Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Review: When the Hurt Runs Deep

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When the Hurt Runs Deep:
Healing and Hope for Life's Desperate Moments
by Kay Arthur

ISBN-13: 9780307457110
Hardback: 248 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Released: Oct 5, 2010

Book page on Publisher's Website

Source: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Book Description from Back Cover:
At some point in life, every one of us will face the dark pain of heartache and despair, a hurt that pierces so deep we’re left gasping with questions:

Why me? Why now?
What have I done to deserve this?
Will the pain ever go away?
How can God just stand by and let this happen?
What do I have left to hope for?

Writing from insights she has gained, not only through her own valleys of deep hurt but also from years of study and counseling others through their pain, Kay Arthur points the way toward genuine healing. With candor, grace, and vulnerability, she invites you to join her on a journey toward wholeness as you exchange your fears and frustrations, hurts and disappointments for a hope that will never disappoint.

My Review:
When the Hurt Runs Deep explores Scripture to find answers to why God allows us to suffer deeply and how to heal from these deep hurts. It used examples from real people's lives, both those in the Bible and today. The author covered a wide variety of specific situations that can cause deep hurt as well as general ones. She gave solid, Scriptural answers to why God allows such suffering to touch His followers (and others). She also pointed the way toward healing. At the back of the book, she included a 26 page Bible study for small groups or individuals to use for further, deeper study on the topic.

The writing was easy to understand and covered the topic in a sympathetic way. I'd highly recommend this book to those who are deeply hurting or who wish to help someone they know who is deeply hurting.

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 from Chapter One
"It Wasn’t Supposed to Be This Way!"

At some point in life, nearly every one of us finds ourselves pulled under by a tsunami wave of pain, overwhelmed by something large, sudden, and personally devastating.

It can come crashing into our lives in any of a thousand ways.

A phone call from the doctor about a lab report that looks suspicious.

A wooden-faced supervisor who calls you into his office just before lunch and says, "We’re downsizing the company. We have to let you go."

A brief, cold conversation with your spouse one morning, and then the shocking words: "I’m leaving. I've found someone else."

A late-night knock on your door from a highway-patrol officer. "Your daughter has been in an accident. I’m sorry to tell you this, but she didn’t make it."

A quick, stricken glance from the obstetrician. "I’m not picking up any heartbeat from the baby."

At such times heartache and despair rush over us, pulling us down into a place of darkness until we wonder if the light of hope will ever again penetrate our lives.

This is when the hurt runs deep.

Read more from chapter one.

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