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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
When life is hard, really hard, we often spend all our time pleading, begging, yelling, refusing, and questioning. While none of these things are necessarily unusual, they are missing the ultimate point. When life is hard, when things get ugly, when all hope seems to be lost… that is when we are able to display the superiority of the life lived in God.
It is in those moments of despair, when we question what is happening, when we dont know what to do, when some trials never seem to end, that we can lean most heavily on Gods promises and truths.
Working his way through five questions we've all had run through our heads, trusted pastor James MacDonald helps us understand what we should do now. We begin the journey by looking at different types of "trials", figuring out exactly what we're dealing with, and recognizing that God certainly knows. Second, the obvious question: "Why?" God sees us going through trials and we long for two things: for them to be over and to know why they happened in the first place. Next, we need to know what to do with these trials when they come (and they will most certainly come). Fourth, we have all wondered it, can trials be refused? Are God's purposes really being fulfilled in the midst of this trying time? And lastly, God reveals Himself to us through these trials. . . and sometimes, they just don't ever end. Why doesn't this trial go away?
God told us to expect trialsdont be surprised when they come. Grow when they come. Find hope when they come.
WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5An Easy to Read Book About SufferingJanuary 30, 2018WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received James MacDonald's book, When Life is Hard, a few years ago when Pastor MacDonald was a council member of the Gospel Coalition. Christian books about overcoming adversity appeal to me so I was thankful to receive this book as a Christmas gift. Unfortunately, I never found When Life is Hard to be very engaging and only recently finished this 200 pager. I think I would have enjoyed the book more had I read it several years ago when I was at a different stage in life. Perhaps it would have been better for me to read the book with others and to write down my answers to the questions Pastor MacDonald posed. I found nothing in Pastor MacDonald's book that caused me to raise any eyebrows although I would not simply say that God allows painful, difficult things to happen. A few of the positives in his book include having keywords and phrases bolded or in italics, the use of Scripture (ESV, NASB, and NKJV translations) throughout the book, and how nicely the book is organized. Some of the ways Pastor MacDonald speaks truth include:
Glimpses of God: At the beginning of every chapter a theme verse is examined, word for word.
From God's Heart to Mine: At the end of each chapter are a couple of verses or a short Scripture passage to memorize.
Mining for Gold: Each chapter includes a set of personal questions designed to help you reflect on and implement what God is showing you about trials in your life.
Come Forth as God: The final chapter looks at the sixteen key lessons covered in the book and summarizes them.
I am sure many people have made better sense of pain and suffering from reading When Life is Hard, and I think more will be blessed in the years to come by Pastor MacDonald's stories of hope. I appreciate hearing messages that don't gloss over the fact that life is hard at times, but there is One who can help you through the hard times.
Jack Woodford5 Stars Out Of 5When Life Is HardSeptember 19, 2016Jack WoodfordQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It helps me understand why bad things happen to good people and how God can use those bad things for something good.
pamiSebastian, FLAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great...encouraging...September 3, 2013pamiSebastian, FLAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read this when I was going through a rough sickness. He made me think I am not the only one and that God has a reason for all this and I know He does cause all things to work together for good to those that love Him. It brought me up out of the despair I was in and put me back on the road to joy and peace even in the middle of my trials. It was so good I just bought it for a friend going through a surgery that was not successful and another friend just read it who is going through depression. It has made us all come back to our Lord and Savior who loves us and will continue to walk with us no matter what we are going through. I will continue to recommend this book.
MitzvahNorth Myrtle Beach, SCAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 2, 2013MitzvahNorth Myrtle Beach, SCAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you experience a personal crisis, this book will help you understand what God is showing you through this experience. Pastor MacDonald relates Scripture and questions which are very thought-provoking. I've already ordered several books for friends in crisis.
revl216Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5August 2, 2012revl216Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent book withso much relevance to a very common situation: difficult times in life. The author explains and illustrates Scripture in a way that very few have done. Such illustrations are enhanced by his quoting personal experiences. The book gives comfort and hope to all. It should be on everyone's bookshelf.
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