- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House (1 Nov. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414312962
- ISBN-13: 978-1414312965
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.6 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Holding On to Hope PB Paperback – 1 Nov 2006
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Framing her own story of staggering loss and soaring hope with the biblical story of Job, Nancy Guth....
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Before giving it to my niece however, I decided to read it myself to make sure it was appropriate and that it conveyed what I believe and feel. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop and I read it all the way through.
I have just mailed the copy I bought yesterday to my niece and I have just ordered three more copies from Amazon. One is for myself, which I plan to read again and then lend out to family and friends, and two are to have available as gifts.
While reading this book will be of comfort to anyone experiencing a tragedy in their life, it can be very helpful to friends and family members of this person as well. So many times we want to be there for someone in pain, but we are afraid to upset them even more by either saying or doing the wrong thing. Since this book is written from the perspective of someone who has survived a tragic loss in their life, the reader gains insight into what the author found to be the most comforting and the most hurtful things said and done by others during her grieving period.
Therefore I highly recommend this book not only to anyone who may be experiencing a tragic loss in their life, but also to the friends and loved ones of such a person.
In telling their story of the death of two of their children (primarily written about their daughter, Hope), Guthrie draws from the book of Job in the Bible and Job's reaction to his suffering, loss, and healing.
Her style is down to earth and honest. Her faith is strengthened rather than weakened through her loss. She directs her writing to any one who has suffered a loss....of a marriage, a job, a dream, a diagnosis that is not wanted, or, like the Guthries, the loss of someone dear. How appropriate that her daughter's name (given before they knew of the child's condition) is Hope. Guthrie and her husband hold on to a divine hope as they let go of their tiny daughter. Nancy Guthrie makes no quick-fix, easy answer promises to pain and loss. She very openly stands on her faith in God and focuses on His purposes rather than man's purposes. Through her writing shines an incredible treasure about the joy of life in spite of sadness and pain in life.
This is a book that is a short one, but it is one that likely to be read more than once. Its truths are solid. This is a book to be shared.