Hope When It Hurts

Biblical reflections to help you grasp God's purpose in your suffering

Thirty biblical meditations inviting women to see how God is caring for them, growing them, and even using them, in times of suffering.

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Hurt is real. But so is hope.

Kristen and Sarah have walked through, and are walking in, difficult times. So these thirty biblical reflections are full of realism about the hurts of life—yet overwhelmingly full of hope about the God who gives life.

This book will gently encourage and greatly help any woman who is struggling with suffering—whether physical, emotional or psychological, and whether for a season or for longer. It is a book to buy for yourself, or to buy for a member of your church or friend. For anyone who is hurting, this book will give hope, not just for life beyond the suffering, but for life in the suffering.

Each chapter contains a biblical reflection, with questions and prayers, and a space for journaling.

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Contents

  • Intro
  • 1. The Gospel Makes a Difference
  • 2. Christ’s Power in our Weakness
  • 3. Affliction and Hardship
  • 4. Anxiety and Worry
  • 5. Pain is Real
  • 6. Peace amid Confusion
  • 7. The Detours of Life
  • 8. When God seems Silent
  • 9. The not-surprise of Persecution
  • 10. The Opportunity of Suffering
  • 11. Coming to the End of Yourself
  • 12. An Alternative to Numbness
  • 13. He Suffered too
  • 14. What is in the Heart
  • 15. Comfort
  • 16. Joy
  • 17. Freedom
  • 18. Patience
  • 19. Contentment
  • 20. This is not All There is
  • 21. Momentary
  • 22. Your Earthly Home
  • 23. Your Heavenly Body
  • 24. You are Not Alone and you are Not Unloved
  • 25. God is Faithful
  • 26. On Feeling Angry and Bitter
  • 27. Pour out your Heart
  • 28. Walk by Faith
  • 29. God is at Work
  • 30. You will See His Face

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Specification

Author Kristen Wetherell, Sarah Walton
ISBN 9781784980733
Format Hardback
First published 2017
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8"
Language US English
Pages 256
Publisher The Good Book Company
Commendations

I had not finished reading the introduction to this book before I was making a mental list of friends that I knew would find it a balm to their weary hearts. Kristen and Sarah minister to fellow travelers on the road of suffering, out of the resources they have received on their own journey, from the God of all comfort, grace, and hope.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Author, host/teacher of Revive Our Hearts

Kristen and Sarah have let us in to listen to their meditations in the midst of pain and limitation. They've opened up their hearts, their stories, and their Word-filled words. From our various contexts, we will all learn as we listen. I'm grateful for this book's faithful call to lift up our eyes to a God of mercy who loves and saves.

Kathleen Nielson

Director of Women's Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

This is a wonderful, vulnerable and honest book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs the good news of Jesus in a difficult time. Kristen and Sarah have suffered immensely, but both of them know that our only hope is found in Jesus. In Hope When It Hurts, they have labored to encourage our souls with the gospel, give us space to grieve our loss, and turn to the only source of real hope. I'm praying God uses this book in extraordinary ways!

Dave Furman

Senior Pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai; author of Being There: How to Love Those Who are Hurting

Customer reviews

“Leads to Praise!”

In Hope When It Hurts, by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton, the good news of Jesus Christ is precisely and pointedly applied as balm to our suffering. From the very first chapter, their thesis is clear:

“What I need, and you need, is the truth about Jesus Christ, because our suffering only makes sense and we only retain any hope when we look at ourselves through a gospel lens.”

Never offering pat answers or platitudes, Hope When It Hurts proceeds to offer the framework of a gospel perspective on suffering. A reality check on pride’s role in our response to suffering stretches readers to shift their eyes to the only real hope we have and the only real purpose we live for (hint: it’s not our comfort or convenience.) Several chapters address the opportunities afforded to us by our suffering.

Unlike messages staking our hope in optimism for changing circumstances or everything working out for the better, Hope When It Hurts stakes everything on God. In short, easy-to-read, but in-depth chapters, the authors highlight practically why we:

Have hope
Don’t have to be shaken
Can persevere
Take heart in suffering
Are freed from agonizing over making sense of pain
Worship God in everything and anything

Although atypical and unexpected for a book on suffering, this message carries the broken to worship and eases the hurting into praise.

As much a devotional as a book of reflections on suffering and Gospel hope, Hope When It Hurts renews and refreshes believers. Instead of saying "it'll get better," readers are reminded of what already is better: the true, joyous, incredible hope we have despite our often-unchanging, hopeless suffering.

<This review was provided in exchange for a free preview copy of Hope When It Hurts.>


24/03/2017

“Encouragement for the long suffering”

We’ve been in a hard time with a lot of hurts recently and hope is something that is great to have guidance on.

Authors Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walts have written 30 biblical reflections designed to remind you that there is hope in the middle of a hard life circumstance. They know what they are speaking about. Both women suffer from Lymes disease which, has not only caused their own bodies to fail them at times, but has also lead to family challenges.

“We wrote this book for you, to point you to hope, because there’s more to our suffering than meets the eye. This book is about the God who offers hope, even joy, in suffering. It’s a journey through 2 Corinthians 4 and 5, where we see that God wants to give us hope not just beyond our hurts but in our hurts; that he wants us to see how he is able to work in and through suffering and ultimately give us himself.”

The chapters include personal stories, scripture, and questions to journal responses to. The chapters include insightful explanations about the passages. I think the think I love the most is that the book in concentrated on a specific section of scripture.

You don’t have to take my word for how insightful and encouraging the message is in Hope When it Hurts!


22/03/2017

“A Very Good Read!”

This is a book about 2 young Christian women that God used to teach and remind me of important gospel truths about suffering. Kristen & Sarah speak candidly about their struggles stemming from Lyme Disease, how these struggles put pressure on their faith, and how they practice applying the gospel to the "right now!" Practical and inspiring!


17/03/2017

“This read left a rich mark of grace on my heart.”

In reading Tony Reinke's book, "Newton on the Christian Life", these words took me right back to what I believe is heart of the message Sarah and Kristen are offering;"some Christians are called to endure a disproportionate amount of suffering. Such Christians are a spectacle of grace in the church, like flaming bushes unconsumed, and cause us to ask, like Moses: "Why is the bush not burned?" The strength and stability of these believers can be only explained by the miracle of God's sustaining grace." The pain and suffering experienced by these young ladies is casting a bright light of gospel grace that will help others may find their way on the difficult path they may be called to follow. If you are suffering, you'll know they understand, and will help you find the sustaining grace they have.


13/03/2017

“Biblical based encouragement”

This book is such an encouragement to those who are suffering, and even those who are not! The book has short easy to read chapters full of biblical based teaching on living a God-filled life amidst pain. Kristen and Sarah encourage readers by opening their own stories and struggles with pain, and pointing the reader toward Christ, who has experienced all of it before us. The book points the reader to rest in Gods loving arms, be comforted by Him, and know you are not alone. God works all things out for His good and our glory and the earth is not our home; Heaven awaits us at the end of this road, and through suffering and seeking His face, He may say Well done good and faithful servant.


12/03/2017

“Biblical based encouragement”

This book is such an encouragement to those who are suffering, and even those who are not! The book has short easy to read chapters full of biblical based teaching on living a God-filled life amidst pain. Kristen and Sarah encourage readers by opening their own stories and struggles with pain, and pointing the reader toward Christ, who has experienced all of it before us. The book points the reader to rest in Gods loving arms, be comforted by Him, and know you are not alone. God works all things out for His good and our glory and the earth is not our home; Heaven awaits us at the end of this road, and through suffering and seeking His face, He may say Well done good and faithful servant.


12/03/2017

“You'll Return to It Again and Again...”

This book will touch you no matter what your season of life. Kristen & Sarah have crafted it with such a Biblical basis, drawing others to Christ through the use of Scripture and their own personal battles. You WILL relate to this book in one way or another... and you will gather the armor that you need to face trials that come with great strength through its pages. This will be my go-to book to purchase for friends this year. Perfect for personal devotion time.


12/03/2017

“The best book on hope in the midst of suffering that I've read. ”

I encourage every person who is going through various trials to read this book. Not only that, I would suggest this for those who walk beside those who suffer and even for counselors. Personally, I plan to purchase several copies - some for friends and one for my own counselor to help others. It is unlike any other I've read on the subject of suffering -- and I've read so many! Kristen and Sarah pour out their hearts regarding their experiences with Lyme disease. More importantly they share their experiences with the hope they have found in the midst of their suffering. This hope they speak of is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ -- the One who knows our suffering most intimately. He is the One who cares for our deepest needs. He is the One who is there when all others have left. He is the One who brings hope!


11/03/2017

“Amazing Book!!”

Hope . . . When It Hurts. At first glance these two phrases don't seem like they belong together. But it's when we hurt that hope, true Hope, is most needed. Little did I know that after I started reading this book, a very intense period of pain was about to begin. The kind that takes your breath away, the kind that makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning, the kind that offers a strong temptation just to give up. Anything but hope. Many nights, unable to sleep because of the intensity of the hurt, I pulled out this incredible book. Through Sarah and Kristen's transparency in the intense pain that they have each struggled and continue to struggle with, they reveal sound biblical principles and truths, along with how to apply them in practical ways, and leading the way to the one true source of Hope. Amazing book - highly recommend it!!


07/03/2017

“A book to encourage all who are suffering”

Kristin and Sarah have written this book out of the depths of their own suffering and yet, far from portraying a picture of hopeless despair, they point their readers to a loving, faithful, and wholly sufficient Savior! They are honest in their lament while, at the same time, express utmost confidence in the goodness and sovereignty of God, even in the midst of confusing and heartbreaking circumstances. If you are personally walking through dark and tumultuous days, this book will be like still waters for your soul. If someone you love is suffering, this beautifully bound book will bring both encouragement and truth that will nourish their soul on the darkest of days.


07/03/2017

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