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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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“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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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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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.

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  • Rich Thornton
  • 24-08-2018

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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  • Charlotte
  • 08-09-2018

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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  • Kyle Ross
  • 29-08-2018

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.
  • 25-08-2018

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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  • M
  • 22-08-2018

WOW! Simply wow!

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-2019

life changing

I was In the valley after this book I know there is hope and God has a better understanding of me and me of him. Lord I thank you for putting this book in my life and I am forever grateful you have changed my life. Thank you for pulling me out the valley lord thank you

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  • Charlie
  • 31-10-2019

Help my unbelief.....

what an interesting story the value of the story comes from the perspective of the authors impending struggle in his own family and to be able to read a story like this while enduring such a struggle adds a depth that cannot be manufactured...

so many times through the reading of this book I let my mouth say

"that's easy for you to say"

and by God's grace nobody was around to hear my stupidity as I hung my head in shame realizing it was not easy to say it's not even easy to pretend to say it's much harder to live....


The take away from this book for me is not only is God okay with your doubts your frustrations your anger what do you expect to hear it as well...

the struggle in the church for the congregants is classic Christianity forbids questioning God because an organized structured religion that also means questioning Spiritual Authority....


many many of us have read where David expressed his struggles and his doubts we know Moses struggled and doubted we know all these stories about the struggles in the doubts but we know them as isolated Standalone moments so when the question gets asked who in this room is ever doubted God when it's written to the people in scripture more hands are raised than anybody would perceive until they've read this book...

hit my walk I have watched many men in Spiritual Authority over congregations Lives experience the same reality as everybody else in the church there needs to be a stronger message that the man behind the pulpit is no different than the man in front of the pulpit although we should consider them to be at a higher level of whatever it is we should also understand that their struggles are potentially worse than ours because of the expectations of the ones that they should rely on...

Awesome books and I hope your daughter is doing better...

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  • cedric white
  • 07-08-2019

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
  • 05-08-2019

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
  • 23-06-2019

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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  • Obadiah Mwangi
  • 05-10-2019

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
  • 08-11-2018

Wow!

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