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10.27.2011

Book Review - God Makes Lemonade

Sometimes, life throws a lot of stuff at us. Issues with health, loss of loved ones, broken relationships, financial struggles…and on it goes. Don Jacobson says, “It’s true that in life ‘stuff’ happens, but I’ve found that Lemonade HappensTM too!”
Don Jacobson has put together a book of stories from people who have discovered unexpected sweetness in the middle of sour situations. God Makes Lemonade: True Stories That Sweeten and Inspire is a collection of stories from over 70 contributors and Don has interspersed comments throughout the book that he calls “Lemon Drops”. In many cases, he has followed up with the authors to add a little postscript to the story. In other cases, he comments on his reaction to a story. This book is the first in a series.

What I liked: The stories are heartwarming and inspirational. It makes a great gift book, especially for someone who needs hope. The book is attractive with a really warm feel. It’s very peaceful with light blue accents on the pages and simple graphics added on the titles. It makes it an attractive gift book.

What I didn’t like: This will be nit-picky because I think like a writer and editor more than a reader sometimes. One of the pitfalls in a compilation of stories is that there are great stories, but they aren’t written as well as they could be. As the compiler and editor of the project, Don could have done a little better with removing clichĂ©s, taking out excessive uses of passive voice, and tightening up in a few places. The book is formatted in business format with left and right justified margins and a space between paragraphs. This makes it harder to read than standard left justified paragraphs with the first line of each paragraph indented.

I received a free copy of this book from Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

From the Publisher - About the Book
I bet you could use a little good news right about now. We have just the book for you! In God Makes Lemonade™ you'll read stories from everyday folks
who discover unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances.

Some of these real-life stories are laugh-out-loud funny, others are sobering, and more than a few will have you reaching for a tissue. We sure did!

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-truly sour circumstances we wouldn't wish on anyone. But when those lemons become lemonade, it's as refreshing as an ice-cold drink on a hot summer day.
About Don Jacobson

Don Jacobson's twenty-five years in publishing included serving as the president and owner of Multnomah Publishers, where he oversaw the production of more than 1000 titles, including the five-million-plus-selling series Stories for the Heart. He's had the pleasure of working with such best-selling authors as Randy Alcorn, Joni Eareckson Tada, Henry Blackaby, Robin Jones Gunn, Karen Kingsbury, Andy Stanley, and Bruce Wilkinson. Don's wife, Brenda, has been mentoring mothers for more than a decade.


Jacobson and his wife are passionate about helping single mothers and their children, so the royalties from God Makes Lemonade will benefit these unsung heroes through the LemonAid Foundation. Find out more about Lemonade Books LLC.

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