. Evans rings so true as I move forward after losing my father: "Sometimes God allows discomfort and distress because He wants us to move closer to Him. We don't cling to God nearly as much in the carefree times, when things are smooth. We run to God when things are frightening or tough." What if we looked at hard times as "divine disruptions" instead of taking them at face value? If you're struggling with finding meaning in the trials and tests that come along in life, then I encourage you to read "Divine Disruption." As you do, I think you'll be motivated to look at the things of this world from an eternal perspective!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zenobia Bailey

    Applause! Applause! Am I applauding all of the hurt, loss, and emptiness that this family endured in such a short span of time on top of the regular hurts, losses, and emptiness that life brings? Absolutely not! I am applauding their transparency and candidness; their willingness to throw the covers off and, in the midst of doing so, to allow their onlookers to pull them off with questions of our own, as witnessed in their televised Wednesday evening service that transitioned into a very raw and h Applause! Applause! Am I applauding all of the hurt, loss, and emptiness that this family endured in such a short span of time on top of the regular hurts, losses, and emptiness that life brings? Absolutely not! I am applauding their transparency and candidness; their willingness to throw the covers off and, in the midst of doing so, to allow their onlookers to pull them off with questions of our own, as witnessed in their televised Wednesday evening service that transitioned into a very raw and heart-felt question and answer session. This book is an in your face (and heart) account of a family's unconditional love, commitment, selflessness, sacrifice, devotion, dedication for one another, cloaked and soaked in their heart's surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. Without such a surrender, there's no way they could have continued to place one foot in front of the other. Yet, with their eyes on the Lord, they did. Not only did these four move forward in God's grace and commitment to them, so did Lois, with much grace and peace. In fact, each in her/his own way, make it quite clear that she did and, in doing so, strengthened them. Her strength and theirs, strengthens the reader... gives us hope... gives us a template for the handling of hard times; for how we should engage with one another and, most importantly, how we should engage with our Lord when life is disrupted, even to the point of breaking our hearts even if it's over and over and over again. Thank you, Evans Family, for standing and having done all, still you stand. Amen and Praise God!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Create With Joy

    There are times in each of our lives when we have to deal with circumstances so devastating that we can’t help but wonder how we are going to hold on to our faith in the midst of our heartbreak. National renowned pastor Dr. Tony Evans and his equally influential family – daughters Priscilla Shirer and Chrystal Evans-Hurst and sons Anthony Evans Jr. and Jonathan Evans – recently walked through this type of dark soul of the night in their personal lives as they dealt with the loss of eight extende There are times in each of our lives when we have to deal with circumstances so devastating that we can’t help but wonder how we are going to hold on to our faith in the midst of our heartbreak. National renowned pastor Dr. Tony Evans and his equally influential family – daughters Priscilla Shirer and Chrystal Evans-Hurst and sons Anthony Evans Jr. and Jonathan Evans – recently walked through this type of dark soul of the night in their personal lives as they dealt with the loss of eight extended family members in less than two years, including their precious wife and mother, Lois Evans, after a prolonged, public fight with cancer. Now, in honor of their mother’s last wish – that they minister together as a family – the Evans family has given us the beautifully written and much needed gift of a book, Divine Disruption: Holding On To Faith When Life Breaks Your Heart. As someone who has grappled with many tough questions involving God on her own journey to find answers in the midst of my own seasons of devastation, I appreciate the Evans family’s willingness to let us into the most private part of our lives in order to help us work through our raw emotions and challenging questions in a way that enables us to build our faith... This excerpt is taken from the original review that is published on my blog. To read my review in its entirety, please visit Create With Joy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I absolutely loved Divine Disruptions by the Evans-Hurst-Shirer family! It is a uniquely written book as it written by Dr. Tony Evans and his four children, making it the first time they all have written a book together. Each chapter covers a situation the family has went through or something that God has taught them. Most of the chapters include all of the family writing a piece of the chapter. I appreciated that at the beginning of the book it was explained how the book is laid out. The book i I absolutely loved Divine Disruptions by the Evans-Hurst-Shirer family! It is a uniquely written book as it written by Dr. Tony Evans and his four children, making it the first time they all have written a book together. Each chapter covers a situation the family has went through or something that God has taught them. Most of the chapters include all of the family writing a piece of the chapter. I appreciated that at the beginning of the book it was explained how the book is laid out. The book is written by Dr. Evans and his four children and when the narrative changes, the author’s name is at the top of the paragraph. What I read in Divine Disruptions shows that we all have ups and downs in life no matter who we are. What I read in Divine Disruptions shows that we have a choice every day to believe and trust God no matter what comes. What I read in Divine Disruptions shows that with a foundation and a relationship with Jesus Christ we can make it through the tough things of life. I loved how Divine Disruptions is written as if you were talking to the authors themselves, as though they were your friends. The testimony the family tells is relatable and real. Divine Disruptions is a wonderful book that encourages and gives practical, Biblical advice through the seasons of life. I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. My review is on Goodreads & https://leslieslibraryescape.wordpres...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    For Such A Time As This! I received my copy of Divine Disruption in early November but was very busy with college classes and had not taken the time to pick it up. Almost three weeks ago, I had a nasty accident while cleaning house and broke my left leg, ankle and foot in multiple places. The ankle required surgery which was done a week ago. Being a very busy pastor’s wife, I had a full plate with ministry commitments and college classes. Clearly, God had other plans for this time in my life. Fee For Such A Time As This! I received my copy of Divine Disruption in early November but was very busy with college classes and had not taken the time to pick it up. Almost three weeks ago, I had a nasty accident while cleaning house and broke my left leg, ankle and foot in multiple places. The ankle required surgery which was done a week ago. Being a very busy pastor’s wife, I had a full plate with ministry commitments and college classes. Clearly, God had other plans for this time in my life. Feeling pretty down over my sudden loss of mobility, I picked up Divine Disruption. It has been a tremendous blessing. Not only has it ministered to me in my current state, it also has been a time that God has used to bring even more healing to a broken heart from the loss of my late husband, who was also a pastor, to brain cancer several years ago. One of the things I loved most was each one being real with their thoughts and feelings. I think it is very powerful to take off the masquerade masks we often wear and just be real. People need that. It gives them permission to do the same. To God be the glory! This book was written for such a time as this! I pray it impacts people worldwide with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Just finished the audible version of this. I had preordered three copies of the hardback as well. It was amazing! I literally cried through about half of the book. And I took copious notes through the entire reading. Read by Dr. Tony Evans, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans and Jonathan Evans. Before Lois Evans passed in late December 2019 she instructed her family to do ministry together and this book is their first "family book." Such a powerful witness and testimony to eac Just finished the audible version of this. I had preordered three copies of the hardback as well. It was amazing! I literally cried through about half of the book. And I took copious notes through the entire reading. Read by Dr. Tony Evans, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans and Jonathan Evans. Before Lois Evans passed in late December 2019 she instructed her family to do ministry together and this book is their first "family book." Such a powerful witness and testimony to each individual's, and the entire family's Faith. Such a legacy of Faith and ministry that Drs. Tony and Lois Evans have established together. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Strong Biblical wisdom and faith which will guide you and encourage you through grief upon grief, world wide upheaval and even help you to frame the disruption of 2020 and beyond.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    I have benefitted from the ministry of the Evans family for some time. Dr. Tony Evans’ sermons and books, Dr Lois Evans books, Chrystal’s talk at a homeschool conference, Priscilla’s books and Bible studies…. The list could go on about the ways I have been impacted through this family. I feel like I know them as brothers and sisters in Christ. To have a book that the family wrote together, detailing the journey they have been on, the loss they have experienced, the faith that has been challenged I have benefitted from the ministry of the Evans family for some time. Dr. Tony Evans’ sermons and books, Dr Lois Evans books, Chrystal’s talk at a homeschool conference, Priscilla’s books and Bible studies…. The list could go on about the ways I have been impacted through this family. I feel like I know them as brothers and sisters in Christ. To have a book that the family wrote together, detailing the journey they have been on, the loss they have experienced, the faith that has been challenged was a gift. I highly recommend getting both the written book in which to mark ideas that speak to you, but also the audio version in which you can hear each family member share in their own voice. This book has challenged me in my faith journey, comforted me in my own pain and doubts, and ultimately brought me closer to my Savior.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cle Buckley

    To me this is a book of reminders. Through their own personal loss, pain and heartbreak the Evans family shows and reminds us that God is a real, present, and good good Father. They speak straight from the heart. And they never let us forget that no matter the situation, God is still in control. This book has caused me to desire and seek a closer walk with God. It reminded me that GOD is GOD at all times. And it assures me that God is in the midst of every situation in my life. This is not a "st To me this is a book of reminders. Through their own personal loss, pain and heartbreak the Evans family shows and reminds us that God is a real, present, and good good Father. They speak straight from the heart. And they never let us forget that no matter the situation, God is still in control. This book has caused me to desire and seek a closer walk with God. It reminded me that GOD is GOD at all times. And it assures me that God is in the midst of every situation in my life. This is not a "study" from an Evans family member, but like those studies, God and His Word are at the center. I needed this read at this point in my life. Thanks to the Evans family for being willing to share their hearts in the most difficult time in their lives.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jack Charles Smith

    Truly the best book I've read in a long time! Having lost my husband of 48 years to cancer just months after the Evans family lost their mother/wife, Lois, I can attest to the emotions and trust and courage needed in such a time as this. I thank the Evans family for their genuineness, and their true heart of wanting to help others in their hard times as well. I also appreciated Dr Evans view on what is happening in our world and God's presence in it all. I'm sure this is one book I will read over Truly the best book I've read in a long time! Having lost my husband of 48 years to cancer just months after the Evans family lost their mother/wife, Lois, I can attest to the emotions and trust and courage needed in such a time as this. I thank the Evans family for their genuineness, and their true heart of wanting to help others in their hard times as well. I also appreciated Dr Evans view on what is happening in our world and God's presence in it all. I'm sure this is one book I will read over and over again. Thank you for your legacy Lois, how many lives you and yours have ministered to! And to God be all the Glory!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Toni Vogt

    I have always loved Priscilla Shirer and after reading this book, I have a new affection for her entire family. Though this book starts off pretty depressing and is that way for a while, it is real life. It gives you hope that through all of life's hardships, if you keep your eyes and faith on God, you will make it through. I actually listened to the audio book and I absolutely LOVE that they each read their own parts. Tony Evans has a lot of wisdom to share and hearing him give it himself was g I have always loved Priscilla Shirer and after reading this book, I have a new affection for her entire family. Though this book starts off pretty depressing and is that way for a while, it is real life. It gives you hope that through all of life's hardships, if you keep your eyes and faith on God, you will make it through. I actually listened to the audio book and I absolutely LOVE that they each read their own parts. Tony Evans has a lot of wisdom to share and hearing him give it himself was great. If you get the chance to "read" this book as an audio book - I definitely recommend it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Muller

    I love the conversational flow of this book. It felt like I was sitting around the Evans' table and conversing with the family. This book offers the wisdom and truth I've come to expect from Tony Evans. I appreciate the format that allows the reader to peek into the personal lives of each of the family members as they share the challenge of holding onto faith during a difficult season. The Evans' children obviously have different personalities, approaches and vantage points which makes this a bo I love the conversational flow of this book. It felt like I was sitting around the Evans' table and conversing with the family. This book offers the wisdom and truth I've come to expect from Tony Evans. I appreciate the format that allows the reader to peek into the personal lives of each of the family members as they share the challenge of holding onto faith during a difficult season. The Evans' children obviously have different personalities, approaches and vantage points which makes this a book that will be relatable to all. Much thanks to the Evans' family for sharing their story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nanette

    Such a brutifully honest window into the hard heartshaping events families endure and how the power and person of Jesus can shine through them, if we'll let Him. I thoroughly enjoyed how each member of the family shared their unique perspective of the shared experiences. What if this was how brothers and sisters in the church chose to walk through these difficult times we're in? Who wouldn't want to draw near to that and get to know Jesus by our love? Thank you for offering this to the world and Such a brutifully honest window into the hard heartshaping events families endure and how the power and person of Jesus can shine through them, if we'll let Him. I thoroughly enjoyed how each member of the family shared their unique perspective of the shared experiences. What if this was how brothers and sisters in the church chose to walk through these difficult times we're in? Who wouldn't want to draw near to that and get to know Jesus by our love? Thank you for offering this to the world and I look forward to more collaborative projects in the future!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Bowden

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. What I discovered was a family with such strong unbreakable faith. I would recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss or anybody struggling with anything. For me there was clarity, hope and strength in their words. The great thing about books is that everyone has a different perspective of what they got out of the book. One of the main things that I got out of this book was how important my role as a momma and a wife is to my family. I also h I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. What I discovered was a family with such strong unbreakable faith. I would recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss or anybody struggling with anything. For me there was clarity, hope and strength in their words. The great thing about books is that everyone has a different perspective of what they got out of the book. One of the main things that I got out of this book was how important my role as a momma and a wife is to my family. I also have a better understanding of how your faith can sustain you when your heart is breaking.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Iris Peterson

    Their first published work as a family was released Tuesday, November 9th and OH MY GOODNESS! I started listening to this book Wednesday and if you are able to purchase the audio, I highly recommend that you do. Dr. Evans and each of his children share this story of deep loss (they lost 8 family members in less than two years) and their deep faith in spite of the losses. They help us to see how God is with us even in times of grief and loss. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a rea Their first published work as a family was released Tuesday, November 9th and OH MY GOODNESS! I started listening to this book Wednesday and if you are able to purchase the audio, I highly recommend that you do. Dr. Evans and each of his children share this story of deep loss (they lost 8 family members in less than two years) and their deep faith in spite of the losses. They help us to see how God is with us even in times of grief and loss. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a reason to remain connected to God in hard times!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Reneta

    moving forward in grief A glimpse into how a family mourns several tragedies, relying on God and each other, persevering. The first half of the book details several family illnesses and deaths, and the 2nd half is how they each move forward. I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I have followed Pricilla and her Bible Studies, and I think the way her and her siblings and Dad wrote this book was a good, transparent way to show how we can live with grief…how it changes us, but how we can moving forward in grief A glimpse into how a family mourns several tragedies, relying on God and each other, persevering. The first half of the book details several family illnesses and deaths, and the 2nd half is how they each move forward. I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I have followed Pricilla and her Bible Studies, and I think the way her and her siblings and Dad wrote this book was a good, transparent way to show how we can live with grief…how it changes us, but how we can still enjoy sunsets.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer J.

    If you need a reminder of how to navigate life, while experiencing challenging times - - - this book is it! Divine Disruption is a practical, personal and relevant approach to sharing faith + God’s purpose for radical, heavenly change. The Evans/Hurst/Shirer family did a wonderful job in capturing their respective, five unique personalities + perceptions regarding their family’s trials + victories.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    I love this family! Their ministries have been a huge blessing in my family's lives for years. I knew some of what was going on with them as they asked for prayer, but I had no idea the extent of their losses during this time. I cried right along with them as they shared their struggles in this book. Then I rejoiced right along with them in the forever faithfulness of our Almighty, Loving God. This is a must-read book for anyone, especially those who have ever suffered a loss. I love this family! Their ministries have been a huge blessing in my family's lives for years. I knew some of what was going on with them as they asked for prayer, but I had no idea the extent of their losses during this time. I cried right along with them as they shared their struggles in this book. Then I rejoiced right along with them in the forever faithfulness of our Almighty, Loving God. This is a must-read book for anyone, especially those who have ever suffered a loss.

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