Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hope In the Hard Places By Sarah Beckman

Hope in the Hard Places is a practical, encouraging guidebook for the weary soul looking for hope in dark circumstances.
In this life, everyone must face trials. Cancer, chronic illness, loss of a loved one, divorce, depression, prodigal children, caring for aging parents, and other unknown terrains can cause people to feel hopeless and helpless. For those who feel like they don’t know where to turn, Hope in the Hard Places equips readers to walk through their trial with hope rather than desperation. Sarah Beckman, a speaker and author, teaches effective and powerful ways to get through the pain with biblical truths and principles. She also includes insight from others who have experienced all manner of trials. Packed with practical strategies, checklists, encouragement, wisdom from seasoned travelers, and rock-solid biblical truth, Hope in the Hard Places provides a beacon of hope in the darkness so that readers can walk through the depths of hardship with insight, dignity, and certainty.

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Sarah Beckman grew up the youngest of 14 children. As a young girl, her family endured much trial and the community gathered around her family—or came alongside—to provide for them in a very dark time when her Dad was hospitalized and they lost their family home. After her parents divorced, she watched her Mom love others, even in the midst of raising a bucket full of children as a single mom.

As an adult, Sarah experienced health trials of her own, which put her on the receiving end of help once again, as she faced bedrest and multiple back surgeries in just a few short years. During that time, Sarah also walked alongside three close family/friends who faced terminal illness.

Through her experiences on both sides of the bed, Sarah recognized the need for better information about just how to serve others who were experiencing significant trials in their life, whether it was cancer, death of a loved one, long-term illness or any other life-altering circumstance. There were lots of short articles or blog posts, but she was unable to find a comprehensive resource about how to help others effectively.

So she created one herself. Her own experience, coupled with interviews with over 50 people who faced all manner of trials, is woven together to create a guide like no other. Filled with practical advice, poignant stories, and loads of insight, you will never have to be uncertain about helping someone you care about when they're in need again.

Alongside is your solution. And it's Sarah's life mission to help you love people well. No matter the circumstance.

My Thoughts...

This was a very insightful book. Some of the stories were very helpful and brought a whole new light to what I have been going through.
I think that many people will get some comfort and  help from his book.
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. This book is going to touch many people. I will be looking for a copy to share.

  2. Helpful book lots of people need to read.

  3. I need to grab a copy of this book. Thank you for sharing it!

  4. I need this book. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. We have a great support group at church that needs to read this book together.

  6. Sounds like this would be a good book to help through the times of hard trials of life. Grounding the reader in God's word and others who have gone through similar things.