Nancy Guthrie told her heartrending story of loss in her bestselling title HOLDING ON TO HOPE 10 years ago. When she did, people everywhere stopped and took notice. Guthrie's infant daughter Hope and later infant son Gabriel were both born with the same metabolic disorder and neither survived. Guthrie's story was riveting and pivotal for many who were suffering and so mired in their pain they didn't have the mental reserves to work through the theological implications on their own.
Enter Nancy Guthrie, who with great care and gentle respect walked alongside fellow sufferers who, like her, had to wrestle with the sometimes seeming incongruence of what Scripture teaches about God's loving faithfulness and His sovereignty over all of creation. She helped men and women believe again in a loving, merciful God who is there for them, despite what circumstances may say otherwise. She offered pain-ridden folk substantive hope.
In HEARING JESUS SPEAK YOUR SORROW, Guthrie continues her spiritual conversation with readers as she now explores 10 different aspects of how Jesus speaks to individuals' pain. Christ followers will appreciate Guthrie's caring voice that speaks above the din of spiritual confusion and emotional distress. She illustrates with biblical truth how Jesus fully understands humanity's suffering because He came to earth as a man and suffered to the same depths as those who believe in Him as savior.
Using a comprehensive format, Guthrie encourages even the most wounded person to open their hearts and minds to the practical comforts Christ affords when we follow closely at His side. Christians will drink deeply of the truth that Jesus also has known overwhelming sorrow; has heard God tell Him no; is willing to heal man's deadliest disease; will keep His people safe; will give His followers purpose in their pain; will offer them a heart for forgiveness; will be absolutely enough for each person; He alone gives the life that cannot be taken away; and He is fully in control of both life and death. These amazingly uplifting and encouraging words directly from God's Word will have Christians re-evaluating what they say they believe. And equally important, how does knowing and believing these spiritual principles affect their lives day by day and hour by hour?
Guthrie offers many self-revealing personal stories that will also draw people out of themselves and closer to Christ. At the close of each chapter, Guthrie has composed a beautifully written prayer titled "Hear Jesus Speak," and as readers contemplate each message, they will find themselves imbedding each tremendous facet of Jesus' love deep within their hearts and minds. At such a time when countless individuals are barely escaping personal and corporate despair, Guthrie's challenge to take hold of Christ's message of hope and comfort is most certainly a welcome one.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on November 13, 2011