Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

In life, everyone experiences some type of regret. Some people are better than others at getting over disappointments and moving on to enjoy a fulfilled life. Grumble Hallelujah, by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira, offers a new way to find peace when your life doesn’t pan out quite as expected.

The source of fulfillment can come in many forms: an acceptance of one’s destiny, a commitment to living a spirit-filled and spirit-led life, a realization that there is always room for hope that the future will be brighter and the realization that when bad events happen in life, they are an opportunity to come closer to God. It is in fact possible to find joy when life takes drastic twists and turns.

Grumble Hallelujah offers the advice to “live dead” because only then will it be possible to see what life blessings are on tap for you. This is reminiscent of the philosophers who say that we should “love the questions” as we find real answers to life. And it does follow that if we accept what is happening in our lives rather than fight our destined path. If we find our paths, we will live the peaceful lives that we are meant to live.

Most believers have had moments when the stars were out of alignment and their lives did not go as planned. At these times, we have less physical control and feel the most vulnerable. People want to have a positive outlook and this book shows how to continue to share that enthusiasm even when the sky is the darkest.

By reading Grumble Hallelujah, I gained the motivation to live a mightier life by trusting in my destiny, whatever it may be. Fear can be useful in our lives as a motivator or as an obstacle remover, but it should never be used as a negative force to stand in the way of potential success. Knowing that you are not alone in your life’s journey makes it easier to weather the tough times. The book offered guidance, advice and scripture for many of these life moments.

Rivadeneira shows that when people learn to stand on the promise of God, it means that it is possible to keep standing on faith until the promise for our lives is fulfilled. Grumble Hallelujah is for anyone ready to change their attitude and lead a more positive life.

Rating: 5/5

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tyndale. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.