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“It is utterly crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him.”
Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of sin, satanic assault, distressing circumstances, or hereditary and other physical causes. In When the Darkness Will Not Lift, John Piper aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness.
Readers will gain insight into the physical side of depression and spiritual darkness, what it means to wait on the Lord in a time of darkness, how unconfessed sin can clog our joy, and how to minister to others who are living without light. Piper uses real-life examples and sensitive narrative to show readers abundant reason to hope that God will pull them out of the pit of despair and into the light once again.
Christians are not exempt from times of difficulty, and often times God seems distant. But why would God allow one of His beloved to plummet so far into darkness that escape seems impossible?
For anyone who has ever been through periods of darkness, this small book will help make sense of the struggles. Coming out of a time where I wrestled with the darkness to a point where I even questioned whether or not God loved me, this book helped me to sort out the struggles in my heart.
The fact of the matter is that God is faithful, and we can rest assured in Him. Although this book offers no solution or advice on dealling with the pain often accompanied by such difficult times in life, it will help bring light to the darkness.
Reviewed by W. Tyler Mounce