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Hope in the Dark

Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not
Narrated by: Van Tracy
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

“I want to believe, I want to have hope, but...” Pastor and best-selling author Craig Groeschel hears these words often and has asked them himself. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes it’s the hurt that shouts the loudest. Can God be good when life is not?

In Hope in the Dark, Groeschel explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” In the man’s sincere plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man’s battle-scarred heart. He healed not only the boy but the father, too, driving out the hopelessness that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today.

As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the current health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain: “Where was God when I was being abused?” “Why was my child born with a disability?” “Why did the cancer come back?” “Why are all my friends married and I’m alone?” He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief.

In the middle of your profound pain, you long for authentic words of understanding and hope. You long to know that even in overwhelming reality, you can still believe that God is good. Rediscover a faith in the character, power, and presence of God. Even in the questions. Even now.

Reflection questions are available through the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Craig Groeschel (P)2018 Zondervan

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Great book

Great lessons from the Bible brought out in form of real life stories that I can relate with.

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This book has literally changed the direction of my life and restored my hope in God.

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  • Rich Thornton
  • 24-08-18

Hope filled!

So many times we lose hope and wonder where God is in all that is going on. Craig compassionately communicates that we can hope in God regardless of what happens. But he doesn't say that flippantly but as one who has and is living through difficult times. The reader also expresses that very well in the telling of this hopeful book.

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  • Kyle Ross
  • 29-08-18

A much needed read.

I am at a point in my life where i'm in a valley. This has helped me strengthen my life with the lord. It's not a easy listen, but it will help you if you're struggling.

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  • Ariah W.
  • 25-08-18

Heart Wrenching

I am so glad I pre ordered this is exactly what I needed to hear and live in my current struggles. Wonderfully narrated.

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  • Charlotte
  • 08-09-18

An Incredible Must Read! A Very Insightful Picture Regarding Pain and the Presence of God

This is the first time anyone has put into words all of the feelings of my life for these past nine years. I am awestruck. After: debilitating migraines: my teen daughter being diagnosed with leukemia: then my daughter’s diagnosis with necrosis in every major bone of her extremities: after realizing that she now has to spend much of her life in a wheelchair: her chronic pain: my chronic pain: trying to financially pay for all of the medical care: wondering if we’ll ever recover financially and emotionally: with our children now starting to enter college with debt, which I am incredibly against, and it wasn’t the plan: knowing that only God can be our provider: watching Him work: seeing His faithfulness: knowing that healing is not always the plan: trying to help other Christians realize that God has spoken and the pain, at least for now is going to stay: my daughter studying to be a doctor even though her brain doesn’t work as quickly as it used to, she hurts, she works so hard and sometimes it’s through tears, all of this and more. God remains faithful through the circumstances. Everyone should read this book. Christians who want to minister to those who are hurting, in particular need to read the book. People, Christians or not, looking for hope need to read the book. God really gave some amazing insight to our world and possibly to yours through this book. Don’t be fake, wrestle, but embrace. Remember what God’s done in the past. I am so glad these words have been written to help not only my family, but all of those who don’t understand why God would allow such pain without relief.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-18

WOW! Simply wow!

This book spoke to me on so any levels! It is truly amazing! I definitely recommend this!

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  • cedric white
  • 07-08-19

Powerful.

I enjoyed this book. Very thorough and easy to understand and relate to. I'll definitely listen again.

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  • K. Wilson
  • 05-08-19

Amazing read for anyone struggling with hope!

Brings so much to light and to the forefront of struggling with faith. Seeing the struggle clearly and understanding everyone gets there is so important, and from there how to move through the dark towards hope again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-19

Worth the read

This book was so helpful with me dealing with my sons diagnosis. It’s hard not to have questions and struggle when you’re in the valley but this book was helpful.

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  • Debra A Cate
  • 27-05-19

Such Powerful Ideas

We have all doubted God’s goodness when things go terribly wrong. And we usually feel guilty for doubting His goodness, like we should just “stuff” our hurt. Craig Groschel addresses this problem very well.
This reader does a great job.

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  • Christi
  • 02-05-19

Wonderful!

Absolutely loved it! This book spoke directly to my soul in an answer to manu prayers of trying to deal with turbulence in life.