Jumping Life’s Hurdles: a Review of Making Sense When Life Doesn’t
By Deishima Byrum
Summerside Press: April 2012
“I’ve been preparing for this.” Cecil Murphey’s mental preparation for trials and tribulations, explored in his latest book, Making Sense When Life Doesn’t, can change the habits that cloud judgment when life has its hurdles. Bluntly, Murphy explores why we react the way we do, stating that childhood and environment greatly impacts our reactions to bad circumstances. Some responses are helpful, he says, while others can create more frustration and chaos during the trying periods. Do you shut down? Do you run? Do you hide?
Murphey is honest. He explains that in order to grow and mature, it is necessary to experience adversity; further, facing decisions is just as necessary, as to not repeat previous wrongdoing. Murphey’s advice: have a pity-party, but then move on; seek forgiveness from God, others, and yourself; accept negative patterns and change them; learn to be patient; learn to appreciate your own lawn.
In his latest project, Murphey acknowledges all the emotions that you occur during times of hardship, such as divorce, job loss, or unplanned pregnancy. He encourages acceptance, improvement, and development during these events. Murphey states that readers must accept that difficult situations occur, alter the way they react to these situations, and develop a more positive attitude throughout the event. This will strengthen character, rather than hinder it. Murphey also strongly advises readers to prepare for life’s messiness and to learn how to deal with the muddle. Easy to understand, Murphey definitely makes sense when life doesn’t.
Deishima Byrum is a freelance writer who splits her time between writing book and music reviews for us and analyzing reports for Verallia of Saint-Gobain containers. Her interests are bicycling, reading, sports, aromatherapy, recycling and nature. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a B.S. and M.A.