Hope When It Hurts by Kristen Wetherell & Sarah Walton
Thirty biblical meditations for women that offer hope in times of suffering.
Hurt is real. But so is hope.
Kristen and Sarah have walked through, and are walking in, difficult times. So these thirty biblical reflections are full of realism about the hurts of life yet overwhelmingly full of hope about the God who gives life.
This beautiful, cloth-bound book will gently encourage and greatly help any woman who is struggling with suffering whether physical, emotional or psychological, and whether for a season or for longer. It is a book to buy for yourself, or to buy for a member of your church or friend. For anyone who is hurting, this book will give hope, not just for life beyond the suffering, but for life in the suffering.
Each chapter contains a biblical reflection, with questions and prayers, and a space for journaling.
Sarah is the author of Hope When It Hurts and Together Through The Storms. She is married to Jeff and is mother to four young children. She lives in Chicago and blogs at setapart.net.
Kristen is a writer, Bible teacher, and the content manager at Unlocking the Bible. She and her husband, Brad, are members of The Orchard in Itasca, Illinois, and they have one daughter, Joanna Grace.
-- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth - Author, host/teacher of Revive Our Hearts
This is a wonderful, vulnerable and honest book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs the good news of Jesus in a difficult time. Kristen and Sarah have suffered immensely, but both of them know that our only hope is found in Jesus. In Hope When It Hurts, they have labored to encourage our souls with the gospel, give us space to grieve our loss, and turn to the only source of real hope. I'm praying God uses this book in extraordinary ways!
-- Dave Furman - Senior Pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai; author of Being There: How to Love Those Who are Hurting
We have been told that we can do anything, to dream big, because women are strong and capable. But what happens when you are confronted with your limitations in the form of suffering? When you no longer feel strong and capable, but weak and weary? Kristen and Sarah provide hope in your desperation. They uniquely, as women from the "I can do anything" generation, speak to the discouragement that suffering can bring, and they drive us to the cross of Christ, where all of our suffering makes sense. There is much hope in this book for any weary Christian. And there is much wisdom for anyone seeking to love those who are weary and broken.
-- Courtney Reissig - Author of The Accidental Feminist and Glory in the Ordinary
Kristen and Sarah have let us in to listen to their meditations in the midst of pain and limitation. They've opened up their hearts, their stories, and their Word-filled words. From our various contexts, we will all learn as we listen. I'm grateful for this book's faithful call to lift up our eyes to a God of mercy who loves and saves.
-- Kathleen Nielson - Director of Women's Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition
Kristen and Sarah speak with fresh voices formed by their love of Scripture and their experience of walking with God through suffering. The faith and courage I've seen in them will overflow on you as you read this soothing and insightful book, giving you strength to stay the course even when you are tired of the battle.
-- Colin Smith - Senior Pastor, The Orchard Church, IL; President, Unlocking the Bible