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Holding onto Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God Hardcover – 1 Jan 2003

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (1 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185424616X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854246165
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I considered this book for a friend who has gone through the loss of a newborn but decided in the end that Guthrie's book didn't quite hit the right note. This book is sound; this book is honest. But I completely agree with one reviewer (maybe on the .com site) that the author writes as someone well beyond their original pain. Occasionally one catches a glimpse of Guthrie's original rawness and depth of pain, but the book quickly shifts back to a "So how did Job do it?" aire. For someone in the throes of grief, how can this minister or empathize? I found this book too clinical, too cold.

Along the same lines, this book would have been so much stronger if it hadn't tried to be "all things to all grievers". There are recurrent nods to other "loss" issues (e.g. financial, marital, and death generally). If I was grieving the loss a child, I would find these references not just distracting and annoying, but in a way actually undermining my own unique grief. I can only imagine that the decision to go that route had more to do with the publisher than the author. Unfortunately this and the other "clinical" issue I mentioned above takes all the passion and power out of what no doubt is or was an affective story and testimony.
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For anyone who is suffering pain or loss and trying to make sense of it in relationship to God, this book contains some of the most profound insights into the book of Job. Written out of her own experience, Nancy Guthrie brings a moving account of her own journey through the loss of 2 children and the on-going pain that she and her family experience. As we read it we were continually encouraged and challenged to seek God in our present sufferings and see life from His glorious perspective rather than our own hardship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read 5 Feb. 2014
By Hope Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book after the sudden death of a dear friend. It helped me through a very dark time and helped me see faith and growing with god from a different angle. Loved this book! Bought as Christmas gifts as well!
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing through Grief book 12 Mar. 2010
By Eunice M. Fennig - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has been a tremendous help to my class on Grief. It is written from the perspective of one who has experienced grief and learned how to grow from it. I would recommend it highly.
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