Detour Hardcover Book

Finding Purpose When Life Doesn't Make Sense
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Detour: Finding Purpose When Life Doesn't Make Sense

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What if the detour is the only way to the destination?

For Joseph, the "end" of his dreams was really just the beginning.

Joseph’s detour really wasn’t a detour after all. It was God’s sovereign plan—the purpose between the lines of the story. There are many parallels between his life and the ministry of Jesus, and therefore between his life and ours as followers of Jesus. As with Joseph and Jesus, our stories become a part of God’s even greater story—the story not only of a tragic fall but also of a stunning redemption. And regardless of the pain, the challenges, and the adversity we go through, the glory of our story will be worth it in the end.


  • 8 chapters
  • Each chapter includes questions for reflection and discussion
  • 2 BONUS chapters not covered in the small group video series!
  • Also available as a small group video series (6 sessions) View the Video Series (view session one FREE!)

Product Details

  • Binding: Hard Cover
  • Publisher: Walk Thru the Bible
  • Author/Writer: Philip S. Tuttle with Chris Tiegreen
  • Publication Date: October 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-59834-213-0
  • Trim Size: 9.25 x 6 x 0.5 in
  • Pages: 169
  • Weight: 13.9 ou.
  • Case Quantity: 50

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About the Author

Philip S. Tuttle

President & CEO, Walk Thru the Bible

For more than two decades, Phil Tuttle has been a vital member of the Walk Thru the Bible family. While pastoring in central Illinois, he began teaching Walk Thru the Bible's live events in 1988 and then moved to Atlanta in 1992 to serve full time as Dean of Faculty. He later served as Senior Vice President for International Ministries and Global Teaching Pastor before becoming President and CEO in 2007.
A native of Normal, Illinois, Phil received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education and Bible from Wheaton College in 1980 and his Master of Theology degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1984.

As President of Walk Thru the Bible, Phil continues to share God's Word throughout the world in churches, Bible conferences, Christian education conventions, and corporate gatherings. He is the author of Raise Up a Child, Crucible: The Choices that Change Your Life Forever, and Detour: Finding Purpose When Life Doesn't Make Sense.

Phil is also deeply involved in his home church, The Bridge, in Lawrenceville, GA where he serves as one of the teaching pastors. His unique blend of biblical instruction, real-life illustrations, and spontaneous humor makes learning easy and enjoyable.

Phil and his wife, Ellen, have two adult children, Emily and Philip. They recently welcomed their daughter-in-law, Erika, to the family.



Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Dear Phil,

Thank you for writing this book and giving me a copy to read. It took me a lot longer to read then I would have expected but I wanted to take my time to think through the excellent questions at the end of the chapters. I wouldn't read the next chapter until I truly thought through the answers hence the delay in getting back to you.

I found the book to be extremely encouraging yet heart-wrenchingly challenging at times. I love the part about loving others when our own world is in chaos and that withholding truth from people is not really loving at all . The picture of Ellen with her hands on her hips made me smile and the part about Joseph's disappointment brought me to tears.
I also appreciate the Bible study feature of this book. For example I have heard many a sermon on Joseph but never has anyone explained so clearly the reasons for why Joseph tested his brothers. Thank you for that excellent insight.

As I usually do while reading a good book I've thought about who I can give it to next. Before I pass it on though I think I'll read it again!
Cynthia Hvoda
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
A thought-provoking journey into the life of Joseph. It's encouraging to know that detours might be God's plan unfolding. This book provided a much needed look at the power of hope, redemption and faith.
Sandie Severnak
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