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Learn to navigate hard times, walk in wisdom, and find hope during life’s darkest times

Are you facing a crisis in life? Do you feel like God has abandoned you? In God Is For You, pastor Mac Brunson helps you experience the unwavering love of God in life’s darkest times. By learning to wait on and walk in God’s wisdom, you can stop making decisions out of fear and experience the peace, comfort, and hope that only the presence of God can provide.

Nobody makes it through life without facing some kind of crisis. Sooner or later, we arrive at the moment where the rug gets pulled out from under us, our world is falling apart, and it feels like the walls are closing in on us.

On top of the pain of hardship, life’s difficult times can also become a crisis of faith. They leave us asking:

  • Do I have what it takes to make it through?
  • Is it all over for me?
  • Will it ever get better?
  • Does God really love me?

In God Is For You, pastor Mac Brunson reminds you that you never have to face hard times alone – not through principles or pat answers, but by pointing you to the person and presence of a God who never stops loving you and advocating for you, even when it feels like the whole world is against you.

Born out of the most difficult season of his life, Brunson reframes crisis in light of God’s wisdom and offers a new perspective on the common setbacks humans face, from being treated unfairly to feeling like you’ve been sidelined and God can’t use you. By learning to wait on and walk in God’s wisdom during crisis, you can stop making decisions out of fear, navigate hard times well, and not just make it through calamity but come out better on the other side.

Whether you’re walking through a difficult time right now or want to be prepared for life’s inevitable trials, God Is For You will give you confidence that you can handle whatever life throws your way and remind you of the hope that, with God in your corner, your story is still being written — and it’s going to be a good one.

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Mac Brunson

Dr. Donald McCall “Mac” Brunson, Jr. is Senior Pastor at Valleydale Church in Birmingham, AL. He graduated with a PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2021 and holds a DMin from Southwestern, which he received in 1991, along with an MDiv (1985). He also holds an honorary doctorate of divinity from Dallas Baptist University. He is an adjunct professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has published several books and articles and most recently a video series for Grace Ministries called Wisdom 101: Walking with Jesus in a Wacky World (2023). Mac is married to Debora Claire DeVore and has three married children and 16 grandchildren.



What people are saying...

Mac Brunson has provided us with a thoughtful resource to help guide Christians through the challenging times of life. Drawing from his own personal experiences as well as carefully selected experiences and illustrations from the lives of others, Brunson offers wise biblical guidance to point his readers toward faithful worship, trust, and obedience. Each chapter includes reflective questions and prayers to encourage practical application. I am happy to recommend God is for You: Learning to Trust God's Wisdom Through Life's Crises.

David S. Dockery
David S. Dockery
President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

This is the book all of us need not just in crisis but in preparation for the inevitable, unexpected trials life dishes up. When my own life unexpectedly imploded leaving me a sudden widow and single mom to seven, Mac Brunson’s sound teaching was a weekly lifeline as I navigated the overwhelm of crushing pain and countless decisions. In God is for You, Mac brings his signature storytelling, pastor’s heart, and Biblical theology through the life of Moses to give us principles of godly wisdom. If you’ve viewed godly wisdom as too obscure to attain, this book delivers practical truth from scripture every one of us can apply.

Lisa Appelo
Lisa Appelo
author Life Can Be Good Again: Putting Your World Back Together After It All Falls Apart

As believers, we are told to “acquire wisdom above all”. Thankfully for us, Mac Brunson’s God is For You gives us rich insights on how to grow in wisdom, using Bible characters as examples. Drawing lessons from their experiences, he presents clear illustrations of what godly wisdom truly is. Each chapter ends with thoughtful questions, helping the reader work through these Biblical truths. If you are seeking wisdom, this exceptional book is for you!

Susie Hawkins
Susie Hawkins
ministry wife, author, bible teacher

In his must-have, eclectic, refreshing and renewing work, God is For You, Dr. Mac Brunson combines relatable contemporary illustrations, biblical insights and personal experiences to provide relevant encouragement for timeless generations. This is not a work produced by an unaware armchair theologian or one unacquainted with the vicissitudes of life. Readers are challenged by trustworthy lessons from a voice strengthened by faith and soothed by the promises of our faithful God—even in dark times. Let the reader with ears to hear read and hear the voice of God in these pages.

Robert Smith Jr.
Robert Smith Jr.
Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

This book uplifted my spirit. With the deft use of biblical insights and illustrations, Mac Brunson reminds us that God gives wisdom to those who truly seek it. Read this book and then pass it along to others to encourage them to believe that God is faithful to His people in the day of trouble.

Erwin Lutzer
Erwin Lutzer
Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois

Knowledge abounds. Wisdom is in short supply. Here is an excellent book on wisdom by Mac Brunson, one of the wisest pastors I know. Though we need wisdom every day in life, life’s crises have a way of going deeper than our wisdom well can handle. At such times, we need to let our bucket down deep in God’s wisdom. This solidly biblical and wonderfully practical book is succinct, clear, and readable. Once I started reading it, I could hardly put it down. Don’t miss this gem—it’s worth its weight in gold.

David L. Allen
David L. Allen
Distinguished Professor of Practical Theology, Dean of the Adrian Rogers Center for Biblical Preaching, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Brunson is clearly a pillar of knowledge. But with God is For You, he shares a walked-in, fought for wisdom that only true experience and hardship can teach. As a ministry leader carrying countless griefs, I found it easy to read for my weary soul and left me deeply encouraged, equipped and motivated to seek comfort that only God's wisdom can provide. I really did come away with the sweet reminder that God is, in fact, for me.

Rebekah Hannah
Rebekah Hannah
Executive Director, Anchored Hope

Dr. Brunson’s, God is For You, is like a close friend sharing a secret earned from a life poured out for the gospel.  With a skilled hand, Brunson reminds us that wisdom is a process and God does not open our head and pour in wisdom all at once.  Godly wisdom - doing what reflects the purpose of God for our lives - humbles us and causes us to trust God for every decision in life.  Through the life-tested and sure touch of a preacher decades in the making, Brunson brings us back time and again to Solomon’s admonition: in all your getting, get wisdom. Then speaking from that same wisdom, Brunson leaves us with this much-needed encouragement: “nothing passes into our life that does not first come under the vigilant eye of God the Father, through the nail-scarred hands of Jesus, and past the sentinel safeguard of the Holy Spirit."

Charles Martin

It’s one thing to know that we can trust the wisdom of God, but how to access that wisdom and find the faith to trust God’s wisdom is quite another.  Mac Brunson has written a powerful resource that equips us to access the perfect wisdom of God, while reminding us that trusting our own wisdom is flawed. Wisdom is so lacking in the world and also too often in the church. This book is a must read for all who truly seek wisdom.

Rick Burgess
radio host, speaker and director of TheManChurch.com

What a combination: rare candor and real crises. Yes, we all have crises in life, yet we seldom hear rare candor about what I consider the most painful word in 
I’ve experienced gut-wrenching betrayal. However, here in the Olympic Theatre, Mac Brunson wins the gold for his focus on wisdom - how we can trust God’s 
wisdom through our crises. 
We all desperately need wisdom as we run the unpredictable race of life. This is a book we all need!

June Hunt
Founder and CSO (Chief Servant Officer), Hope for the Heart and The Hope Center. Author of Counseling Through Your Bible Handbook and How To Forgive When You Don’t Feel Like It

This book is the embodiment on paper of Mac Brunson: warmhearted, genial, amiable, passionate, and biblical. With a practiced pastoral kindness, he embraces his own crisis on the front porch of this book and then affectionately counsels you with a kindhearted sensitivity that stands alongside the reader in solidarity rather than above the reader in superiority. These pages take you by the hand and lead you through your crisis rather than standing at a distance giving advice. Every page evokes the present power of past biblical persons characteristic of this practiced pastor who look at life as it really is without blinking. The book generously grants grace.

Joel C. Gregory
Joel C. Gregory
Holder of the George W. Truett Endowed Chair of Preaching, Baylor’s Truett Seminary

When we face a crisis in life, we often end up in the ditches of control, isolation, blame, despair, or lost faith. Could there be a better way to walk through hard times?

Pastor Mac Brunson reminds us that the wisdom of God is always available to us when we need it – not God as “Answer Man” or prosperity vending machine, but God as our advocate who works all things for good in our lives.

God Is For You will:

Learn to navigate hard times, walk in wisdom, and find hope during life’s darkest times

Help you walk in wisdom instead of fear

Learning to walk in God’s wisdom empowers us to make life-giving choices even during hard times and leads to the peace, comfort, and hope that only God can provide.

Learn to navigate hard times, walk in wisdom, and find hope during life’s darkest times

Give you confidence you can make it through

Rise above the pressure and pain of hard times, gain a higher perspective, and find hope that this isn’t the end for you; it’s the beginning of a new story God is writing for you.

Learn to navigate hard times, walk in wisdom, and find hope during life’s darkest times

Make God’s presence more real than ever

When it seems like God has left you, He’s actually closer than your next breath. Learn to rely on God through difficult times – not God as a concept, but God as a person.

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Stop fearing crisis and learn how to grow in wisdom during difficult times.

Be reminded you that you are never alone even when you feel like the whole world is against you – not through principles or pat answers, but through the person and presence of a God who never stops loving you and advocating for you.

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