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Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God [Paperback]

By Nancy Guthrie (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 4.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.23 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2004
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  141430126X  
EAN  9781414301266  

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Author Nancy Guthrie adds a Bible study on the book of Job to her critically acclaimed book for readers and groups that want to dig deeper into what the Bible says about dealing with suffering. The study guide section includes questions, commentary, and Scripture references. In Holding on to Hope, Nancy Guthrie shuns platitudes and easy answers and offers an uplifting perspective on suffering, not only for those experiencing monumental loss, but for anyone going through difficulty or failure. Through lessons drawn from the biblical story of Job and the experience of losing her infant daughter, Nancy gently challenges readers to embrace suffering as a means of discovering a more meaningful relationship with God.

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Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and at conferences worldwide. She and her husband, David, are the cohosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 10,000 churches nationwide and also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is also the host of Help Me Teach the Bible, a podcast of the Gospel Coalition.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don't Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

Randy Alcorn (MA, Multnomah University) is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries and a New York Times best-selling author of over fifty books. His books have sold over nine million copies and been translated into nearly seventy languages. Alcorn resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and five grandsons.

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God.

Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, which ministers to thousands of disabled people and their families through programs of practical encouragement and spiritual help. She is also an artist and the author of numerous best-selling books such as Joni; Heaven: Your Real Home; and When God Weeps.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary in California. In addition to being the author of many popular and academic books, he is also the editor in chief of Modern Reformation magazine, a host of the White Horse Inn radio broadcast, and a minister in the United Reformed Churches.

R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.

JOHN CALVIN (1509-1564) was perhaps the preeminent theologian of the Reformation. Known best for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he also wrote landmark expositions on most of the books in the Bible.

MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546) was professor of Bible at Wittenberg University, and this exposition of Galatians came out of his classroom. Undoubtedly the most powerful discussion of justification by faith prepared by any of the Reformers, this commentary on Galatians has had a profound impact on many through the centuries, including both John and Charles Wesley.

JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703-1758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death.

Known as the "theologian's theologian," JOHN OWEN (1616-1683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was an erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology.

B. B Warfield was professor of theology at Princeton Seminary from 1887 to 1921.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.

CHARLES H. SPURGEON (1834-1892) was an English Baptist pastor at New Park Street Chapel, London (which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle), for thirty-eight years. As the nineteenth century's most prolific preacher and writer, his ministry legacy continues today.

RICHARD BAXTER (1615-1691) was a leading English Puritan churchman, theologian, and writer. He authored nearly 170 works, including the 1,143-page Christian Directory, Methodus Theologiae Christianae, and Catholic Theology.

Nancy Guthrie currently resides in Nashville.

Nancy Guthrie has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Large Print Originals
  2. Focus on the Family Books
  3. Gospel Coalition
  4. One Year
  5. One Year Book
  6. One Year Books
  7. Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
More a bible study than a book  Feb 8, 2007
We had listened to her interview on Family LIfe Radio and were really touched by that. So I was a bit disappointed to not have more of that feeling. The Bible study looked fine.
Holding On to Hope  Jan 3, 2007
I have read and reread this book 5 times in the past 6 months. If you have lost a child and believe in God, this is a wonderful book.
Offering a Hand to Fellow Sufferers  Oct 29, 2006
Nancy Guthrie understands pain. In Holding on to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God, Guthrie leads readers through the dark abyss of pain into a place of hope and healing. In 1998, doctors diagnosed her newborn daughter, Hope, with Zellweger Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder that gave her less than six months to live. After Hope's death, Guthrie's husband had a vasectomy. Nevertheless, a year and a half later, she finds herself pregnant again. With only a 25 percent chance that this baby would be born with the disorder, Guthrie is hopeful. However, her hope is short-lived. Her son, Gabriel, also has Zellweger Syndrome and dies one day shy of six months.

With raw emotion and gut-wrenching honesty, Guthrie frames her story with the biblical book of Job, challenging readers to move beyond the question "Why?" Guthrie encourages readers to embrace their suffering. "Would you allow suffering to lead you to the very heart of God, a place where you can find the comfort and peace that you crave as well as the hope that has the power to transform your tomorrows?" She reminds readers that all suffering is meaningful. "If God has allowed suffering into your life, it is for a purpose. A good purpose. A holy purpose."

While claims like these might seem unbelievable, Guthrie's authenticity and genuineness throughout the book reveal that she did not reach her conclusions lightly. She has journeyed through the pain to the other side, where she has found hope. Eternal hope that is found in Christ alone. Through her pain, she extends her hand, inviting readers on a journey to the heart of God. "The truth is there is no comfort to be found away from God," she writes. Her painful experiences make her a trustworthy guide through the valley of suffering.

As someone who lives with the chronic pain and suffering wrought by Rheumatoid Arthritis, I appreciate Guthrie's conclusions, but even more so, her journey. She avoids trite sentimentality and pithy platitudes that attempt to cover raw, gaping wounds with a band-aid. Her book resonates with insights that come only through the furnace of affliction. Her words wrap their arms around you, offering warmth, comfort, and hope.

Guthrie is a writer with a lot to say. My only regret is that she failed to say more. While she addresses topics like tears and mourning and our tendency to blame God when we suffer, I would have liked a practical section added to her book, one that addresses the daily challenges those living with pain and suffering face, along with suggestions for how to navigate through the mundane daily chores we face during the healing process.

Guthrie's book is one of the best on this topic. Guthrie's bright faith shines through the dark clouds of adversity, offering warmth and light to those who journey with her on a pathway through suffering to the heart of God.
Amazing!  Apr 18, 2006
After our own daughter Madeline was born missing 1/2 her heart, my husband and I found ourselves thrown into a whole new world of children's hospitals, suffering and loss. And though our own little one is still with us we know that at any moment we may have to say good-bye. I found this book to be exceptional to hand out to other parents with sick children who are struggling with the path God has choosen for them. Her words are a blessing and a comfort and really hit home on how to deal with what life hands us. I would love to see this book in the library of every Ronald McDonald House!!!
A gentle and sensitive look at grief and grieving.  Mar 23, 2006
Since my 28 year old daughter died in an automobile crash I've been dealing with a tangle of emotions, fears, guilt and plain terror. This book puts all of that into the context of history (the universality of human suffering and loss) and hope (for our future with Jesus and our loved one in heaven). 'Why' - suffering? is not the issue. 'Why' shouldn't I suffer when millions have for thousands of years is a more realistic approach. This book helps to untangle everything that comes along with grief in a truly Biblical way.

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