CrossReaders Book Review: HELP FOR THE LAID OFF by Mary Kaarto

CrossReaders Book Review: HELP FOR THE LAID OFF by Mary Kaarto

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Title: HELP FOR THE LAID OFF

Author: Mary Kaarto

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Book

Whether you are a new believer in Jesus Christ, or you’ve been following Him for a long time, layoffs present difficult, frightening challenges that can cause even the most devout Christian to doubt God’s love for them. HELP for the LAID OFF offers solid, practical advice in searching for a job while reminding readers that they can and should continue to trust God as their Divine Employer. While it’s OK and understandable for readers to experience a sense of loss, the author encourages them to not get stuck in an endless pity party, when they DO have a job … to FIND a job. Kaarto opens the reader’s minds to realize there are many good blessings that come during and as a result of being laid off, and that losing their job may be the best thing that could ever happen to them, in the long run. Family members and friends are advised by Kaarto how to show support for their loved one even if unable to provide financial assistance. Advice is also provided through interviews with Christian marriage and family counselor as well as Christian financial planner, to provide a thorough, well-rounded, thoughtful book to comfort and equip readers to press on in spite of hard times.

Review

What’s happening to steady employment in this nation? Is it this way all over the world? Having just read this inspiring book, and attempting to research statistics on layoffs and unemployment claims during 2012, I became literally sickened at seeing the percentages and numbers for approximately 6 months. This layoff situation has happened personally to me, as well as other members of my family. The devastation hits everywhere, with no mercy, no comfort. However…Mary Kaarto has written with compassionate understanding of the hurt and fear during these critical experiences in “Help for the Laid Off.”

Recently my daughter was laid off and to date is still unemployed. It was no coincidence that author Mary Kaarto requested concurrently that I read and write a review on “Help for the Laid Off.” That is what I call a “Godincidence.” After reading the book, I handed it to my daughter to read and learn the spiritual tools Mary used through the hardships of forced unemployment. Ms Kaarto experienced bewildered struggling through two layoffs until she felt the mercy of our Lord pouring grace on her situation. She takes no credit for what she wrote in this book, she gives it all to the Lord.

Having a personal relationship with God is the key component to “making it through” this tough period of time without employment. Ms Kaarto’s wisdom of scripture in God’s Word is entirely spiritual in providing evidence that God desires one to trust in Him. We don’t understand our dilemma as God does, and perhaps this setback is a part of His way to guiding you down a different path. Ms. Kaarto encourages us to seek and pray for God’s will to turn our situation in a positive direction. The sage old advice of creating a full time job out of seeking a job still stands during this time.

Mary Kaarto shares rapport and priceless information she learned during her job search that will give the job seeker hope instead of dread. Fore mostly, she places eager emphasis multiple times to convey that the laid off are not alone in this quandary. To know that others share your situation and that God loves you is comforting. This writing has given my daughter peace and solutions to the long wait until her next job; as well as deepening her relationship with the Lord. It is always beneficial to seek God for all answers during any situation. Ms Mary Kaarto’s writing is very worthwhile and a ready help to those that feel they have lost more than just a job. Praise the Lord for knowing this book was needed before my daughter did. Thank you, Mary Kaarto!

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This review was submitted by: Barb Shelton – please visit her website at BLESSED BY GRACE  and PASSING IT FORWARD.

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