Do you ever get discouraged by your spiritual weaknesses? From the life and death of Samson to Peter's denial of Jesus, the Bible if filled with stories of people like you who wanted to serve God--but frequently failed. And yet God still used these men and women! At times, through God's power, their points of weakness even became their greatest strength. In this book J.I. Packer offers his seasoned pastoral wisdom, exploring the stories of eight imperfect people portrayed in the Bible. Packer shows you how their struggles and triumphs in following God relate to your own experiences as a disciple. Packer teams up with expert Bible study writer, Carolyn Nystrom, who helps you apply what you are learning in each chapter by offering some extra helps: a Bible study on each Bible character; journaling ideas; prayer suggestions. Here is the book to give you comfort and encouragement--if you are not yet perfect!
Tied for a 2001 Best Non-Fiction Book, Christian Living award in the God Uses Ink Contest! If you get discouraged by your spiritual failures, you're not alone. In fact, you're in pretty good company. From the life and death of Samson to Peter's denial of Jesus, the Bible is filled with stories of people who wanted to serve God but frequently failed. And yet God still worked through these men and women for his purposes and glory. Through God's power, their points of weakness became their greatest strengths. In Never Beyond Hope J. I. Packer offers his pastoral wisdom, exploring the stories of eight imperfect people portrayed in the Bible. Packer shows you how their struggles and triumphs relate to your own experiences and highlights how God works despite your mistakes. Packer also teams up with expert Bible study writer Carolyn Nystrom, who helps you process and apply what you are learning in each chapter with study questions for personal reflection or group discussion, prayer suggestions and journaling ideas. Let this book help you discover that God's vision for your life may be far bigger than what you can see right now. Though you may be far from perfect, remember that in God's eyes you are never beyond hope.
J. I. Packer is regarded as one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his writings include books such as , , (Crossway) and . He has preached and lectured widely in Great Britain and North America and served as general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible published in 2001, and theological editor of the Study Bible version. In 2014, Packer was named Author of the Year by the Association of Logos Bookstores. He is a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of and has written numerous articles published in journals such as and He received a BA, MA and PhD from Oxford University.
Carolyn Nystrom (MA, Wheaton College) has written more than eighty books, Bible study guides and children's titles. She served as general editor for the Christian Classics series and she co-authored and with theologian J. I. Packer, and with Sandra Speidel. In addition to actively serving in her church and community, she has been a foster parent, an elementary schoolteacher and a book editor. Carolyn lives in the Chicago area with her husband and they have four grown children.
"We recommend Never Beyond Hope to you. Use it for your own personal devotions. And use it in a small group, so that the grace of which it speaks can ripple out into the community of God's people."
"In classic Packer style, this book opens the pages of Scripture and sheds new, refreshing light on well-known stories and some not-so-well-known characters. . . . Insightful, witty, and very wise Bible teaching."
"[T]his book takes the aphorism 'While there's life, there's hope' and reverses it to 'Only while there's hope is there life.' . . . [E]ntertaining and effective . . . always readable."