Troubles. Pain. Heartache. Doubt. Darkness. We all face these situations, yet we never want to admit it. The closest members of our family might be in on the secret. The smiling faces and waiting handshakes at church rarely know.
And God … Well, we think God should know, and yet we wonder why He feels so absent. As tragedy unfolds in our lives He seems disinterested, living and operating far from where we hurt and struggle. Sometimes we push Him so far out of our lives that when we start to look for God He is not easily found.
Finding God in the Dark is written from these two standpoints. God seems or is distant, absent, unaware of or unmoving in our lives. How do we trust in Him during the difficult times? How do we point our lives back to Him when we have put ourselves in the way?
Authors Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin open the reader to their very personal stories in a wide-open manner that draws you in. We have been trained to wait for victory at the end of stories like these, but it is not always there, at least not as we would expect.
As interesting as both of their stories are, the book feels a little disconnected as it jumps from author to author. In most books where there are multiple authors there is still continuity in voice and tone. This book lacks that continuity.
It almost feels like the two authors worked on two different projects that were spliced together to create the one book. While each author seeks God in the dark, the process is different because of the differences in each personal situation. And yet this is also an asset because while you and I each face variations of the same problems, finding God is our answer. To this end we are given some very concrete information about finding God.
We are also given hope. The point of this book is that God is there while we struggle and question. He never leaves us, though we have a tendency to misplace Him. Rather than give up and walk away from God in those dark days and nights, we must press in harder and cry out louder. We can trust in His great love for us and the purposes He has for our lives, for He will never leave us to defeat.
Finding God in the Dark has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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