Book Review: Hope for When the Hurt Runs Deep

When the circumstances of our life leave us feeling helpless and hopeless overwhelming feelings of discouragement can easily convince us that things will never change and life will always be this hard. We torture ourselves with questions like “Why is this happening to me? How much longer must I endure this?” Having had thoughts like these cross my own mind at times, I was blessed and encouraged after reading, When the Hurt Runs Deep: Healing and Hope for Life’s Desperate Moments by Kay Arthur.

In this book Kay addresses the painful questions that eat at us when we are experiencing overwhelming circumstances, giving solid Biblical answers, while at the same time pointing the reader to many encouraging truths that are sure to refresh a hurting reader with renewed hope.

Rich with many nuggets of wisdom and hope, I especially liked the healing truths that were woven throughout the book. It was so refreshing to be reminded that no trial big or small is ever wasted by God.  As Kay puts it, “If God has allowed pain in our lives; He has allowed it for a purpose—a good purpose, because He is a good God.” I would highly recommend this book to anyone discouraged by their circumstances. (A helpful study guide at the back of the book, is ideal for personal or group study and reflection.) You will be inspired by the incredible life lessons Kay has learned about suffering and hope for the brokenhearted, both from her own life, and the lives of those she’s counseled. After reading this book, I better understand how James could instruct believers to “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials…” (James 1:2) because I have learned that my suffering doesn’t come alone—but comes with a steady supply of hope. (Psalm 34:17, 19)  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is going through overwhelming or discouraging circumstances—or to give to someone you know who is hurting. If you’re, hurting, this book is sure to bless you.

 Disclaimer: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their book review program for bloggers. I was not asked to write a positive review, but simply, an honest one.

Copyright © 2011 Brooke Espinoza.

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