What do moments of desperation in life look like? Does the Bible offer any words of comfort or encouragement when we’re trapped in these moments of desperation? In Michelle Howe’s new book Deliver Us, she explores the idea that when we’re trapped in a hopeless situation, there is hope.
This book is written in a similar format to her other book published by Hendrickson publishers, Giving Thanks for a Perfectly Imperfect Life. Just like in Giving Thanks…, every chapter contains quotes, Scripture, conclusion thoughts, and a sample prayer that you can pray yourself (or use as inspiration to create your own prayer.
This time in Deliver Us, instead of a focus on gratitude, it’s a focus on desperation, but not in a bad way. Perhaps you can see yourself, a friend, or a loved one, in the following desperate situations:
- Dealing with depression
- Loving a family member that disrespects you
- Caregiving for a difficult parent
- Living as an orphan
- Loving a needy grandchild
- Enduring after an accident has changed your life
- Surviving a financial crisis
- Sticking with a marriage in spite of difficulties that make you feel disappointed and let down
- Living life as a widow after the death of your spouse
- Caught in the middle in a dispute between two family members or two friends
- Feeling hopeless due to joblessness
- Living with addiction
There are many, many more real-life scenarios that Howe uses as examples of the desperation people feel. All of the examples are realistic, and it’s easy to see why someone in each situation would be frustrated.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Howe shows how difficult and how frustrating each situation can make a person feel. The take-home point she wants people to carry with them after reading this book is that God is the ultimate source of refuge throughout all of life’s troubles.
She doesn’t dive too deep into Scripture, which might actually be welcomed to people who are in tough times and need to feel like they have a “listening ear” so to speak. A Psalms is used as an introduction before each story, and this unifies the stories. Overall, I would recommend this book to those going through difficult times or to those who want to better understand the struggles faced by those around them.