Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow
In this paradigm-shifting book, Nancy Guthrie gently invites readers to lean in along with her to hear Jesus speak understanding and insight into the lingering questions we all have about the hurts of life: What was God's involvement in this, and why did he let it happen? Why hasn't God answered my prayers for a miracle? Can I expect God to protect me? Does God even care? According to Nancy, this questioning is not a bad thing at all but instead an opportunity. It's a chance to hear with fresh ears the truth in the promises of the gospel we may have misapplied. It lets us retune our souls to the purposes of God we may have misunderstood.
In times of deep sorrow and disappointment,everything we believe can be called into question.
Ten years after burying a daughter and then a son and writing Holding On to Hope, a book that has been published in eight languages and has helped thousands of people around the world make sense of their suffering, Nancy Guthrie brings the additional perspective of years and further scriptural study to the issues we all struggle with when life hurts.
In Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, Nancy shines a light on eleven statements Jesus made, mining them for meaning for those who hurt. "Honestly I've chosen many of these statements because they are the ones that have been most challenging for me to understand and apply to my own experiences," Nancy writes. "They are the ones that have caused me to say, 'I just don't get it' as I read them and tried to fit them into my established understanding of the nature and purpose of the ministry of Jesus. Over and over I find that the passages of Scripture that on the surface seem indiscernible to me hold some of the richest truths—life-changing, perspective-shaping, hope-giving truths."
As you explore those truths with Nancy through the pages of this book, you'll find that Jesus speaks life into death, hope into despair, truth into delusion, meaning into futility, peace into panic. And from his lips you'll receive wisdom, compassion, companionship ... and so much more.
Published July 2009
About the Author
Nancy Guthrie and her husband, David, and son, Matt, make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. Nancy and David are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches around the country and host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Nancy is currently pursuing graduate studies in theology via distance education from Covenant Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous books including Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow and is currently working on the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series.