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I’ve decided to feature some books on here that have helped me in my walk with God. My most recent read is Holding On to Hope by Nancy Guthrie. I don’t know where I got this book from; it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a while now. Since I’ve had bouts of feeling hopeless lately, I thought it might be time to read it.
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 or entertain. 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 understanding where the author was coming from. 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 good 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.
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.
Wishing you healing in whatever you are going through right now!