- xiii Introduction
- Chapter 1: Hear Jesus Saying, I, Too, Have Known Overwhelming Sorrow (matthew 26:38) Jesus understands the crushing weight and agonizing loneliness of grief.
- Chapter 2: Hear Jesus Saying, I, Too, Have Heard God Tell Me No (matthew 26:39) Jesus shows us what to do when God doesn’t give us what we want.
- Chapter 3: Hear Jesus Saying, I Am Willing to Heal Your Deadliest Disease (mark 1:41) Jesus knows what we need most of all.
- Chapter 4: Hear Jesus Saying, I Will Save You from Yourself (matthew 16:23) Jesus saves us from a wasted life of always trying to get our own way.
- Chapter 5: Hear Jesus Saying, I Will Keep You Safe (matthew 10:28) Jesus protects us from eternal harm.
- Chapter 6: Hear Jesus Saying, I Have a Purpose in Your Pain (john 9:3) Jesus gives us insight when we ask, “Why?”
- Chapter 7: Hear Jesus Saying, I Will Give You a Heart for Forgiveness (mark 11:25) Jesus empowers us to forgive people who don’t deserve it.
- Chapter 8: Hear Jesus Saying, I Am Enough for You (2 corinthians 12:9) Jesus provides what we need when we need it.
- Chapter 9: Hear Jesus Saying, I Am Giving Life to Those Who Believe in Me (john 11:25-26) Jesus asks us to believe that death is not the end of life.
- Chapter 10: Hear Jesus Saying, I Am in Controlof Your Life and Your Death (revelation 1:17-18) Jesus soothes our fear of death.
- Conclusion: Hear Jesus Saying, I Will Give You Rest (matthew 11:28) Jesus opens his arms to us.
- Discussion Guide
Life can knock the wind out of you, taking with it your confidence in God. Or at least who you thought he was. Perhaps this explains why those who survive heart-breaking tragedy with their hope intact, and their faith expanded, have the power to inspire us. We want to hear from those people, we want to learn what they've learned. This may be why so many people love hearing from Nancy Guthrie. In burying two of her three children, Nancy has endured the kind of loss most of us hope we never have to face. Yet her hope has not dimmed, and her easy laugh has not disappeared.
Those who have watched Nancy and David Guthrie walk through the loss of two infant children, and the millions who have read their story worldwide in TIME Magazine and USA Today, have wondered at their ability to emerge from such sorrow with joy for life and passion for God. In reality, this deep place of pain caused Nancy to dig into the scriptures like she never had before, looking for answers to her questions and a deeper relationship to God. She offered many of the lessons she learned from this sorrowful experience in her 2002 book, Holding On to Hope: A Pathway of Suffering to the Heart of God (Tyndale House Publishers) which has helped thousands of people pursue God in the midst of their suffering. She regularly hears from readers book from all around the world who have been touched by the as the book as it has been translated into numerous languages including Spanish, Portuguese, German, Danish, Norwegian, Korean and Chinese.
Nancy has also written The One Year Book of Hope (also Tyndale), a daily devotional for people who are hurting or grieving, When Your Family's Lost a Loved One (with her husband, David), Hoping for Something Better (a study of the book of Hebrews) and Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow. The Guthries have seen God continue to use their loss to minister to other people going through loss in a variety of ways, including serving as co-hosts for a new production of the GriefShare video series. GriefShare is a 13-week video curriculum series that is used to facilitate weekly grief groups in more than 6,000 churches nationwide.
Nancy speaks regularly at women's retreats and evangelistic events nationally and internationally including recent events at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Second Baptist Church of Houston, a Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Conference, and a women's conference in Scotland. Nancy has worked in the Christian publishing industry for over twenty years as a publicist and special project editor. She currently handles media relations for CBA: The Association for Christian Retailers.
Nancy and her husband, David, and son, Matt, make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, where they attend Christ Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in AmericaEndorsements:
“Nancy Guthrie writes with the realism and perspective of one who has been refined in the cauldron of life’s tragedies. She does not offer up a panacea but the peace that comes from hearing Jesus speak into our sorrows.”--Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast
“Nancy’s style is straightforward, raw, and yet full of faith. This is a book I’ll refer to and recommend often to those struggling with unanswered questions about suffering.”--Kay Warren, executive director of the HIV/AIDS Initiative, Saddleback Church
“This is no theoretical treatise but a compelling book hammered out on the anvil of a mom’s heart.”--Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife and host of FamilyLife Today
“The Word of God has the answers, and that is exactly where Nancy Guthrie, a woman acquainted with sorrow, takes us. If you will let Nancy take you by the hand, lead you where she has been, share with you truth that never changes, and cry, ‘Heal me, O Lord’ (Jeremiah 17:14), you will find yourself hearing Jesus speak into your sorrow . . . and there you will find healing.”--Kay Arthur, co-CEO of Precept Ministries International
The book is a valuable and helpful asset for those dealing with lose. Having never read a book dealing with grief or mourning I did not anticipate that this book would be difficult for me to read. This has been a difficult book for me, not because of the book it's self, but because of losing my Daddy. Due to this difficulty I feel that I can not give an adequate assessment at this time. This review will be updated as I read the book.