Friday, June 10, 2016

Finding God in the Hard Times by Matt & Beth Redman

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Finding God in the Hard Times
by Matt Redman
& Beth Redman

ISBN-13: 9780764215193
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: April 19, 2016

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Matt and Beth Redman draw on their experiences as well as those of others, exploring how to offer praise even in the face of hardship and pain. Focusing on the psalms, many of which were written out of struggle, they show how difficult or tragic circumstances--and our choices--can propel us toward God or away from him, build up our faith or break it. Learn how to ride out the storms of life with a cry of "blessed be your name" on your lips.

My Review:
Finding God in the Hard Times explores worshiping and trusting God even during painful circumstances. Each chapter was roughly based on a phrase from the song, "Blessed Be Your Name." The authors talked about being grateful and praising God in the good times but also "when I'm found in the desert place...when the darkness closes in." They looked at lamentations in the Bible, especially those found in the psalms, and pointed out the pattern of expressing sorrow but ending with trust and praise.

They used verses and stories from the Bible and stories from their lives and their friend's lives. It's a good reminder of how Christians can respond to pain with hope and praise. I'd recommend this book to Christians going through painful circumstances who want a short, sympathetic book on the topic.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt: Read an excerpt using Google Preview.

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