There’s a mass in your breast.The company’s downsizing.Your husband is leaving.Your daughter was raped.And all of a sudden your life
is spinning out of control.~By Bruce W. Martin,
We have . . . from our daughter having serious heart defects and three open heart surgeries, a stillborn daughter and the death of our son. Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of it all, and where God is in it all, but indeed, we have seen and found Him, many times through the deepest valleys more evident than the brightest of days. I appreciated that Bruce Martin, did not sugar-coat the life trials by sharing his heart and experiences, including friendships that were shattered because of it.
His writings were encouraging, such as, to worship God even when things are bad, which is not our normal default, and how praising God can even change our attitude and help us endure through the situation.
“We move from thinking Woe is me to Great is our God. The more we reflect on the greatness of God, the more our perspective on the situation changes. We’re reminded that God is with us and He’s always up to something. We just can’t see it yet.” (p. 73)
Throughout Desperate for Hope, Mr. Martin relates to the story of Job and others from Scripture, along with the author of the song, It is Well With My Soul. Part Three of the book is titled, “The New Normal“. I’ve often referred to this myself, especially after the death of our 16 year old son. Things would never be the same, but joy does come again, and there is a new normal.
I really appreciated the honesty of life experiences and reactions and looking for God in it all. Each chapter is ended with with questions that are great for the individual reading it or for a book group going through this together, such as a grief group.
I highly recommend reading Desperate for Hope for anyone, and it would also make a caring gift for someone going through the valleys of life.
Desperate for Hope is available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was written in exchange for a copy of the book, and expresses my honest opinion of the book.