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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Publisher's Summary

As featured on the Jesus Calling podcast, Relevant podcast, Catalyst podcast, and The Alli Worthington Show podcast with Alli Worthington.

“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. 

Hope in the Dark is also available in Spanish: Esperanza en la Oscuridad.

©2018 Craig Groeschel (P)2018 Zondervan

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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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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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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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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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  • 08-22-18

WOW! Simply wow!

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

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God is good all the time!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's based on one of my favourite passages in the Bible. Craig reminds us that God is good and has our best interest at heart at all times, no matter what the circumstances.

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Must Read!!

This book is for everyone. No matter where you are on your journey through life, or walk with God. This book will teach you so much about God and how to maneuver through life’s challenges.

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Wow

This may be the best book for anyone who has questioned their belief in God, questioned His existence, or had their faith challenged. I’ll definitely be reading this (sorry, listening to this) again. Thank you to Pastor Groeschel for the amazing story! Great narration by Van Tracy!

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Deep, meaningful, encouraging, when life gives you lemons book

Just finished this book on Audible all I can say is wow! So many good examples of struggles, people with difficulties in life, choices and how they handle the outcome. This book deals with reality its no 30 minute sitcom with a happy ending for all, as the author explains, its about life, its about hope and making the best of the worst. Understanding sometimes we don’t know best God our Father does. As a long time illness sufferer I found this book helpful I also happen to align my thought process with the author and this book has given me a stronger resolution to cling further to my faith. I strongly recommend it, at the beginning of the book there was a warning about the book being hard to handle for some people, it was at times for me it was sad but nothing I could not listen too.

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very moving and thought provoking

Loved it. Emotionally connects with every situation of difficulty or trial. I would recommend it to anyone hurting or hurt by life.

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  • 08-08-20

Embrace God's Word

Challenging and fantastic book! It helps you to grow closer to God even though trials and inconveniences.
Never stop believing and embrace that God is still good!

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  • Obadiah Mwangi
  • 10-05-19

Great book

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

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  • leo
  • 11-08-18

Wow!

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

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  • Angela
  • 03-06-19

GOD PUT THIS BOOK ON MY HEART TO HELP A FRIEND!

God put this book on my heart...As soon as I saw it ...God spoke to me and said that would be a good book to give Mark.

First of all, I want to say that Craig, the author of " Hope in the Dark" sells himself rather short...Let me explain...he starts off by saying that his book is not for everyone, that it was written for everyday Christians that are struggling because of some terrible tragedy or loss that has shaken their faith to the core. Craig goes on to say that if you are a person who is steadfast in your faith then this book is probably not for you!

As my faith was solid, according to what Craig had said, I felt I would probably not get anything out of it, however, I wanted to listen to it anyway as this book was intended for a friend, I wanted to see if it would help to answer some of the hard questions that he has asked me in the hope that it would turn him in the right direction toward God!

Ok so now that I have listened to the whole book I can honestly say ...WELL CRAIG WAS WRONG!... THIS BOOK IS FOR EVERYONE! This book will touch you deeply and answer many of the hard questions that every day people ask, Christians or non-Christians alike. I related to so many parts of this book... I agreed...I disagreed...I smiled, laughed and wept listening to the profound and wise words that glued me to my seat. intently listening, not wanting to do anything else but listen until it was finished.

Graig also warns you that this book, unlike his others, is void of humor...WRONG AGAIN CRAIG!! I chuckled to myself quite often! I think it has just the right amount of humor.

As I listened I became excited, thinking that this is just what my friend Mark needed and God was right to put this on my heart for Mark. Yes God Put this book on my Heart to help strengthen Mark's faith, but it helped me so much more than I ever thought possible and will use it as a tool to help others! GOD KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR US...HE IS A JUST AND MERCIFUL GOD AND WILL NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE US! GOD LOVES US ALL MORE THAN WE WILL EVER REALIZE... GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-18

A challenge in difficult times but worth it.

I found this book very helpful. It doesn't solve your problems, but it does help you face the inevitable challenges that will come in life (if you come from a Christian standpoint)
Craig is real, honest and forthright, using habakuk to illustrate faith based resilience.