Life Can Be Good Again

Putting Your World Back Together After It All Falls Apart

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"One of the best books I've ever read on suffering!"--BRITTANY PRICE BROOKER, speaker

"Lisa Appelo is the wise and trustworthy friend we all need to help us navigate life on the other side of devastating circumstances."--BECKY KEIFE, author of The Simple Difference and No Better Mom for the Job

Life has shattered all around you. Now what?

What do you do when you are suddenly navigating a life you didn't sign up for? You never saw this pain coming, and you're facing a future you'd pass up if you could.

Lisa Appelo understands deeply. She has experienced the raw emotions and uncertainty that come when everything falls apart. Lisa went to bed married and woke up a widow and single mom to seven children. She wrestled with impossible questions about her future--and then found life-changing answers that gave her the strength to move forward with true joy.

With compassion and rich biblical insight, Lisa will help you

· find your footing when circumstances bring massive change;
· process hard emotions with God, who welcomes them;
· overcome paralyzing fear with three scriptural steps; and
· anchor your faith when your hope seems threadbare.

Your unexpected future may feel like Plan B, but it's God's purposeful Chapter Two for you as He reshapes your shattered heart. With each tender, intentional step, you'll see you will not merely survive this, but that life can be good again.


"As I read Lisa Appelo's book Life Can Be Good Again, I was grateful for this powerful resource. This book was borne of tears, hope, and experience. If you or someone you love are in a hard season, this book is practical, spiritual, and relatable."

Suzanne Eller, author, Bible teacher, speaker, and cohost of More Than Small Talk podcast 

"Scriptures warn us that we will go through trials in this life. Many times, they will knock the wind out of us and threaten to pull us under. Those are the times we most want a lifeline, a hand to hold, a friend who has been there. Life Can Be Good Again is exactly that, and Lisa Appelo is that friend. Lisa shares her truth about suffering, along with the hope we have knowing God is with us through it. God walked her through some very dark, difficult places, and she shares with confidence that He will do that for you too."

Dr. Michelle Bengtson, clinical neuropsychologist, podcast host, and author of the award-winning Breaking Anxiety's Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises and Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey through Depressio

"Lisa Appelo understands suffering. In Life Can Be Good Again, she poignantly shares her own pain, offering remarkable insight and practical wisdom on navigating the unthinkable. If you're struggling with the gap between the life you hoped for and the life you're living now, read this inspiring book!"

Vaneetha Rendall Risner, author of Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption

"Life Can Be Good Again is easily one of the best books I've ever read on suffering! An incredibly raw story that is filled with the hope of God's Word, it will encourage even the weariest soul. It doesn't shy away from answering some of the toughest questions we face in hard seasons, and it offers guidance that can only come from someone who has already walked the path. What an encouraging and hope-filled read that helps us to find good again."

Brittany Price Brooker

"Lisa Appelo is the voice of quiet strength and practical hope we need when grief sideswipes us, and our hearts, faith, and hope are in tatters. Lisa's words will encourage and guide you one small, gentle step at a time."

Niki Hardy, national speaker, coach, and author of Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart

"If you've experienced a deep loss or disappointment of any kind, Life Can Be Good Again is for you. Lisa Appelo is the wise and trustworthy friend we all need to help us navigate life on the other side of devastating circumstances. This isn't a book of trite platitudes or a prescription for flimsy positivity. Rather, from the battlefield of her own unimaginable pain, Lisa gently guides us with biblical truth toward an unshakable hope that life really can be good again."

Becky Keife, author of The Simple Difference and No Better Mom for the Job

"Not everyone is qualified to offer encouragement to others when life falls apart. Some offer insufficient and sometimes incentive words that never penetrate the pain of the moment. That is not the case with Lisa. She knows and understands what it is like when your life is completely and unexpectedly altered forever. She has weathered the unthinkable and charted a practical and real path for others to follow. Her book is a tangible reminder for anyone who is dreading the present and pessimistic about the future that life can (and will) be good again." 

Kia Stephens, author, speaker, and creator of Entrusted Women

"In so many ways, I felt like Lisa was writing my story. Her personal experiences and descriptions of trials and grief are on point. Her words serve as an arrow pointing us back to the truth that God is the greatest comforter, and He intends for us to flourish after loss."

Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young, author, speaker, podcaster

"As a counselor who treats widows and family members who've experienced traumatic grief, I am so excited to now have Life Can Be Good Again as a recommended resource. Lisa Appelo's story and approach provides much-needed hope for those suffering when life hits hard." 

Michelle Nietert, LPC-S, author of Loved and Cherished and Make Up Your Mind, host of Raising Mentally Healthy Kids podcast

The Author

  1. Lisa Appelo
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    Lisa Appelo

    Lisa Appelo ( is a widow and mom to seven amazing children. As a founding member of Widow Mama Collective, a Facebook community for young widows, she helps women find hope in the hard places of loss. A popular blogger, Lisa...

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