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Mass Paperback
278 pages
Aug 2004
Tyndale House Publishers

Holding on to Hope

by Nancy Guthrie

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In Nancy Guthrie’s excellent book, Holding on to Hope, she tackles inexplicable suffering and grief. Drawing from painful experiences and attempts to reconcile her own trials, Guthrie takes the reader on an intimate voyage into the presence of God.

Presented in counterpoint to the book of Job and generously seasoned with the Word of God, Guthrie frames her struggle and ultimate conclusions in grace. This book is a coffee time chat with the grieving. No pat answers offered or accepted, just simple, often grueling, truth. Guthrie’s authority to write this book is hard-won and her genuine, compassionate writing style is salve to the wounded.

By contemplating the nature of God and leaning heavily upon His word and promises, Guthrie leads the reader through the quagmire of doubt and fear. An eight-week Bible study in the back of the book further aides readers in navigating the rough terrain of suffering. There is also a section of Scripture references, where the suffering can draw further comfort.

This beautiful, simply written, powerful little book offers a heavy dose of comfort to any who struggle. It is well written, thoughtfully presented. The author gently laments the shortcomings of some comforters and the church’s inability to deal with the grieving. From the very first page, it is clear these words were penned in tears and trust. I highly recommend this book for any in a place of doubt, confusion, or pain. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Author Nancy Guthrie adds a Bible study on the book of Job to her critically acclaimed book for readers and groups that want to dig deeper into what the Bible says about dealing with suffering. The study guide section includes questions, commentary, and Scripture references. In Holding on to Hope, Nancy Guthrie shuns platitudes and easy answers and offers an uplifting perspective on suffering, not only for those experiencing monumental loss, but for anyone going through difficulty or failure. Through lessons drawn from the biblical story of Job and the experience of losing her infant daughter, Nancy gently challenges readers to embrace suffering as a means of discovering a more meaningful relationship with God.