When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God--and Joy  -     By: John Piper
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When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God--and Joy

Crossway Books & Bibles / 2007 / Paperback

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"It is utterly crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him."
---John Piper

Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of sin, satanic assault, distressing circumstances, or hereditary and other physical causes. In When the Darkness Will Not Lift, John Piper aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness.

Readers will gain insight into the physical side of depression and spiritual darkness, what it means to wait on the Lord in a time of darkness, how unconfessed sin can clog our joy, and how to minister to others who are living without light. Piper uses real-life examples and sensitive narrative to show readers abundant reason to hope that God will pull them out of the pit of despair and into the light once again.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 79
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1581348762
ISBN-13: 9781581348767
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John Piper examines depression from a spiritual perspective, guiding and encouraging those for whom joy seems to stay out of reach.

Author Bio

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

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John Piper has once again blessed the Body of Christ with his latest book, When the Darkness Will Not Lift. A small volume, portions of which are drawn from other of his larger works, it is its succinctness, I think, which enhances its impact.
The Introduction lays the foundation for what follows by discussing the nature and essence of spiritual darkness. Piper then moves into an eminently helpful treatment of justification, how it “severs [the] root of misery;” sanctification, and how confusing the two will kill joy in the believer.
The rest of the book is a tightly-packed, compassionate, insightful, practical, biblical tool for helping those who “wait for joy.” Piper touches on the physical/medical aspect of spiritual darkness, “the ground of assurance when we cannot see our faith,” “when a child of God is persuaded that he is not,” doing our duty in the midst of darkness, the place of thanksgiving, unconfessed sin, the role of Satan, and the danger of self-absorption. Don’t be fooled; at a mere 79 pages, this is not a fast read. You will want to go slowly and drink deeply, and also to benefit from the other sources noted. – Pamela Glass, Christian Book Previews.com

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    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    We have all been there. In a place where we cannot find joy or peace in our lives. Where a heavy darkness descends on our shoulders and weights us down.

    When the Darkness will not Lift is a book designed to help people move through this season of darkness. While waiting for the Lord to move in our lives, the author encourages us to walk closer with God. To cling to Him as your life line. He also encourages the reader to be actively involved in helping God's kingdom in whatever way He directs you. Helping others always takes our mind off our own problems.

    He also includes a large amount scripture that the reader can refer to.

    I know that some people will expect more from this author, but in all honesty when you are in this type of season, a smaller book is less overwhelming.

    The book itself is only 79 pages of actual text, with the introduction being 22 pages long. The price is not too bad if you can find the book on sale.

    Although when I read this book I was not going through this type of season, I still found it to be an encouraging book.
  2. Dane
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    Dane
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 3
    This book was just what I needed at a critical time in my life and I am sure that I will refer to it again.
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    June 29, 2013
    LL1970
    Age: 35-44
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I usually enjoy Piper for depth of insight. This was basic and not that helpful. For the price I was expecting more. The book is very small with larger print so there is not much here to give it value for the cost.
  4. Big B
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    This product is great.
    October 25, 2011
    Big B
    Owego, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Although I have just began reading this book I have found it to be really comforting due to the recent home going of my wife.
  5. Brad
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    Good book
    June 21, 2011
    Brad
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    John Piper did an excellent job of dealing with a topic that most of us deal with at some point in our life. His approach is one of helping and not condemning.
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