Desert of Hardship, Water of Hope

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David C Cook, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 119 pages
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Do you sometimes feel that the odds are stacked against you in your relationships? God is on your side. He can help you to survive in the desert of hardships by bringing you the hope of His life-giving truths.
In this book, internationally known author and speaker Jill Briscoe and her daughter, Judy Golz, examine God's Word in light of difficult relationships. Focusing on the biblical account of Hagar and Ishmael, the reader is led through the maze of incredible disappointments, pressures, and even abandonment to a safe place that God has prepared.

Written in a personal, conversational style, Desert of Hardship, Water of Hope tackles the toughest issues and show you how God's Word can help you overcome in the midst of trying times. Each chapter concludes with an application section that will help you practice the biblical principles you've learned--either personally or through group study. There are even practical program ideas for your church.

You don't have to keep wandering in the desert of hardship. Discover the hope God has for you in His Word. Against all odds, you can find peace.


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This book has just moved me. I got filled by pain and anger as I was reading. Upon thinking how Abraham rejected his own son reminded me of how my father rejected me. The bible does not tell us that Abraham did follow up Hagar and her son to check their well being and supplied to their needs, while he was a rich man (according to the standards of the time). Surely Hagar struggled in the wilderness without nothing to provide to her son. She might have had to make extra means in order for her boy to survive. It reminds me how my mother and I struggled while my father was having good time with his Isaacs. I remember those nights I'd go to bed without food because my father acted like I don't exist. Completely rejected me.
The story of Ishmael and Hagar portrays the social injustices that happen daily. They were just victims of injustice.

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Meet Jill Briscoe and you will immediately sense her "heartbeat" for God, for women, and for her family. The Lord has blessed her with wisdom, wit and disarming honestly, and most of all, she wants her words to make a difference in our world, doing their part to help His kingdom come.

Jill has an active speaking and writing ministry that has taken her to many countries. She has written or co-authored numerous articles and more than 40 books. Jill is executive editor of Just Between Us, and serves on the board of directors for World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc.

Current Titles:
The Comparison Trap
Cultivating Contentment
Dealing with Difficult People
Finding God's Will
Finding Joy
Keeping Fresh When You're Frantic
The Power of Prayer
Resolving Conflict
The Search for Balance
Spiritual Warfare

NexGenJudy Briscoe Golz, Ph.D., is a visiting professor at trinity Seminary and Graduate School. She and her husband Greg have three children.

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