Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God by Nancy Guthrie

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Another read from some time ago is Holding On to Hope.  I don’t know where I got this book from; it had been sitting on my shelf for quite some time.  Since I’ve had bouts of feeling hopeless lately, I thought it might be time to read it.

Premise:

Nancy and her husband share recessive genes for a rare birth disorder.  They lost two children to this disease and Nancy writes from a place of great pain.  She shares her story, but intersperses Job’s story, as well.  (You know, the guy from the Bible who lost everything in one day and ended up covered in painful boils.)  She raises insights into why God allows suffering, what emotions are normal in the midst of it, how we can move forward, and how it can help us in our relationship with God.

My thoughts:

As I got a couple of chapters into the book, I honestly wanted to shut it and put it back on the shelf.  There were some hard truths in there that I really didn’t want to think about.  I was feeling justified in some of my feelings, and didn’t want to be told that perhaps I was wrong.  I didn’t want to take the higher road or be the bigger person.  I wanted to wallow in my self-pity.  What’s so wrong with that?

I decided that I should try to slog through the rest of the book, even though it was telling me some things I didn’t want to hear.  It did get better, both in broadening my mental horizons and in helping me to understand where the author was coming from.

If you have experienced loss, pain, disappointment, or anything else that has made you feel totally defeated, then I think this book is for you.  You may not like all that it has to say, but I think you’ll still gain some helpful insights.  The book is relatively short, so it shouldn’t be a big chore to make it through.

This book is written from a Christian perspective, so if that’s not your thing, you may want to skip it.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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