YOU ARE NEVER BEYOND HOPE by Patricia Branch Craig


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Devotional exploration of faith under fire from a Christian minister.

Craig, who runs a Christian ministry organization with her husband, takes an evangelical approach to addressing those lost in despair–there is always hope in God, regardless of the circumstances. Her book, written especially for individuals in crisis, argues that with faith in God, hope can be found in any situation. Craig calls upon her own past mistakes and rebellious youth, recounting how she learned God can set all things right and restore individuals to a well-balanced life–if one only believes in his love and mercy. The book is written in a somewhat unconventional devotional format. For the most part, every two pages contain one devotional reading, including discussion by the author as well as selected scripture verses. The book, however, is also divided into chapters and the devotional readings, which vary in length, are not demarcated by days or any other such separation. On occasion, Craig intersperses poetry, which breaks up the traditional devotional flow, though not necessarily to adverse effect. Space for note-taking is also provided throughout the volume, encouraging readers to engage with the material. The author works doggedly to restore readers’ faith in themselves and in the worth of their own lives. She argues that God is a loving, forgiving savior who can lead people from the depths of their mistakes and their crises, whether social, financial or physical. Her writing style is clear and comforting, achieving the unlikely combination of being scripture-based without devolving into preachiness. You Are Never Beyond Hope will appeal particularly to new believers and those who have suffered through devastating life traumas and are in need of gentle reassurance. But Craig does not simply leave readers with a “feel good message,” instead exhorting them to take an active part in their own redemption and restoration.

Comforting messages for those at the end of their rope.

Pub Date: Dec. 18th, 2006
Program: Kirkus Indie
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