Unreasonable Hope: Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain
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"Where was God when that happened?" "How could he allow this?" Steering readers away from clichéd answers that offer no real comfort, Veach wrestles with Scripture's promises in the light of his own daughter's devastating medical diagnosis and shares practical steps for dealing with pain. Learn to rest in God's love, remember his faithfulness, and more. 224 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 205
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0718038347
ISBN-13: 9780718038342

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"Where was God when _? How could God allow _? Why?"

These are the questions that flood our hearts and minds when the unimaginable happens. When things go horribly wrong and the world seems to be unraveling, how do you believe in God’s goodness? How do you cling to hope?

Chad Veach directs readers away from clichéd Sunday school answers that fail to offer real comfort or provide faith-building insights. Instead, he draws from God’s promises in the Bible and from the story of his own daughter’s diagnosis of a devastating and debilitating disease to reveal simple, purposeful steps for dealing with pain. Resting in God’s love, remembering his past faithfulness, and realizing the distinction between having faith and clinging to hope are just some of these steps.

Veach reminds us that because we know who God is, we know there is hope.

 

Veach reminds us that because we know who God is, we know there is hope.

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Chad Veach is the pastor of Zoe Church in Los Angeles, California. Chad and his wife, Julia, have two beautiful children, Georgia Estelle and Winston Charles.

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  1. Rachel
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A sliver of hope....
    November 5, 2016
    Rachel
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoyed reading this book. I wasn't sure what to expect from it. I think I thought it would be more like a how to guide for tough times. I thought it would be filled with the quotes I have heard before about holding on and keep praying because you never know when your blessing is right around the corner. While I think those quotes are inspiring, I also don't think that is our 'go to' thought when we are in the middle of the storm. Those around us can look in and offer encouragement but sometimes we sit back and think 'they don't have a clue.' I enjoyed reading this book because it was a very real account of what this father, this family lives through. There thoughts at times where no different than mine, in retelling their story - they kept it real. In opening up and being vulnerable it made me see the beauty in being real....that's not to say that what we are going/growing through is pretty....but there is beauty in vulnerability that allows for connections that help us push through. Great read, highly recommend this book. Very encouraging. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.
  2. Blinking Writer
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unreasonable Hope
    August 11, 2016
    Blinking Writer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I read the title of this book, I thought, "Okay, this is going to be another sappy story about someone that went through something tragic and got through it by just putting their hope in the Lord. Again." That sounds bad, but it was exactly what I thought. I wasn't necessarily saying that it was a bad thing to read about, because all of those different stories are great. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE those kind of stories. But honestly, I was prepared to skim through and just take the "highlights".

    Well, I was surprised. This book doesn't have a sappy thing about it.

    Which made me LOVE IT!

    Unreasonable Hope by Chad Veach is an inspirational story about a hope that we all forget to have. And UNREASONABLE one. Hence the title, right?

    When we think of putting our hope in the Lord, we expect answers and reasons to what we're going through. Not this guy. Chad has come to accepting his situation, without answers. Without the known reasons. Yes, he believes everything happens for a reason just like I do. But just because there is a reason, doesn't mean that we have to KNOW it. God loves us without reason.

    I have learned so much by reading Chad's story. He tells about his daughter Georgia. She has a rare condition that makes things more challenging for her and their family. He compares everything that he's going through, or went through, with a verse or instance in the Bible. For example, in the sixth chapter, he titles a segment called Giants or Honey?. In this segment he talks about how in Numbers 13, there's a story about the spies that were sent to survey the promised land. Some of the spies saw an impossible situation and all of the bad things like the size of the giant people that were living there already. Two of the twelve spies saw a land flowing with milk and honey and all of the good things. Chad went on saying that sometimes, people see things differently even when they're in the same situation.

    He said that in his situation, he's going to look at the milk and honey through the hardships. That's so inspirational to me, because when I go through bad situations, the last thing I want to do is think about milk and honey; the good things. I want to focus on all the negative things and wallow in self pity. That feels more natural to me. But why since when is natural always the best thing?

    My favorite quote by him (there was many, because him and I have the same thought process based on his writing) is one of his ending paragraphs, "As we walk out this life, we'll continue to put our faith in the who behind it all, the one who is faithful in suffering, the only true remedy, who takes the pain and makes it into something more, something better, something beautiful."

    Anyway, I highly recommend this book for anyone that is going through any kind of tough situation. Chad will give you a very unique and encouraging perspective on your situation as well as his! Please, take the time to read it and do so with an open heart.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest book review with booklookbloggers!
  3. sandra
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    UNreasonable hope
    August 10, 2016
    sandra
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Unreasonable Hope

    Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain

    By Chad Veach

    Published by Thomas Nelson

    Life does not make sense at times but trusting God does. Follow the author Chad and his wife as they trust God during the time of trial as their daughter suffers from life changing illness.

    Jesus allows pain and suffering so we will draw closer to him In this book the author takes you on a journey o you can see how he learned to trust God and have joy in his life.

    The Veachs daughter was born with a rare condition called lissencephaly where the brain does not develop like it should. How dd the couple coupe with every day life. Please red this touching book.

    Thank you to the publisher for the book to review.
  4. Mark Evans
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pain may be real, but so is Gods ability to pull us out of it. (p.113)
    August 8, 2016
    Mark Evans
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am pleased to begin my analysis of theodicies with this book, Unreasonable Hope. This book is not academic, nor does Veach try to explain suffering. He does share about the suffering that he and his family experience. He does not complain, and they do not merely endure. The Veach family has learned how to absorb the difficult realities of suffering, and they remain hopeful about the possible healing of their daughter Georgia.

    The book is divided into four parts.

    Part 1. The Struggle

    Part 2. The Remedy

    Part 3. The Rest

    Part 4. The Better

    Each part contains a few chapters and then a conclusion. I really enjoyed the conclusions because they offer practical advice in a numerical sequence. Each conclusion was very helpful, and I couldnt help but conclude each part encouraged by what I read. Unreasonable Hope is really a biography of Chad and Julia Veach. Their daughter suffers from a rare brain disorder that involves seizures, lack of motor skills, movement, speech, and simple body functions. Lissencephaly is a debilitating disorder, and in most cases terminal.

    Chad explains how, and when they find out about their daughters disorder. He explains how they learned to cope, after many months of frustration and fear. Over time Georgia has become well known, and the Veaches have gained a network of loving and supporting friends. Chad takes great care to express his gratitude towards God and others as he writes about the many blessings that they have experienced, despite suffering.

    In each Chapter Chad parallels a story in the Bible with one of his own. His purpose, I believe, to share and explain how God used stories in the Bible to strengthen him. He used stories about Ruth, Abraham, Job, and many others. I appreciate the way he told each Bible story. He truly is a story teller, he shared the Bible in such a fun way, at times I couldnt help but chuckle. He also has a great sense of humor, you must read the book. I couldnt help but laugh as I shared one story with my wife and children, a story about a hat. If you are curious you will have to read the book.

    Near the end of the book Chad explains the difference between faith and hope. I appreciate the word hope; I can relate to what he is teaching. Faith is believing in something, hope is anticipating something great. Ironically, just today my wife and I bought a large sign (about 10″x 2′) spelling out the word HOPE. And it has little light bulbs all throughout, it is a fantastic sign.

    This book is a great testimony of faith and hope. I believe that this book has/will inspire others. Instead of becoming depressed about suffering, and instead of becoming bitter, there are others who testify about the continual love and blessing of God, a better alternative. If someone in your family is sick, or if someone you love is suffering and you wonder why, or if you are experiencing a difficult time, but you cannot seem to find God or experience His presence, I encourage you to read this book. Chad and Julia can empathize with what you are going through, and through this book they are trying to encourage you. Walk with them in their story as Chad uses biblical examples and wisdom to find hope in the midst of suffering.

    In exchange for an honest review, BookLookBloggers has provided me with a review copy of this book. I have written an honest review.
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