So what do you do after the hurricane hits?
It’s a worthy question to ask. Because grief rocks everyone’s world, eventually. None of us gets out unscathed. (We just prefer to presume we might.)
The question becomes: how do you find hope again, in life after loss?
One unexpected gift of the past year was the chance to tackle grief and loss head-on. When my editor at Little Rock Scripture Study asked if I’d want to write again, I jumped at the chance.
I wanted to stare Scripture straight in the face and ask how it could help me make sense of what happened to me—what happens to all of us.
In this new short study, I wanted to do three things. Cross-examine common sayings that Christians pull out when someone is struggling. Understand what Jesus’ own suffering means for us. Look for a way forward that is true (and anything but trite).
So here it is: Dashed Hopes: When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart.
It’s for small groups or personal reflection. It aims to speak to common struggles: divorce, job loss, illness, grief, broken relationships, infertility—however our hopes have been crushed by what happened to us.
Prayer is a struggle to understand these days. But Scripture is the lifesaver that’s keeping me afloat. Stay close to the stories, I once heard. It’s still the truth.
My hope is that Dashed Hopes will shine new light on stories that might give others hope, too. It’s a short study, looking at three Scripture texts, but it gives new perspectives on familiar passages.
You all continue to be a source of comfort and encouragement when I need it most. You’ve helped me to build up my own hope again.
So if you’d like to win a copy of Dashed Hopes, simply leave a comment below. Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Wednesday, Sept. 27th. The winner will be announced below on Thursday, Sept. 28th.
(And if you end up using the book with a small group, please let me know – I’ve loved hearing from churches that are starting to use it!)
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