Book Review: When God Makes Lemonade


Book Description:

Do you know someone who needs some encouragement? Perhaps that someone is you.
In When God Makes Lemonade, author Don Jacobson has collected real-life stories from around the world that show everyday folks discovering unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances. Some are funny, others are sobering, and more than a few will bring tears of amazement. 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. But when those lemons become lemonade, it’s as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot summer day.

It’s true that in life “stuff” happens, but as you’ll see in these stories, Lemonade Happens too!

About the Author:

Don Jacobson thinks of himself as a walking, talking lemonade story and he has good reason.  After being severely injured in a hunting accident in 1980, he not only defied all the medical odds against him, but he also marveled at how God used the sourest of circumstances to give him a wonderfully sweet and refreshing new life.

At the age of 24, Jacobsen felt on top of the world.  Having grown up fishing, hunting and camping in the woods of Canada, he felt extremely blessed to be in the Northwestern United States, enjoying livng in the Cascade Mountain region where, happily married to the love of his life, he was busily carving out a successful career in the construction industry.  A strong guy who wore both flannel shirts and calluses with equal pride, he considered his work to be a major part of his identity.  It defined who he felt himself to be.

Then, whil alone on a impromptu hunting trip and in no more than the span of time necessary for a shotgun blast, Joacobson’s world was turned upside down.  In a single instant, his life became lemon-filled.  “It ook a while for God to change lemons into lemonade,”  Jaconson now admits, “but in the end it was wonderfully sweet.”

Well aware that this hardship in his life has molded his character and givenhis life a depth he could not have experienced apart from the pain, Jacobson now says, “I wouldn’t trade the hardest times in my life for anything because they led me toward something better.  Something God had planned all along.”  Today he enjoys sharing his personal “lemonade” story with others while at the same time being encouraged and inspired by the stories they share with him in return.  It is this premise of the common sharing or personal story that provided the impetus behind When God Makes Lemonade.

In the 25-year interim since the accident, Jacobson has worked tirelessly, first serving as president and owner of Multnomah Publishers, where he oversaw the production of more than one-thousand titles and the sale of more than 100 million books before selling Multnomah to Random House in 2006.  More recently, he founded D.C. Jacobsen & Associates (DCJA), an author management company, so that he might be able to continue working closely with authors.

Today Jacobson and Brenda, his wife of thirty-five years, lives in Portland, Oregon, where they both love sharing their lemonade stories and hearing or reading those of others in return.  The couple has four amazing adult children, three of whom are married to equally amazing spouses.

My Review:

This is a wonderful book compiled of many stories.  It sort of reminds me of the “Chicken Soup” series, however these are written with the idea of God’s intervention shining through.  This is one of those books that you could read a story a day, starting and stopping where ever you choose.  The stories are sure to inspire you and they may cause you to think of your own “Lemonade” story.  The author maintains a website where he encourages people to submit their stories at  They could be included in a future edition of the book.  Each story is written as a chapter and at the end it includes a description about the author of the story.  In some cases, Jacobson has added his own comments which he calls “lemon drops.”  I would recommend this book to you to read and in addtion as a gift book to others.  Perhaps you know someone who is going through a tough time.  This book may just help them to see the light in their own situation.

I received a complimentary  copy of this book for review from B & B Media.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.


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