Beyond the Storm: How to Thrive in Life’s Toughest Seasons

Reviewed by: Megan Burkhart, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, IN.



Title: Beyond the Storm: How to Thrive in Life’s Toughest Seasons

Author: Debra B. Morton

Publisher: Nelson Books

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

Format: Paperback

Length: 224 pages


Everyone faces storms in their lives—literal, emotional, spiritual, and physical. What separates those who survive and those who thrive is how they cope.

Author Debra B. Morton is a storm survivor and thriver. She has lived through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the death of her granddaughter. In this book, she walks her readers through “The Storm Playbook,” offering real-life examples of her personal storms and the methods to cope and move beyond the tragedy in order to thrive again.

Morton breaks down the helpful and hurtful mechanisms readers turn to after a storm. She also provides categories to put storms in, so they can evaluate the kind of rebuilding that needs to take place. Morton encourages readers to listen to God and how he is growing them through the storm or uncovering something new within them.

Through journaling questions and biblical character examples, readers are able to reflect more in depth on the chapter’s message and process their storms in light of God’s faithfulness.

Morton is a personable writer who has practical advice for the grieving, broken, or desperate soul. She understands the hard work of healing and moving on, and she desires to make “stormproof” readers who can face adversity and not be swept away by it. Readers who have the stable foundation that comes from knowing Christ—the key to thriving after any storm.


Rating (1 to 5):

4.5 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

Both new and seasoned Christian women who need encouragement and healing from the storms they’ve faced or are facing.


Morton provides biblical examples of people who have survived life’s storms and thrived in the aftermath. She relates each example back to the chapter’s message and gives a memory verse for readers to take with them.



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Beyond the Storm: How to Thrive in Life's Toughest Seasons

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