How to respond when life's circumstances rock you to your core.
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How do you respond when life takes an unexpected turn—when tragedy strikes? You find yourself facing a heartbreak that is beyond the sight of recovery. Your life has been rocked.

Using parallels from the book of Job and drawing from his own life experience, author Joe Champion tackles the tough questions that arise when circumstances make it seem as if life is spinning out of control. Rocked is about real stories, real people, and real pain. God has clear guidelines for us to follow, a love that is impossible to ignore, and the strength to not only get us through the difficult times but lead us out with victory. Using straightforward points and candid stories, Champion reveals both practical and spiritual ways to overcome any tragic situation and connect to the real hope and power of the Word of God.

Rocked is a deep look into the heart of man and the heart of God. Ageless questions about bad things happening to good people can never be answered without looking into the character of the Lord. He loves unconditionally and can comfort us when we are in pain. Rocked takes scripture, breaks it down, and gives us insight into God’s heart.

In the late afternoon of January 2, 2010, the island nation of Haiti was rocked to its core. An earthquake landing on the Richter scale at 7.0 magnitude began under the capital city of Port-au-Prince and radiated out, devastating everything in its reach for miles and miles and miles. The death toll at the time I’m writing this has risen over 200,000. Thousands upon thousands more are injured, homeless, or both.

We can sit in our comfortable homes from the safety of our own country and watch on TV the agony on the faces of the people of Haiti, hear the desperation and the pain in their voices, and feel sympathy for them. We are sad when we see what has happened there, and we naturally want to help. Thousands of Christians already are. But let’s not kid ourselves. We are not safe. Our comfort is temporary.

At any given minute, we can experience a devastating earthquake of our own.

Of course, the catastrophe you and I face will probably not be in the form of a literal earthquake. But if you’ve lived for any substantial length of time on this earth, you know you’re only a heartbeat away from a devastating phone call, a devastating email or letter, a devastating announcement from a spouse or child or friend or boss. It may come from the bank. It may come from your church. It may come from your own body, announcing to you in sudden symptoms that something is terribly wrong inside.

We are only a heartbeat away from being rocked to our core.

It usually comes as a surprise when it happens, but the fact that it happens should be no surprise. Jesus himself said to his followers in John 16:33, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.”

There it is, straight from our Lord’s mouth. If you’re gonna live, you’re gonna have trouble. If you’re gonna live, you’re gonna go through some really difficult times. If you want to live victoriously—in your family life, in your business, in your marriage, in your spiritual growth—you have to accept the fact that nobody gets to victory without struggle. But while we may not know when our world is going to be rocked, we can be prepared for when it is.

What do you do when your spouse says it’s over? What do you when your boss says your services are no longer needed? What do you do when your friends bail on you? What do you do when your house is foreclosed on, when your child gets cancer, when your loved one dies, when the doctors say it’s serious? What do you do when the storms of life show up unannounced and take your home, your family, or your health?

Throughout this book we’re going to look at the life of Job, a man who had it all and had it all taken away. Job was someone who had his world rocked, totally. If you have ever been there, or if you want to be prepared for that time to come when you may be there, you can find no greater encouragement and no greater assurance than this powerful story from God’s word. Over the next six chapters, we are going to explore God’s purposes for pain and the practical help He gives us to make our way through it, into radical success over it, and radical trust of God in it.

You might be facing a devastating situation right now. Maybe just recently you found yourself at the epicenter of an earthquake that has shaken your very life. You feel vulnerable, scared, angry, confused. You may be struggling with doubt. Maybe you just need to hear clearly from God that He loves you and has plans for how to prosper you in and through your pain. My hope is to share with you that God does care for you and that He does have a purpose for you, especially when you’re rocked to your foundations.

Take heart!

Joe Champion is a globally recognized leader and speaker. He is the senior pastor and founder, with his wife, Lori, of Celebration Church in Austin, Texas. He is constantly seeking ways to make a positive impact in the local church, the city of Austin, and the world.


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