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“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.

©2018 Craig Groeschel (P)2018 Zondervan

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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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WOW! Simply wow!

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

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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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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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So practical...so real

I appreciate that Craig had the courage to say out loud the real struggle being in a valley can be as a Jesus follower. The idea of wrestling AND embracing is life changing for me!!! Thank you Craig for your honesty and transparency!!

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The<br />Struggle is real

This book is a wonderful reminder that the struggle is real and God is there to walk by our sides every step of the way! A good uplifting read for anyone going through hard times!

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doubt all you want but always have hope

I've been through the valley and this would have been amazing to read during that time! if you're feeling darkness creeping in, listen to this book. It will help restore your faith and validate your feelings. And I hope you see the mountain top soon!

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Anyone struggling, with anything, needs this book!

This book opened my eyes to that, as a Christian, that is ok to “wrestle” with my faith. God can handle it and I don’t have to feel guilty about it. It’s actually a normal part of our Christian faith and walk. Through these struggles/wrestlings, and my sheer wanting to believe, I have grown and will continue to grow closer to God especially in my valleys.
Thank you, Pastor Craig, for this book. I believe it will help many people like myself!

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Just what I needed.

Just the book to encourage you in a hard time. Real, raw and transparent. Thank you Craig!

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Perfect book for bad days.

This book was exactly what I needed. I'm so grateful. Dealing with some depression and this book really helped me. I couldn't stop listening to it. Highly recommend if you're going through a hard time.