Finding God in the Dark: Faith, Disappointment, and the Struggle to Believe  -     By: Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin
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* When trials are at their toughest, do you feel abandoned by God---does he even care about our struggles? Revealing a Lord who never forsakes his children, Kluck and Martin offer stories from their lives to help us see that God's grace and plan have always been working steadily in our families, jobs, relationships, and future. 144 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764210823
ISBN-13: 9780764210822
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An Honest, Hopeful Look at Christian Doubt
and Disappointment

Doubt often has less to do with the head than the heart. When Christians go through trials--from unmet personal expectations to the death of a loved one--they often feel like God has abandoned them, or maybe he never cared at all. Kluck and Martin walk readers through dark times in their own lives to reveal a God of love who never forsakes his children. Here is grace and hope for any believer struggling to believe.

Author Bio

Ted Kluck is a bestselling, award-winning author of eight books. His work has appeared in ESPN the Magazine and Christianity Today. His first book won a Christianity Today Book of the Year award. Ted lives in Grand Ledge, Michigan, with his wife and two sons. Learn more at www.tedkluck.com.

Ronnie Martin is a Dove Award-nominated recording artist best known as the sole member of Joy Electric. Ronnie has over twenty album credits and is a worship arts pastor and young adults teacher at Ashland Grace Church in Ohio. He lives in Ashland, Ohio, with his wife, Melissa, and their daughter.

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  1. mary
    nc
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Heart Warming Book!
    December 6, 2013
    mary
    nc
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a social worker I have a soft spot in my heart for foster parents because they really can make a great difference in the life of a child. Klink and his family adopted boys and its telling is a large part of his story. Both authors talk about the moments in thier lives when their faith was pushed up against a wall and suffered but maintained their love and trust in God through it all. These two writers are not the best to team up, but it didnt really work against the rythmn of the book. it is not really an inspiring book, but mroe like a book that says we struggled but we didnt give up on God. I was not inspired, but I can see how some people will be deeply impacted. It is worth the time it took to read it. I enjoyed the way they talked about joy and how God uses joy to help them focus on God and not material wealth. It is a dramatic read and there will be tears! I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for writing a review, but that did not get this book a good review, this book earned its own good review. it is a short paperback and a fast read for an airport or doctors visit while in the waiting room. Anytime you have a few hours to spend with a good book. It is a good book.
  2. MoriahN
    Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    It was OK.
    September 22, 2013
    MoriahN
    Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Finding God in the Dark is about finding faith to work through disappointments and struggles to believe. Using stories from their own lives, Kluck and Martin (the authors) give examples of how faith can get you through difficult circumstances.

    I was expecting this to be more of an instruction/devotional-type book and I felt like in some ways their stories distraced from the "how to find faith" part of the book. The message of the book was kind of like "This is my story and how faith played a part in it, and here's a few faith-finding tips for you" book. Not that this was a bad book, it was just not what I expected and I didn't really feel like I could relate a whole lot to what they were talking about.

    Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Finding God in the Dark in exchange for my honest review.
  3. CCGM
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    pleasantly surprised!
    April 20, 2013
    CCGM
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Finding God in the Dark: Faith, Disappointment and the Struggle to Believe is written by Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin. When reading my options of books to review, this one stuck out to me because I've been having many conversations lately that revolve around doubting. I've read a few other books on similar topic and I have studied this subject on my own so I had high expectations.

    This is a book I would recommend to others and will no doubt be re-reading in the future. Kluck and Martin shared their own stories of disappointment and, I thought, were transparent with their feelings even though they had some very "unchristian" thoughts. Kluck writes about the sorrow (and anger) over a failed adoption which seemed to be the last straw in ongoing disappointments over infertility, tight finances and an unpredictable freelance writing career. Martin writes from the perspective of a Christian musician whose career never really took off as others did.

    Other reviews I have read of this book acted as though Kluck and Martin's trials weren't difficult enough and they have given the book poor ratings as a result. This confused me. Perhaps this book wasn't filled with tantalizing stories, but the authors were honest about their troubles and their feelings. It seems odd to imply that their struggles weren't "hard enough" to write a book on disappointment. I don't think we can really compare. We all have different events that take us to our lowest point in life and these men were simply honest about theirs.

    If you're looking for normal Christian niceties about how the authors are soooo godly and how they respond perfectly to all hard circumstances, this is not the book for you. The authors are very honest about how they felt in circumstances, even when it paints them in a selfish light. But, in my mind, that's part of what makes the authors relatable. Over and over again I found myself nodding my head, reading bits aloud to my husband and annotating with fury. In addition to sharing their own wisdom, both authors quoted from other theologians (e.g. C.S. Lewis, Tim Keller, A.W. Tozer) and included Scripture verses as well.

    The chapters alternate between authors, which could feel a bit choppy at points. I found myself looking forward to chapter changes because I resonated with one author more than another. I can foresee some readers being frustrated as both authors write from a (very) Reformed perspective. If you come from a less Reformed background, be prepared for many, many references to God's sovereignty. ;) This could have come across as a flippant answer to disappointment and suffering (i.e. "Oh, just trust that God is sovereign and move on!"), but I really felt like the authors didn't use that as a cop-out, but continued to wrestle through the issues.

    Overall, I really liked the book and am going to recommend it whenever I have the chance. I know many people who have experienced disappointment that has left them doubting and I think this would be a good guide for them as it encouraged me in my own doubting. Much of what Kluck and Martin wrote I had heard before, but I thought they did an exceptional job at intertwining stories, quotes and verses to make the information especially poignant.

    **Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for an honest review.
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