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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!

Watch a special video testimony on The Upside of Adversity.

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

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13 reviews for The Upside of Adversity: Rising From the Pit to Greatness (Paperback), by Os Hillman

  1. Phillip Flannagan

    great Have been giving them away to pastoprs and missionarys

  2. dorcas chin

    Thank you Os for writing this book.
    A must read whether you are going into a trial, in the middle of a trial, or coming out of a trial. The Lord has brought me into a deeper depth of understanding of who He is and your book confirms all that has been revealed to me.

  3. Pamela Kathrens

    Both books are spot on.

    Money teleconference was good. I found Mr. Os to be genuine and authentic.

    Encouraging daily devotions.

    Thank you Mr. Os!

  4. Kevin Bippen

    I have been in the “pit” for 10 years since I lost my wife of 25 years; nothing has been the same! After 4 years of trying to recover, the Lord brought a woman into my life I married after much prayer, who has codependency issues with her kids and has left me numerous times when she can’t deal with it? Our house recently burned down and she now wants a divorce! I long for God’s redemption!!!!

  5. Ron M

    This is one of the best books I have ever read! It gives me a whole new outlook on problems. Thank you for a great read.

  6. Larry Kimbro

    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 persever through my “Joseph Pit”. Thank you Os for sharing such a profound and gifted insight.

  7. Steve Smith

    Great book!!! Karen Walsh was very helpful and made a 2 for 1 deal available for me. These are the 4th and 5th copies I have purchased. Will buy more for gifts when I am able financially.

    Thank you Os and Karen

  8. KK

    and found a way forward!

  9. Lisa S

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

  10. Gary Frey

    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.

  11. joey alfred

    Excellent and In perfect relationship to what I was going through. I practically underlined every sentence. Drawed me closer to the lord than ever before. Still going through my Joseph pit but now I understand why. I love the lord for all he’s doing in my life making me the man of God I always felt I should be.

  12. Mike Letsen

    best book I have ever read on adversity. I give it away all the time.

  13. Maisha Peters

    This book ministered, taught, reassured, rebuked, encouraged and assisted in bringing the last seven years of my own Joseph experience into manifested purpose. I’m not afraid…I’m not forgotten. Thank you Mr. Hillman!

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Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders, an organization whose purpose is to help men and women discover and fulfill God’s complete purposes through their work and to view their work as ministry.

Formally Os owned an advertising agency but is now an internationally recognized speaker on the subject of faith at work. He is the author of 14 books and a daily email devotional called TGIF Today God Is First which has thousands of readers in 105 nations. Os hosts a national radio show, Faith, Work and Culture with Os Hillman. Os has been featured on CNBC, NBC, LA Times, New York Times, and many other national media as a spokesperson on faith at work. He is a regular contributor to TenTen magazine,,, and

Os is also president of Aslan, Inc. which provides a leading online “faith-at-work” Christian bookstore called to serve the needs of Christians in their workplace calling.

Os serves on the National Day of Prayer Committee and is a national board member for The Jesus Alliance.

Os attended the University of South Carolina and Calvary Chapel Bible School, a ministry of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California. Watch Os’ Video Testimony