The Upside of Adversity


The Upside of Adversity: Rising From the Pit to Greatness

One of my favorite books February 27, 2013
Reviewer: Gary Frey from Chagrin Falls, OH United States

Having been through a similar “pit” experience, this book provided much insight, comfort, and hope to me since I first read it over five years ago. I’ve given dozens of copies of this away since then and I am currently taking three other men through this book as the launching pad for a Bible study. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to discern God’s will in the midst of troubling circumstances.

Upside of Adversity January 3, 2013
Reviewer: Lisa S from PA United States

this book is so right on and a message many dont teach.  It has hit right on our lives and is a great encouragement!

Great book, much encouraged…. September 30, 2012
Reviewer: KK from MD United States

and found a way forward!

Adversity April 8, 2012
Reviewer: Larry Kimbro from Brandon, FL United States

Without a doubt, this has to be the best book I have read that has brought such a unique perspective on dealing with adversity.  In God’s perfect timing “The Upside of Adversity” continues to provide tremendous encouragement and offers practical direction to my Christian walk while I persevere through my “Joseph Pit”. Thank you Os for sharing such a profound and gifted insight.

Can God actually use prolonged difficulty in our lives for good? Os Hillman says yes! After a seven-year journey filled with adversity in his personal and work life, Os went from the pit of despair to operating an international speaking and teaching organization for workplace leaders that has taken him to more than 20 countries. Like the Joseph of the Bible, Os let God use a long string of personal calamities-what he terms his “Joseph Pit”-to form him for leadership, influence and service.   During this seven-year process, Os learned there is a “Joseph Calling” on the lives of many who experience extraordinary levels of adversity in their lives. He documents this process in The Upside of Adversity. Here, you’ll discover a roadmap for navigating through the deep and often treacherous waters of adversity including the seven reasons we experience difficulties, and three ways we respond. You’ll discover hope and inspiration in the stories of those who survived and overcame their hard times to rise to positions that revealed God’s power and purpose. You’ll discover why Os believes God is raising up modern-day Josephs today and what you need to know to successfully fulfill God’s purposes in and through your adversity. Like a well-thrown life preserver, Hillman gives you the wisdom you need to see your negative experiences as God-given opportunities to experience God in ways you never thought possible. Do you find yourself in adversity today? Do you have a “Joseph Calling?” It may be the best thing that ever happened to you. Find out why!

You will discover:    

  • Why some people are called to extraordinary adversity.
  • Why adversity is sometimes necessary to fulfill your ultimate destiny
  • What the Black Hole is and whether you are in it
  • The four tests Joseph had to pass to fulfill his destiny and why you MUST pass these same tests
  • Why good people suffer
  • Why fear of failure often causes adversity
  • What you can learn from successful people who have faced adversity
  • How to avoid becoming a victim to your circumstances
  • What the upside of adversity really is
  • Whether you have the key attributes of a Joseph Calling upon your life and what this will mean for your future


“This book explains in a wonderful way the dealings of God with those whom he has called be be His endtime-Josephs. Many of us have walked this walk and paid the price. But none of us has been so far able to bring all this together in such a marvelous way as you have done in your book. I pray, that God will bring this book to all called Josephs around the world, so that they may understand much easier as we did God’s dealing with them.”  -Claus Philippin, Boardmember, International Christian Chamber of Commerce, Germany

“Os Hillman has written a classic about Joseph, one of my favorite personalities of history. Joseph’s ability to take adversity and turn it into strength is a lesson for all of us. Os weaves in his own story as well, and the end result is a book that will impact your life powerfully.”   -Pat Williams, Author and Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic