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Desperate for Hope

Hanging on and Finding God During Life's Hardest Times

by Bruce W Martin


Price: £7.99
Publisher:Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published:September 2012
The human heart aches for something to hope for. For without it, most of us would wither and die. Yet withal God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.

Bruce Martin offers a thought-provoking and reassuring guide to that age old interrogative, "Why does God allow pain and suffering?" It is obvious both from his personal reflections and Biblical observations that he has been closely acquainted with the subject and his encouragement of others through their own journey. The 'Back to Egypt' concept is richly explored in this book. Martin's engagement with our emotions and their place in the grand narrative of God is insightful and challenging. The invitation to see God in sovereign charge of the universe, rather than default to our own selfishness or survival is also piercing.

Martin offers something very fresh and unique in the chapter around control and the human spirit. The struggle and trust issues raised are engaging and accompanied by a pathway of wisdom and godly confidence. As Martin himself writes;- "Perhaps the greatest miracles God works in our lives come during the worst times." This is really well written, with authentic hope beating throughout, in a conversational, theological and all-round inspiring way. I found offered some real gems that I am working into my own pattern of faith and discipleship. There is little repetition, regurgitation of clichés or dull systematic ideas. There's gutsiness, reality and faith-made-radiant through suffering. This deserves to become a classic in terms of making sense of life shattering pain. Sincere, compelling and a winsome apologetic.

Reviewer: Johnny Douglas   (07/03/13)
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