Hope When It Hurts

Biblical reflections to help you grasp God's purpose in your suffering

Thirty biblical meditations inviting women to see how God is caring for them, growing them, and even using them, in times of suffering.

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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 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.

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Contents

  • Intro
  • 1. The Gospel Makes a Difference
  • 2. Christ’s Power in our Weakness
  • 3. Affliction and Hardship
  • 4. Anxiety and Worry
  • 5. Pain is Real
  • 6. Peace amidst Confusion
  • 7. The Detours of Life
  • 8. When God seems Silent
  • 9. The not-surprise of Persecution
  • 10. The Opportunity of Suffering
  • 11. Coming to the End of Yourself
  • 12. An Alternative to Numbness
  • 13. He Suffered too
  • 14. What is in the Heart
  • 15. Comfort
  • 16. Joy
  • 17. Freedom
  • 18. Patience
  • 19. Contentment
  • 20. This is not All There is
  • 21. Momentary
  • 22. Your Earthly Home
  • 23. Your Heavenly Body
  • 24. You are Not Alone and you are Not Unloved
  • 25. God is Faithful
  • 26. On Feeling Angry and Bitter
  • 27. Pour out your Heart
  • 28. Walk by Faith
  • 29. God is at Work
  • 30. You will See His Face

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Author Kristen Wetherell, Sarah Walton
ISBN 9781784980733
Format Hardback
First published 2017
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm
Language US English
Pages 256
Publisher The Good Book Company
Commendations

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

It’s great to have a book written by people who know protracted suffering and are still in the thick of it, which shows us how to apply the gospel to our suffering so that we can persevere and also grow through it. Honest but not self-focused, the authors faithfully explain and direct us to Scripture throughout,give us words to pray based on Scripture, and encourage further reflection on biblical truth. This will be an invaluable resource to those in the midst of suffering and to those who seek to support and encourage them. I thoroughly recommend it.

Barbara Sherwood

London Women's Convention Committee member

If you are in the midst of suffering, or someday will be (and that means us all) you will do well to read this book. I found myself moved, reflected, and re-engaged with the truth of the gospel in the context of my own suffering—and then elevated out of it to focus on what is truly important: Christ, the gospel, eternity, and pleasing him. The whole book is full of empathy, a “coming-alongside” tone, and insight for your soul.

Josh Moody

Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton; author of 7 Days to Change Your Life

Independent reviews

"So many words to encourage my aching heart"

Ruth Clemence, The Mustard Seed, March 28th 2017

As I turned the pages of the book I thought ‘Yes! They really get suffering…’ They ‘get’ suffering because both the authors ‘are’ suffering. Present tense. They are writing it in the storm.... continue reading

Customer reviews

“Nourishing”

What a wonderful encouragement to all who are in suffering, have known suffering, or someone they love is suffering. Page after page the book points the reader to the Bible, to Christ- our one true HOPE when it hurts. Sarah & Kristen have filled these pages as part of their own outcry to the Lord and it is evident and comforting in the ways in which they share vulnerably and authentically. Pain wants to push us to be more self-centered. The cross necessitates us to be Christ-centered. This beautiful truth is impressed upon the reader throughout each chapter. I would recommend this as a gift to many as it's format is very approachable and content needed for all.


28/03/2017

“Great read!”

We've all been through pain, we've all suffered. Sometimes we feel hopeless and lost. Kristen & Sarah know that pain. In Hope When it Hurts they take us through Biblical truths that shows us that God is right there with us and can use our pain for His glory. They share their own personal stories, Scripture, and questions to get you thinking. Hope When it Hurts is a great book and makes a great gift to someone going through a tough season.


28/03/2017

“Gospel-Centered Perspective on Suffering”

I love any book that starts with the Gospel. Especially a book written to shepherd and encourage you through pain.

“To suffer well, you will need the gospel.”

This is the opening line in the book, “Hope When it Hurts” by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton.

The gospel: the very starting place for understanding and enduring all of life. This is a book written about pain, in the midst of pain. It is 30 short chapters, full of gospel-centered truth that meets real pain and suffering.

In my own suffering, I have found it is not a matter of God changing my circumstances, but God changing my perspective. I struggle with the expectations of the life I had planned, the life I wanted, the life I think is best when God is redirecting my plans for His will. So much of my pain and suffering comes from the life I had planned as opposed to surrendering and submitting to the life He has planned, prepared, and purposed for me on earth and in heaven.

Kristen and Sarah have written beautifully through their own journeys of chronic pain and suffering, and how to look to the Cross in the midst of trials, pain, and the unknown. They've led us through scripture and story to show us how to change our perspective in suffering and look to the Cross. I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of this book if you find yourself in the depths of pain and suffering. They will guide to the One True Refuge and Source of joy and contentment: Jesus.


28/03/2017

“Leads to Praise!”

In Hope When It Hurts, by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton, the good news of Jesus Christ is precisely and pointedly applied as balm to our suffering. From the very first chapter, their thesis is clear:

“What I need, and you need, is the truth about Jesus Christ, because our suffering only makes sense and we only retain any hope when we look at ourselves through a gospel lens.”

Never offering pat answers or platitudes, Hope When It Hurts proceeds to offer the framework of a gospel perspective on suffering. A reality check on pride’s role in our response to suffering stretches readers to shift their eyes to the only real hope we have and the only real purpose we live for (hint: it’s not our comfort or convenience.) Several chapters address the opportunities afforded to us by our suffering.

Unlike messages staking our hope in optimism for changing circumstances or everything working out for the better, Hope When It Hurts stakes everything on God. In short, easy-to-read, but in-depth chapters, the authors highlight practically why we:

Have hope
Don’t have to be shaken
Can persevere
Take heart in suffering
Are freed from agonizing over making sense of pain
Worship God in everything and anything

Although atypical and unexpected for a book on suffering, this message carries the broken to worship and eases the hurting into praise.

As much a devotional as a book of reflections on suffering and Gospel hope, Hope When It Hurts renews and refreshes believers. Instead of saying "it'll get better," readers are reminded of what already is better: the true, joyous, incredible hope we have despite our often-unchanging, hopeless suffering.

<This review was provided in exchange for a free preview copy of Hope When It Hurts.>


24/03/2017

“Encouragement for the long suffering”

We’ve been in a hard time with a lot of hurts recently and hope is something that is great to have guidance on.

Authors Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walts have written 30 biblical reflections designed to remind you that there is hope in the middle of a hard life circumstance. They know what they are speaking about. Both women suffer from Lymes disease which, has not only caused their own bodies to fail them at times, but has also lead to family challenges.

“We wrote this book for you, to point you to hope, because there’s more to our suffering than meets the eye. This book is about the God who offers hope, even joy, in suffering. It’s a journey through 2 Corinthians 4 and 5, where we see that God wants to give us hope not just beyond our hurts but in our hurts; that he wants us to see how he is able to work in and through suffering and ultimately give us himself.”

The chapters include personal stories, scripture, and questions to journal responses to. The chapters include insightful explanations about the passages. I think the think I love the most is that the book in concentrated on a specific section of scripture.

You don’t have to take my word for how insightful and encouraging the message is in Hope When it Hurts!


22/03/2017

“A Very Good Read!”

This is a book about 2 young Christian women that God used to teach and remind me of important gospel truths about suffering. Kristen & Sarah speak candidly about their struggles stemming from Lyme Disease, how these struggles put pressure on their faith, and how they practice applying the gospel to the "right now!" Practical and inspiring!


17/03/2017

“This read left a rich mark of grace on my heart.”

In reading Tony Reinke's book, "Newton on the Christian Life", these words took me right back to what I believe is heart of the message Sarah and Kristen are offering;"some Christians are called to endure a disproportionate amount of suffering. Such Christians are a spectacle of grace in the church, like flaming bushes unconsumed, and cause us to ask, like Moses: "Why is the bush not burned?" The strength and stability of these believers can be only explained by the miracle of God's sustaining grace." The pain and suffering experienced by these young ladies is casting a bright light of gospel grace that will help others may find their way on the difficult path they may be called to follow. If you are suffering, you'll know they understand, and will help you find the sustaining grace they have.


13/03/2017

“Biblical based encouragement”

This book is such an encouragement to those who are suffering, and even those who are not! The book has short easy to read chapters full of biblical based teaching on living a God-filled life amidst pain. Kristen and Sarah encourage readers by opening their own stories and struggles with pain, and pointing the reader toward Christ, who has experienced all of it before us. The book points the reader to rest in Gods loving arms, be comforted by Him, and know you are not alone. God works all things out for His good and our glory and the earth is not our home; Heaven awaits us at the end of this road, and through suffering and seeking His face, He may say Well done good and faithful servant.


13/03/2017

“Biblical based encouragement”

This book is such an encouragement to those who are suffering, and even those who are not! The book has short easy to read chapters full of biblical based teaching on living a God-filled life amidst pain. Kristen and Sarah encourage readers by opening their own stories and struggles with pain, and pointing the reader toward Christ, who has experienced all of it before us. The book points the reader to rest in Gods loving arms, be comforted by Him, and know you are not alone. God works all things out for His good and our glory and the earth is not our home; Heaven awaits us at the end of this road, and through suffering and seeking His face, He may say Well done good and faithful servant.


13/03/2017

“You'll Return to It Again and Again...”

This book will touch you no matter what your season of life. Kristen & Sarah have crafted it with such a Biblical basis, drawing others to Christ through the use of Scripture and their own personal battles. You WILL relate to this book in one way or another... and you will gather the armor that you need to face trials that come with great strength through its pages. This will be my go-to book to purchase for friends this year. Perfect for personal devotion time.


12/03/2017

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