Desperate for Hope (Book Review)

Bruce and Shadia at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference 2016

A number of years ago, I was greatly blessed to meet pastor and author Bruce Martin when I attended my very first Christian writers conference at Mount Hermon. His spirited and magnetic personality – especially among us introverted writer-types – is both rare and refreshing.

When I attended the conference again last Spring, I was thrilled to see him and learn of his new book, Desperate for Hope, where Bruce shares with raw, unabashed emotion a series of life-shattering events that nearly sent him over the edge – causing him to question even his faith and calling. As a husband and father, Bruce vividly retells his agonizing story of infertility, failed adoptions, and broken dreams – each pain and loss seemingly more desperate than the last, while simultaneously imploring his readers not to give up on God.

In his book, Bruce pauses to recount the Old Testament story of Job and the terrible suffering Job endured. Bruce writes, “God bet the farm on Job because he believed in him … In the same way, God believes in you and me! … God is preparing us for greatness. As a result, he is far more intent on perfecting us through storms than on protecting us from storms. And we will prevail. God believes in us!” (emphasis mine)

This book will capture readers’ hearts from the first page to the last. As Bruce confesses his struggle with the injustices of this world and wrestles with the violent price God’s Son paid in order to open the door of heaven to us, he writes, “The only reason we have a home in heaven is because God is unfair. …I’ve decided I don’t want fair. I want grace.”

I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with the age-old question of suffering.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

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