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Didn't See It Coming

Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences
Narrated by: Carey Nieuwhof
Length: 6 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

An influential pastor, podcaster, and thought leader believes it's not only possible to predict life's hardest moments, but also to alter outcomes, overcome challenges, and defeat your fiercest adversaries.

Founding pastor of one of North America's most influential churches, Carey Nieuwhof wants to help you avoid and overcome life's seven hardest and most crippling challenges: cynicism, compromise, disconnectedness, irrelevance, pride, burnout, and emptiness. These are challenges that few of us expect but that we all experience at some point. 

If you have yet to confront these obstacles, Carey provides clear tools and guidelines for anticipation and avoidance. On the other hand, if you already feel stuck in a painful experience or are wrestling with one of these challenges, he provides the steps you need to find a way out and a way forward into a more powerful and vibrant future.

©2018 Carey Nieuwhof Communications Limited (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Over the years, one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about being a public speaker is having opportunities to hang out with Carey. We’ve had dozens of meals and more coffees than I can count. I’ve had the good fortune to hear these ideas as they developed and as they’ve helped leaders across the country. It’s not a matter of if you’ll run into these challenges; it’s a matter of when. Be prepared by spending a little time with a leader who has already been there.” (Jon Acuff, New York Times best-selling author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done)

“Burnout, cynicism, disconnection, compromise - are these just the inevitable curses of growing older in a rapidly changing, technology-addicted world? Carey Nieuwhof believes we can see these ills coming before they befall us and can take steps to avoid them. If you’re looking for gentle, empathetic life coaching from a Christian perspective, this book is sure to help you.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of New York Times best-sellers When and Drive)

“Leaders do well when they continually examine themselves, and they set themselves up for failure when they don’t. Carey points leaders to some very important areas to observe.” (Dr. Henry Cloud, leadership consultant and author of The Power of the Other)

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A life-changing read!

I am in the first section but I am amazed at the clarity of insight of this book!

The author is nailing me about cynicism, which mostly originates from being hurt by people. Though not a pastor myself, I identify deeply with what the author is describing. I feel more self-aware now but also more aware of the issues facing my own leaders.

This is a must-read!!

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  • Johnny D. Hightower
  • 13-09-2018

Like a 2 by 4 to wake me up

I am such a Carey fan. This book hit me up side the head like a 2 by 4! It is a book every pastor should read! Thanks for writing it!

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  • David
  • 22-09-2018

Pretty Good

This book is more descriptive then prescriptive. It was comforting to know that other people go through very similar things. Carry shares some helpful tips on dealing with each of the seven issues. There is very limited scripture even though the focus is mostly for Christians. I would have liked to have seen more biblical examples. It’s a quick read (listen) and Carey Does a pretty good job reading it. Pete

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  • Franklin
  • 20-03-2019

I wish I could rate it higher than 5 stars

What a wonderful book it really helped me wade through some of the feelings that I thought I was trying to work through alone. I love the writing style and the very personal reading style of Carey Nieuwhof.

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  • Chaille Brindley
  • 03-03-2019

Refreshingly honest, great read

Carey's book helped me get unstuck in a key decision point in my life. He honestly covers some key challenges that we all face. Although the book comes from a Biblical perspective, it isn't just for Bible thumpers.

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  • mdorn
  • 22-02-2019

Didn’t see that coming

Love the simple, clear, and honest examples that are given. It’s a great book that wets individuals appetite for God.

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  • Tim Coleman
  • 13-02-2019

Great Read

Thanks Carey for such an insightful book. As a leader it was so timely!I want to finish well!

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  • Scott K. Blount
  • 17-01-2019

Much Needed

Thanks, Carey! This was just the right read at just the right time. Your wisdom, transparency, and humility bless me beyond measure.

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  • chaplaintrb
  • 01-01-2019

Excellent help for growing leaders and senior lead

the author spends a lot of time talking about self-awareness, which is a key and far too uncommon trait in leadership. he also spends a lot of time on the issue of burnout, which is a danger more common than most people understand.

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  • M Beers
  • 24-11-2018

Very encouraging!!

Carey walks you through identifying areas in your life that need help, then walks you to the Answer.

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  • Danny J. Bowers
  • 21-11-2018

Leadership Learnings

Great book, insightful encouragement as well as practical, practical take aways to keep anyone from train wrecking.