Hope When It Hurts


Suffering is real. But so is hope.

Life hurts. We’re no strangers to this fact. It’s why we wrote this book. And not simply because life hurts, but because there’s hope even when it does.

Sarah and I have walked through, and are walking in, difficult times. So these thirty biblical reflections are full of realism about the hurts of life—yet overwhelmingly full of hope about the God who gives life.


We wrote this book for you, to point you to hope, because there’s more to our suffering than meets the eye. This book is about the God who offers hope, even joy, in suffering. It’s a journey through 2 Corinthians 4 and 5, where we see that God wants to give us hope not just beyond our hurts but in our hurts; that he wants us to see how he is able to work in and through suffering and ultimately give us himself.

With a foreword by Nancy Guthrie, Hope When It Hurts contains a biblical reflection for each chapter, along with questions, prayers, and a space for journaling.

We pray this book greatly helps you, as you cling to the God of all hope.

Kristen & Sarah

The Story of Hope When It Hurts

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nancy-guthrieWe want to hear from those who have walked, and perhaps continue to walk, in dark valleys, yet have found Christ to be a light to them, the Spirit a comfort to them, the Father taking care of them. That’s what makes Kristen and Sarah such good guides for those who hurt.Nancy Guthrie, author of What Grieving People Wish You Knew and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow; Bible teacher

nancy-wolgemuthI had not finished reading the introduction to this book before I was making a mental list of friends that I knew would find it a balm to their weary hearts. Kristen and Sarah minister to fellow travelers on the road of suffering, out of the resources they have received on their journey, from the God of all comfort, grace, and hope.—Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; host/teacher of Revive Our Hearts 

dave-furmanKristen and Sarah have suffered immensely, but both of them know that our only hope is found in Jesus. In this wonderful book, they have labored to encourage our souls with the gospel, give us space to grieve our loss, and turn to the only source of real hope.—Dave Furman, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai; author of Being There: How to Love Those Who are Hurting.

kathleen-nielsonKristen and Sarah have let us in to listen to their meditations in the midst of pain and limitation. They’ve opened up their hearts, their stories, and their Word-filled words. From our various contexts, we will all learn as we listen. I’m grateful for this book’s faithful call to lift up our eyes to a God of mercy who loves and saves.—Kathleen Nielson, Former Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

colin-smithKristen and Sarah speak with fresh voices formed by their love of Scripture and their experience of walking with God through suffering. The faith and courage I’ve seen in them will overflow on you as you read this soothing and insightful book, giving you strength to stay the course even when you are tired of the battle.—Colin Smith, Senior Pastor, The Orchard; President, Unlocking the Bible

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