Authors: Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton
Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God's Purpose in Your Suffering
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.
- 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
About the authors:
Kristen is a writer, Bible teacher, and the content manager at Unlocking the Bible. She and her husband, Brad, are members of The Orchard in Itasca, Illinois, and they have one daughter, Joanna Grace.
Sarah is married to Jeff and is mother to four young children. She lives in Chicago and blogs at setapart.net.
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