Finding God in the Hard Times: Choosing to Trust, Hope, and Worship When You Can't See the Way  -     By: Matt Redman, Beth Redman
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Finding God in the Hard Times: Choosing to Trust, Hope, and Worship When You Can't See the Way

Bethany House / 2016 / Paperback

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Nobody escapes life's storms. The Redmans draw on their own hard times, as well as those described in the Book of Psalms, to explore how we can praise God in the face of hardship and pain. Discover how our choices during these difficult circumstances can propel us either toward God or away from him. Includes Questions for Reflection and a Discussion Guide for Small Groups. 128 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 7.63 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0764215191
ISBN-13: 9780764215193

Publisher's Description

"Powerful and life-altering encouragement for us all."--Louie Giglio

In this inspiring book, Matt and Beth Redman draw on their experiences as well as those of others, exploring how to offer praise even in the face of hardship and pain. Focusing on the psalms, many of which were written out of struggle, they show how difficult or tragic circumstances--and our choices--can propel us toward God or away from him, build up our faith or break it. Learn how to ride out the storms of life with a cry of "blessed be your name" on your lips.

Author Bio

Matt and Beth Redman received the Dove Award for the Worship Song of the Year for "Blessed Be Your Name" and have written other worship songs together, including "Let My Words Be Few" and "You Never Let Go." In addition to writing and recording worship music, Matt is the author of The Unquenchable Worshipper and Facedown. Beth is the author of Soul Sister and Beautiful. Matt has been a full-time worship leader since the age of twenty, and this journey has taken him to many countries of the world. Matt, Beth, and their children live in West Sussex, England. Learn more at

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  1. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Short book based on "Blessed Be Your Name" song
    June 10, 2016
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Finding God in the Hard Times" explores worshiping and trusting God even during painful circumstances. Each chapter was roughly based on a phrase from the song, "Blessed Be Your Name." The authors talked about being grateful and praising God in the good times but also "when I'm found in the desert place...when the darkness closes in." They looked at lamentations in the Bible, especially those found in the psalms, and pointed out the pattern of expressing sorrow but ending with trust and praise.

    They used verses and stories from the Bible and stories from their lives and their friend's lives. It's a good reminder of how Christians can respond to pain with hope and praise. I'd recommend this book to Christians going through painful circumstances who want a short, sympathetic book on the topic.

    I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
  2. Minnesota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Inspiring and Practical Book for Hard Times
    June 2, 2016
    Starlight Writer
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I was delighted to hear that Matt and Beth Redman have just published a second edition book called "Finding God in the Hard Times: Choosing to Trust and Hope When You Cant See the Way." Its a concise book, only 123 pages, but its powerfully written.

    Each of the five chapters is titled with a phrase directly from the lyrics of the worship song Blessed Be Your Name, and each chapter is reinforced with many quotes from Scripture as well as three brief but meaningful questions for reflection. The book is an excellent resource for individual study or for a five-session group study because the appendix features a discussion guide for small groups and a complete listing of Bible references for further meditation.

    One of the things I like best about this book is how it is both inspiring and practical. For example, in the first chapter the Redmans write about what they call spiritual motion sickness, which they describe as living in the tension of what we think we know to be true, and the deep pain that seems to contradict it. Pointing to truths in Lamentations 3 and Psalm 13, they offer these wise and practical remedies for building your faith and fanning the flames of worship when youre in such an unpleasant condition:

    The key is to reinforce what deep down you know to be true, by adding extra revelation. Spiritually speaking, roll down the window and stick your hand out. Open the Bible and feed upon the truths of God and His faithfulness. Strengthen your understanding of His ways as you read. Find encouragement in the lives of those who chose to trust His power, grace, and purpose amidst their darkest hours. Look over His track record in your own life and in the lives of those you know to love Him. See how often He has poured out the oil of kindness in times of trouble. How on many occasions He has rescued seemingly at the last possible moment or turned around something that at the time seemed like it could never lead to fruitfulness The discipline of remembering helps us keep a grip on hope and find our way on the paths of praise Remembering releases rejoicing.

    This is a book I will likely re-read, and I anticipate reading other books by the Redmans, including The Heart of Worship Files.

    Please note: In exchange for this honest review, I received a free copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read for those in the middle of a hard place
    May 30, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We have all either just come out of the desert or are being prepped to head into the desert. Hard times are not far away in this life. Having been through hard times for an entire year, I remember well the desperation and how I made it to the last trial and felt like all I could do was utter the Lord's name. I had nothing left in me to give and I didn't even know what to pray for anymore. I had to stand on who I knew God was. With that said, this book would have been so perfect for that time...for many reasons.

    The first reason is the length. In the midst of pain and suffering, attention span tends to be nonexistent. The daily choices and responsibilities and decisions drain you to the point of wanting to stare at a wall. The length and the intentionality of the chapters was perfect.

    Of course the topic would be the second reason. I'm currently walking through a dark time with a friend whose son has cancer. It's not easy. Having walked the cancer journey before, I remember well the struggles to know does God care and why does it seem like my prayers aren't being answered. It's a dark road where it seems to be no light. I immediately told her about this book and am giving it to her because it is encouraging for those in that season. It's encouraging for everyone, but I knew it would speak to her heart. I appreciated that Matt and Beth Redman were real. In fact, I wouldn't say that they shared anything particularly mind blowing or something most don't already know. However, how easy it is for us to be thankful in the good times. How easy it is for us to gloss over the small things and think He's failed us when we only focus on the big things.

    If you know anyone going through a trial or suffering right now, this would be a very encouraging book for them to read. It reads really fast, but is full of lots of hope and reminders about who God is.


    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
  4. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    An OK book
    May 23, 2016
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Matt and Beth Redman wrote this book based on experiences they have gone through in their own lives. They talk about how to offer praise to God even when you are going through great pain. They talk about different circumstances that may happen in your life and how you can turn to God during those times or how you can turn away from him.

    I felt as if this book could have used a lot more scripture in it. When I turn to God, I turn to his written word. There was very little Scripture in this book and how we could use that in hard times. The whole entire book seemed to promote their song over anything else. (of which I listed to and didn't care for)

    This book was very short and could have had more to it with more Scriptures and more ways that God can work and is working in our lives when we are going through hard times.

    This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own
  5. Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    FINDING GOD IN THE HARD TIMES Matt and Beth Redman
    May 22, 2016
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    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Matt and Beth Redman

    The brevity of each chapter filled with Scripture supporting the topic, followed by real life illustration presents an accessible read.

    A faithful response plan for the expected and the unexpected. Reading your way into this journey affirming where your strengths are already stockpiled, and where you might slip under the stress of assault become apparent.

    A plan is not everything-God changes them, often, to reach the ultimate goal.But it is a good and profitable choice to have an emergency route known, and practiced.

    I hope this is on audio, etc because most people in crisis don't comprehend much of what they read.


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