The 5 Best Decisions to Make When Life Is Hard and Doubt Is Rising

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Please, God, no more hard things.

Nicki Koziarz knows what it's like to whisper those words to God. She understands what it feels like to be flooded by hopelessness and hard situations, wondering if it will ever stop.

Hard circumstances often stir something so destructive in a soul: doubt.

Through the painful loss of her mom to a brain tumor and her brother to suicide, she has learned that if doubt is left undealt with, it can cause the presence of unbelief to flood our lives--to the point that faith becomes unrecognizable. In the midst of her pain, Nicki looked through the lens of the biblical account of Noah and discovered five decisions a person can make to help deflect the destruction of doubt.

When you are wrestling with doubt and fighting back hopelessness, Flooded will help you:

• Quiet the fear that God won't come through by discovering the difference between wishful thinking and biblical hope.

• Resist the urge to control the uncontrollable by finding peace in between the problem and the promise.

• Find the familiar faithfulness of God in His Word when it feels like nothing is normal and everything is falling apart.

The reality of hard times holds a decision for each of us to find hope. And the decision to find it is yours. But you don't have to do it alone. It's time to rise above doubt, together.


"I deeply understand what it feels like when hard stretches of life come in like a flood and cover everything with uncertainty and painful disappointment. My dear friend Nicki understands this too, and that's why she's the right person to lead us with wisdom from His Word when we feel like we are drowning in doubt and getting dangerously close to walking away from faith. This is the book your heart needs right now. I truly love this message."

Lysa TerKeurst, #1 New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"After reading Flooded, I placed this book at the edge of the bookshelf because I knew I would need its vulnerable wisdom again and again. Nicki takes a familiar story of obedience, in and out of the storm, and walks us through her own downpour. She has given us a map for navigating the roads when the rains begin to fall and do not seem to let up. Flooded reminds us chapter after chapter that God is with us and He is faithful."

Jamie B. Golden, cohost of The Popcast and The Bible Binge

"We know what it feels like when life gets hard. Sometimes it gets there and it stays there. And yet, difficult days don't have to define who you are when you are prepared for them. That's what Nicki does here in the pages of Flooded. She gives you actual, practical steps to be ready for the seasons you didn't see coming. There's no easy way to tackle tough times, but if you'll invest the time it takes to read Flooded, you won't have to freak out when you're facing a trial because this book will help prepare your mind and your heart for all that life throws at you."

Clayton and Sharie King, authors, speakers, missionaries, pastors, parents

"For the brokenhearted woman who is weary from the nonstop waves of difficulty in her life, Nicki Koziarz has provided a practical roadmap for holding on to hope. In Flooded, Nicki will help you deal with doubt, build up your belief, and restore your soul with reminders that expectation and confidence in Christ are still possible during hard times. If you are in the middle of a storm, Nicki's personal stories along with the truth of God's Word will give you peace and remind you that even during seasons of rough water, God always offers a rainbow after the rain."

Chrystal Evans Hurst, bestselling author and speaker

"Reading this book was like sitting around the table with an old friend. We laughed, cried, and shared like only friends do. Then, after I had been poured into, I left the table with a heart full of hope. It's a powerful, life-changing read for anyone who has ever struggled to believe when life is hard."

Susan Davidson, Flooded focus group participant

"This book is a must read! Nicki beautifully takes us on a journey that compels us to look at ourselves, our circumstances, and the God of the impossible, all through the eyes of Noah. I recommend this book because there isn't another one on the market that captures the insight, perspective, and just plain honesty of saying yes to the impossible."

Demetria Stallings, worship leader, speaker, and purpose coach

"I remember when Nicki first started brainstorming this project that had the biblical account of Noah at the center. I'll be honest, I thought, Is there really anything more that can be learned from Noah?! What happened over the next few hours was life changing for me as Nicki presented an aspect of Noah I never considered. What Nicki has written throughout the pages of Flooded is not just brilliant theology, but theology that meets the heart of humanity in a profound way. This is theology at its very best! As you read Flooded you will find yourself on a walk with God and be met with an assuring reminder of God's mercy and grace at the turn of each page."

Joel Muddamalle, director of theological research, Proverbs 31 Ministries

"Through the account of Noah, Nicki challenges us to recognize how doubt and unbelief can creep into our souls. She then invites us into the process of change. If you have been held hostage by disbelief, doubt, or unbelief, or even wondered Why God?, this book will leave you hearing how God speaks hope into our circumstances, giving us something and Someone to hold on to."

Sharee Gaiser, Flooded focus group participant, Australia

The Author

  1. Nicki Koziarz

    Nicki Koziarz

    Nicki Koziarz (NickiKoziarz.com) is a bestselling author and speaker. She speaks nationally at conferences, retreats, and meetings, and hosts her own podcast, Lessons from the Farm. A Bible teacher at heart, Nicki inspires others to become the best...

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