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Number of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 2014
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Can we trust a God who gives us different answers than we pray for? Who only fully reveals himself when we look back? Who lets us walk in darkness for months (and sometimes years) at a time? In Finding Faith in the Dark, Laurie Short says yes, and through her story and the stories of others, she reveals a God who is able to transform the dark chapters of our lives into opportunities of grace.
Maybe you've been there:
- The husband or wife you stayed faithful to had an affair
- The death of a spouse or child has torn your heart
- A diagnosis has taken away your health, your plans and your future
When these things happen, we are left wondering "Where is that God who promises to answer our prayers if we trust in Him? Why isnt my life turning out the way I hoped, let alone how I had planned?"
If you are, or have ever been, in that place, this book is for you. And more than helping you find your way out, this book will help you find your way through that place.
Half pint5 Stars Out Of 5Finding Faith InThe DarkJune 25, 2015Half pintQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Well written and helps me to understand more about how God thinks and what His plans are for me.
gini5 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement!December 9, 2014giniLaurie Short's very transparent and personal story sheds light and encouragement for those who find their life plan has not developed as expected. I supposed that could be the majority of us. Laurie weaves familiar Bible stories into hers and others' stories and brings fresh insight into the whole. This book gently directed me into new understandings of God's Amazing Grace and reminded me of His ever present love. Not only that, it made me laugh.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5God is with you in the dark timesAugust 24, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We would like to have our life go as we planned but it doesn't always happen that way. When life takes a turn we hadn't planned or when God doesn't answer our prayers the way we'd like, we wonder where God is in all of it.
Short encourages us not to give up on the story God is writing until He is finished with it. Even in the darkest part of our story, we find that God is right there. To illustrate that, she tells lots of stories. They could be depressing but the way they were lived out makes them encouraging stories of faith.
She also gives us many examples of biblical characters who have been in dark places, either through their own choices (Abraham, David) or because of what God was doing (Job, Moses, Elijah, Joseph, Jeremiah). They are reminders that God does not abandon us in dark times, even when the time is long and others mistreat us during it.
We are reminded to leave room for a call of God we may not have considered. God has a purpose and she helps us discover clues to finding out there is much more to what God is doing than what we can see.
It is important for readers to know that Short finally received her desire, through a long awaited gift of grace from God. That might be hard to take for those still in darkness. Nonetheless, it is a great example of God's continuing love.
Short writes, If you've ever been somewhere in life you don't want to be, this book is for you. I agree. This book will help you find what God has for you in that place. Reading the book may not change your circumstances but it will change you.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Anngladys GichuhiKenyaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Finding Faith in the DarkAugust 19, 2014Anngladys GichuhiKenyaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Finding Faith in the Dark: When the Story of Your Life Takes a Turn
By Laurie Short
In this book, Laurie shares about her life, her journey from being single to getting married, and the challenges in between. She talks about how she waited for her spouse to come along, only to get disappointed time and time again. During her disappointments though, God brought such great meaning in her life, answering the deeper prayers of her heart in ways that she could not have expected.
She shares the lessons that she learned through this period. Like how God can delay the answers to our prayers so that He can prepare us to receive them when we are ready for them, having transformed attitudes. Or how He can allow us to be in a weaker position saying, If we were stronger, we might be less tenderly treated. If we were braver, we might be sent, with far less help, to defend far more desperate posts in the great battle. She also points out that God rarely does the same thing in the same way twice, urging us to not have a god shaped by our faith, but instead have our faith shaped by God.
I learnt a lot from this book, and was encouraged to trust God even when things dont look so good. To simply trust Him and see His wonderful plans unfold, because they will be bigger and better than anything I could imagine, and because He will take into consideration way more factors than I can see in the present.
Author: Laurie Short
Located in: Santa Barbara, CA.
Submitted: June 18, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a speaker, author and part time pastor at Ocean Hills Covenant church. You can find out more information on my website.
What was your motivation behind this project? When my life fell apart, I had a crisis of faith and learned things about God that I wanted to share with others.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Hope, encouragement and a new perspective on their struggle- as well as a deeper appreciation and love for God
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This represented a new chapter in my writing and my ministry, because all of my former books were for youth and youth workers- more "how to" books. This was more personal, and has led to a new emphasis in my speaking ministry.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Philip Yancey, CS Lewis, and most of all people in the bible who walked dark and confusing times- Joseph, Job, Moses, Abraham, Sarah and others. So much in their stories can give us hope!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I am available to speak, and have some clips and testimonials on my website- would love to be available to minister on topics related to the book!