Never Beyond Hope: How God Touches and Uses Imperfect People, By J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom

Never Beyond Hope

How God Touches and Uses Imperfect People

by J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom

Never Beyond Hope
  • Length: 178 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: February 07, 2005
  • Item Code: 3272
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-3272-9

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  • Tied for a 2001 Best Non-Fiction Book, Christian Living award in the God Uses Ink Contest

If you get discouraged by your spiritual failures, you're not alone. In fact, you're in pretty good company.

From the life and death of Samson to Peter's denial of Jesus, the Bible is filled with stories of people who wanted to serve God but frequently failed. And yet God still worked through these men and women for his purposes and glory. Through God's power, their points of weakness became their greatest strengths.

In Never Beyond Hope J. I. Packer offers his pastoral wisdom, exploring the stories of eight imperfect people portrayed in the Bible. Packer shows you how their struggles and triumphs relate to your own experiences and highlights how God works despite your mistakes.

Packer also teams up with expert Bible study writer Carolyn Nystrom, who helps you process and apply what you are learning in each chapter with study questions for personal reflection or group discussion, prayer suggestions and journaling ideas.

Let this book help you discover that God's vision for your life may be far bigger than what you can see right now. Though you may be far from perfect, remember that in God's eyes you are never beyond hope.

"We recommend Never Beyond Hope to you. Use it for your own personal devotions. And use it in a small group, so that the grace of which it speaks can ripple out into the community of God's people."


"In classic Packer style, this book opens the pages of Scripture and sheds new, refreshing light on well-known stories and some not-so-well-known characters. . . . Insightful, witty, and very wise Bible teaching."


"[T]his book takes the aphorism 'While there's life, there's hope' and reverses it to 'Only while there's hope is there life.' . . . [E]ntertaining and effective . . . always readable."

Publishers Weekly


To the Reader
Introduction: God's Gift of Hope
1. Hope When My Strength Brings Weakness with It: Samson
2. Hope When I Belong to an Unhappy Family: Jacob
3. Hope When I Am Barely Noticed and Not Trusted: Manoah's Wife
4. Hope When I Am Angry with People and with God: Jonah
5. Hope When False Priorities Have Betrayed Me: Martha
6. Hope When I Find It Hard to Believe: Thomas
7. Hope When I Have Done Something Terrible: Simon Peter
8. Hope When Everything Has Gone Wrong: Nehemiah


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J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer (1926–2020) is regarded as one of the most well-known theologians of our time. Once named to Time magazine's list of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America, Packer served as Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. His books include Praying, A Quest for Godliness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, and Rediscovering Holiness.

Carolyn Nystrom

Carolyn Nystrom (MA, Wheaton College) has written more than eighty books, Bible study guides, and children's titles. She coauthored Praying with theologian J. I. Packer and Is the Reformation Over with scholar Mark Noll. She is also the author of the LifeGuide Bible Studies 1& 2 Peter and JudeMoney and Work, Friendship, Listening to God and more.

In addition to actively serving in her church, she has been a foster parent, an elementary schoolteacher, the stated clerk of her EPC presbytery, and a book editor. Carolyn lives in northern Illinois with her husband, and they have four grown children.