author of Holding on to Hope
Having a child with a life threatening disease has changed my life. Over the past two years I have gone through so many mixed emotions while my daughter was going through so many changes herself. During this time she was diagnosed with a disease that has no cure and was attacking her body. When I saw the title of this book, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, I thought this was the book for me. Even though my daughter is here with me today, I felt a connection with the author, Nancy Guthrie, whom has lost two children. I felt this connection right from the beginning of the book where Nancy writes "The day came when I needed to hear the voice of Jesus in a way I had not heard it before. As I faced the heartbreak of losing my child, I needed to know that he understood the deep pain I was in. That's when I heard Jesus speak to me as the Man of Sorrow, as one who has suffered, as one who knows what it feels like to be crushed by grief to the point that it is squeezing the life out of you." In Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, Nancy shines a light on eleven statements Jesus made, mining them for meaning for those who hurt. She does a wonderful job making these statements understandable and meaningful. She pulls you closer to Jesus, which is what many people need during these difficult times. Although I was able to connect with the author and story because of having a child with an illness, I believe this book would be great for those going through many types of grief and sorrow. I remember sitting during Easter mass, just crying, not understanding the things God lets happen in our lives, some of the things that Nancy Guthrie discusses in this book. I have found some true understanding reading Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.